We’re recovering from the HomeEc Big Outdoor Kitchen Party; more than 20 vendors, speakers, authors and other food nerds joined close to 1,000 visitors to celebrate local food, preserving and our shared passions around making stuff.
I’ll be sharing a review of the weekend and a bunch of posts based on the event and some of the things that happened in the last week but today isn’t a day for celebrating – it’s a day to be thankful.
This event would not have happened without any of the following so I thank all of you loudly and without ranking you:
- The people who attended. Who engaged with our friends who had booths or shared the stage and tried their food and bought stuff to take with them. Without you, this event would not have been as fun or successful as it was.
- The people who promoted and shared on social media. We had a massive groundswell of support on social media in the days leading up to the event; thank you for getting the word out and about town.
- The people who cheered us on from around the world who couldn’t make it. We received emails, tweets and messages from people from all over this community who encouraged us to keep going. THANK YOU.
- The Fairmont Royal York who sponsored the event, provided accommodations for our guest and gave a small group of us a private tour of their rooftop garden and apiary. We also tried their honey beer and it was great!
- Marisa McClellan (Food in Jars) who flew here from Philadelphia. She’s been an online friend for more than half-a-decade and I’m thrilled that Dana and I can now call her a friend in ‘real life’ as well.
- Our recipe developers who I have tried to keep up with but struggled with the volume of questions and the launching of this event. You’ve all been supportive and I’ll be ramping up more writing/ communication now that life is coming back to normal!
- Appetite/ Random House for being part of our events and supporting us while we launch an event like this and try to keep up to our writing schedule, photographs and recipe development.
- Harborfront Centre and Sarah Gillett for taking a risk on us. We had managed popups for years but nothing of this scale. They supported us through the event and we were fortunate to have partners like them.
- Our vendors and speakers who we are proud to call friends (a few of them are newer than others but this was truly a group of people who we genuinely like as people as well as for the businesses that they lead).
- Friends and family who continue to go above and beyond, especially when we choose to chase wacky ideas. They’re constantly there, pitching in, showing up at our events, making us smile, cheering us on and doing the heavy lifting without a complaint.
I hope I haven’t missed anyone though I always fear I have.
We’ll share more soon – but I can’t find the words to express just how thankful we are for each of you.
PS If you attended the event – we’d love to have your feedback in case we decide to do this again!