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Taste of the Food Terminal - May 25, 2013 - Ontario Food Terminal open house

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Last September they had their first open house, and, they are doing another event again in a few weeks. If it is even half as good as last time I highly recommend checking it out. It is a fundraiser for FoodShare which is also a great initiative. Cost is $10 per person but includes lunch and all kinds of samples. I know some of you missed it last time around (old thread link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/868820 ). Last year I walked out with bags and bags of fresh produce for free or by donation. It sounds like they have more organized "sales" of product at wholesale pricing this time around.

Here is the event link, I recommend buying it online so you can get into the parking area quicker -

I was impressed how well they had it all organized last time considering it was their first time, and I expect it to be great again this time around.

Unfortunately that is also Doors Open weekend so hard for me to decide what to do :)

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  1. Thanks for the heads-up ylsf!

    1. thank you for posting this!

      i'd love to hear reviews if anyone goes. sadly, my toddler naps from 12-2 so i won't be attending! :(

      1. I'm fully lacking in information about the food terminal so please forgive my basic questions. Do they offer organic product? Are there any small producers or is this mostly large scale farming? Did you see any hard to find or heirloom products last year? Thanks!!

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        1. re: JennaBean

          Not sure about organic but there is a "farmers' market" area where the small Ontario farmers sell their produce. Then there's the area for the big wholesalers who sell a mix of local and imports. To me, this event is more about getting an inside look at a wholesale food hub that's closed to the public the rest of the year. If you get to buy something, that's a bonus. It's actually fitting that it's on the same weekend as Doors Open.

          1. re: GirlRancher

            It's a great event--unpretentious and fun. Being a west-end person and someone whose family was in the food business, I know how closed the Food Terminal was to the public, and they've done a good job on creating something lively with this.

        2. Sounds good!
          What's the lunch included last year?
          Do we have to buy the fresh produce in large quantity?

          1. Final bump, happening this weekend.

            1. Thanks for the message about this event and the tip to buy the advance tickets. We had a great time and enjoyed all the food and the activities.

              1. It's lots of fun.
                The picture shows the freebies for 2 persons.
                Not to mention our purchase of cherry, carrot, fiddle head, organic berries, corn, vegetable, etc.

                1. This is a great event! The vendors are all super friendly, mostly families participating voluntarily. The quality was fantastic. Not all local but even the imported was great quality. I had a big strawberry (I assume Californian) that was absolutely delicious. I didn't get any freebies beyond tasters but prices were great and most vendors were donating all proceeds to charity. And the PLANTS! Next year I will wait and buy all my plants there. I got HUGE strawberry plants with berries already on them for $3 each. Unbelievably gorgeous calla lilies, huge pot for $10. All plants were at wholesale prices.

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                  1. re: crawfish

                    Unfortunately I missed out. But this is a great event, I hope they consider holding it for an entire weekend, or even twice a year. I will definitely make it out next year.

                    1. re: crawfish

                      There were plants for sale as well?? Now I'm sorry I missed it! Must remember to watch for this for next year, thanks.

                    2. Has anyone heard anything about this year's event? I keep checking the tasteofthefoodterminal.com website, as well as the FoodShare and Ontario Food Terminal wesbites, but so far there is nothing listed.

                      This was a great event last year and I was really excited to go again.

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                      1. re: CarNut

                        you could try signing up for their email notifications on their website.

                        1. re: CarNut

                          Buyer's Court is under renovation so they may be forgoing it this year.