N\S14’s Hot Drinks Taste-Off!

Five downtown cafes. Five hot drinks. Who’s bragging rights?

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 12.13.04 PMPerhaps the most delicious piece of downtown Kitchener’s second annual Night\Shift festival of communal nocturnal adventure on Saturday, November 1st 2014, was the inaugural Hot Drinks Taste-Off. To help fuel festival explorers through 40+ indoor and outdoor performances, installations and activities, five fabulous downtown cafes agreed to flex their creative muscles by whipping up a special concoction.
The contenders:

DIRTY YETI MILK

The Yeti Cafe

CHERRY CHEESECAKE HOT CHOCOLATE

Cheeses Murphy

GREEN WITH ENVY

Matter of Taste

CANDY APPLE

Queen Street Commons Cafe

SPICY SOUL SIPPER

Cafe Pyrus

(Read more about the contenders.)

 

TRACES OF THE TASTE-OFF

A gaggle of Yetis went furthest out of their element – and immediately made themselves right at home in the KW|AG sculpture garden – to participate in the inaugural Hot Drinks Taste-Off!

 

 

Some folks fell in love at first sight with Dirty Yeti Milk:

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Others took some convincing:

 

Others weren’t lucky enough to warm up their taste buds with its cryptic yumminess:

 

Clearly the Queen Street Commons Cafe’s simple and scrumptious Candy Apple made fast fans out of festival explorers:

 

It was also one of the Hot Drinks available as a one-off (rather than buying a passport for all five): 

 

Likewise, Matter of Taste’s made-to-order matcha lattes – aka Green With Envy – were a hit explorers, especially in the looks dept:

 

At least one hot drinker was decidedly turned off by one of the flavours: 

 

The fifth contender certainly got some love too:

 

Considering these tweets and anecdotal gushing offline by a random smattering of Night\Shift 2014 explorers, the two most greatly appreciated Hot Drink Taste-Off contenders were easily QSCC’s Candy Apple and MoT’s Green With Envy! 

For those who missed the chance to sip and enjoy the taste-off: Hot cider is readily available at QSCC, but the caramel sauce isn’t always homemade and they don’t usually have whipped cream on hand. And MoT has brought Green With Envy back by popular demand – don’t miss the opportunity to spike your day with some hot-and-exotic tastiness!

 

Many thanks to all the Hot Drinks Taste-Off passport holders and the five cafes that took part – and to all you Night\Shift explorers who found other great ways to keep downtown Kitchener warm on November 1st!