By Bryan Weismiller | Calgary Herald
Rarely has stickin’ it to the man tasted so darn good.
Protesting urban sprawl, genetically modified food and big box stores, Calgary foodies banded together Saturday to support local food initiatives.
A fleet of food trucks were called to join small business owners, farmers and community groups for Eat Real YYC, a food festival held at Casel Marche in the city’s southwest.
“It’s about sticking it to the big guy who’s got you under their thumb,” said Joel Goralski of the Niklas Group that manages the condo complex and market.
“If you want to see small, local businesses survive, then you’ve got to support them.”
Food truck owner Gabriel Goldberg said he supports that message.
“I think they’re trying to inspire a little diversity,” Goldberg said.
Area Ald. John Mar also attended the food festival and said it creates “street vibrancy,” which helps strengthen community ties.
“It gives Calgarians an opportunity to work and play together,” Mar said.
In the spirit of the event, five per cent of sales will be given back to communities around Casel Marche.
More than 3,500 people turned up to grab a bite from a dozen food trucks and food producers, according to organizers.