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Save the Date

April 9, 2013

Save the Date, the 4th annual Sew Hungry; Ottawa Street’s massive food truck festival is back in Hamilton Friday May 3, 2013. The trucks will be serving up their delicious fare curbside from 11-3pm and for the first time, there will be a dinner service from 4-8pm.

James Cunningham, host of Food Network Canada’s Eat St. will be at Sew Hungry, sampling food and signing copies of the new Eat St. Cookbook.

“We are thrilled that James Cunningham is coming to Ottawa Street. His new book is such a great fit for our event,” said Patty Hayes, Executive Director of the Ottawa Street BIA.

Sew Hungry is one of Canada’s largest food truck festivals and features a wide variety of trucks including favorites Gorilla Cheese and Hank Daddy’s BBQ, local trucks Dobro Jesti and Southern Smoke and there are always new trucks such as Big Chief Fresh Food Co. to round out the incredible selection of food available. As always, the restaurants on Ottawa Street will be setting in front of their restaurants, serving up Sew Hungry specials.

Ottawa Street in Hamilton is your destination for inspiration. With over 100 shops, stores and services including antiques, fabric, furniture, food, art and collectibles, it’s a favorite shopping spot for décor enthusiasts, designers, stylists, foodies, art-lovers, bibliophiles and bargain hunters.



  • Looking forward to this day 🙂

  • Liz says:

    Hey I dont see Kool Jim’s ice cream truck, isnt he one of the original trucks when you guys first started.

  • Chrystal says:

    Good Morning, I was wondering if James Cunningham is signing copies of his cookbook at a specific time frame during the day?

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  • Why not Saturday? says:

    There are a lot of great food trucks you have coming, which is good. However, I’m having a hard time understanding why you would schedule something like this on a friday.

    I live in (and work in) Toronto. I would be able to come for maybe the last hour and a half of the evening. I am likely not the only person living outside of Hamilton who would want to go to this event.

    Also, your post says Friday is May 3rd, it’s May 2nd.

    • Totally agree - this festival should not be on a weekday says:

      Totally agree with you “Why not” – having a festival like this on a weekday is odd to say the least, and definitely limits its usefulness to those who’d like to come from outside of Hamilton. This question was raised in other comments on the site, and the organizers said that it was on a Friday because Hamilton is a city of shiftworkers… I find that explanation a bit specious – shiftworkers work every day, including Friday, so that doesn’t make sense. I have a feeling that what actually happened is that when the festival started four years ago, they couldn’t get the trucks to come on a Saturday (because it was a small event and the trucks had other places to be), but now that the festival has grown up somewhat it would be nice if the organizers would revisit this anomaly. Also, it’s very odd that the street is not closed off for the festival – is this because organizers have tried to get it closed but been denied by city hall? It really would make a lot more sense to close off the street so that patrons can go from vendor to vendor without zigzagging through traffic. That would also make room for things like music and entertainment (there’s only so much food people can eat at one time). Hopefully the organizers will be working on these issues for coming years. The reason that the date looks wrong above is because this is a blog entry for the 2013 event, not this year’s 2014 event – also a bit strange that the website still includes blog entries for events that have passed, but there you have it.

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