There’s More to Life Than Poutine — Street Eats at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market


What is Street Food? I would officially say it’s artisan food sold on the streets, farmer’s markets etc., or more accurately, not served from restaurants or café’s. It’s re-inventing the ‘classics’ by stripping down the dish to it’s core ingredients and then re-designing it using improved cooking methods and ingredients. In layman’s terms, it is fresh food without gravy, vinegar and ketchup as a condiment.

Some of you know Ken Strangway as the head honcho of Lanark Laughs at Ballygiblin’s. Lanark Laughs began as a way for area comedians to get some stage time and bring laughter and much needed entertainment to the residents of Lanark County. Ken not only makes us laugh, but he has a food cart that he built himself with an ever changing menu at The Carleton Place Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.

Not only does “Street Eats” have the regular sandwiches, hot dogs and sausages with buns that are baked locally; he also has Chicken and Potato Roti. What the heck is Roti? Roti is a Bahamian favourite, that you can finally buy here in Carleton Place and not have to purchase a ticket for the next flight to the Bahamas. The chicken roti is inspired by Ken’s visits to the Caribbean. One customer, who is originally from the West Indies, said the roti was very authentic.

All Ken’s menu items are fresh, and some of his ever-changing items have included: peameal bacon on a bun, tacos, chicken & potato roti, and smoked meat. His pico de gallo is homemade, as well as the taco meat using Ken’s secret seasonings. You can’t get that at Subway! Now, you can eat locally at Street Eats for better value, and more your bang for your buck. Stay tuned for the Dagwood Sandwich!

Ken can be found at the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market most Saturdays.  He’s also booked to do the BIA Lambsdown Fair and the BIA Bridge Street Bazaar.  Come say HI to Ken, he might even spare a joke or two along with that delicious food!

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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