Food trucks deliver sweet and savoury treats to the CNE

by W. Andrew Powell
CNE Food Trucks

The Canadian National Exhibition is all about food trucks this weekend, as some of the city’s best mobile purveyors or great eats come together in one place from August 22 to 24, just beyond the Princes’ Gates on the Exhibition grounds.

Dozens of food trucks have been dishing from their unique menus since Friday, taking some of the crowds away from the CNE’s food building with sweet and savoury treats including burgers (South St. Burger Co.), pulled pork and brisket (Hogtown Smoke), churros (I Love Churros), corn (CORNehCOPIA), and even special combinations like Pad Thai fries (Fidel Gastro’s).

Some of the other trucks at the CNE until Sunday are: Bacon Nation, Blue Donkey Streatery, Busters Sea Cove, Food Dudes, Frankie Fettuccine, Gourmet Gringos, The Meatball Shoppe, Nazca, Pappas Greek “On Wheels”, Randy’s Roti & Doubles, Sandwiches with a Twist (S.W.A.T.), Tang’s Burger, Texas Tornado, The Urban Smoke, and Yogurty’s.

To test things out, since we didn’t have a lot of food truck experience, my family and I picked up a range of dishes, including meatballs, pulled pork and brisket, fish tacos from Gourmet Gringos, french fries, and then churros and frozen yogourt for dessert. Everything was delicious, but the brisket from Hogtown Smoke was phenomenal, and the fish tacos left me with a smile on my face and wanting more, despite my happily full stomach.

For dessert, I’ve had the churros from I Love Churros before, but they never fail to satisfy, and Yogurty’s was good, just like in their stores, but there were only a few topping options. They did have a few frozen yogourt flavours at least.

My only complaint is that the food trucks are only at the CNE for three days, and that’s not a lot of time, especially when their food is so good. The location for the food trucks is perfect, since it offers an alternative to the Food Building, while also being nicely positioned on the east side of the Ex.

Since the City of Toronto is not really going out of its way to make room for food trucks, this would have been a great opportunity for the CNE to show off the city’s amazing food trucks for a lot longer than three days. The only thing missing is definitely some seating options for food fans, but there are spots to sit in the grass and on benches behind both rows of the trucks.

The food trucks will be at the CNE today, Saturday, until 11:00 PM tonight, and on Sunday from 10:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

Gourmet Gringos - Fish Tacos

Gourmet Gringos – Fish Tacos

SWAT: Sandwiches With A Twist

SWAT: Sandwiches With A Twist

Fidel Gastro

Fidel Gastro

CNE Food Trucks

CNE Food Trucks

I Love Churros

Churros from I Love Churros

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