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10 must-try street foods at Arts & Crafts' Field Trip

Posted by Jesse Ship / May 12, 2013

Arts & Crafts Field TripPublic school will be just wrapping up for the summer, so what better reason than to take a little Field Trip courtesy of Arts & Crafts! Field Trip is their upcoming music/food extravaganza that will feature top bands from their roster (Feist, Broken Social Scene, Zeus, Stars, and then some) along side a fresh crop of tasty and insanely creative artisan foods, curated with assistance from the Toronto Underground Market (TUM).

A couple of weekends ago I was invited to an afternoon of boardroom pitches from local vendors, judged by members of Arts & Crafts like partner, Jeffrey Remedios and Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning.

"I've been to many music festivals backstage so I'm being catered to in a different way but if you take a look at Harbourfront in the summer you have all the international foods, and I like that stuff so why not bring that concept but with a local farming focus?" Canning told me.

"There's so much waste at rock festivals, so if we can curate something that supports a local farming movement, and when there's a local slaughterhouse literally behind the field then why not, rather than having people wolfing down hot dogs and pizza from Pizza Pizza. They do fine on their own."

Along with 30 or so TUM vendors, you will also see food truck vendors like Caplansky's, Buster's Sea Cove, Stuft, and Blue Donkey (more info on these can be found via our new food truck app and the Toronto Food Trucks website). Aside from tasty bites, Amsterdam Brewery has even concocted a very special Field Trip brew.

Here's a taste and feel of what's to come.

Field Trip Arts & CraftsI know it's a sin to start with dessert but these just have to be mentioned first. The Backyard Kitchen will be serving deep fried beer batter banana fritters, delicately crispy on the outside, but melt in your mouth creamy in the inside with a sweet vanilla undertone. By far the best fritter of any type my taste buds have commingled. Definitely a must try. They're also offering a sweet and juicy pulled pork sandwich containing different textures of meat, dosed with hoisin sauce. For vegetarians, they've got a tangy and garlicky beet sandwich guaranteed to keep you safe from creeps and vampires with just one bite.

Arts & Crafts Field TripTimeless Food presented a steak Bordelaise which consists of a delicate beef Carpaccio, shoestring frites, croquette made from white bean puree, roasted shallots and "more bone marrow fat than is good for the average human." It was a delicious contrast of flavours and elements. Crunchy, soft, chewy, sweet and salty. Easily the best fries you'll ever scarf down at a music festival.

Arts & Crafts Field TripMeat Pie Mates. A classic staple in Australian footy and rugger matches, Erynn Mayes has made it her mission to bring the meals-to-go meat pies to America. The chunky, crusty pucks come filled with traditional beef, butter chicken, and a veg option of zucchini and Boursin cheese filling. "An instant second wind," approved Canning.

Grub by Derek Wu has made a number of TUM appearances. Their deep fried taro chips that tasted exactly like hand cut chips wont be served nor will their Me So Horny epically cheesy, garlic-stuffed, baked oysters, but you will be able to suck on their delightful aloe and blueberry ice pops. And scarf down their tempura corn bites and pineapple bao buns.

Arts & Crafts Field TripThe Animal Liberation Kitchen, a vegan operation that clearly aims to emancipate our furry friends, created a Chirashi vegan sushi bowl with delicately vinagered rice, edamame, avocado and carrots on a lettuce leaf bowl. Simple yet surprisingly delicious. Also available will be a slurpable Greek cold gazpacho, peppered with chunks of disintegrating feta cheese and olives, in a tomato slurry. It's tasty, refreshing and will cool down your body temp so you can get back to the party.

Arts & Crafts Field TripBricks and Mortar will be offering a tantalizing array of holdable dishes like flank steak and bacon sandwiches, the bacon on bacon slider, sriracha popcorn and duck quesadillas.

Arts & Crafts Field TripBabi & Co. is another must try for those who haven't made it over to Indonesia, the Asian archipelago, peanut-sauce obsessed country. They'll be offering their signature Babi on a Bun of sweet braised pork belly on a brioche-like bun, Mie Kuah Kacang, which are thick chewy yellow noodles in a rich peanut sauce with veggies and tofu.

Taking the cake, quite literally, for most creative yet practical kiddy snack was Paleo Bread's gluten-free (wheat, rice, corn and rice free too since we're at it) banana bread. Moist and heavy, there's some good fuel to keep you swaying to the music.

