Happy first day of September everyone! I know summer is far from over, but I have to say, I am SO excited for the upcoming fall and harvest season! I am in conniptions at the thought of fall tea and drinks, baking apple desserts (because of my allergies, I can’t eat apples raw anyway so it’s win-win here), scoping out the best places to buy canned pumpkin, and indulging in those awesome traditional foods and dishes I love so much for Thanksgiving. You know, the turkey, the gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, the whole North American bit. I’m a total sucker for all of it, but I also know it’s not exactly the easiest foodie occasion for vegetarians and vegans to get around so I’m determined to find some delicious veggie Thanksgiving stuff for myself and my friends to enjoy in and around the city. I actually started a bit of research on that last fall and I’m excited to see what options there are this time around.
Oh! And the farmers’ markets. My camera is raring to go and I am so looking forward to snapping photos of squash and pumpkins and apples (thankfully it’s not lethal to touch or look!) and maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to visit an apple orchard, just for fun. September also marks a month filled with foodie events and festivals around the city and you can bet the whole city will be out for the Vegetarian Food Festival and Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show, among many others, later on this month. I have so much planned for the blog for the upcoming fall season and I hope you all like what I have in store.
I want to start the month off on a sweet note, so let me ask you a question: if you could create your very own sweet tooth world, what would your ideal dessert haven consist of? Would you have candies and chocolates? Enough fudge to put you in a blissful sugar coma? How about ice cream with a gazillion different types of cones and flavours and styles of regular ice cream and soft serve? Or maybe your dessert universe would be filled with frosted cupcakes? Oh, and of course we can’t forget the luxurious sweet nibbles such as macarons and truffles.
Now that I have you daydreaming and drooling (and possibly wanting to run out the door to the nearest dessert-whatever), you can stop. Because your dreams have come true. What if I told you that this sugary utopia existed right under your nose (or at the very least in the GTA) and that EVERYTHING I just dangled in front of you exists under one roof? Oh yes. It’s a candy store, chocolatier, ice cream parlour, and cupcakery, and patisserie all in one amazing world of happiness. Located in one of my favourite neighbourhoods and especially a favourite for me during the fall, I paid my first visit this summer and if I could, I would live here. Assume your mouth in the position of jaw-dropping awe. I present to you, Old Firehall Confectionery on Main Street Unionville in Markham:
Where are the macarons and cupcakes, you ask? Oh, they’re there. That’s what Part II and Part III are for 😉 Enjoy!
Old Firehall Confectionery is located at 170 Main Street in the historic Main Street Unionville neighbourhood between Carlton Rd. and Hwy 7. The dessert haven is located between Carlton Rd. and Fred Varley Drive. Main Street is located just east of Kennedy Rd.