St. Lawrence Market is among the most famous public markets worldwide and its history dates back to 1803. Interestingly, the St. Lawrence Market is one of the top 10 food markets in the world and is also listed in this National Geographic book.
(Whoa… I visited this market often but did not know of these interesting facts).
I’m not gonna lie, I’m at a lost on what to eat whenever I visit the St. Lawrence Market. With over 120 vendors serving delicious food, there are so many options! How… do… I… choose…
I attended this event as a guest thanks to Patrick from Feedmyphone
If only my stomach was a bottomless pit.
Luckily, the St. Lawrence Market hosts an annual event called the Evening at the Market where I had the chance to sample wonderful dishes!
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Evening at the market event | Toronto St. Lawrence Market
An Evening At The Market is an annual event where guests can try unique food dishes and drinks from over 64 St. Lawrence Market vendors. What an amazing way to sample all the wonderful food this market has to offer! As well, proceeds from sales went to Second Harvest, a food rescue organization. It’s no surprise; this event sold out two weeks in advance. Luckily, Patrick at Feedmyphone needed someone to attend the event and sent me on his behalf. Yay! Perks of being a #feedmyphoneintern.
Food Chefs | Toronto St. Lawrence Market
While the event runs from 7-10pm, I arrived early because I wanted to take a photo with Claudio Aprile from Masterchef Canada. None of the volunteers knew the event schedule, so I looked like a creeper lurking around the red carpet. All part of the job…
I must say, I was a little star struck when I met him (I blame it on my small city roots where celebrities never come by). But of course, he was super friendly and super personable. I think my photographer was also a bit star struck because he took F-O-R-E-V-E-R to take photos. I almost cried at the end because he looked at me and said, “All the pictures are blurry.” Luckily, some managed to turn out ok.
Chef Jonathan Collins was also at the event doing live demonstrations.
I’m drawn to great storytellers and heard Jonathan’s energetic voice from afar. A crowd encircled his station, and I could tell they were also enticed by his cooking and to his stories.
Live entertainment at the St. Lawrence Market Toronto
But of course, we were treated to excellent live entertainment from The Yonge Kings and Zero Gravity Circus.
The drinks at the St. Lawrence Market Toronto
I’m not a big alcohol person (and no, it’s not because I’m Asian!) but I loved the red wine that was served at this event.
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The food at the St. Lawrence Market Toronto
I tried my best to capture all the dishes, but there were just too many food choices! Here’s a sample of what was served at the event:
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By 8 pm, the event was pretty busy; some parts of the market felt as busy as a club. Certain areas around the market were more congested than others because of the narrow walkways. I almost knocked some people’s drinks a few times, and there were long lineups for food. Case in point: I was drooling over some pasta from One King West, and the server gave me a dish. I walked away only to realize there was a lineup of 20 people on the other side of the table. Oops, totally unintentional!
Tips for future events at an Evening at the St. Lawrence Market
- Grab food at one station and go directly to another food station to maximize your time. At least you’ll be eating while waiting in line for your next meal
- This type of event is ideal for 2-4 people; any more bodies and you’ll have trouble sticking together
- There’s coat check in the lower area. Use it. Trust me; you don’t want to walk around with a heavy coat
- Ladies, carry a small bag if possible, so you don’t knock people over in crowded areas. I brought a big Longchamp bag and had two cameras and a selfie stick with me. I regret carrying so much unnecessary stuff and knocking people with my bag at the event
- Wear comfortable shoes. While it is a business casual event, you’ll be on your feet a lot, and there aren’t many places to sit and rest on the main floor
If you want to follow my food journey, head over to my Instagram account at ensquaredaired