The summers around here are filled with festivals and small town fairs. Along with festivals and fairs comes festival food.
One of the early summer festivals we hit up was the Turkish Festival at Gage Park. My favourite was this savoury Turkish pancake, called a Gozleme. It’s a thin buttery bread stuffed with parsley and feta cheese and then pan fried right in front of you on special hot plate that looked like an inverted hot steel bowl.
I went to the Winona Peach Festival for the 2nd time in the past 3 years. I do have to be honest in saying that I will probably not go back. This year I went strictly for some food tasting, but I did not find much that would warrant another visit.
We sampled the ribbon chips, which were probably the best purchase of the evening. The chips are thinly peeled into a giant long ribbon from one whole potato, then deep fried into golden crisp goodness.
The peach sundae was good, but like much fair food, was overpriced, and nothing that I wouldn’t be able to whip up at home with some fresh and local peaches, vanilla bean ice-cream and some whipped cream.
These deep fried panzerotti balls were the biggest disappointment. What one would think would be awesome cheesy deep fried goodness, was just pretty much over processed crapiness. I was looking for something a little more homemade.
We also stopped by the Cactus Festival in Dundas, which was your typical mid town fair. There was a huge variety of food vendors, including fair classics like elephant ears, funnel cake, deep fried butter, mars bars, plus items from poutine, sweet potatoe fries, to Indian Currries and gourmet burgers.
In my many visits to Dundas I had never noticed the little Ukranian grocers until this day. I was so excited to see the shop that I couldn’t resist indulging in some pierogies and kielbasa. I can only dream that one day somewhere nearby there might be a pierogi festival.
My only warning to you if you do ever decide to head to the Cactus Festival, be aware that the festival population is composed of about 99.9% 12-15 year olds. Just to give you a better picture, there was a bouncer at the McDonalds to assist with teen crowd control.