A brief summary of the delicacies that the VUE staff enjoyed at Taste of Edmonton.
In the midst of Edmonton’s festival season, our staff attended the immensely popular and delicious Taste of Edmonton. Here are a few highlights that delighted our palates.
Bannock from Native Delights
Since the Taste of Edmonton, nothing says comfort food to me like Native Delight’s bannock. After finishing my first bannock, I decided it was something akin to a mother’s hug–warm and soft. Native Delights pillow-y dough was fried, baked and offered with Nutella, jam or butter. It was so good that for the three days I attended Taste of Edmonton, I made every effort to stop here last and buy a few for the trip home and as an evening dessert. When not serving delicious Indigenous food at Edmonton events, Native Delights runs a food truck between April and October and can be found at Super Flea Market on Saturdays and Sundays.
Nutella Bomb from Fantasia Caffé & Catering
Everything is better with a dollop of Nutella—especially if it’s from Fantastia Caffé & Catering. New to the 2017 edition of Taste of Edmonton, the Nutella Bomb was made with special ladyfingers topped with vanilla zabaione and Nutella drizzle, held together with a colourful spoon and clear plastic cup. One bite and I was hooked–it was silky, cool, and not overly sweet. After several meat-related dishes, it was the perfect accompaniment to an evening of sitting in the shade beside a friend and Edmonton’s Lunchbox Joe statue.
Truffle Fries from LUX Steakhouse
As a fry lover, you’d think somewhere along the line I would have already tasted the much raved about truffle fries. But no, despite seeing them at various restaurants, I had never tried truffle fries—or anything with truffle for that matter. As my friend and I were deciding which tempting food to sample first at the Taste of Edmonton this year, we immediately stopped and rushed over to the LUX Steakhouse booth when we saw that they offered this tasty creation. I don’t know where I’ve been since truffle fries existed, but now that I’ve had them, it’s safe to say I’m addicted.
Banana Bread Pudding from ZINC
Banana bread is one of those treats that always reminds me of home cooking. It’s warm, comforting, and almost always delicious. The idea to take this familiar treat and use it for a bread pudding is genius. ZINC served the banana bread with a heaping scoop of warm caramel sauce, whipped cream, and topped off with a banana slice. It was rich and delicious, but best eaten at the end of your trip, seeing as it was one of the most filling options on the entire Taste of Edmonton menu.
I finally made it to Taste of Edmonton on the last day. With myself on crutches, and the sun beating down, my friend Beth and I admittedly spent much of our time in the shade of the beer garden—but did make it to five food vendors. We started at Northern Chicken for their signature fried chicken. Next saw us at The Underground Tap and Grill for Mac and Cheese Balls, then on to Hong Kong Bakery for an obligatory Green Onion Cake. Langano Skies was next, where we tried both the Sambusa and Special Tibs (beef stir fry with injera) and lastly The Lingnan for some Dry Spicy Chicken. Beth’s favourite was Langano Skies, followed by Northern Chicken—I was the reverse. We agreed wholeheartedly on the Alley Kat Full Moon Pale Ale being the top thirst-quencher, though.