Toronto has long been home to a sinful trinity of street eats: hot dogs, French fries and ice cream. Yes, we love our street meat, and with hot dogs poised to be one of the foodie top trends this year, we say pass the ketchup.
But, a new trend has hit the streets, putting the regular hot dog cart to shame. Food trucks have captured our hearts and stomachs with their sophisticated fare and rock bottom prices. While the mobile foodie trend has already taken root in the United States, as well as Niagara Falls, Hamilton and Newmarket, the roving eateries have hit the brakes on parking in this city until recently.
On Saturday, July 2, the first Toronto food truck festival caused serious traffic in the Distillery district as pedestrians swarmed the trucks looking to satisfy a sweet tooth or nibble on savoury gourmet creations.
Gorilla Cheese was there, sans wheels, serving up ooey-gooey sandwiches. We also adored Hamilton mobile newcomer The Cupcake Diner and her pink truck. Her cupcakes, including flavours from classic vanilla to caramel apple pie, were a hot commodity and sold out by noon.
Delicious cupcakes went like…hotcakes.
Niagara’s El Gastronomo Vagabundo was a popular choice, with lines-up snaking its way along the cobblestone. We were rewarded for our patience and perseverance in the form of “Buddha Belly” pork buns topped with cucumber and coriander.
This little bun packed quite the tasty punch.
We can’t wait until the next food truck pit stop in Toronto! The hype is already building for part two which will be held on Saturday, August 20, and will feature our favourites from the first foodie frenzy as well as the addition of local smoked meat aficionado Caplansky’s. Until then, an office road trip might be in order – look out food trucks, here we come…