Joh vs. Food : CNE Food Fest – Part One Cont’d

CNE visit número uno is complete. Eight hours of food truck frenzy fun times with my buds C, baby K and E with a little shopping thrown in. The goal today was to hit up all the Food Trucks set up on the CNE fairgrounds. This 3 day gathering of street food vendors is a first and hopefully a newly adopted tradition of my beloved CNE.

The line up of food trucks along Princess Blvd.

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We wandered up and down the lineup to get a feel for the menus as some were unknown to us. We were starving for lunch so the first visit was to Stuft Gourmet Sausages.

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Their specialty is homemade sausages “Stuft” into some soft bread. The choice today was spinach feta lamb/beef sausage with the 4 cheese sauce.

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Flavourful sausage and the bread was similar to a French baguette, super soft. A little weird looking but it was a good start.

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Per Se Mobile was next.

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The big seller was the shrimp tacos.

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Corn tortilla, lime, tomatoes, red onions, green onions and of course shrimp. Fresh and light.

Dessert time now. Pretty Sweet Cupcake Truck for a cupcake. Apple caramel and chocolate hazelnut.

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Cream cheese icing on both. Moist and decadent cupcakes. Really good.

Snack time. Meat empanada and beer battered mahi mahi fish tacos at Gourmet Gringos

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Both with a bit of kick. Chipotle mayo complements the fish which isn’t greasy at all.

Next door is Fidel Gastros not Castros…GASTROS.

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I decided to get my pulled pork fix but not with an ordinary pulled pork sandwich, but with the Gorgeous Jorge – peanut butter pulled pork with bacon jam.

20120825-011457.jpg If you’re thinking sweet, stop. So not sweet at all. Actually more on the salty side with some crispness from the bacon and toasted bun.

Taking a break from the trucks. Walking around the International Pavillion, picked up some lemonade

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Yummy hazelnut coffee for a pick me up.

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And tried these British chips…not really my fave…my pal C liked them lots…it’s an acquired taste…

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Let’s get back to the trucks. Cupcake time, round two at Sweetness Bakery. I went for the creamsicle.

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20120825-012303.jpgButtercream orange icing on a vanilla cupcake. Great colour.

Still not down for the count yet…Gourmet Bitches …you’re up.

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Gluten free food for those concerned with that.

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Pork taco time.

20120825-013107.jpg Super fresh and light as well, juicy pork.

It’s the home stretch…the best food truck item of the night and probably one of the best things I have ever tasted. Blue Donkey Streatery is the winner of the night

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Ouzo mayo calamari in a pita

20120825-013703.jpg Soft pita stuffed with fresh thick tomato slices, fries, breaded calamari rings and a garlic mayo ouzo sauce. Perfectly cooked calamari, soft not chewy. Crispy fries. And let’s talk sauce…omg ouzo garlic mayo…OMG…so garlicky, so rich…SOOOOO GOOD!!!! Try it!!!!

Not quite done yet, although nothing could top that calamari pita, no night is complete without ice cream

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Sweet endings.

My new little friend agrees…

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Support the food trucks when you see them. The food is new, tasty and inventive. There is more to street eating than just hot dogs. The people who run these trucks are super nice and it’s amazing to see their take on food.

Bring on the food building next week =)

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7 thoughts on “Joh vs. Food : CNE Food Fest – Part One Cont’d

    • Sweet Spell Baking Chick says:

      Not often you get to see all the trucks out in one spot. Had to take full advantage. Totally enjoyed it all =)

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