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Alexander Keith’s Birthday Festival took place this past Friday at the Brickworks in Toronto. Fans of the beer and foodies came out to celebrate Alexander Keith’s 217 birthday at the sold-out event. Although there was a little bit of rain, it didn’t put a damper the celebratory vibe.
Of course, there was plenty of Alexander Keith’s beer on hand, with both their India Pale Ale and their Red Amber Ale available. They were also showcasing their Alexander Keith’s Original Cider, served in official Keith’s Cider glassware. There were plenty of non-alcoholic options as well. Paired with the beverages was a diverse range of offerings from local food trucks and pop ups.
Here are some of the food highlights from the night:
Gourmet Gringos, a latin themed food truck/pop-up, were dishing up a variety of taco options; pork cochinita, pork carnitas, chicken, and mole short ribs. Below are their beer battered mahi mahi fish tacos with cabbage slaw and fresh guacamole.
The Neptuno gang was kept busy shucking New Brunswick French Kiss oysters. The sustainably-grown oysters (from Canadian farms) were served on ice with lemon, and topped with a variety of condiments including horseradish, cocktail sauce, red wine vinaigrette, and their signature hot sauce.
Babi & Co. is a pop-up specializing in Indonesian street food. Their menu featured pork satays, pork belly on a bun, corn fritters and mie kuah kacang (below left), with cold noodles, veggies and ricecakes tossed in peanut sauce. Dobro Jesti, a food truck focused on hot, wholesome, European food, was on the flip side of the spectrum with their schnitzel themed menu. The Kraut (below right), featured their chicken schnitzel with sauerkraut and mustard. It paired well with their butternut squash soup and risotto balls.
Some of the other food vendors included the omnipresent Rock Lobster, serving up their famed lobster rolls. Fidel Gastro was kept busy dishing out his Sgt. Slather and other extremo sandwiches throughout the night. Bonfire Catering had their wood oven pizza. Caplansky’s Deli Truck was serving up plenty of their smoked meat sandwiches. Stuft Gourmet Sausages, a newcomer to the local food truck scene had an interesting offering with their thanksgiving themed “Creole Turducken” (consisting of turkey, duck, and chicken seasoned in authentic creole spices). The Turkducken was a big draw of the night, as was their Thai Chicken Sausage. Pretty Sweet was there with their cupcakes for all those with a sweet tooth.
Aside from the excellent food and drinks, there were musical performances by Matt Mays and special guest Dwayne Gretzky. Attendees had a great time taking pictures in the photo booth. There was a games corner where players had the opportunity to play games and guess trivia questions with Keith’s girls. Game winners were awarded with a special edition Keith’s mug. There was also an engraving station as well as complimentary glassware, with the signature Keith’s Original Cider glass being given away throughout the night.
Additional Keith’s birthday celebrations were also held in Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver and many other Canadian cities. For more information on Keith’s visit: Keiths.ca
On October 5th, gather your friends and join Alexander Keith’s for a night of incredible food crafted by local chefs, live music and unforgettable experiences at the Brick Works. Tickets are $10 and include complimentary shuttle service, entrance to the festival, access to see Matt Mays (with special guest Dwayne Gretzky) perform live and a host of other made to share experiences.
Some of the city’s best chefs and food trucks will be in attendance selling dishes crafted to pair with Keith’s. Food prices are capped at $5.00 so that customers can enjoy a variety of food vendors. Vendors include: Rock Lobster, Neptuno Oysters, Pretty Sweet, Fidel Gastros, Dobro Jesti, Bonfire Catering, Caplansky’s Deli Truck, Gourmet Gringos, Babi&Co and Stuft Gourmet Sausages.
They will also be offering a free dessert cooked with Keith’s, as well as personalized glassware engraving with complimentary glassware give-a-ways throughout the night. For a chance to win more swag, Challenge a Keith’s girl to some east coast games.
Tickets are available at alexanderkeithsbirthdaytoronto
Additional Keith’s birthday celebrations are being held in Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver and many other Canadian cities. Visit keiths.ca/birthday for additional details.
The June instalment of the popular monthly event known as TUM (Toronto Underground Market) was held this past weekend at the Brickworks. Foodies descended en masse waiting to taste the yummy treats of over 30 pop-up booths and vendors. The June event featured a diverse range of offerings, including a multitude of vegetarian options from Comida del Pueblo, Eat Here, Kappukeki Fusion, Cannalles, Little Tomato Catering, and the Animal Liberation Kitchen, with some even offering gluten free options.
