This October weekend, you can eat to your hearts content and not feel bad about it one bit at the sixth annual Fraser Valley Food Show. This three-day event brings local producers, farmers, manufacturers, importers and restaurateurs together inside Abbotsford’s Tradex for a delicious and insightful way to spend your day. Read the rest of this article…
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Sample delicious snacks, sip yummy drinks from local establishments to beloved brand names around the world. All sorts of tasty treats can be found here, so bring your eyes and stomach. Bon appétit!
To those who live along the Fraser River have cultivated some of the best agricultural land in the province. Plump berries, sparkling wines and tender meats are just some of what will be showcased at the 6th annual Fraser Valley Food Show.
The Great Canadian Sausage-Making Competition will make its second appearance this year. Taking time-tested techniques, the contests must win over the judges with their creations in a number of categories including: kielbasa, Italian, farmer and chorizo. Visitors can sample these sausages which includes a glass of Erdinger Gluten-Free beer (must be over 19 years of age for the beer).
Local eateries will be present in Bite of the Valley, with tapas-style dishes available for purchase using the shows own tasting tickets. Don’t forget to check out the Master Chef Competition where some of British Columbia’s best chefs battle it out in an Iron Chef-style contest for the chance to be called “Master.”
The Fraser Valley Food Show will be held over a three-day weekend; Friday, October 4th from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm and on Sunday, October 6th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the event itself. Visit the Fraser Valley Food Show web site for further details and schedules.
There’s no better way to spend a good portion of the day than enjoying what the culinary world has to offer. The annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival brings the best of the city’s restaurants and mixes them in with a generous portion of merchants, distributors, bakers, farmers from throughout the province and our neighbours abroad. It’s really neat that aside from tasting fare you may never had a chance before, but to learn about where it comes from and the people behind the growing and processing of what is put forth on our plates. Read the rest of this article…
The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is just around the corner for their 11th year. Returning to BC Place Stadium, the edible event brings restaurants, bakers, growers, distributors, and artisans from not only the Lower Mainland but around BC, Canada and the world.
Of course, the Food Network Celebrity Stage is back with a number of familiar faces: Spice Goddess Bal Arneson, pastry chef Anna Olson from Bake with Anna Olson, Montreal-based chef Chuck Hughes from Chuck’s Week Off, and Rob Feenie — winner of Iron Chef: America and Food Concept Architect for Cactus Club Restaurants. If you didn’t see them last year, they’ll be here this time.
Those looking for gluten-free options can now enjoy EAT! Vancouver as there will be vendors on hand to demo products and solutions for those who suffer from allergies.
EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival will drive your tastebuds wild for three days this coming May: Friday, May 24th from 2:00 pm PDT until 9:00 pm PDT; Saturday, May 25th – 10:00 am PDT until 9:00 pm PDT and Sunday, May 26th – 10:00 am PDT until 5:00 pm PDT. Tickets purchased online will receive a $2.00 discount than those bought at the door.
If you’ve never been to EAT! Vancouver before, read up on my previous articles to learn more.
Vancouver’s gaming scene just got a new level to explore; so grab some power-ups and top up your stamina at EXP Restaurant + Bar. On the edge of the downtown core and a few steps up from the corner Hamilton Street and West Pender Street (309 West Pender Street, to be exact), EXP is a unique establishment to chow down on digitally-themed grub and knock back a couple of drinks with your 2P (or 3P, 4P and so on). Read the rest of this article…
It was a delicious weekend at Abbotsford’s Tradex where the Fraser Valley Food Show brought everything food and drink related together under one roof.
Everything from sausage making to cheese tasting to handmade pastries gathered under the roof of Abbotsford’s Tradex for the Fraser Valley Food Show. The valley is home to a variety of farms, food producers and restaurants each with their own unique and delicious take on favourite flavours and cooking methods.
With half of the Tradex set aside for the event, it was still pretty packed. Booths lined the hall; the south end had the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition with a demonstration stage while the north end served up the Bite of the Valley, Master Chef stage and the Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting Pavilion.
Making our way through the venue proved quite challenging with the throngs of foodies and wide selection of mouthwatering morsels. The process was to make it through was simple: stop, sample, learn and repeat. I believe our group checked out most of the booths this time.
