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What to Eat & Drink at Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

IMG_4715Take at least a quick break from the sunshine this weekend and check out EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival at BC Place Stadium on May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014.

Time it right and you can catch Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, and Vikram Vij on the Food Network Celebrity Stage, along with Ned Bell of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Restaurants. There’s lots to sample so be sure to pick some tickets especially for the Sips area where you’ll find some great local wine, beer and spirits.

We got a sneak peek on opening night and scouted out some key stops.

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Don’t miss the mini Hawkers Market on the far side of the room next to the Sip tent and stage. Here you’ll want to sample through Cajeta from Ceiba Gourmet (the most awesome caramel sauce) and perhaps some of the dim sum items or ice cream sandwiches from Brown Paper Packages.

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Over in the Bites by sure to get an order Pork Adobo from Max’s Restaurant and some BC Lighthouse Oysters from Glowbal Group.

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Sign up for Vitamin Daily’s Newsletter and get yourself a toasted marshmallow from Archimallow’s Homemade Marshmallows.

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Sample the bao buns from The Lo.

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First of the season strawberries from Urban Fare.

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Visit my pal Dan for some BC Wine from Noble Ridge, Backyard Wines, Thornhaven and Hester Creek.

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Finish up with BC’s craft beer. R & B, The Cannery, Begbie Brewing, Vancouver Island and Mount Begbie are worth using up the remainder of your tickets for.

 

 

CONTEST CLOSED #Win 2 TICKETS to EAT! Vancouver + Weber’s The Big Book of Hamburgers

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Congratulations Lindsay!

Come hungry to EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival and celebrate all things food, cooking, entertaining, and culinary travel at BC Place Stadium on May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014.

To win:

1)Follow @goodifevan on twitter and tweet #win 2 tickets to @eat_Vancouver and @WeberGrills Cookbook http://ow.ly/wRglj

2)Comment on this post – what chef are you looking forward to meeting at EAT

While indulging in over 250 mouth-watering exhibitors, EAT! Vancouver attendees can also travel the world with chefs on the Flavours World Stage and explore culinary travel destinations at the World Culinary Travel Expo. Beer and wine connoisseurs can listen to and explore pairings and tastings with culinary and mixology experts on the Sips Stage, and The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) returns with their popular Culinary Classes, where the public can channel their inner master chef with help from the school’s instructors.

The ever-popular Bites area will feature mouthwatering dishes from a selection of local restaurants, and the adults can sip new offerings from wine, beer and spirits vendors in the Sips area. Dairy Farmers of Canada will again present Cheese Seminars, educating the public on how to best prepare and experiment with different Canadian cheeses.

More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend over the three-day weekend. Tickets are $17 for adults ($14 online), $15 for seniors ($14 online), and $9 for youth aged 13-16. Children 12 and under are free.

For information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.eat-vancouver.com.

About EAT!:
The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is Canada’s largest consumer food festival¹, featuring hundreds of food, beverage & kitchen goods exhibitors along with tourist boards, travel suppliers, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer and cheese seminars, cookbook authors & chef competitions. The three-day festival is attended by culinary and travel enthusiasts, trade and media. More details are available at www.eat-vancouver.com.

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#eatbuzz

Chefs Chop, Foodies Chomp at 12th EAT! Vancouver

eat_vancouverCome hungry to EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival and celebrate all things food, cooking, entertaining, and culinary travel at BC Place Stadium on May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014.

Chopped Canada judges Lynn CrawfordChuck Hughes, and Vikram Vij will take the Food Network Celebrity Stage, joined by Ned Bell of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and EAT! Vancouver veteran, Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Restaurants. The celebrity chefs will instruct, interact, and entertain foodies with their contemporary cooking techniques and experiences in the culinary world.

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The Celebrity Chef Throwdown is back for its third year! On Friday, May 30, 7:45pm, local contenders Vikram VijNed Bell, and Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery will battle it out on the Food Network Celebrity Stage. The competitors will have 20 minutes to use a mystery ingredient in their dish, judged by last year’s Throwdown winner, Rob Feenie. Only one chef will win!

