Toronto Underground Market (T.U.M.) as it's known as held at the Evergreen Brickworks every month or so for the past year. They celebrated their Second year anniversary with a double event day. They had an early day session for families and after 5 version for 19+.
In a very last minute decision while talking to a friend we decided to go and check out the evening version. We got there pretty late, I think it was probably around 8:30pm when we arrived.
I did try and go to one other T.U.M. and purchased tickets online in advance and when I got there I couldn't find any parking after driving around the lot for 15-20 minutes I gave up and left. This time I took a chance to get tickets at the door after I saw a facebook post that they still had tickets available. Code for we haven't filled the place so please come.
For the first time T.U.M. teams up with Gastropost/Financial Post to promote attendees taking pics for this week's Mexican Challenge for Gastropost.
It is a fun event and I met some super friendly vendors like these guys from HOLY CRAB, great name and really nice guys. My friend tried their lobster nacho or something like that. She thought it was great.
We both tried the Kanga (Australian) Meat Pies.
We had the Zucchini and Caramelized Onion Pies. They were very filling, I probably should have just had a half of one.
There were a couple of really delicious things that I tried. One was the Arepa from Mango Pinton. It had black beans, sweet plantains that balanced the steak. It was a full burst of flavour in a little hand pocket Arepa.
On the whole it is a fun event and a great place to go with a group of friends and to meet some new people.
My caveat is that it does get very costly since you have to either drive there and pay for parking, I paid $3 for parking for an hour. Then you have to pay $20 to get in. You pay individually for each food and beverage vendor with the average price from $4-$9 per item. Then add your drinks which were limited to some craft brewers, I saw one wine vendor and one alcohol vendor. So if you plan on driving bring a bottle of water or a designated driver. It's easy to drop about $40-$50 at a T.U.M. night. They had a few tables set up in a area to the side but you pretty much stand on concrete when you are chowing down on your food. Because I went late there weren't line ups for food but I know that generally if you go early you will experience lineups to get in and for each popular vendor.
If you like to try new things and like to sample many different foods at one location then this is the place for you. The evening T.U.M. had a D.J. who played good but loud music giving it a very club feel and making it a bit difficult to chat with the vendors. This is a great event for the young and hip club people that want to try the latest food trends and hang out with friends.
I wouldn't say it's a great value for the money as you generally are eating things like pulled pork sandwiches, appetizer foods and smaller portions. I would still suggest checking it out because a lot of these vendors start at this event and build their clientele and then open up bricks and morter restaurants. Think of it like an Indie Band scene. It kind of works the same way. They learn their craft and see what people like at these events and they fine tune and grow their fan bases and then when they are ready they join the big leagues with their own restaurants.
Check them out and remember the ones you liked and you may have a new destination restaurant to go to sooner or later.
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