The current weather probably has everyone wishing it was summer again. I know, this is a late post but I’m sure if you enjoyed this past summer as much as I did, this will take you back to those days when there was more sun than clouds and rain.
This event has been going on for three years but I feel like the crowd hasn’t increased that much. There does seem to be more buzz but people aren’t coming from all parts of Toronto to attend it (except a small handful). Most of the attendees are from the Scarborough area and with good reason. It’s pretty far into the East end and this is the only food event I know of in that area aside from the ones at the JCCC.
The first stall I passed by was Ice Volcano and it’s always interesting watching vendors make nitrogen ice cream. My flavour of choice was the Taro Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream because I love taro and I always go for the one that’s a little out of the ordinary. I loved how there were actual chunks of taro and it was smooth and didn’t melt too quickly.
The Oma’s Rissoles from Babi & Co was a new item that they recently added to their menu. It’s a deep fried crepe with ground pork and spices. I was really anticipating this one but it didn’t really hit the spot for me. While the crepe was cooked to a nice crisp, the filling wasn’t flavoured very well and made it pretty bland.
Something I always get from Babi & Co when I see them at an event is their Babi on a Bun. I love how the fried bao is crispy on the outside but the inside is soft. The pork belly is mouth-watering and the extra sauce with pickled cucumbers makes it to die for!
I’ve seen Kanto at a few events but never had anything from them. Their Palabok was really disappointing. It’s a stir-fried rice noodle dish but there’s too much going on and it’s extremely salty.
As you know, I love my desserts and Monk had a tempting array of pastries that I couldn’t turn away from. My first choice was their Monk Cream Puff that had a smooth custard that oozed when you bit into it. I wish the shell was a little softer but still delicious nonetheless.
Monk’s Salted Caramel Macaron was perfect; the filling was smooth and not too buttery while the shell was hard and melted in your mouth.
Most food events are a good experience; I have yet to go to one and say it was a complete waste of time. Unfortunately, TO Food Fest is a one-day event and that hasn’t changed so mark your calendars because if you miss it, it won’t be back for another year!