The Night Market Shines Bright

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On June 18th and 19th, the Stop Community Food Centre transformed the back alley of the old Honest Eds into the Night Market pop-up mecca for foodies.

Last year’s single-evening event completely sold out and raised a whopping $57,000 for The Stop, a local Not-For-Profit that provides food bank services, community cooking, food advocacy, and education among other food and nutrition services.

Thankfully, their success meant adding a 2nd night to the 2013 event, and watch as the 2000 tickets flew off the online ticket site in under two hours time.

This was obviously not a typical food event. Over the course of the two nights, Night Market saw about 90 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries and refreshment companies serving up an all-you-can-eat-and-drink feast to hungry (and lucky) ticket holders. In between sips and nibbles, event goers also got a wiggle their hips alongside the remarkably animated dancing band or just admire the stunning vendor booths created by professional and student design teams from schools like OCAD and Ryerson.

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This year, Yorkshire Valley Farms was a proud sponsor of the event, donating over 160 kg of chicken breasts to the chefs looking to use chicken at the event.

The result? When you’re cooking with a premium product from Yorkshire Valley Farm, it’s pretty hard to end up with anything less than tasty, but still, each of the chefs well exceeded all of our lofty expectations! There were tacos, dumplings, wings and more – each dish showcasing the beautiful flavour of YVF, but with such diverse preparations, inspirations and ingredients that the product’s versatility also shown through. Our restaurant partners this year include Babi & Co, Fonda Lola, FeasTO, Hawthorne, 416 Snack Bar and Universal Grill.

And while all of the YVF chicken dishes at Night Market would have tasted incredible in any place, at any time, knowing that it was contributing to a worthy cause made every bite a bit better. This was certainly the case for James Sculthorpe, President of the company, who believes solely in the Stop’s mandate that everyone, regardless of financial or social situation, should have access to good food.

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James Sculthorpe, Yorkshire Valley Farms President (left) with Nick Saul,  CFCC President and CEO of Community Food Centres

James got into the organic chicken farming business with the dream of making a whole organic chicken less expensive than a large pizza.  So supporting an initiative that also helps enable families to eat well regardless of budgetary restraints, and that provides healthful, satisfying and culturally acceptable food through their food bank, was a perfect fit for the Farm.

But don’t fret if missed out on some of the Night Market’s delicious chicken dishes. You can pick up a package of Yorkshire Valley Farms chicken breasts, take a little inspiration from the pros and whip up your own healthy version at home!  And while you perfect your own chicken dinners, check out the Stop website for more information about their important initiative and programs, and be on the look out next Spring for information on the 2014 event.

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