Our team was invited to Night It Up‘s media tasting on July 25 where we sampled some dishes from a handful of food vendors. Night It Up (NIU) is known to sell snack foods, but boy, we were well fed! By the end of the tasting, we were stuffed with two full-sized bubble teas and a lot of food.
The people behind Night It Up, Power Unit Youth Organization, organizes this annual three-day event to raise money for charity. Last year, they raised $10,000 for UNITY and this year, their beneficiary was the Yellow Brick House. We love that NIU not only gives back to the community, but it brings people together. People from all over the Greater Toronto Area drop by this event every year to join in the fun and eat authentic Asian street food.
In case you missed our coverage on Instagram, below are some photos we took along with mini reviews.
Egg waffle with green tea ice cream and fresh fruits at Sweety Bird ($6)
We prefer our egg waffles to be light and crispy, but thought this was a bit too thick. This dessert is extremely photogenic though, as it received the most comments and likes of the night!
Crispy taro and potato chips at Happy Twist
Watching the vendors create this was really fun. They stick a whole potato into the machine and these chips spin out in one long piece. They spread out some toppings (BBQ, spicy, garlic powder, etc.) on their table for customers to use, but we thought they tasted pretty good plain.
Grass jelly roasted milk tea and wintermelon iced tea (both with grass jelly) at Chatime
What can we say? These drinks were greatly appreciated on a smoldering hot day, especially at an event where there is a stove or BBQ every few metres.
Sakura Mochi Milk – Sakura mochi, Sakura milk, leaf powder, & aduki red bean at Kakigori ($8)
We only took a photo of this because it was such a beauty, but it sure looks and sounds delicious!
Deep fried kimchi at MeNu Food Truck ($5)
This is an awesome concept. We love kimchi and who doesn’t like deep-fried-anything?? We admit – this was a little hard to eat because every bite made the kimchi fall apart, but hey… it was good. ; )
L – Fresh lemon green tea with mixed pearls and aiyu jelly
R- Classic milk tea with mixed pearls and herb jelly at Sharetea ($5)
After downing that first bubble tea, this second one was much appreciated as we were all thirsty from over an hour of snacking on different foods. These cups were huge and very worth the $5 that they charged at NIU.
Green tea ice cream cookie sandwich at Sweets and Savoury
This food stand was run by food bloggers Feed My Phone and qqfoodjournal. The cookies were baked using Master Chef Canada candidate, Christopher Siu‘s recipe. Our food tour ended well with this dessert. The flavours weren’t too strong so they didn’t overpower each other and the cookies were soft and chewy.
If you missed Night It Up! this year, stay updated by following them on their social media pages! This event takes place annually in July and only lasts three days, so be sure to mark your calendars. Make sure you go on an empty stomach because they have a LOT of food vendors. We look forward to seeing you there next year!
Address: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Tip: They don’t offer parking to event goers, but you can find free street parking if you’re early. Otherwise, paid parking is available on some side streets.