Summertime in Toronto is spectacular. It’s the perfect time of year to explore this great city! What better way to get to know the city than by hitting up some of the great culinary choices it has to offer. After a brief hiatus in 2017, the Union Summer Market is back in downtown Toronto and it’s better than ever! Where else in the city will you find 10 of the best eateries in one location and variety of daily programming and performances presented by TD.
We decided to stop by the Union Summer Market, take a look around and grab a bite or two or three while we enjoyed some live music. It’s a foodies paradise right here in Toronto.
Bananza – Tempt your taste buds with frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and covered with cool toppings like crushed wasabi peas (hot & sweet) or salted caramel and pretzels, sprinkles and many more.
Fugo Desserts – If you love donuts, then Fugo is your go-to station. They offer mini donuts covered with pistachio, homer (sprinkles), apple pie, coconut bounty and many other flavours. The picture-perfect Tropical Paradise drink is Instagram ready; made with vegan mango-pineapple soft serve topped with mango nectar and garnished with a Homer donut.
Amano Pasta – Choose from a variety of Italian sandwiches (cold cuts, meatball, eggplant parmesan) or enjoy one of their delicious salads.
The Plant – Vegans rejoice! These plant-powered dishes with ingredients sourced from Ontario are the mainstay at this booth. From kale salads filled with nut-based protein bites to Portobello mushroom veggie burgers and so much more.
Union Chicken – Dare to try the super hot Lightening Chicken with habanero hot sauce and maple syrup or the OG with maple syrup topped with coleslaw, banana peppers, and pickles.
Wvrst – Get your fill of their sinful duck fat fries with or without a cheese drizzle, pretzels and four Sausage flavours from Merguez, Kass, Bison, and Oktoberfest.
Harry’s Charbroiled – Delicious burgers cooked to order with four different choices – Plain Jane, Double Plain Jane and a Bacon Jane (bacon and cheeseburger) and Green Burger made with kicky green chorizo and topped with melted cheese.
Carbon Bar – Marinated for hours and finished in the smoker, their pork shoulder, and turkey legs are not to be missed. The hand grilled corn topped with cotija cheese along with country potato salad and coleslaw are great sides to compliment the juicy meats.
Roywoods – An amazing jerk chicken sandwich served on a cocobun and toppings along with sides – jerk wings, plantain chips and potato wedges.
Mean Bao – Get your fill of steamed buns with a choice of toppings from vegetarian to fish and meat.Goose Island – This brewhouse serves up cold suds and Brickworks cider. For the non-beer drinkers try some Palm Bay coolers.
A visit to the Union Summer Market is a sensory experience. Not only will you get to dive into some of the best food in Toronto, you will also get to listen to live music as you browse the aisles. When August rolls around and the market closes, don’t worry. You can still visit the Amano and Union Chicken in the lower level of Union Station. Don’t forget to check out the upcoming Wvrst Restaurant, which will be opening soon.
When: July 1 to August 19
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto
Note: We were guests of Union Summer Market but all opinions expressed are our own.