I’m not completely sure where I heard about the Toronto Food Truck Festival, but it immediately grabbed my attention.
What is it?
Canadian Food Truck Festivals is the not-for-profit organization that hosts Toronto Food Truck Festivals, one of the premier culinary arts and cultural music festivals in Canada.
August 2nd & 3rd, 2014 marked the inaugural Toronto Food Truck Festival located in the heart of the Beach at Woodbine Park.
The organization and event are dedicated to creating a public awareness and opportunity to sample some of the amazing culinary diversity that the City of Toronto’s Food Truck community has to offer.
What’s not to love? Live music, a bunch of really well known Torontonian food trucks and it’s right next to the Beaches! The location’s so easy to get to and it was a great day to go out to sample some delicious food.
As well as about a dozen food trucks on site, there were some stalls selling primarily cold drinks and a large stage for live music, sponsored by Indie 88.
I went with Chris on Sunday the 3rd (which also shows you how bad I am with posting) and we got there just around 3:15pm, thinking that it would be kind of slow by that time.
It was still really, really busy! But, most of the park was actually just people standing around, waiting in line to either order or to pick up their food! We looked around at each food truck (there was a lot of variety, so that was great to see), but we finally settled down on Buster’s Sea Cove.
Chris got the Lobster Roll:
And, I got their Ahi Tuna Taco:
The filling itself was pretty good, but I felt like it could’ve used a bit more seasoning or some other layer of flavour just to ramp up the profile more.
Even though there was some pretty good music in the background since the stage was between sets, the entire festival still felt really lackluster. The “Beverage Garden” outlined in the festival map turned out to be a single stall from Mill St. The Children’s Village was a couple of bouncy castles that stood out like a sore thumb against the trendy food trucks.
Once the live band came on, the awkward atmosphere didn’t change at all. You could practically taste the embarrassment as the lead singer led a round of “Happy Birthday” to a fellow band member and then immediately made a sex joke in front of the young families in the crowd.
Maybe it was different on Saturday, but the energy was rock bottom on the second day and I hope, for the sake of all food trucks in the GTA, that this isn’t a sign of what’s to come.