Who: Live green Toronto
What: Lovin Local Food Fest
Where: Yonge Dundas Square
When: August 8, 2015
Why: To showcase local food & music
I was planning on sticking around to see the Spoons.. .yes a band from the 80's that I once did makeup for on a video shoot back in the day. But I went down there at about 1:30 and pretty much checked out the whole festival in about an hour so I was getting tired of waiting around so I left. If I lived closer I would probably just go back for the Spoons. Jully Black is also playing a bit later than the Spoons but I am old and have things to do like write this blog so I skipped out.
But you never know what you might find at these street festivals so while I was wandering around and checking out the food vendors I was listening to the artist that was on after Lynn Crawford and then all of a sudden this guy really caught my attention. I never heard of him before but this guy had loads of energy and was all over the stage and really rockin the stage. I still don't know who he is but now I know his name at least, it's Eric Zayne. I would suggest that you keep an eye out for this guy because I have a feeling he will pop up and get some attention.
As for the Food Portion. I waiting in the smokey big green egg lineup to get a Steak Sandwich from Bespoke Butchers for $6. The steak was good but I really wish the bun was toasted or a bit fresher. It was a bit dry so it took away from the juicy steak a bit. I also tried 2 pakoras from Bindia for $2. A nice little snack with tamarind sauce on top. I picked up 2 cookies from Brad Long's Cafe Belong booth for $3. I got one double chocolate and one chocolate chip. I just ate those and they were delicious, especially the double chocolate one. I also picked up a bacon and cheese Scone which I have't tried yet. It was $3 from Marche 59. I never heard of them before so I don't know anything about them but they had a nice selection of baked goods that included muffins and quiches.
There was a huge amount of corn from the corn roaster guys but I am sure they won't go through that much corn in one day. I don't know how well attended this festival will be because everyone seems to be either doing Parapanam stuff or going to the Taste of the Danforth. It wasn't very busy when I was there but I picked the busiest lineup for food of course. Anything where there smoke there is usually a crowd of people. There was lots of things for the kids to do at this small festival and I even got in on the dress up selfie pics for a bit of fun.
I always like to support local vendors and Canadian artists so I like to showcase these types of events as much as I can. I hope you read this and have time to drop down there before the end of the night but if not I hope you look out for more of these kinds of festivals in the future.
#lovinlocal is put on by the City of Toronto but too bad it got a bit overshadowed this weekend.
For more information: City of Toronto website