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El Mercado is Toronto’s first outdoor carry-out food pop-up


TORONTO, ON., May 23, 2020 — Yesterday, popular Leslieville Mexican hotspot, Barrio Cerveceria opened the city’s first carry-out pop-up market, El Mercado, featuring an epically indulgent experience for foodies, especially those lamenting the cancellation of the CNE along with its amazing FOOD building experience.

Open on weekends throughout the summer,the new mercado (Spanish for market), located at 884 Queen St. East gives food lovers (and who doesn’t love food?) the chance to indulge their tastebuds while physically distancing.

Fried Mars bar churro on a stick. Find @elmercadoto on Instagram.
Fish head taco at El Mercado. photo @elmercadoto

Along with traditional menu items like tacos, burritos, and bowls, chips and street corn guac, guests can experience a rotating selection of outlandish CNE-style eats such as pickle-flavoured ice cream (as well as pineapple whip and mango served within the actual fruit), fishhead tacos, fried sweet treats like Mars and Snickers Churros, and smoothies like pineapple and watermelon that are also served fresh inside the fruits.

Pickle-flavoured lemonade. Find more incredible photos from El Mercado on Instagram

Market goers can also try El Mercado’s Pickle lemonade, Mojito, or the more traditional classic, raspberry and strawberry varieties. But if you are looking for something stronger, the mercado is also selling Barrio beer.

Guests can also shop for produce in the market and no cash changes hands. After guests enter the market they can only walk through in one direction and no more than five at a time are allowed in order to maintain safe physical distancing. They choose from a variety of prepared food and produce market stalls, and then they pay as the leave.

El Mercado, located at 844 Queen St. East just west of Logan is open weekends from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

COVID-19 safety measures in place for your protection:

​El Mercado, sells on trend fun foods, offering CARRY OUT​ service only.

Upon entry, patrons will bring arespiratory mask for personal safety, or can purchase one for $2 at the gate. Mask required.

Hand sanitation stations will be spread throughout the market. 

A Max of 5 people at a time will  move inone direction through the market to allow social distance.

Foods are handed out upon request, paying once, via debit/credit upon exit.  

Built for safety, efficiency, and experience. 

story by Terry Lankstead

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