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Allan Gardens: Come for the Bean Stalks, Stay for the Food Trucks
Toronto's botanical gardens is blossoming with new sights and smells this summer

Photo via Instagram / @wiggey

Allan Gardens Conservatory is breaking ground this summer: they broke the roof and now they’re set to break bread. For weeks now, plant-enthusiasts have flocked to the park to catch a glimpse of the 75-year-old agave americana poking through the greenhouse roof, having shot metres through the glass ceiling in an impressive display of botanics. Now, Allan Gardens will play host to even more city growth as it’s been selected as one of five parks to allow food trucks, so that garden-goers can have a bite to eat while they sit and enjoy the sights.
The break-through in food truck law was revealed today as part of a pilot plan to bring food to parks. Street vendors in Toronto have faced tight restrictions for some time, but two city councillors have moved forward to make a real attempt to cut that red tape: as of August 1, participating trucks will be allowed to park and sell snacks in select locations: Allan Gardens, Woodbine Park, Sherbourne Common, Roundhouse Park, and Canoe Landing. 18 trucks will be invited, including Caplansky’s, The Feisty Jack, The Food Dudes, Gourmet B1tches, Hogtown Smoke, Tiny Tom Donuts, Pretty Sweet Bakery, Urban Smoke BB1, Beach Boys, Bestia, Crossroads Diner, Choco Churros, Localista, Stuft Gourmet Sausages, and Crossroads Diner. They’re no magic beans, but we’re sure a smoked meat sandwich from Caplansky’s will suit Allan and the Beanstalk just fine.


Farrah Khaled is an intern at the Toronto Standard. Follow her on twitter at @farkhaly.

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