Three to eat: filling up on simply two tickets at Style of Edmonton
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New at this year’s food extravaganza are two-ticket offerings, but are they worth it?
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Taste of Edmonton can be quite expensive. New at this year’s food extravaganza are two-ticket offerings, but are they worth it? My wife and I tried three booths to see if we could put together a varied and satisfying meal from the cheapest fare. The answer was not only yes, but the results exceeded our expectations, and (unplanned) all three dishes turned out to be vegetarian. Overall, we used six tickets plus four for two soft drinks and ate really well.
1. Nalysnyky, Yo, Baba! (booth 2)
This Ukrainian dish looked a bit odd, rather like a chunk of cod in thin batter, especially with the dill on top. The truth could hardly be more different! Nalysnyky is a savory cottage cheese crepe, here cut into slices, and it tasted far better than it looked. The texture is quite firm, the taste strong, creamy, but not overpowering, and though the thin crepe surround seemed to add texture rather than taste, this was satisfyingly filling. Very enjoyable — for a quick meal, I would be happy with this alone.
2. Potato crisps with sriracha dill dip, North Fork Event Catering (Booth 8)
Crisps and a dip? Sound a bit unexciting? Try these! The presentation is classy – the wrap recalls chips in a newspaper cone in the old days, with the ‘newspaper’ being North Fork’s own pseudo publication. The potato crisps were perfectly done – thin, not overcooked, with enough of a hint of salt to enhance the taste, without oversalting. The dip was tasty, though not as hot as I was expecting (perhaps due to the current red chili and Sriracha shortage). The portion turned out to be surprisingly generous – my wife and I shared – and this was super 2 ticket value.
3. Buffalo mushroom caps, The Banquet Drinkery (Booth 30)
Another unexpected surprise. The mushroom caps were straightforward – small mushrooms cooked in a batter with a spicy buffalo coating, with no fancy additions – but the execution was just right. Crispy on the outside, but not greasy in the slightest, a good balance between the buffalo spice and the taste of the mushrooms themselves, and a generous portion – again, enough for the two of us. I appreciated the way this wasn’t overloaded with different tastes but stuck to fundamentals.