Tickets on sale for The Stop’s Night Market this week

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Written by Siobhan Ozege, photos by Yuli Scheidt

The Stop’s annual Night Market is nearly upon us. For those in the know, it’s one of Toronto’s most coveted and cherished food events with tickets selling out within hours every year. This year, you’re lucky to have Fat Girl Food Squad watching out for you and giving you the heads-up: tickets go on sale THIS WEEK. On Thursday May 1st for just $65 you get the double-whammy: support the amazing and important food security work that The Stop does, AND eat some of Toronto’s best foods.

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The event itself takes place over two nights, with different vendors each night. Happening on June 17th & 18th from 7-11pm in the Honest Ed’s alleyway, you can eat and drink to your heart’s content. Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat and drink from such FGFS faves as Fonda LolaDundas ParkSmall Town Food Co., and the Dock Ellis among many, many more. There will be savoury apps, sweet desserts, craft brews, local wines, and even some delicious coffee roasters on site. For a complete list of food vendors, you can visit the Night Market website.

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If you’re still on the fence about buying a ticket, we’d suggest reading a bit on what The Stop does. In their own words, “The Stop works to increase access to healthy food in a manner than maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality.” This organization runs a number of food programs across the city, including after school programs, community markets and bake ovens, and a drop-in food bank space that serves Toronto’s West End. They’re a great cause, and we’re proud to support them.

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Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss out on these amazing eats. This will be our second year attending this event, and our mouths are already watering.

Eat, Drink and Play at the Summer Camp for Adults – Two Islands Weekend

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Everybody longs to be a kid still.  We hang onto those memories oh so dearly.  As a kid, we all remember being sent off on the yellow school bus off to Camp and enjoying roasting marshmallows over the open fire with friends.  This September, Danielle Goldfinger (coordinator of The Stop’s Night Market) has developed this one-of-a-kind experience for adult’s that will have you reminiscing of your childhood days. Say hello to the Two Island’s Weekend.  an adults-only, two-day retreat at Camp Timberlane in Halliburton.

For $300 all-in, campers will feast on meals prepared by top Toronto chefs (including Tom Brodi a private chef, formally of TOCA, Joshna Maharaj, a food activist, Rossy Earle, Elyse Wahle of Sullivan & Bleeker, Trish Gill of Catch Seafood, Amanda Ford of Citygirl Catering, Daniel Sanders of Globe Bistro, Jason Cox of Opus, Tony Cammalleri of Pusateri’s, and Kristina Groeger) But that is not all.  .Camp admission also includes all remarkable programming and an all-you-can drink bar with spirits included by Rosewood Estate Winery, McAuslan Brewery, and Black Fly Spirit Beverages.

I had the chance to speak with Danielle regarding her newest project and what potential attendees can expect from this whirlwind weekend:

(1) Tell me about the Two Islands Weekend?  How did you come up with the concept?

I came up with a concept while hanging out with a friend last summer.  We were reminiscing about our childhood summers at camp and how as adults were just don’t have those opportunities to take off and literally run around outside all summer.  We joked about starting a summer camp for grown-ups.  After that conversation, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.  I started to do some research and found that a summer camp for adults don’t really exist her in Ontario, despite our plethora of children’s camps.

(2) When you were developing the programming, how did you come up with what would take place and did you fear that some people would not want to be involved.

Camp Timberlane provided a lot of support on this front.  They gave me insight into the activities that usually do well with adult groups.

I’ve definitely considered that some people will not want to participate.  No one has to participate in any activity they don’t to – unlike camp for children.  No one is going to force you to play baseball, when you really want to hang out by the beach.  That being said, there are so many great activities – there will definitely be something for everyone.

 (3) Tell me an experience you had a camp (bad or good).

I went to camp for 6 summers – so I have a lot of memories and they range from the profound to the mundane.   When I was 10, I sang a song from Les Miserable and was so terrible that I made the entire camp cringe in their seats.  You know that moment, when everyone is so embarrassed for someone they just can’t bare to look? I was that source of embarrassment!  To this day, I don’t really like signing out loud.

But I also remember lots of small things: signing & dancing to Patricia the Stripper with my cabin.  There was always PB&J and hot chocolate in the mess hall in between meals and the way my friend Justine braided her hair every night before bed.

(4) What can you tell me about the location of where Two Islands is being held — how did you secure it and tell me more about the landscape.  What can people expect when they arrive?

When I started to do research I discovered that lots of camps rent their facilities out.  They mostly rent them for weddings, schools and corporate groups and so I when I pitched my idea many immediately said it wasn’t the right fit.  When I met Harley, from Timberlane, he immediately got it and worked with me to create the perfect concept.  He’s been a camper, counsellor and now Director at the Camp, so he knows the place inside and out and knows what ideas will work and what won’t – that’s pretty invaluable information.   When I went for a visit last October – I knew that it was the right place.  The facilities are immaculate – you can tell the people that work and live there really respect the place.

The camp is located on The Lake of Two Islands – it’s a pretty small lake and it’s really private.  Surrounding the camp are forests and trails of the Halliburton Highlands.

When people arrive they will be greeted by a team of enthusiastic counsellors, who will show them to their bunks.  Once people are settled in, they can make their way to the beach, where we’ll have some drinks and snacks and get to know everyone.

(5) Why should people attend the Two Islands weekend?

It’s an opportunity to shed our 9 – 5 selves and just have a nice time, in a beautiful place with super nice people and great food.