The Stop Community Food Centre’s Night Market is always a spring highlight. Beyond bringing the culinary and design communities together to indulge themselves in tasty treats from many of Toronto’s best chefs and food vendors, last year it raised over $200,000 to support The Stop’s important work improving access to healthy food for all Torontonians. Hot Pop Factory is always keen to participate and we’re all-in for the 2017 edition—which takes place next Tuesday and Wednesday.

And the award for ‘best in show’ goes to…
Our connection to the Night Market goes back to our student days when we designed a booth for the
Bellvue Diner (RIP!) at the inaugural Night Market in 2012. Each year we encourage the scores of participating designers to be bold and imaginative with their carts (and offer production discounts, to help folks their keep their costs down since they are donating their time).

We’re also just putting the finishing touches on the trophies that will celebrate the talents of the star vendors (see the above right: we’re gluing them this afternoon). We always relish the dialogue that comes with collaborating with an organization or company to create a custom award, signage, or keepsake. Do you think we could help you make something special? If so, drop us a line and we can start brainstorming.

Also: the handy platters we produced for the first edition of the Night Market are back! Designed by our pals at Our Paper Life, we were thrilled to see folks still using them last year; one attendee told us she had kept one for use at home and her yearly pilgrimage to the market. Lightweight and made of locally sourced birch wood, with a large enough surface to assemble a spread of 4-5 dishes and a beverage, they’re clearly an example of ‘optimized’ functional design. 😎

Indeed, the Night Market is always “a feast for the eyes, ears, belly, and heart” and we are proud to be part of the creative community collaborating to help make this unique event happen. Tickets are still available and team Hot Pop will be out in full force—we hope to see you there!

P.S. If you’re a Night Market first-timer, here are some vendors we recommend you make a beeline for: Patois and DaiLo (Biying), and Kanpai Snack Bar (Samantha).