Tanya Whelan, photographed in front of Ottawa’s War Memorial.
This first year event features some of the city´s top culinary food trucks and craft breweries, bringing together food experts and lovers.
The creation of TW Events came about when Tanya, who received her professional training at Algonquin College and has always worked in the industry, was faced with some health challenges, resulting in the loss of her ability to taste food. Her passion for culinary delights sparked the idea of a festival where Ottawans could not only taste new cuisine and sip delicious craft beers, but also connect with chefs and brewmasters directly and share their enthusiasm for local.
Please tell us more about your event this weekend.
“Street Eats is about celebrating our local talent from craft beers to homemade pulled pork. Come and hear their stories as we interview each vendor and dance around the outdoor patio! We are trying to do something different than the regular food festivals and we are really thinking about your experience and the vendors´ experience. For our guests we have set up games, tents, lots of seating, free parking for the first 200 cars, going green with compost stations and partnering with Escape Bike tours, providing live music by the Lionyls, a rock/soul band from 2-7pm and a DJ from Dsound to open and close the night. We are joined by five local craft breweries (Kichesippi, Mill Street, Beaus, Big Rig, Whitewater), seven food trucks (Angry Dragonz, Bytown Bayou, Original Souvlaki, Rico Peru and more), one Caribbean grill (Island Grill restaurant), two dessert booths (Deep fried chocolate and Ice Cream), and one gourmet coffee bar (BrewBar).”
What do you love the most about Ottawa?
“I love the culture, the rising passion for quality food, the huge festivals like Bluesfest and Jazzfest. I love how we preserve the beauty and greenery in this city. There are so many gorgeous places to sit and watch the sunset, lie in a park or beach, or take a windy road drive.”
When you’re not planning your own events, where do you love to eat and/or have a drink?
“I love to eat out so much, even with my new metal mouth (as I call it!) Some of my favourites are Murray Street, Melos and Fraser Cafe.”
Are there any hidden gems you’d love to share with someone new to Ottawa?
“Melos is one for sure. It looks like a normal diner but you have to go inside for dinner. It’s delicious and extremely creative. They also have the best burger, I think. It’s like a grilled cheese/burger. We need to get rid of the burger bun and use sandwich bread. This leads me to my other favourite gem off the beaten path, Art Is In bakery. They have the most delicious sandwiches and soups, all homemade!”
Don´t miss out on this unique event, which will run from noon to 8 pm!