Apparently an annual tradition for the past twenty years, the Mississauga Waterfront Festival made its way back to Port Credit Memorial Park for a weekend of food trucks, live music and entertainment, and carnival attractions. While last year's event had featured an unexpected amount of decent food vendors, it brought me great disappointment to discover that a list of vendors for this year's festival hadn't even been posted on their website at all!
Vendors and food aside, I decided to revisit the festival in hopes of witnessing improvement from the previous year's poorly-lit mess of a dreary Friday night.
Prior to heading off on a mission to find parking along the waterfront was a brief stop at Sugar Marmalade.
Our table opted for Fresh Mango with Sago Mixed and Black Glutinous Rice with Durian in Coconut Milk, while I specifically ordered a Green Tea Egg Waffle for sharing. The first dessert was rather appalling when compared to Tracy Dessert's rendition with proper chunks of ripe mango as opposed to the spoonfuls of artificial syrup used at Sugar Marmalade. However, it was also pointed out that Tracy Dessert priced their menu items a tad higher as well.
The Durian dessert was one of the least popular items, though the Green Tea Egg Waffle was admissible. A compilation of store-bought red bean paste, green tea ice cream, medium shiratama balls, and a thorough drizzle of sweetened condensed milk, the dessert was as filling as its appearance had indicated. The overall combination of chewy mochi, coarse red bean, and smooth ice cream was great, though a little less condensed milk and a waffle with firmer, crispier properties would have resulted in an even more enjoyable experience. For $7.99 though, the portion size was definitely decent.
K-Pocha has been persisting on my list of go-to restaurants for nearly two years at this point. However, its operating hours of 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM aren't always the easiest time to arrange a meetup. In spite of having tried their Half & Half Fried Chicken Combo and Corn Cheese for takeout, I had never really dismissed the fact that I had yet to undergo a dine-in experience.
Upon our departure, it was clear that the desire to revisit the restaurant had never been stronger.
By this time, I was famished and more than eager to eat my heart out. Recalling an early morning Instagram post from foodieelove sent me straight to Liko's Hawaiian BBQ for Pork and Chicken Skewers and a Kahlua Pork Bun.
Our group had initially agreed to exit the premises for the sake of trying ice cream from independent shops along Lakeshore, though I selfishly stopped them mid-field to allow me to turn back for the Kahlua Pork Bun. This ended up being a great decision, as the Kahlua Bun exceeded my expectations for local Hawaiian food, proving to be even more tender than the pulled pork dishes tasted in Kaanapali. The sauce, albeit thick and rather sticky, was the perfect condiment to ensure a tangy savouriness throughout the entire consumption process.
Nonetheless, the two-day adventure had been even more entertaining that expected. Perhaps the variety of food vendor weren't that important after all.