In what I like to think is at the heart of my new city, I found a community that focuses on things that I value. Having to depart from my friends and family in Nova Scotia (who are pretty much all excellent cooks, and living in the province speaks for itself), I miss mingling with food and like-minded folk in a gorgeous landscape. Oh wait! I think I might have found something...
Evergreen Brickworks is very cool, very Toronto, and very much a food and eco lover's destination. The same city whose arteries throb with concrete contains real people whose hearts throb for local, organic, artisanal, crafted, homemade food. And repurposed buildings.
|The event space before setup began|
|The very popular Mushroom Risotto Arancini and craft beer|
This 'social food' community is exciting and intriguing and will grow exponentially. Partly because of the quality of the food and the special-happy-feeling people experience at the event, but mostly because it's Toronto and that's how things go down here.
I made a friend too (Sonja, a fellow volunteer who deftly acted as executive-in-charge-of-distributing-plates-forks-and-cups-to-the-vendors). She also loves food. For two strangers in a cold room we got along famously and tapped along from food vendor to drink vendor to food vendor. We consumed modestly (and selectively) and in the following order:
tacos from Las Carnitas (she: fish, me: chorizo)
craft beer (Hogtown Brewers)
smoked haddock chowder
arancini (truffle oil in the sauce!)
a dessert bite (on our hand!) courtesy of Geoff & Guy
and Proof's hot apple cider (spiked of course) to finish
Oh, I forgot to mention: after our volunteer shift but before the event officially started, a vendor running a bit behind in the kitchen needed some help. Yes please! Sonja and I were the lucky ones shuttled into the kitchen (wash your hands!) to cut samples for a dessert vendor. I pretty much always get really excited when I see a commercial kitchen and now I know why...
Now picture this: picnics at riverside with swimming, boating, and tubing...!? My next volunteer goal: bring back the Don. For it is a sad, sad thing to keep driving right by it.