Imagine being able to try food and drinks from over 90 local restaurants from across the city for only $100. This was exactly what we did when we attended The Stop’s (5th annual) Night Market last month. Along with the all-you-can-eat/drink perk, the admission fee goes toward The Stop’s programs to increase access to healthy foods and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger.
The event runs for two nights, with vendors operating out of one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers. Here are a few we managed to capture (before the lines started forming). To view all of the carts displayed this year, visit The Stop’s Facebook album.
Left: Cart design by Spoke Creative // Right: Cart design by The Hunger
Cassette food cart design by Amanda Ghantous
Most people definitely wouldn’t be able to eat everything offered, but luckily, we came in a group of four. Through teamwork and dedication, we managed to try something from nearly every vendor that night!
Duck Fat Mini Donuts from Sugar Mamma’s Mini Donuts
Steam Whistle‘s Premium Pilsner
Vanilla Bean Rhubarb Donuts – “A Homer J Simpson Classic” from Tori’s Bakeshop
Sodas from JUST Craft Soda (We really liked the pear/vanilla one.)
Jerk Chicken on a Fried Bao from Patois
Frankie’s Meatballs with red sauce & pickle salsa verde from Bespoke Butchers
This year’s Night Market was an overall success – feeding tons of hungry attendees, featuring amazing food/drink vendors, and raising $215,000 in support of The Stop’s critical food access and community-building programs. If you missed out this year, follow The Stop on social media to be updated on next year’s event.
Two points we’re going to keep in mind for next year:
- Come hungry.
- Minimize the bulk. Since there was a lot of juggling this year (food, drinks, utensils, etc.), it’s best to come with as few items as possible.
- Wear close-toed shoes that we don’t mind getting a little dirty. The event is on gravel, so there are a lot of rocks and sand which can hurt. 😉