I attended The Toronto Underground Market aka TUM for the first time this year. I personally felt prior to going that it wasn’t really worth it since you have to pay $25 just for entrance and then still pay for everything you want to eat…but I also felt kind of obligated to attend this sort of thing as a “foodie”. I still kinda feel like it was a bit of a rip off after honestly.
There were a handful of vendors probably around 15~20, but none that really served anything that really appealed to me. A lot of them were burger/sandwich/taco kind of food which I wasn’t too interested in, and some of the vendors I have already eaten at before or seen at previous festivals.
I can’t say I’d really recommend this event to people because I didn’t think it was worth the money…If you’re going with a large group of friends I guess it may be more worth it because you can try just a teensy bit of everything. I won’t be going next year for sure unless they give me some food tickets along with my entrance fee purchase…OR they decide to invite me as media : ) which I’ll be down for haha. I think they really needed more vendors are possibly more variety? There wasn’t really anything that was interesting and different sold at any of the vendors. The most “fancy” thing they had was a quail egg burger – and I realized later I’ve eaten quail egg before anyway!
It was also more of a chill/ loungey event more than a packed food festival kind of night. I think if there were more people / crowds it would’ve felt more live and my excitement would’ve been higher lol.