Weekend of gluttony at Toronto’s Junk Food Festival

Junk Food Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2016.

Food trucks lined up for the Junk Food Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kevin John Siazon)

The Toronto Star building at One Yonge Street was the first stop for a new junk food festival competition that is set to travel through Canada to New York City. Visitors at the festival tried junk food combinations created by teams vying to win $2,500 for having the highest sales. At the end of the eight-city tour, the winning team from each place will compete for a grand prize of $25,000.

The teams presented an assortment of junk food treats, including waffle cones and a popular Korean street food item called Hangry Chicken, in order to beat out their competitors for a chance to compete at the final stop of the tour.

Junk Food Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2016.

Fully Loaded T.O. is a Toronto based food truck specializing in stuffed chicken wings. (Kevin John Siazon)

Elena Vu, a recent Ryerson graduate, said that she likes the concept of a travelling festival competition.

“It’s pretty unfortunate when there’s a festival that’s only offered in one city,” Vu said. “If I lived in Ottawa, I wouldn’t travel all the way to Toronto for a festival.”

Like many other festival-goers, it was Vu’s love of food that made her want to go to the event. “I wanted to see what each [team] offers and what unique creations could be made out of junk food,” she said.

Junk Food Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2016.

Funnel Cake Express food truck at the Junk Food Festival. (Kevin John Siazon)

Junk Food Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2016.

Dessert from the Eat My Bowls food stand. (Kevin John Siazon)

The festival also featured activities that let visitors burn off extra calories. Using their festival tokens, people could compete in friendly Nerf gun battles or show off their axe-throwing and archery skills.

Junk Food Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2016.

Axe-throwing at the Junk Food Festival in Toronto. (Kevin John Siazon)

Junk Food Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2016.

Junk Food Festival attendees playing Mario Kart. (Kevin John Siazon)

For those who missed the Toronto leg of the festival, it will be in Mississauga from Sept. 16 to 18.

Proceeds from the festival go to Second Harvest, a charity that works to provide fresh food for people in need.

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