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Ah yes, my favourite time of year! It’s Taste of Edmonton Time! Churchhill Square is over taken by some of the city’s best food establishments for a week of fun and honest over -indulgence.
I have been going to Taste of Edmonton almost every year since I have moved to the city, and I feel that it might be time for some of the “staple” vendors to either move out and make room for the new up and comers or to revamp their menus. I feel the selection of “new” and “want to try” get smaller and smaller every year a go, and it’s a little depressing.
This year is one of those cases where I kind of hummed and haa’d about what I wanted to try. There were a few items I missed, so I am hopefully going to hit up the Square again to get those and add them to this list!
Let’s talk about what I tried!
Crispy Avocado Roll with Cilantro Honey Pesto from: Zinc
Zinc is inside the Alberta Art Gallery, right off the square. I’ve never had a chance to eat inside, but I’ve sampled some of their catering before. At Taste of Edmonton, one of their offerings is the Crispy Avocado Roll with Cilantro Honey Pesto. I enjoyed it, Avocado is one of my favourite veggies and you really can’t go wrong with it in a spring roll wrap. The roll itsself was warm and perfectly seasoned. I did find the pesto far too sweet in comparison, which are words I don’t say often!
Ricotta Cheese Fritters with Spicy Tomato Jam from: Edmonton Petroleum Club
The Edmonton Petroleum Club is right off Kingsway avenue, and it’s one of those places you know exists but aren’t really sure what they do. The advertising around their stall says you don’t have to be a member to check out the restaurant. If the rest of the food is as enjoyable as these fritters I would consider it! The fritters are soft and not overly doughy with delicious ricotta inside. The Tomato jam isn’t really spicy and didn’t over power the flavour in the fritter itsself.
Chorizo Tacos from: cafe12dolce
Okay, my love for Chorizo isn’t a secret so I had to stop by the cafe12dolce truck. The chorizo was perfectly seasoned and the shell was warm and soft. I enjoyed them, but all in all they were a fairly standard taco.
Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps from: The Common
I like pork belly a lot. I like lettuce wraps a lot. Honestly, you couldn’t go wrong. The Common’s wraps though are an acquired taste. It has pork, watermelon and sour cream. There’s also something with a bit of a spicy kick in it, but I couldn’t quite place what it was. While I usually enjoy a play on sweet and savory I think this was a little too much and pushed into the “too strange I’m not sure I really enjoyed it” area.
"Clubhouse" - Chicken and Bacon Kofta with Tomato Chutney & "Prairie" Caprese Skewer From: Culina
When we walked by Culina, no one was lining up and I think that is the biggest mistake you can make at Taste of Edmonton this year. Out of everything I ate, both of Culina’s offerings hit all the right notes. The Clubhouse was a chicken meatball with tomato chutney and bacon, and it was magical. Seasoned perfectly, it melted in my mouth. The Caprese skewer had a wonderful pesto underneath it and was so refreshing to bite into. They also use Alberta-only ingredients. It was amazing!
Chilled Blueberry Soup with Goat Cheese Ice Cream and Micro Basil from: Mercer Tavern
The ice cream was really the star of this dish. The blueberry soup tasted watery and honestly just felt like they had taken some blueberries and sugar and blended them down. I was pretty excited for this, and was really let down.
Chocolate Panna Cotta from Fantasia Caffe & Catering
I was very upset with this. I love Panna Cotta. This was more like a Jell-O Chocolate pudding in terms of both taste and texture. I took one bite and handed it off.
Overall, what I tried was hit or miss.There are some great star dishes here, and some that I would pass over if offered again. Like I mentioned, there are places that were out of stock on things I wanted to try, so I am hoping to swing back and add them soon!