Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vegiterra at Annex Flea July 27

We brought Vegiterra to another Annex Flea and had a lovely time in the blazing sun.  The flea is located behind Honest Ed's at Bloor and Bathurst and has a mixture of vintage, homemade, craft, and food vendors. We were one of four exclusively vegan vendors, including the bakeries Crumble & Flake , APieCalypse Now and our friendly neighbours, Kewaza energy balls. We also got to know our lovely neighbours Pocket Style Canada who sell some very classy square swag for your blazer pocket, and volunteers were selling high quality books at a sweet price to raise money for mental health.

We introduced a new item called jhal muri - a huge hit!  We discovered this snack while traveling through Nepal last year, although it originates in Kolkata in northeastern India.  Jhal Muri is a refreshing gluten-free chaat (Indian snack) made of puffed rice, chickpea vermicelli, fresh herbs and veggies, a truckload of spices, tamarind, peanuts and lime juice.  Each mouthful contains the seven elements of flavour.  We will be bringing this treat back for round two at our next event, the TO Food Fest on August 10th. 

Our booth in the mid-afternoon.  The crowds died down for a while because of the intense heat, at this time many of the vendors hunted for the some sort of shade covering.  As you can see, the sun poured right into our tent at this time and we roasted like empanadas! 

Three item menu: Jhal Muri, Crispy Sweet Potato Gnocchi, African Peanut Stew Empanada.

Our African Peanut Stew Empanada with Cilantro Aioli.  A favourite among many of our customers.

Christopher takes a break from the 35-degree sunshine blast.

We were so happy to have Machhina Mobile Cafe across from us!  They are lovely people, their coffee is outstanding, and their "Macchina" is so fun to look at!  Countless amounts of people stopped to take photos of this unique food truck.  

We really enjoyed Sugar Mamma's Mini-Doughnuts.  We fed them some empanadas and enjoyed their incredible salted caramel and nutella doughnuts.   They cook their doughnuts in organic coconut oil, and when they turned their fryer on, we were transported back to Bali by the smell.  

We also tried a carrot and kale Mnandi pie which is a Zimbawean style puff pastry.  It was bursting with flavour from the carrot and a nice tomato zing.  Delicious!

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