Market Squarein St. Catharines was alive with foodie culture on Sunday July 8th, as the Food Truck Eats event series made a stop in town. With five food trucks, four local restaurants and two Niagara wineries in attendance, this event was a clear indication that downtown St. Catharines is a destination for good eats!
Each stop featured gourmet fare and all at a price point of $6 or less. With the opportunity to dine your way through a variety of cuisines and culinary schools of thought, the overall vibe of the event was positive. It was inspiring to see the community come together and overwhelmingly support this new trend in epicurean events.
In attendance were the following, find them on Twitter to keep up with events and culinary goings-on:
El Gastronomo Vagabundo – Ontario’s first food truck hailing from St. Catharines. The culinary style is under the motto “globally inspired, locally driven”, indicative of their creative use of international cuisines and locally sourced ingredients.
Tide and Vine Oyster Company – Making their debut in 2012, this truck features oysters to the extreme but also specialize in other sea sourced plates. With Beach Angels from the west coast and Malpeques from the east coast, this truck is one to try if you long for a little East Coast close to home.
Dobro Jesti – A truck that specializes in schnitzel, with a few varieties on the menu, your schnitzel craving will certainly be satisfied. Also stop by to try their raved about risotto balls and famous garlic donuts.
Southern Smoke Truck – Making their Food Truck Eats debut at last nights event, this truck serves up authentic barbeque for long line-ups resulting in many satisfied smiles.
Cupcake Diner – You can’t miss this food truck with its signature pink exterior, the sweets that you’ll find inside are the ultimate in creative cupcakery. With known favourites like Red Velvet you can satisfy a classic craving or get creative with Caramel Apple Pie!
Wellington Court Café – Located on Wellington in St. Catharines’ core, Wellington Court Café is synonymous with creative gourmet fare. A decadent menu matched with an impressive wine list and one of the nicest outdoor dining spaces in the city.
The Office – A whole new meaning to “I’ll be at The Office”, a local hotspot located on James St., this eatery is well known for its creative dishes and great atmosphere. With a commitment to making your dining experience memorable, The Office never disappoints.
Mahtay Café – A needed addition to the downtown core, Mahtay Café is located on St. Paul St., directly across from the location of the (still under construction) Performing Arts Centre. With a massive indoor space filled with creative minds and coffee lovers, walls adorned with local art and a coffee menu with unlimited options, check out this spot to find a relaxing place to land and spend a few hours.
Rise Above – St. Catharines first vegan eatery, the culinary wizards behind Rise Above serve up innovative food that satisfies the vegan and not-so-vegan palate. Creative ingredients, wild flavor combinations and international inspiration make this eatery a must-try for the food lover.