Food. It brings people together.
Taste of Edmonton (#ToE) is a 10-day food festival that occurs annually during the summer, usually coinciding with K Days, on Churchill Square. It features different restaurants across the city, each showcasing 2 small samplings of their signature, or street-friendly, dishes. It seems as if ToE has grown and grown over the past few years, introducing new events, workshops, and entertainment. Recently, there have been talks that ToE will have to relocate in the future, making room for construction of the new LRT line and to accommodate increased patron traffic. Hopefully a new location can still keep the momentum of the event going.
I met up with KN after work on Thursday and the crowds were a decent size despite it being an awkward time (around 4:30). Even the rain couldn't stop Edmontonians from enjoying the food!
Tickets can be purchased online or on site, but we came prepared, buying tickets in advance when they were also discounted. You save money and you beat the line-ups so might as well plan ahead.
Onto the food!
|Duck tots (4 tickets) by Attila the Hungry|
|Chilled Thai watermelon soup (2 tickets) by Attila the Hungry|
|Cheese fondue in bread bowl (4 tickets) by The Melting Pot|
|Chicken masala perogies with caramelized onion and tamarind sour cream (3 tickets) by Select|
|Dry spicy chicken (4 tickets) by The Lingnan|
|"Chicken" satay with peanut sauce (2 tickets) by Padmanadi Vegetarian Restaurant|
|Beef garlic rump steak (3 tickets) and bacon wrapped chicken thighs (3 tickets) by Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse |
|Bam bam shrimp (3 tickets) by Old Spaghetti Factory|
|Jamaican beef patties (3 tickets) by IRIE Foods Caribbean Cuisine|
|Mac & cheese ball (2 tickets) by The Underground Tap and Grill|
Basically a ball of mac and cheese, breaded in panko or breadcrumbs, deep fried and served with a remolaude sauce, or something close to it anyways. This was okay, not really memorable unless you love mac and cheese.
After our first round of walking around the square, we circled back around again to grab dessert!
|Kiwi and mango sorbetto (4 tickets) by Fantasia Caffe and Catering|
|White chocolate swirl and chocolate/hazelnut gelato (4 tickets) by Fantasia Caffe and Catering|
|Amigo Churros (2 tickets) by The Three Amigos Authentic Mexican Restaurant|
|Banana bread pudding with caramel sauce, whipped cream, and bruleed banana (3 tickets) by Zinc|
|12 oz Lemon Heaven Freshly Squeezed Lemonade (3 tickets) by Lemon Heaven|
To recap, Taste of Edmonton is a fun event for all ages and for groups of friends to attend. There were also way more items that I wanted to try, but our stomachs and wallets didn't exactly agree. Predictably, some items are better than others but I think that's the whole point of ToE. You get to taste a small snippet from restaurants you probably have been curious about, but didn't want to commit to fully when choosing a place to dine out. It's great exposure for the restaurants that make the cut to participate. Also, where can I find me some more duck tots?