This past weekend thousands of families and Toronto urbanites trekked out to the Historic Fort York to experience the Conscious Food Festival.
What's 'conscious' food?
It's food that comes from suppliers that make the committed effort to natural, healthy, local, green and socially responsible initiatives. In other words, it's food that you can feel good about eating...and we felt pretty good about eating lots of it!
The Conscious Food Festival got its dose of legit from the presence and support of notable Toronto chefs including Ryan Donovan of Marben, Rocco Agostino of Enoteca Sociale and Martin Kouprie of Pangea.
Biodynamic winemaking leaders Southbrook Vineyards, Ontario craft brewers Beau's and locally made Tag No. 5 Vodka also represented the beverage side of conscious consumption.
Sustainable seafood and responsible aquaculture were a hot topic at the festival, with many of the chefs and participating vendors sourced ocean-friendly and thoughtful catch from Leslieville's Hooked, including chef David Friedman of Ossington's Fishbar. The Sunday afternoon of the Conscious Food Festival saw the chefs from Pangea and Fishbar, as well as festival's founder Scott Rondeau battling off in a sustainable seafood challenge.
Concerned and responsible chefs in the Toronto restaurant scene are not a trend; it's becoming the standard - one that were happy to see growing in the city.
Not just a great cocktail spot, College Street's Sidecar presents confit lamb shoulder.
'Green' doesn't have to mean vegan, with chicken and beef a plenty by Green Table Foods.
Bang for buck with HUGE meatball sliders from College Street's Hey Meatball!
Leslieville's Hooked repping local Beau's beer and sustainable fish with beer-battered smelts.
Ossington's Fishbar continuing the crostini train with smoked salmon and creamy goat cheese.
The Stop Community Food Centre teaming up with festival sponsor The Grid TO (admission to the festival was free on the second day of the event courtesy of Toronto's premier weekly.)
Learn more about the Conscious Food Festival and its participants at http://consciousfoodfestival.ca