Charity hockey game draws plenty of food fans

A BISCUIT IN A BASKET- Toronto Grinders forward Etienne Lemieux of DrakeOne Fifity sneaks a backhand shot past Montreal Mashers goaltender and Drake Commissary chef Joel Dolman during the Second annual Drake Cup hockey game in Wellington on Saturday. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)



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.

Hans Vogel of Momofuku prepares an okonomiyaki or Japanese pancake. The dish is crafted with kimchi and yam inside the batter and sturgeon tripe, trout roe and pickled jalapeños adorning the top. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

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.

Ian Le Quelenec serves some up some tomato soup at the Drake Devonshire concession stand Saturday (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

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.

Nathan and Nicole Hinds of Sand and Pearl Raw Bay and Fish Fry in West Lake found their lobster mac and cheese to be a big hit amongst hockey fans Saturday afternoon. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)