At less then a year in operation, the Toronto Underground Market lured thousands out in below freezing weather, to eat their way through the clandestine food scene they have created.
TUM is an event that is designed to showcase and highlight home cooks and aspiring food entrepreneurs. The idea was born partially in response to provincial laws that impede the sale of foods (meats especially) prepared in small scale or home kitchens. The organizers of TUM believed that Torontonians were missing out on a lot of great food and made a commitment to develop a community that follows local, artisnal and sustainable food producers.
What is especially admirable about TUM is a genuine desire to help the vendors succeed – the cost to participate is low and the selection is purposely varied to cut down on direct competition and offer variety to the patrons. Cultivating the right mix is important to the success of the event, both for the organizers and the vendors themselves. So far, TUM seems to be getting the mix right.
TUM is held monthly, outdoors at the unique space, Evergreen Brick Works. Tickets are available in advance and always sell out. I have mine already and can’t wait to check out the next one!