While indulging in over 250 mouth-watering exhibitors, EAT! Vancouver attendees can also travel the world with chefs on the Flavours World Stage and explore culinary travel destinations at the World Culinary Travel Expo. Beer and wine connoisseurs can listen to and explore pairings and tastings with culinary and mixology experts on the Sips Stage, and The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) returns with their popular Culinary Classes, where the public can channel their inner master chef with help from the school’s instructors.

The ever-popular Bites area will feature mouthwatering dishes from a selection of local restaurants, and the adults can sip new offerings from wine, beer and spirits vendors in the Sips area. Dairy Farmers of Canada will again present Cheese Seminars, educating the public on how to best prepare and experiment with different Canadian cheeses.

More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend over the three-day weekend. Tickets are $17 for adults ($14 online), $15 for seniors ($14 online), and $9 for youth aged 13-16. Children 12 and under are free.

For information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.eat-vancouver.com.

About EAT!:
The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is Canada’s largest consumer food festival¹, featuring hundreds of food, beverage & kitchen goods exhibitors along with tourist boards, travel suppliers, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer and cheese seminars, cookbook authors & chef competitions. The three-day festival is attended by culinary and travel enthusiasts, trade and media. More details are available at www.eat-vancouver.com.

Facebook: Facebook.com/eat.vancouver
Twitter: @EAT_Vancouver
Pinterest: Pinterest.com/eatvancouver/
Instagram: Instagram.com/eatvancouver
#eatbuzz

All-Star Canadian Lineup at 11th EAT! Vancouver

eatPresented by FLAVOURS Magazine, festival responds to gluten-free demand

The 11th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival returns to celebrate all things food, entertaining, and culinary travel at BC Place Stadium on May 24, 25 & 26, 2013. EAT! Vancouver is proud to announce its new presenting sponsor, FLAVOURS Magazine.

Headliners on the popular Food Network Celebrity Stage include Spice Goddess Bal Arneson, Anna Olson of Bake with Anna OlsonChuck Hughes of Chuck’s Week Off, and Vancouver’s favourite Food Concept Architect for Cactus Club Restaurants, Chef Rob Feenie.

Chuck Hughes
Food Network Celebrity Chef
Rob Feenie
Executive Chef,
Cactus Restaurants Ltd.
Bal Arneson 
The Spice Goddess
 Anna Olson 
Host of Food Network Canada’s Bake with Anna Olson

Responding to the demand for more gluten-free exhibitors, EAT! Vancouver will highlight new vendors offering gluten-free options, cooking seminars and much more.

The BC Chef’s Association will present their Culinary Art Show and Competition. The Grand Culinary Salon Competition features dishes by aspiring chefs from high school to the professional level. In the Chocolate Competition, chocolate architects use their artistic skills to create decadent masterpieces.

While indulging in over 250 mouth-watering exhibitors, EAT! Vancouver attendees can also learn from experts on the International Culinary Stage and Grapes & Hops Stage, and explore culinary travel destinations at the World Culinary Travel Expo. The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) will return with their popularCulinary Classes where the public can up their cooking game from the school’s culinary instructors.

For all the candy lovers, Regal Confections will be at the festival delivering interactive presentations on the International Culinary Stage and handing out samples of their deliciously sweet products to festival visitors!

The Bites of VancouverWine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion, and Cheese Seminars presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, will showcase local restaurant menus, new sips from wine, beer and spirits vendors, and how to best prepare and eat Canadian cheese.

More visitors are expected to attend than ever before over the three-day weekend. Tickets are $16 for adults ($14 online), $14 for seniors, and $9 for youth aged 13-16. All advance ticketholders will be included in a draw to win a Weber barbecue, valued at $1000+.

For information and tickets please visit www.eat-vancouver.com.

About EAT!:
The EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is Canada’s largest consumer food festival¹, featuring hundreds of food, beverage & kitchen goods exhibitors along with tourist boards, travel suppliers, wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer and cheese seminars, cookbook authors & chef competitions. The three-day festival is attended by culinary and travel enthusiasts, trade and media. More details are available at www.eat-vancouver.com.