Here are some of the highlights from the night:
After missing out on Rock Lobster Food Co. at the Street Food Block Party, they were the first stop of the night. They were offering up Lobster Tacos, Lobster Rolls and Lobster Poutine. We opted for the lobster rolls and lobster poutine. The lobster rolls were a steal at 2 for $5 and were a great way to start the evening. We followed up the rolls with the poutine. A recipe seemingly adopted from Chuck Hughes, the poutine featured large chunks of lobster complete with squeaky cheese curds and gravy. It’s a good thing we came here first as this ended up being the longest line all night.
Comida Del Pueblo was on hand with their famous jalapeño cornbread grilled cheese with gaucamole and crema. Their other offering of the night was a duck mole empanada with cilantro chimichurri.
Their peameal sandwich was a popular offering; a maple-mustard glazed peameal (brined themselves), dijon mayo, red onion marmalade, and sunny-side-up quail egg, served up on a butter biscuit.
The boys from Neptuno were kept busy all night shucking 0ver 1100 French Kiss oysters from New Brunswick. The sustainably-grown oysters (from Canadian farms) were served on ice with lemon, and topped with a variety of condiments including a red wine shallot vinaigrette, neptuno cocktail sauce and a hot sauce/sambal oelek.
Korean Fusion Food newcomer, Eat Here, featured a spicy pork pa jun and a kalbi brisket pa jun, and a vegan lime soy soba noodle. The soba noodles were lightly tossed with refreshing lime soy dressing and topped with daikon, cilantro and sesame seeds. Looking forward to seeing what Eat Here will be doing next time!
This TUM instalment featured plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth. Standouts from the Kappukeki Fusion Cupcakes (below left) were their mango tango, and honey green tea cupcakes. The hand made caramels from KEO Confiserie (below right) were another decadent surprise of the night. Other sugary induglences were the lactose free ice cream sandwiches from Bix Bakery, the canelés from Cannelles, and the unconventional offerings of Leonard Pig Candy, with their candied bacon, dunked and smothered in chocolate.
TUM frequenter Tromba Tequila was there offering up their signature margarita’s. Ontario wine was available as was craft beer from breweries including Lake of Bays, Hogtown Brewers, and Granville Island Brewery.
Some other standouts included the tamales from Bushwick (they also had an Albacore Tuna Ceviche which supposedly was to die for). Fidel Gastro was on hand with pork belly and beef cheek sandwiches as well as some of his classics. One of the booths that we unfortunately didn’t make it to was Swine Shrine. Their ribs were clearly the big draw of the night, as was the Prosciutto Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Thistletown High School Chefs.
The TUM experience continues to prove the desire for innovative food is alive and well in Toronto. Very much looking forward to the July instalment of TUM!
El Gastrónomo Vagabundo offers a new take on street food, offering a continuously changing menu of internationally inspired gourmet cuisine featuring gourmet tacos, tapas, southeast Asian dishes, and garden fresh salads. EGV is run by Australian chef Adam Hynam-Smith and his partner Tamara Jensen. Adam and Tamara and their hardworking team kept the crowd fed all night with an assortment of delectable goodies.
The El Gastrónomo Vagabundo Eat St. viewing menu featured a couple of EGV classics as well as some innovative new items.
The night started off with a refreshing beverage. A combination of cucumber puree, tonic, hibiscus syrup and flower, fresh cucumber and mint. There was also a watermelon option.
First up was the crumbed pickled lamb tongue with chili mint relish and pickled fennel. An intriguing concept packed full of flavour and texture.
Up next was the tempura cod with pineapple and habanero hot sauce, coconut crème sûre and cilantro.
As a tribute to Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish’s MoVida, EGV served up a white anchovy, tomato, olive and palm heart skewer. “MoVida”, an ode to spanish ingredients and cooking methods, captures the essence and exuberance of Spanish cuisine.
The unanimous highlight of the night was the seared scallop with chili caramel, coconut tapioca, crispy smoked chicken skin and lime juice.
The night culminated in the viewing of the Eat St. segment. It showcased what El Gastronomo Vagabundo does best, serve up original gourmet street food in a friendly and approachable way. A big congratulations to Tamara and Adam on all of their success!
Here’s a sneak peak at the episode for those who missed it.
Eat St. is a TV series airing on The Food Network showcasing the best places to find gourmet street food. It’s a destination for those who know that some of the world’s most inventive chefs serve their creations through the window of a food truck. Season 3 returns for a delectable journey to 60 new over-the-top street food vendors across North America and the UK. From habanero jelly and pork shoulder doughnuts in Austin to a three patty “Whole Truck” burger in Calgary. Canadian comedian James Cunningham returns to host the series.
Catch Eat St. on The Food Network Wednesdays at 10 & 10:30 pm ET/PT.
To Find El Gastrónomo Vagabundo, follow them on Twitter: @elgastronomo
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