Milsean had staked out a corner location, offering their bit sized portions of their addictive demerara butter crunch. Even Tim Hortons was offering their latest creations: two styles of paninis - one grilled cheese, the other chipotle turkey (maybe include a little more chipotle). There was neon green seaweed salad from Japan. Delicately crafted macarons. Jams, jellies and dried fruits from local orchards. Cured meats and savoury sausages. Creamy fudge in a rainbow of flavours. An array of oils and vinegars with bread chunks for dipping. I’m sure I missed half of the treats I tasted.
The Bite of the Valley section had a limited selection of restaurants, no more than five. While no two restaurants were the same, it couldn’t have hurt to add another two stalls for more to everyone to try. I did sample some plates from Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and An Indian Affair Restaurant. Yummy!
Onto the drinks! The Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting Pavilion was overflowing with people and delicious libations. Local wines, aged rum, Japanese sake and even scotch (all I have to say is that it’s an acquired taste). With so much to sip, I could see how easy it was to over indulge yourself.
I’ve never been to the Tradex before, but the price was right – tickets were $2 off if purchased online or $9 at the door. My first visit to Fraser Valley Food Show made for an appetizing afternoon taking part of the community’s fare.
The fertile Fraser Valley is home to farms that grow everything from juicy blueberries to succulent sweet corn, but that’s not all. The Fraser Valley Food Show takes all that is edible from the valley and brings it under one roof for a weekend of wining, dining, and cooking.
This year, experience the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition where teams ranging from amateurs to corporate and professionals vie to make the best sausage. Churning out different types of wurst is a laborious task but with savoury results. Judges will get to sample the end product to determine the recipient of a $500 award. Other events include the Master Chef Competition where 16 chefs from around the province will cook off against the 2011 champion, Romeo Oloresisimo. Plus, there’s also the Food Network Celebrity Stage where big names in the industry like Reiko MacKenzie, Bal Arneson, William Tse, Chris Remington, Romeo Oloresisimo, and Patrick Dore will perform demonstrations and seminars using their skills.
Of course, you’ll want to save some room for Bite of the Valley. Here, local eateries will be serving up portions of their menus for your taste buds. And what better way to wash down those delicious dishes with a sampling of local and international wines, beers and spirits. Be sure to bring your appetite!
A Mexican invention, Jarritos is Spanish for “little jars”, which explains the jugs on the label. First bottled south of the border in 1950, Jarritos has since flowed northwards into the United States and Canada.
Unlike most other carbonated beverages, Jarritos uses actual cane sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup for a more natural taste. Even better – the drink comes in a variety of flavours. Jarritos is made with mostly fruit-based ingredients: grapefruit, guava, fruit punch, tamarind, lime, mandarin, strawberry, pineapple, hibiscus, and Mexican cola.
I’m partial to the grapefruit, tamarind and Mexican cola flavours. Grapefruit is sweet, yet tangy. Tamarind has a distinct sweet but savoury taste to it. As for the Mexican cola flavour, it’s a little stronger than other cola-based brands. It took me a while to get used to the aroma, but it’s become one of my favourites.
I found that a few stores in Vancouver carry Jarritos, but their selection of flavours varies based on location. Bottles are available at South China Seas Trading Company, Fresh is Best Salsa and Company, and Cilantro and Jalapeno.
Most of us probably have a common question running through our brain when we go out for fast food – “why does my food look different than what’s advertised?” Well, McDonald’s Canada received that same question from a customer through their Our Food. Your Questions. web site.
Rather than responding in plain text, McDonald’s Director of Marketing, Hope Bagozzi, took a camera crew out to a restaurant and a photo studio to explain. There’s a bit of photographic trickery in making a simple hamburger look appetizing.
Looking for a delicious way to spend a couple hours this weekend? EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival easily provides the city’s largest buffet in a sense — endless samples offered from local restaurants, vendors, producers, growers and importers. Previously held in the Vancouver Convention Centre, EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival moved to the recently renovated BC Place Stadium in a venue change. With the sun peeking through the new retractable roof — which was closed of course — foodies perused a massive selection of tasty treats from sweet-and-tangy imported Balsamic vinegar to hefty chunks of local salmon and more. Read the rest of this article…