1. What is The Stop?
The Stop Community Food Centre works to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. From its origins as one of Canada’s first food banks, The Stop has blossomed into a thriving community hub in Toronto’s west end. Neighbours participate in a broad-range of programs that provide healthy food, foster social connections, build food skills, and promote engagement in civic issues. Underlying all of The Stop’s efforts is the belief that food is a basic human right.
2. What is this event all about?
All proceeds from The Stop’s Night Market benefit The Stop’s critical food access and community-building programs. The Stop’s Night Market celebrates diversity, community, and the power of food. Inspired by night markets from around the world, The Stop’s Night Market transforms a unique outdoor space into a tantalizing feast for the senses over two nights in June, featuring over 70 chefs and over 35 one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers.
3. How do I get tickets?
Tickets will be available at 12PM on Wednesday, May 11th at nighmarket.thestop.org. Please note that tickets will be available for purchase ONLINE ONLY.
Although we wish we could accommodate everyone who wants to join us at The Stop’s Night Market, please note that there is a limit of four (4) tickets per order.
All sales are FINAL and there are NO refunds.
4. What do I get when I buy a ticket?
Your ticket gives you access to The Stop’s Night Market for one night only. The date of access will be chosen by you when you make your purchase. Please note the date carefully!
Once you enter the event, you can eat and drink AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE from our 48+ food and beverage vendors each night from 7PM to 11PM! Relish the vibrant atmosphere, vote for your favourite food cart design, connect with friends (and make new ones!), and enjoy live and interactive music and art performances.
The Stop’s Night Market is an opportunity to enjoy good food and to build community – something that we do at The Stop Community Food Centre every day.
5. What can I do if the event sells out?
We hope you will try again next year! A sold-out event means that The Stop will reach its fundraising goals and be able to continue its critical work in the community. There are many other ways you can get involved and support The Stop! Click on the Get Involved menu at thestop.org.
6. I really, really love The Stop – can you please make sure I get tickets?
Sorry! As much as we would love for you ALL to attend, we cannot guarantee tickets. Complimentary tickets are available through event sponsorship only.
7. How does buying a ticket help The Stop?
The Stop’s Night Market is a fundraiser for The Stop Community Food Centre. Our programs and innovative approach have never been more urgently needed: reports peg the city’s child poverty rate at 30%, the highest in the country, and there is an unabating demand for our emergency food programs. Skyrocketing housing costs, precarious employment, unliveable social assistance rates, and lack of affordable daycare are among the policy shortcomings that continue to hobble our fellow citizens and their families in their aspirations for healthy, dignified lives.
We rely on the generosity of our donors to maintain our programs. All proceeds raised through ticket sales for The Stop’s Night Market support our diverse range of programs, including our drop-in meals program, healthy food bank, perinatal program, community advocacy, local food markets, community cooking programs, community gardening programs, our state-of-the-art greenhouse and compost demonstration centre, and civic & youth engagement.
Your $100 ticket purchase will provide your neighbours with access to 20 meals in The Stop’s Drop-in, or healthy food hampers for three (3) families from our Food Bank, or increased access to our urban agriculture, community cooking, and engagement programming for children and adults in our community.
Feed yourself, feed everyone!
8. My plans changed – can I switch my ticket to the other night?
You can only enter the event on the night for which your ticket is valid. There are no exceptions. All sales are final, no exchanges and no refunds can be issued.
9. Why don’t I get a tax receipt with my ticket purchase?
This event is all-you-can-eat-and-drink. In compliance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations, ticket buyers will not receive a tax receipt for any portion of their ticket purchase.
10. Will there be options for vegans and vegetarians?
11. Is the event 19+?
Yes! Wine, beer, and spirits will be available throughout the evening. Please bring a valid photo I.D. No one under the age of 19 will be admitted.
12. Will there be non-alcoholic drinks available?
13. Can I bring my baby? What about my dog?
Srollers are not permitted at this event and will be turned away at the entrance. No one under the age of 19 will be admitted, but, if you must bring your baby, you must use a carrier (and we strongly recommend headphones, too). Dogs or animals of any kind will not be permitted at this event, so please plan accordingly.
14. If it’s all-you-can-eat, then I can bring my Tupperware containers and load up for the week, right?
No. Our chefs are generously donating their time and their product, and base the number of servings they offer on the number of guests expected each night. We encourage everyone to stay, sample, and enjoy everything on offer, and to remember that there are hundreds of other guests who are hoping to do the same. Please be considerate. Thank you in advance!
15. Is the event venue accessible?
Yes! There are no physical barriers at the venue. Please note that there is packed gravel underfoot, so plan accordingly. If you have concerns about accommodations that may be required, please contact us.
16. What else can I do at Night Market besides eat?
Mix and mingle, check out the unique designs created for our food carts, enjoy live and interactive music and art performances, including each night’s featured performance, and learn more about the impact your ticket purchase will have on The Stop’s programs and community.
17. What happens if it rains?
The Stop’s Night Market is happening rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather! Just a reminder, there are no refunds.