Food Truck Eats, the ongoing series of wildly popular and successful events celebrating Toronto's burgeoning gourmet street food culture, proudly presents its inaugural awards ceremony: 'AwesTRUCK 2012'.
On Sunday, September 9th, from 2 pm until 8 pm, the Evergreen Brickworks' Holcim Gallery will sizzle as Southern Ontario street food's hottest talents gather to recognize their culinary creativity, celebrate the revolutionary spirit of Canada's street food scene, and find out who has the most awesome food truck!
Opening the days festivities, James Cunningham, the face of Food Network's popular Eat St. program 'AwesTRUCK 2012's will welcome guests who'll join a who's who of national media-types, food industry influencers and social-media savvy food lovers to chow down on a line-up of the tastiest curbside cuisine from across the golden horseshoe. And once the smoke clears and the grills cool, guests and vendors will join forces as the DJs from Toronto's famous monthly "Going Steady" and "Chronologic" events provide the soundtrack for a blow-out block party as the silverware gets handed out.
Food Truck Eats and the Ontario Food Truck Association are guided by the following principles:
- To educate Toronto on the variety of street food options. To show that it can be more than just burgers and hotdogs.
- To allow the gourmet food truck operators to build healthy relationships with local space owners, chefs and restaurants for future food truck installations.
- To celebrate the diversity of food in Toronto/Ontario.
- For a better picture of how Food Truck Eats has changed Ontario street food in the past year, click here to view our food truck infographic.
Pay ChenPay Chen is a TV host, writer and producer with a healthy appetite. Her TV career has taken her from OMNI-TV to Treehouse TV, CityTV, Breakfast Television and others. Also a food columnist, Pay loves exploring new places to feed her face. Raised in Nova Scotia, she will eat almost anything that comes from the ocean except the garbage people have dumped there. An early supporter of food trucks and street food, Pay is thrilled to be a part of AwesTRUCK 2012. She is also an Instagram and Twitter addict who posts photos of her food but not many of her lattes. She has never said or tweeted, "Om nom nom nom."
Bonita MokBy day, Bonita works in marketing in the publishing industry, and brings with her brand management, event planning and marketing, publicity, advertising, and graphic design experience. By night, she can be found either eating her way around the city or experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen. She is the publisher of the food blog Bon Eats.
Richard SigesmundHealth care professional by trade, food blogger, home brewer and photographer by night; Richard makes one really boring superhero. If biking across Belgium in search of the world's best beer is a superpower, then Richard deserves a cape or, in the very least, a monocle. Along with his wife Robin Sharp, Richard posts about Toronto's best eats and drinks on their food blog. Years removed from running an independent record label, Richard has learned that food is music for the soul and begs for Toronto chefs to continue to compose for years to come. You can usually find Richard lamenting Toronto's lack of availability of lambic sours or hashing out a recipe for his next home-brewed beer.
Robin SharpRobin Sharp acquired a used 110mm film camera at the age of 5 and used it to photograph the people and places she loved. She has never stopped taking pictures, and has been shooting professionally for 6 years. When she's not using her camera to photograph families and weddings, she enjoys photographing and blogging about her favourite meals in Toronto and abroad. She loves craft beer and fish tacos.