The event took place on March 8, 2017 in The Rotunda at Toronto City Hall, which was actually my first time being inside the city hall so it was quite interesting to see. The inner and outer circles of the rotunda had food or drink stations. There were also a section for local artists to feature their “Environment-themed” works of art for auction in order to raise money and awareness for Environmental Defence. Across from the art auction was a live art installation onsite with artist Mark Grice.
For $55 admission, guests got a passport to try all the food and drink samples throughout the event as well as a re-usable bamboo chopsticks to eat the dim sum with and take home after. In the passport, only two vendors allowed to sample as much as you can – the rest were a one-time sampling.
Some of Toronto’s best chefs have been asked to showcase their talents for a good cause by putting their spin on dim sum items using only fresh, local and sustainable ingrediants from environmentally conscious partners: seafood that are Ocean Wise recommended, and meat, poultry and eggs from Rowe Farms and Yorkshire Valley Farms. In support of Environmental Defence, we were able to pair the dim sum with local and independent wines, beers and ciders.
Here were the food and drinks I got to try during the Sustainable Dim Sum event:
Saturday Dinette – Coconut & Mushroom Rice Balls
Kanpai Snack Bar – Chiu Chow Fun Gor of Pork & Cricket
Hawthorne Food and Drink – Smoked Tea Deviled Egg
Three Dog Winery – Dog House Red and Riesling
Centennial College – Spice Rubbed Shrimp, Lotus Root Chip, Honey-Wasabi Drizzle, Micro Greens
Pork Ninjas – Moinks: Bacon Wrapped Smoked Meatballs
Pearl Court – Steamed Chicken Bao Bun
C-fu Foods – Cricket Shu Mai
Cafe Belong – Ginger Pork Dumpling
Lake Inez – Shrimp & Chicken Won Ton
Dailo – Big Maco Bao Bun
The Hogtown Pub and Oysters – Asian Mushroom Soup with Chicken Meatballs
Duggan’s Brewery – Thai Curry Tilapia Chowder
Daniel et Daniel – Tuna Poke
George Brown College – Pepino Royal Mocktail
George Brown College – Papelontrade Mocktail
George Brown College – Apple-licious Mocktail
George Brown College – Lavender Lane Mocktail
Brickworks Ciderhouse – Semi-sweet Craft Cider
401 Cider Brewery – Chocolate Infused Cider
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Disclaimer: Although the entrance was complimentary provided by Drink Inc. Events, all opinions are my own.
Sustainable Dim Sum
At Toronto City Hall
Drink Inc. Events