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So who went to Picnic at the Brickworks 2010?

TorontoJo Oct 3, 2010 02:02 PM

I had to back out last minute and would love to hear how the food and event were!

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    bytepusher RE: TorontoJo Oct 3, 2010 02:47 PM

    I've been to all four of these events and this was the best one yet. Organizers clearly got to the chefs and told them they can't serve everything on bread so there was a much bigger variety of serving styles this year.

    They moved the event into the old kiln building and the building next door where they have taken the roof off (where the skating rink will be in the winter). It was a little more confined than past years as a result and I heard a lot of complaints about crowding. In the future when they have the rest of the construction done and more space available this shouldn't be an issue.

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      wontonfm RE: TorontoJo Oct 3, 2010 02:54 PM

      The food and beverage selection was great. I definitely felt like there was enough variety and quality food to warrant the price tag.

      There were definite crowding issues which was frustrating but hopefully next year this will be rectified.


      1. TorontoJo RE: TorontoJo Oct 3, 2010 03:13 PM

        Sigh, I'm so jealous. Sounds like they solved the carb overload problem of last year. I'm glad it was a great event, despite the crowding (hopefully that's a temporary problem, as I never felt over crowded the last two years).

        OK, fickle, let's see those photos!

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          bruceter RE: TorontoJo Oct 3, 2010 04:39 PM

          Heard gripes about the crowding, including from my girlfriend, but frankly didn't feel it. lots of excellent food. Marben double stuffed fried baked potato heaven. Whole thing a little soup and stew heavy was buzz I was hearing. Frankly everything was good. My winner was the pork belly. Wow. Ok what up with the kids? Can of worms I know, but is the stroller thing not a slippery slope. ? Our tickets said 19 and over. I'm in trouble NOW for tabling it)

          488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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            wontonfm RE: bruceter Oct 3, 2010 08:02 PM

            There were quite a few strollers and kids under 5, I was surprised. It seemed pretty difficult to navigate a stroller among the crowds. And that's all I'm going to say about that...

            The Marben twice baked potato was pretty fantastic.

            Would also add that there were a lot of soups (which I passed on) and there could've been more desserts. Not actual complaints, just observations.


            488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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              TorontoJo RE: wontonfm Oct 3, 2010 08:21 PM

              I'm surprised by the stroller situation, as this has pretty clearly been an adults only event for the first 3 years. I'm sure someone will pass the feedback to the organizers.

              If you're looking for a somewhat similar event with more desserts, you should go to Eat to the Beat on Tuesday night (Oct. 5). 60 chefs, but all women -- the net result being a fairly high percentage of pastry chefs (Anna Olson and Dufflet Rosenberg are the lead supporters). It's another pig out for another very worthy cause.


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            fickle RE: TorontoJo Oct 3, 2010 04:58 PM

            Here you go:

            highlights for me were:
            Allen's lamb skewer
            Healthy Butcher's bison slider
            Chippy's fries & curry
            everything from Soma
            Splendido's pork belly, mayo & crispy rind
            Drake's apple square
            Marben's stuffed shell
            Cumbrae's pulled pork
            Victor's curry goat

            The Healthy Butcher
            565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

            481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

            88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

            488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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              Jacquilynne RE: fickle Oct 3, 2010 05:34 PM

              To all of those things, I would add the smoked meat from Caplansky's -- although there wasn't anything special about it, it's just, you know, good. Plus, it prompted the funniest moment of the day which was the half hurt, half disgusted, half resigned look on Zane's face when we asked him to cut the sandwich in half. (Yes, I know that's one and a half looks, but it really was a facial expression and a half.)

              I also had a really, really great sweet potato soup somewhere, but it was one of about three sweet potato soups and I don't remember where it was from.

              There was an apple tart with aged cheddar on top of it that I really liked, and some risotto fritters, as well as a risotto served in a mini-squash shell that I liked, as well.

              And a potato thing that was right next to the Allen's booth that was both gorgeous and delicious.

              On the fail side, the potato and salumi croquettes were a total snore, and there was a cold pork dish from, I think, La Palette, that was absolutely vile. Also, a salsa served on a beetroot chip that I didn't care for, and which didn't serve as an appropriate serving vessel.

              356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

              La Palette
              492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                Non Doctor RE: Jacquilynne Oct 3, 2010 05:40 PM

                We did!!!

                It was bloody great:


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                  Non Doctor RE: Jacquilynne Oct 3, 2010 05:41 PM

                  We didn't feel the crowding at all.


                  Best Picnic EVER.

                  Although my GF just pointed out that I didn't take any pics of the food...

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                    TorontoJo RE: Non Doctor Oct 3, 2010 06:48 PM

                    Check out fickle's photo set above for all the food pics!

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                    Non Doctor RE: Jacquilynne Oct 3, 2010 06:35 PM

                    Concord Grape is not a flavour I grew up with in the UK, so I has no issue with La Palette's offering myself.

                    La Palette
                    492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                marcharry RE: TorontoJo Oct 3, 2010 05:52 PM

                It was full but that made it a little exciting. I was totally impressed with the event.
                Trout Salad was also a refreshing option
                JK Kitchens served a veggie medley that, while not spectacular, was a nice change from alot of the meat dishes
                Cumbraes pulled pork was terrific - no surprise. Not sauced because the meat was moist as it is.

                481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

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                  tinybites RE: TorontoJo Oct 4, 2010 09:01 PM

                  We went, it was great! Agree, less carb-heavy than previous years, but didn't find it necessarily that much more busy. fickle, thanks for the food pics, I realized I missed a few dishes, not that I could have crammed anything more into my stomach... Loved the pork on a stick (belly/rind), the curry goat, and Caplanskys (never been, now I know I must go!). There was an Arugula soup (can't remember who made it) that was the biggest miss IMHO.

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                    bytepusher RE: tinybites Oct 4, 2010 09:34 PM

                    In previous years there was at least one dish that was a complete inedible disaster, I remember my darling spouse last year having to duck around a corner to spit something foul out without having to do it right in front of the chef, who was someone who's food we usually like (and no I can't remember who it was now) this year the worst was a couple (and only a couple) of things that were kind of meh.

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                      fickle RE: tinybites Oct 6, 2010 12:43 PM

                      The arugula soup was from Delica. We missed a few places as well, there were some that we just couldn't get near and some that just didn't look very interesting. What I really missed this year compared to the previous years was the lack of seating. There were nice pockets of tables and chairs in the layout last year and the year before that just didn't exist this year and there were too many dead end corridors that got congested.

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                      Annie 22 RE: TorontoJo Oct 8, 2010 01:13 PM

                      It was my first time attending and i absolutely LOVED it! overheard someone else saying it'll only get bigger and bigger because nobody would miss it after having been once.

                      you can see some of my photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/annie-tu...

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