Nearly 1,000 fans packed Essroc Arena Saturday afternoon to partake in some of the most delicious concessions ever doled out at a hockey game-Ma Lloyd’s famous hot dogs notwithstanding.
The second annual Barn Burner charity hockey game between world-reknowned chefs from Montreal and Toronto took place in Wellington and the event was high on edible excellence and perhaps light on actual hockey skill.
Whether it be lobster mac and cheese from the Sand and Pearl Raw Bar and Fish Fry in West Lake, a serving of traditional grilled cheese and tomato soup from Wellington’s Drake Devonshire or an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) from Momofuku in Toronto, this exotic rink fare was in short supply Saturday and fans were lined up for the free samples that came as part of a $25 ticket.
Thanks to title sponsors Ungava Gin and Goose Island, all proceeds from game ticket sales will benefit The StoreHouse Food Bank in Wellington and Community Food Centres Canada, a national charitable organization focused on addressing food security in communities across the country.
Tallies on the amount of money raised for the charities was not made available prior to press time.
In the end, with the fan’s appetites whetted, the Toronto Grinders pulled out a 4-2 win over the Montreal Mashers to make it back-to-back Drake Cup victories.