Arts & Crafts Field TripSweet Sammies Ice Cream Sandwich Co. will be so popular, you might want to skip out on dinner and grab one of these before they're gone. Small batch gourmet ice cream sandwiches like the Crownie (vanilla bean ice cream between Belgian chocolate brownies) or the Triple C (Belgian chocolate ice cream between chocolate chip cookies) sweetened with ingredients like maple syrup.

Photos by Alejandro Santiago and Brad Freeman



mmm / May 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Food looks great, I might have actually bought tickets and gone if they weren't priced for rich people and suckers.
ter / May 13, 2013 at 09:47 am
They've only sold about 1000 tickets to this event. They have now succumbed to corporate sponsorship to make up for it. What a failure.
J / May 13, 2013 at 10:11 am
Will there be any more standard fare at this event? I mean, I like and have had Beef Carpaccio - but serving it from a truck - on a hot summer day - just seems like a bad idea. Or maybe it's just me. There's something to be said of a burger and a beer in the summer - there's a reason people get excited about bbqs. And where are the prices - this stuff can't be cheap.
Kitty / May 13, 2013 at 10:44 am
@mmm It's a festival... with a huge lineup of great bands... did you really expect a $15 entry? Not sure how $93.50 equates to a price only a rich person could afford.
realc / May 13, 2013 at 01:08 pm
They wayyy over priced tickets and their sales numbers are hurting because of it.
. / May 13, 2013 at 01:47 pm
There are a lot of vendors they don't have listed here. Dunno why; I really like some of the stuff the other guys have. Tickets are pretty pricey...but maybe it's because it's going on so long: 11am-11pm. Might still check it out. Lol, Tim..."slurry", worst way to describe anything if you want to try and get people to eat it.
Tim replying to a comment from . / May 13, 2013 at 02:25 pm
Hey, not my words, you can thank Jesse Ship for the poetic use of 'slurry'
jesse replying to a comment from . / May 13, 2013 at 02:46 pm
Pft, this guy loves slurry!


Slurry can actually be used a culinary term...

But to be honest, I've actually never heard of slurry as a form of manure until now. It's really just any kind of substance that has a watery, blended consistency.
gross replying to a comment from jesse / May 13, 2013 at 03:46 pm
I think you mean coulis. But based on that dish, the chef (ha!) didn't even know what they're going for.
kate replying to a comment from ter / May 13, 2013 at 06:10 pm
how do you know that?
M. / May 13, 2013 at 07:06 pm
I'm with J. I don't want experimental, adventurous food trucks at a show I paid $100 for. I want affordable, healthy food in filling portions. Hell, I'd settle for some hot dog vendors. If we can't bring our own food, at least provide something standard.

Past experience with TUM and food trucks suggests that this won't be affordable at ALL. I'm sure the vendors are excited about their captive audience though.
West Side Beef Co. replying to a comment from M. / May 14, 2013 at 12:32 am
Hey folks, we're not in the article, but we are going to be at the show. We're selling our Whole Beast burger with homemade chips for $12.

We use dry-aged, pastured beef from one of our local farms and fresh baked buns from OMG bakery here in Toronto. We slowly braise beef, shred it and then stuff it into every burger which is then BBQ'd over hardwood lump charcoal. If you've been to TUM and tried our burger, it's the same thing only bigger. We think it's a good size and a good value, hopefully you will to.
terf replying to a comment from kate / May 14, 2013 at 07:24 am
Field Trip facebook event page.
. replying to a comment from terf / May 14, 2013 at 10:32 am
Yeah...because everyone everywhere makes sure to add themselves to a Facebook Event Page every time they plan on going somewhere.

And I thought for a second we were getting some kind of sneaky insider gossip. -_- Le sigh.
hbtmeatballs / May 15, 2013 at 10:27 am
Come check us out, we our serving a few different type of meatball sliders, with fresh greens stuffed with 5 cheeses for a very afforable price. Dont forget to ring our bell.

DLish replying to a comment from Kitty / May 17, 2013 at 08:10 am
I agree that it's a great line-up of bands. No one expects a $15 fee but $93.50 is a gouge. Even if I coughed up the $100, I'd be hard-pressed to find someone else willing to pay this much.
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Animal Liberation Kitchen / May 18, 2013 at 11:31 am
@ Jesse Ship thanks for the great review! hahaha at "slurry" comments. come over to our booth on June 8th, mention this awesome article and we will treat you with free sample of gazpacho goodness.
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