Spotlight City Events (aka Suresh Doss) welcomed ticket holders to Second Floor Events on King West for the city’s first ever Curryfest. Coming off the heels of his successful Yum Cha (held back in February) Suresh curated some interesting choices for Curryfest with tickets going for $10 a pop, which basically got you in the door, and nothing more.
Thankfully, the event was well organized, unlike some other food events held in our city (cough cough sushi fest) this one scores points for limiting ticket sales which ensured a swift entry as well as guaranteeing smaller queues and the decadent promise of actually eating. While there were no seats to be had, they were hardly needed. Table tops fit the bill, and most food came in tidy handheld sized portions allowing you to navigate the room and munch at the same time.
Samuel Adams beer doused any heat related flames, but with my kiddo in tow, I kicked it old school and quaffed a ginger ale instead.
The Khao San Road/Nana team was behind the messy but delicious Kuagling Pull Pork Sandwich, a massive gingery blanket of tender pulled pork on a baguette that quickly became overwhelmed with meaty juices.
Bannock was hocking some serious Smoked Octopus Coconut Curry, as well as cutesy cones of Bhelpuri.
Shockingly, one vendor was hooking people up for FREE with their supremely tasty Biriyani. Located in Scarborough, Dindigul Thalappakattu Biriyani has been dubbed as the city’s best, so huge points go out to them for handing it out for free!
Other standouts went to Pai’s amazing Curry Puffs, I wish I had brought a takeaway box for a dozen or two more. I loved the samosa like texture of the tidy pockets, and the insides were spot on spiced, and the tasty hot pepper garnish just nailed it.
All in all, I think I spent about $30 in total (not including admission) and left stuffed. I loved how the notion of curry carries through many cultures, and the event did a great job of getting them all together under one roof. While it was mostly an adults only crowd, the vendors were extremely kind and doted on my wee one, even randomly cutting up a mango into tiny pieces for this cutie- no charge (thanks Pai!).