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Alexander Keith’s Birthday Festival – October 5 2012

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

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.

Neptuno Oysters

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 & Dobro Jesti

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

Happy Birthday Alexander!

October 8, 2012 | By | Reply More

Toronto Underground Market (TUM) – TUM’s First Anniversary – September 30 2012

The September edition of the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) was held this past Sunday at the Brickworks. This instalment was a special one because not only was it TUM’s first anniversary, but it was also the first time they’ve held a daytime TUM as well as the regular night TUM.

The family-friendly daytime TUM event (from 11am-3pm) featured over 25 pop-up booths and vendors, offering a mix of brunch themed delectables. Lines quickly formed at favorites like Rock Lobster Food Co., Fidel Gastro’s, Hot Bunzz and West Side Beef Co. Desserts and other sweet treats were readily available from vendors like KEO ConfiserieSmashcake, and Dough by Rachelle with Manual Labour Coffee supplying the required morning caffeine fix.

The night TUM event featured over 40 pop-ups and vendors including favorites like Comida Del Pueblo, Neptuno Oysters, Babi & Co., La Carnita, and more. There were drinks available from Tromba Tequila (with their signature margarita), craft beer from breweries including Flying MonkeysHogtown Brewers, and Granville Island Brewery, as well as a special TUM wine, available in Red or White.

Here is our complete video coverage of TUM’s First Birthday [click on vendor name to view video]:

We look forward to seeing what TUM has in store for us over the next year! Happy Birthday TUM!

For more info on the Toronto Underground Market (TUM), visit: www.yumtum.ca

October 3, 2012 | By | Reply More

Rock Lobster Food Co. at the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) – September 2012

Rock Lobster Food Co. is a Toronto based Pop Up Street Food Company & Seafood Supplier partnering with independent Canadian fishermen offering ocean friendly, sustainable, fresh seafood.

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Comida Oxala at the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) – September 2012

Comida Oxala is a Mexican and Portuguese street food pop-up.

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Fidel Gastro’s at the Toronto Underground Market (TUM) – September 2012

Fidel Gastro‘s rebel without a kitchen services, creator of food experiences in the form of extreme cuban sandwiches. Viva la revolucion.

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