Bring your appetite! Sew Hungry, happening in Hamilton on May 5, bills itself as Canada’s largest curbside food truck festival.
Taking place along Ottawa Street (historically known as a fabric district), the annual springtime festival will be overflowing with foodies wanting a taste of the best quick eats from across Southern Ontario.
Admission is free for the food truck festival that’s promising over 25 trucks, a live music stage, kids zone, and beer garden.
In advance of the big day, we asked some of the participating food trucks for their must-try dish to get your mouths watering. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the standout eats that will be available at the SewHungry food truck festival next week.
Must Try: Bacon Fatty ($9). Two slices of bacon-wrapped Italian sausage meatloaf, smoked, sliced, and grilled, layered on a grilled garlic toast with crispy onions, sriracha mayo, cheese, and arugula.
Must try: The Gorilla Cheese store (131 Ottawa Street North) will carry a full menu with several specials. Their truck will run as an “express” for their two most popular sandwiches: The O.G. classic-style grilled cheese and The Lumberjack (bacon, granny smith apples, organic maple syrup, Jensen medium cheddar on bread custom-made by Ottawa Street’s Quality Bakery).
Must try: Chorizo croquettes with cheese, chorizo, scallions, served with piri piri aioli ($5) or their new Porchetta mac n cheese ($8).
Must Try: The Harvest is Canada’s first Social Enterprise-Non Profit Food Truck which supports Food Service Training for at-risk youth. Their must try item is a new sandwich that they are launching at Sew Hungry: Meatless Mushroom Shawarma wrapped in a pita with lettuce, tomato, onion, and garlic sauce served with a side of Veggie Straws ($7).
Must try: Since they have a restaurant (201 Ottawa Street North), their food truck will only be serving the famous Redneck Poutine: Cajun dusted fresh cut fries, melted pimento cheese and Cajun aioli topped with Forty Creek Barbecue Sauce. Get it vegetarian ($10) topped with pulled pork ($12) or brisket ($14).
Must try: Original East Coast Lobster Roll tossed in a light mayo dressing with chives and celery served with a dill pickle and Miss Vickies chips ($14). New this year is the crab cake burger on a brioche bun with slaw red onion and pico ($10).
Must try: Tony’s famous pita: the Gyro with lamb and beef slow-cooked on a vertical rotisserie ($8). Sliced thin, this delicate meat is laid on a bed of fresh lettuce, tomatoes and onions, wrapped in warm pita bread, and topped with feta cheese and homemade tzatziki sauce.
Must try: Paneer Tacos ($9), a pressed Indian cheese curd marinated in their version of a Bombay spice with gingered bell peppers and two house sauces: a curried yogurt and cilantro-based green puree, garnished with pickled onions and cilantro.
Must try: There is a tasty hot stuffed potato to suit any preference (including vegetarian and vegan options). Choose a staple spud or build your own. Topics include creamy cheese sauce, beef chili, poutine style gravy and cheese, beans in tomato sauce, just to name a few ($5 and up).
Must try: Ossobuco Gnocchi Poutine ($12). A returning favourite, this dish was named “Best Dish” by the Sew Hungry judges in 2015.
Must try: Dirty Southern Love ($10), a triple-decker of crispy fried chicken tossed in a Louisiana butter sauce and topped with thick sliced candied bacon and baby arugula, all between three homemade buttermilk waffles. The chicken is drizzled with buttermilk ranch and the bacon is drizzled with maple syrup.
Must try: Walk inside the food truck where you will top your own ice cream sundae. Pricing is based by the kilo, (average is $4-$6 for a great KAWARTHA Dairy bowl of ice cream with your favourite toppings).
Must try: The Panwich Company serves up battered, deep-fried dough with gourmet fillings, Try the BOM(b) – which is a brie, onion, and mushroom panwich + fries ($10) or opt for a sweet selection like the deep friend bacon Nutella panwich.
Must try: Everyone loves a good ol’ plate of fish n chips. Make the trip across Ottawa Street and feel like you’ve crossed the Atlantic as you enjoy one of the region’s best British inspired food trucks and go for the Halibut and Chips ($17).
Other trucks in attendance:
When: May 5, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Ottawa Street, Hamilton