Its a surprising trend as of late to not see any CH chatter about upcoming food events. ANd that's a shame, because you missed an excellent event held today in Scarborough.
TOFoodfest was along the lines of what TUM offered (minus the admission, alcohol, party atmosphere, etc) but had some exciting and excellent new food vendors. it was great because it highlighted some of Scarborough's new food vendors.
There were some amazing vendors and the food was at great prices. There were a few known faces, like Comida Del Pueblo and Rodney's Oysters, but there were some new vendors on the scene.
How 'Bout Those Meatballs - making delicious and tender yet simple meatball sliders. He uses his Nona's recipe and man, they're the best meatballs I've tried in Toronto (California Sandwiches? Can't even compare the two. Sorry).
Bake'n - desserts that incorporate (you guessed it) bacon. Our favourite was the sticky toffee bacon cake.
Pavita Restaurant - a new restaurant to Guildwood. Its Indian food minus the ghee-induced heartburn and fat. The ingredients were tasty and the food he served was great. If today's samples were any indication, I'd definitely bump Pavita up to the top of Toronto's Indian restaurants' list.
Tacocat - Asian-style tacos. The chicken satay taco's supposedly great, but we tried the deep-fried squid tacos. Ummm, it might be early to say it, but I think the Big Two have a taco challenger...Keep an eye on these kids (they're literally kids...20 of them) because they're making great tacos and having fun while doing it.
There were a lot more vendors. The line-ups were, for the most part, manageable. THe food, for the most part, was excellent. And the vibe was nice and relaxed. I hope there are more TOFoodfests in the near future.
Thanks for the detailed report, atomeyes. I also attended this event and was pleasantly surprised by the diverse (and tasty!) low-cost high-quality food offerings. The short lines and manageable crowd were definitely a bonus. Given the usual gripes at admission costs for events such as TUM, it was nice to walk into the event and peruse the booths without any pressure to make the experience worth the admission cost. The biggest attraction for me was having all of these vendors in one area, many of which I've wanted to visit for some time but haven't due to their varied distance/location.
My report, based on what I can remember, in order of consumption:
How 'Bout Those Meatballs - $1 meatball sliders. Tender juicy meatballs were smothered in a non-sugar laden tasty tomato sauce that was so good, I saw people purchasing containers of just the sauce.
Tacocat - This booth had run out of tortillas by the time we got there, but this worked out for the best as this shaved off $1.50 off the plate charge, resulting in $2.50/$2.75 for a plate of deep fried clamari with mango sauce and scallions. A rather small plate that whet our appetite.
Rodney's Oysters - 3 freshly shucked oysters for $5. Light, refreshing and everything you would expect from Rodney's at a much lower cost than dine-in.
Pavita Restaurant - As the only Indian food booth at the event, I did not expect much. For $5, I received a mango lassi and generous plate of two very large pea and potato samosas and a green salad smothered with sweet and tangy chickpea curry. Delicious! They had other main dish options, but I can never turn down a samosa. I would definitely like to visit the restaurant.
Big Moe's - I have been curious about this place since reading about it on CH, despite the mixed reviews. They offered a $5 slider version of their signature Juicy Lucy (burger injected with cheese in the middle), topped with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayo and mustard. Not being a huge cheese-lover, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this burger. The cheese centre melted in the cooking process, permeating the meat with a light cheese flavour that did not overwhelm. This booth had the longest line (about a 10-minute wait).
Tony Chiu - HK-style milk tea for $3, I believe. I opted for the cold version as it was really hot that day. The cup had a few ice cubes, but I was too impatient for the tea to get cold. I would like to try the hot version.
Can't remember the name - $5 beer-battered banana fritters with Ontario peach and mango coulis, dusted with cinnamon sugar. This was a wonderful way to end the day. The bananas were perfectly soft, sweet and ripe, the batter was light and crispy, the tart coulis cut the sweetness and the cinnamon sugar added a nice spice.
I hope this is/becomes a regular event.
"Can't remember the name - $5 beer-battered banana fritters with Ontario peach and mango coulis, dusted with cinnamon sugar. This was a wonderful way to end the day. The bananas were perfectly soft, sweet and ripe, the batter was light and crispy, the tart coulis cut the sweetness and the cinnamon sugar added a nice spice."
I think this would have been... Backyard Kitchen?