If only we had a “taste-o-vision” app where you could actually “taste” the yummy food photographs. Well, I’ll do my best for you here as I take you for a walk around the brand new TORONTO BAKERS’ MARKET held monthly in Leslieville www.torontobakersmarket.com
When I arrived at the market on Queen East just past Broadview at 12 noon, there was a line-up of hungry shoppers all excited to see what deelish treats awaited us inside. The doors were opened and we were welcomed by one of the organizers, Kathleen, so why don’t I let her tell you about it before we head inside….
Now let’s walk thru the doors and see who’s there…First off, I said hello to Katarina of Dolled Up Desserts (above), a local gluten-free and vegan bakery www.dolledupdesserts.com Lots of dainty dolled-up treats here!
Next to Katarina were the fun ladies of Jammy Dodger, a bakery specializing in “whimsy and yum”. Check out these crazy Benedict Cumberbatcheos (below). www.jammydodgerbakery.com Then the next booth was deadly for me…they offered sticky toffee buns. I was proud of myself that I resisted…sort of. I only bought one from the Sugar Rush Bakery (below). It’s already disappeared, tho, so apologies for not posting a close-up. Trust me it was deeeelicious! You can follow them on Instagram: @sugarrushtoHoly Cannoli was a very popular booth – I kept seeing shoppers walking around the hall with freshly stuffed cannolis courtesy of these cheerful bakers (below). www.holy-cannoli.com By this time, most of us needed a quick cuppa coffee to counter the sugar overload and Sparkplug Coffee certainly delivered. In fact, that’s what they do – coffee delivered to your office or home. www.sparkplugcoffee.comBack to some serious nibbling…. next up, Molly’s the Bar Bakeshop. Lots of yummy (and healthy!) bars to enjoy. You can follow them on Instagram at @mollysbarsFranny & Co. (below) offered some elegant and very decadent desserts, all gluten free, sugar free, plant-based and with sustainable ingredients. www.frannyandco.com I was completely charmed by Sol Cookies (below) – a Toronto-based Peruvian bakery that incorporates some exciting “secret” ingredients (eg. anise) that really elevate them to a whole other level. Here are some tiny sample cookies – they have a soft shortbread quality to them with a special filling. Definitely recommend checking this company out. www.solcookies.ca More cheery bakers welcomed me to the Fancy AF Small Batch Cookery booth with their cookies and fresh biscottis. You can follow them on Instagram @fancyafcookery Don’t you just love their fancy pinnies (pinafores)? Rosie B Baked Treats (below) was a very popular booth; her home-baked fruit pies were fantastic! Couldn’t get close to her for a quick chat, thanks to all the crowds. Follow her @eugeniarbLovely to see my Yorkville neighbour, the Dessert Lady who brought along her staff to help serve samples to the market visitors (below). So many yummy treats including custom cakes and Moon Pies (Sheldon Cooper’s fave dessert – for all you Big Bang Theory fans) www.dessertlady.ca Dollop Bakery offered delightful tiny treats (below) – they specialize in miniature, bite sized desserts ideal for parties, wedding favours or kiddies. www.dollopbakery.comLocal chocolatier M.Thompson Chocolates served up their milk and dark chocolate boxes (below) – good job the A/C was working full blast – no melting, no worries! www.mthompsonchocolates.comNext I dropped in to say hi to Keiko, one of the organizers of the Toronto Bakers’ Market. Like all the vendors today, she had a big happy smile on her face. Everyone in the hall seemed to be smiling which made shopping all the more enjoyable. Oh yummm…here’s Monkey Butter, the gourmet peanut butter company and oh what fab packaging! You gotta visit next month and try a mouthful of this…..it was eye-rolling to heaven time! www.monkeybutterpb.com Clarke’s Bread is simply awesome! After one little sample, I bought a loaf of crunchy fresh sourdough (below). OMG, as soon as I got home, out came the breadknife and I enjoyed a couple of thick slices with some scrambled eggs. Yumm. Follow them on Instagram: @clarkesbreadJust look at that elegant tiered cake by Tiffany Hoo Fatt! She also brought some easier to carry delights from her Tiered Cake Boutique such as cupcakes and cookies. Follow her on Instagram: @tieredcakeboutique Oh! Cocoa Balls hand-crafts their all-natural energy bites that are gluten, grain & dairy free with no refined sugar. And they taste great, too. www.cocoaballs.com Perfect for those of us needing to cut out all the bad stuff while enjoying the naughty stuff…LOL I just love these ladies at Desiree Cakes & Baked Treats. It was the cute as a button Peter Rabbit cake (will somebody please buy me this cake for MY birthday?!) featured in my title photo (up top) that stopped me in my tracks…then I explored their table further and discovered so many delectable treats, all daintily displayed. You can follow Desiree (pictured below L) on Instagram: @desireebakes Here’s balabusta – lots of fabulous sweet & savory breads and other treats handcrafted in Tal Prashkovsky’s own kitchen. Another busy busy booth where I couldn’t chat with the in-demand baker. Follow her on Instagram: @balabusta_by_tal Meet Karen & Laura from Honeydew Creations (below). So many cookies to choose from, so little space left in my tummy! Lovely packaging and delicious flavours – pick your own from here: www.honeydewcreations.com Well, by now I was starting to get a wee bit tired but like a real trooper, I kept on going and I made it to the next booth, Baking in the 6ix. (below) More super deelish sweet treats including pretty in pink cupcakes and iced donuts. They’re on Instagram at: @bakinginthe6ixWhew, I made it to the Klusters booth…gourmet nuts, seeds, fruit & kale trail mixes. Aaaah, that should get me thru to the end of this foodie trail! Founder Michelle Spring is a holistic baker and nutritionist – guess I should have asked her about my own diet which was definitely challenged today! www.arealhandful.com The Blue Eyed Baker certainly added a little eye-candy to the market (ladies, any man who bakes this good is a treasure, blue-eyed or not). Let’s all go Friend him on Fcbk! www.facebook.com/theblueeyedbaker2008 Chocolate chocolate chocolate….THIS is my kryptonite! Mary’s Brigadeiro are fine Brazilian chocolate truffle-like treats that are a “party in your mouth”. You MUST try these – simply heavenly. Check out www.marysbsweets.com for more info and hopefully Mary will be back at the next Toronto Bakers’ Market – you’ll have to stand behind me as I will be first in line then!So a big CONGRATULATIONS to sisters Kathleen & Gillian Gook, Jayne Ambler and Keiko Flower who organized this fabulous new local foodie market. I look forward to the next one, August 21 at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen East (just a few blocks past Broadview). See you there, folks! www.torontobakersmarket.com