Miss out on Toronto’s first dim-sum fest? Tickets for the sequel go on sale today

Miss out on Toronto’s first dim-sum fest? Tickets for the sequel go on sale today

GwaiLo chef Nick Liu’s Big Mac bun and smoked meat-stuffed spring roll (Image: Timothy Franklin) GwaiLo’s Big Mac bun and smoked-meat spring roll (Image: Timothy Franklin)
 

Dim sum was in the air this weekend. On Friday, Susur Lee marked the one-week anniversary of Luckee, his haute-trolley-service joint at the Soho Met hotel. Then, on Sunday, a few hundred food lovers—the ones who managed to snag tickets before they disappeared—gathered for Yum Cha, Toronto’s first dim-sum festival. As promised, the event delivered all kinds of two-bite snacks, most of which played fast and loose with strict Cantonese dim-sum definitions (beef-heart cold roles from the Canoe team, for instance, or Big Mac buns from GwaiLo’s Nick Liu). Food aside, the fest was remarkably civilized, with short lines and bearable crowds. For those who missed out, organizers Suresh Doss and Frank Kocis are already working on a follow-up dim-sum day. Yum Cha 2 will unite a new dream team of dim-sum experts in Toronto’s east end. The vendor list includes some high-profile names, like Momofuku Daisho, The County General and Chantecler (rumour has it that Susur himself might make an appearance). Browse our slideshow of photos from the first edition to get a sense of what’s in store for the sequel.

May 4. $10 (not incl. food and drinks). 36 Wagstaff Dr. (next door to Left Field Brewery), uniiverse.com