Predictably, at least half of the already limited offering of food ran out by 1:30 (despite the 3 pm advertised end time), but there were some gems at Yonge-Dundas square yesterday.
I don't care if I'm paying $2 or $3 for food samples if money is going to a worthy charity and in this case, it was for Second Harvest so I purchased tickets eagerly. I enjoyed the freshly-made waffles with apple and pecans, and the St. Anne's Spa pork on baguette. Someone else's pork on croissant was less inspired. There was also a lovely looking rare iron steak on blue cheese and salad greens that I didn't have room to try.
Being cynical by nature, I almost didn't line up for the ribs coming out of the huge locomotive-style smoker run by Earl of Bustin' Loose BBQ team and Rambo of Smokin' in the Igloo BBQ team. http://www.bustinloosebbq.ca/
Although $3 a plate (3 ribs per plate) I was really expecting disaster. Good thing I got in line right away, because they sold out by 1:30.
I was rewarded with really smoky, mostly-moist ribs with great outer and inner flavour. A little pink and not quite fall-off-the-bone. Not perfect but still up there with the best in GTA. Rambo says they smoke with a combo of apple, maple and hickory and use their sponsor's applewood "dust" liberally. The dust comes in sealed bags. I think I saw a Maple Leaf logo on their other smoker.
They don't do "ribfests" but intead travel to international competitions and cater fundraisers and even weddings. Hey, a girl can dream!