The Stop Night Market

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As you probably know if you’re a regular One Tough Cookie reader, I talk a lot about food here on the blog. Specifically, I talk a lot about cravings, and cakes, and about eating dessert for breakfast — but I don’t often talk about hunger. It’s a tough thing to talk about — the sheer ugliness of the reality of hunger might explain why we don’t like to talk about it very often. But just last year, Food Banks Canada provided assistance to over 840,000 a month — that’s over 10 million people a year. Please, think about that for a minute — and consider that our whole population as a country just barely 35 million people.

A little while back, I wrote a piece for Toronto Life‘s website on a local community food centre called The Stop, which does the tough work of helping combat hunger in our city. The piece, should you choose to check it out, is a photo essay that shows how they manage to serve incredible, restaurant-grade meals for free at their drop-in meal program, on a budget of merely $2 per plate. And not only do they produce almost 60 thousand of these drop-in meals per year, but their programs also include a food bank, a perinatal program, bake ovens and markets, community cooking, community advocacy, a sustainable food production and education centre that houses a state-of-the-art greenhouse, and food system education programs.

They also put on an annual food festival called The Stop Night Market, which is a major fundraiser for their organization. It’s two nights long, and each night features over 60 chefs, 20 local beverage vendors, and 35 one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers — all of whom have donated their time and products to the event, so that all of the proceeds fund The Stop. I visited on the opening night, and had an amazing time; you can check out some of my event pictures below.

Looking for ways to help The Stop? Keep an eye out for the Night Market when it rolls around next year. You can also donate money directly, or volunteer your time.

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Tempura trout and zucchini slaw roll by The Stop’s own kitchen crew.

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Lamb belly and asparagus by Momofuku Shoto.

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Smoked chicken ‘Pan Am’ tamales by the Art Gallery of Ontario team.

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Until next time,

xo,

A

Full disclosure: I attended the Night Market on a media pass, but was in no way compensated for this post, and my wholehearted endorsement of The Stop is entirely my own opinion.

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  1. Sofia // From the Land we Live on June 21, 2015 at 5:25 PM #

    So sad I missed this! I volunteered at the Picnic at the Brickworks a few years ago, which I think was a similar idea and also organized by The Stop, if I remember correctly. It was the most delicious and inspiring event. Will look out for the night market next year!