by The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Friday 4 November 2011

The Toronto Underground Market (TUM) exploded onto the scene late this summer to enormous fanfare. If “pop ups” have become the way to test the viability of a new restaurant or shop, then TUM is the newest way to experiment with a food business without emptying your savings account right away.

It’s not a food festival. It’s not a farmer’s market. It’s a “food community market” held at night four times this year – and we’re predicting more often next year – where for $10 admission you can sample treats from roughly 40 home cooks and emerging chefs. Happily, local beer and wine is also for sale to help wash down all that sampling.

Could this be an incubator for Toronto’s next hot restaurant? We think so! Toronto is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse cities so, at the very least, we think this is an incredible place to eat yourself silly. About 1000 people attended the last TUM and though the November 19 event at Evergreen Brickworks is already sold out, tickets will be released at the door. So get there early and don’t forget to tell us about it!