Night Market Tantalizes Taste Buds and Raises $1000
Despite threatening skies, last Thursdays Equinox Night Market was a resounding success. The food and drink event took place in the courtyard beside the museum in downtown Perth, and boasted 10 local chefs and food makers, live music and a licensed patio. Among the chefs were the Stone Cellar’s recent Chopped Canada champion Nick Valliquette, Judy Dempsy formerly of the Hungry Planet, and Juliana and Andrew of the Fieldhouse.
To everyone’s dismay, rain began falling at 5:30, just 30 minutes before the event was to start. But as hearts sunk, the drizzle stopped - just in time for vendors to uncover their goods and fire up their burners. Edison lights strung and lanterns glowing, guests arrived to find the courtyard had been transformed into a secret garden; black clothed tables laden with food and bustling vendors serving up aromatic dishes to a hungry crowd.
Dinner was a diverse mix of culinary mastery, including crunchy crab tacos from Mex & Co., Judy Dempsy’s famous pad thai, samosas by Chef Ram at East Meets West and chicken satay from Jordan Kennie. If you left space for dessert, Juliana and Andrew of the Fieldhouse tempted taste buds with their fresh benigets drizzled with salted caramel and spicy chocolate. The Pie Bar offered slices of irresistible skillet baked pies and baskets of adorable handpies in unique and delectable flavours. Maberly-based artisanal chocolate maker, Ludwig, sold bars of his high end chocolate, and Loon Kombucha served three flavours of kombucha on tap, proudly brewed in Perth.
The Equinox Night Market was put on by the Midnight Makers Collective in partnership with Heritage Bikes, Fieldhouse and ThinkingLocal.ca and sponsored by Perth Tourism. With an attendance of around 600 people, the event raised over $1000 for Cornerstone Landing, a charity committed to providing assistance to homeless and at risk youth in Lanark County.