“Pedestrian Sundays” are back in the heart of Kensington Market for the 11th year. The last Sunday during the summer months the streets are closed off to traffic (noon-7pm) to allow people to stroll along the streets while checking out live music, street performers, have a taste from one of the many food vendors or to stop in one of the local shops.
The event brings out an eclectic crowd and you never know what you are going to see from body painting, to street ballet on roller skates, human statues, and much much more. It’s great for people watching and there definitely is a hippy-like vibe to the whole event.
If you don’t like being in a crowded are go early as it will fill up.
I met with a friend and walked around first stopping into Sonic Boom to look through some old vinyl. It amazes me that there are stores that only sell vinyl – kudos to Sonic Boom! Saw some great classics in there. Oh and I also saw cassettes for sale. Had to double take on that one.
My friend was dying for a coffee so while they were hunting down the perfect brew, I decided to get my fortune read from Henry the fortune teller. Why not, it was FREE! Henry gave a very clear and insightful reading – we’ll see if it comes true! 🙂
Now me being a foodie, I had to try something out. I didn’t want something that you can always get in Kensington. Sure the Empanadas you can get are amazing, but I can get them anytime. Walking along the streets, the smells of something being grilled can lure you in. There was quite an assortment of items to choose from however for me it was pretty easy to decide on what I was going to try out. I am a sucker for seafood – shrimp and lobster specifically. So when I came across grilled shrimp and lobster and I had to try it out. And I gotta say, it did not disappoint.
With the streets packed to the brim, it is pretty impossible to not run into someone you know. For awhile it seemed I couldn’t go 15 feet without bumping into an old friend, someone I used to work with, or a public figure. Adam Vaughan (former city councillor), was out and about as well I ran into Rob Higgins from the band Dearly Beloved who we just had play Indie Week Ireland a few weeks ago. If you haven’t checked them out yet please do, they are really doing some amazing things as Rob informed me that they will be touring Germany again in the fall.
The temperature was heating up as the sun was strong so that can mean only one thing…. patio.
Time to hit a patio and get our food n drink on! At this point it wasn’t much of a selection on where to go as the outdoor patios are prime real estate for days like this, however we saw a spot at one of my favourite places in Kensington, El Trompo. I’ve been to El Trompo and they have never disappointed me yet. The menu is traditional Mexican fare ranging from tacos, Quesadillas, Fajitas and more. The tinge chicken tacos are one of my favourites. This time I went with a veggie fajita and a lime margarita of course! And I gotta say – the margaritas are not only delicious but strong!
After eating and feeling stuffed we had a need to walk it off. The crowd had grown substantially.
I checked out more bands, more street performers – the street ballet on roller skates was my favourite.
I also was glad to see a new component to the event, the Kensington Art Fair. Events like these are great for supporting local artists and I was glad to see a good assortment of art in different mediums.
All in it was a great day hanging out and it was also the best weather we’ve had this year. I’m already looking forward to the next one in June.
PLEASE COMMENT AT THE BOTTTOM – I would love to hear your stories of your Pedestrian Sunday experience!!!!
Pedestrian Sundays Website: http://www.pskensington.ca
Kensington Market Website: http://kensingtonmarket.to