Frankly, if you love outdoor markets where you can pick up fresh, delicious food then #UnionSummer should be one of your top Toronto destinations this summer.
Located at the foot of the city in front of Union Station, #UnionSummer features 20 food vendors that give both locals and visitors an amazing variety of food to choose from; food that’s reflective of the different neighbourhoods, cultures and ethnicities of the city. It’s a true melting pot of people and food and a clear representation of not only what Toronto is all about but what makes the city truly unique.
Only in its second year, it runs from June 27 until September 5 making it the longest running outdoor market in the country.
The idea behind it was to give the roughly 250,000 people who pass through Union Station every day a reason to stay. Since construction began in 2009, people have been put off sticking around the old hub. There was very little about it that made people want to stay in the area and experience it. This market has transformed that perception. In a word, it has created a sense of community in middle of the one of the busiest areas of the city. It has given everyone who interacts with it a place to eat, laugh, meet and experience together.
When construction is completed, Union will be restored to its classically beautiful self but with so much more on the inside. Similar to the Ferry Building in San Francisco, you can expect to see a whole level of pedestrian retail with plenty of shops and services, including a fresh food marketplace, butchers, florists and bakeries.
As for the Great Hall, there will be a two-storey signature restaurant complete with a performance venue. That way, it will be easier for you to either be late for your train or miss it altogether.