The highlights included the new Curb Your Hunger which added food trucks to the mix of restaurants to celebrate our growing food truck culture here in Edmonton and getting more involved in social media by having 2 ATCO Gas Cook Off events involving food bloggers. One was a best food truck entrée cook off, and one a "Cooking with the Stars" BBQ competition where food bloggers were paired with some of Edmonton’s finest chef’s to come up with amazing creations from a basket of mystery ingredients. As well, they eliminated the Taste of Dessert.
|Prime Rib Stuffed Mini Yorkshire Puddings|
Some of the highlights for Moo and my humans included the bacon bomb from Smokehouse BBQ. It was piggy goodness with a barbeque sauce that gave it some kick. The humans also enjoyed the Prime Rib Stuffed Mini Yorkshire Pudding from On The Rocks. They said the portions were very generous, with each Yorkshire pudding overfilled with tender, juicy feeb, with a squirt of horseradish sauce giving it a kick. In fact, the line up for On The Rocks offerings was constantly long, and it seems with good reason.
|Tandoori Chicken Samosa|
The tandoori chicken samosa and potato bhajia (fritters) from Guru Fine Indian Cuisine were very filling and flavorful. The samosa was extremely large and crispy without being greasy, while the chicken inside was very moist. The fritters were also crispy, with the chickpea batter adding a unique flavor of it’s own to the potatoes.
One item that never disappoints it the Café Affogatto from Zucchero Cappuccino Bar. A very simple dessert of vanilla ice cream or gelato, with espresso poured on top of it, and lightly topped with whip cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. It makes for a dessert that isn’t too sweet, and gives you a caffeinated jolt.
|Jack Daniels Apple Crumble with Ice Cream|
|Maple Bacon Poutine|
The only dish that we didn’t finish because it downright didn’t taste right was the pad thai from Numchok Wilai Restaurant. The texture and flavor reminded me more of Thai Kitchens Original Stir Fry Rice Noodles with Sauce, as opposed to something freshly made.
Overall, I was pleased to see so many new restaurants and new dishes available this year. The additional events such as the food blogger cook offs added something new, fresh, and fun to this year’s festival. I look forward to seeing what they come up with next year and hope that many more restaurants will embrace using this venue as an opportunity to try and offer something new and unexpected.
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Taste of Edmonton
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Usually the 3rd and 4th week of July