Facebook: Facebook.com/eat.vancouver
Twitter: @EAT_Vancouver
#eatbuzz

About Fulcrum:
Since its launch in 1995, Fulcrum, comprising Fulcrum Media Inc. and Fulcrum Events Inc., has continued to grow by focusing on select industries and providing innovative, measurable solutions for many of the top packaged goods companies in Canada. The company produces industry leading media properties in convenience, petroleum, car wash, foodservice, spirits, coffee and tea, and pharmaceutical verticals. Fulcrum’s properties consist of b2b and b2c magazines, database management, end user promotions, research, educational conferences, and shows. For more information, visit www.fulcrum.ca.

Source ¹Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Eat! Vancouver – A Walkabout

by Natalie Van Apeldoorn

During the first weekend of June, BC Place opened its doors to the public for the EAT! Vancouver 10th Anniversary Exhibition. This gastronomical event invites lovers of food and drink to taste items that are both familiar to their palate and an opportunity to try things that are new or different.

This year, EAT! Vancouver’s central focal point was the Food Network Celebrity Stage. Local chefs such as Rob Feenie and Top Chef Canada winner Dale Mackay, as well as Chefs David Rocco, and Bob Blumer and Annabelle Waugh presented their cooking skills and humour to the audiences. Surrounding the exhibition booths which included food and beverage samples as well as food and food preparation products were a Barista Championship Stage, a World Culinary Travel Expo, a Pop-Up Culinary School hosted by the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Institute, a Grapes & Hops stage, as well as an International Culinary and Fit to EAT Stage and others.

I ended up spending two days at EAT! This was my first experience of going and after going the first day and trying to ground myself (it was a largely confusing and heavy populated set up), I felt I needed another day to seek out the things I wanted to see.

I visited the PromPurú booth at EAT Vancouver to find out more about Peruvian of food. I have found that most of my travel has centred around the food. Even more that I’ll pick a location based on the type of food that I want to eat!

Peru as a destination has always been in the back of my mind, but what I didn’t know much about was the flavours and types of food specialized to the culture. I first sat in a food seminar presented by local Chef Pedro Guillen, who is Vancouver’s leading and finest Peruvian chef.

Peru has 10,000 years of gastronomic history with influences from Italian, Chinese, Japanese and African cuisine. Chef Guillen’s wanted to make Peruvian cuisine more approachable and also present traditional cuisine using products available in Canada.

Peru’s rich heritage and exceptional climate has resulted in a great contribution to the world’s food supply. There are more potato varieties found in Peru than anywhere else in the world. Peru also boasts being among the top corn variety producing countries.

Chef Pedro

Chef Pedro Guillen was born and raised in Peru. As a young child, Pedro was often found in the kitchen helping his father (who was a chef himself) make meals for their family. Pedro found his love for cooking and began to follow his dream of being a chef by moving from Peru to Montreal, Quebec where he enrolled in a Hotel and Culinary Tourism program. After broadening his culinary career by working at as a Sous Chef at Chez Cora, Pedro moved to Vancouver and began specializing in Peruvian food through both a catering company as well as opening his own restaurant in Vancouver called Mochikas Peruvian Café in Kitsilano.

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I was able to taste some of the food from Mochikas and it was very tasty, particularly with the mini sandwich de chicharron con camote frito y salsa criolla – a deep fried pork belly sandwich with fried sweet potato, onion salad and signature sauces.

Some of typical cuisine you would see in Peru is Lomo Saltado, a beef stir fry with vegetables and french fries, and also Ceviche classico de pescado y langostinos, a fresh fish of the day with cooked shrimp marinated in lime juice and fresh herbs served with fresh corn and caramelized sweet potatoes.

Mochikas Peruvian Cafe

1696 West 5th Avenue at Pine Street
(inside Platinum Touch Auto Spa)
Vancouver, BC V6J 1N8
Tel: 604.739.PERU (7378)
Email: info@mochikas.ca
Website: www.mochikas.ca

A booth that was on the product end of the spectrum was hosted by an organization called TechBA. The Sizing Model for TechBA’s Internationalization Program is implemented through the concept of Integral Projection called “Acceleration,” supporting the strengthening of selected high technology-based, small to medium Mexican companies in a global arena.

The TechBA Food Sector brought some of their companies to EAT! Vancouver to sample some of their products.

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The first company was Vivente Tasty Functional Foods which is the first Mexican brand offering  a wide selection of functional foods, such as Agave Syrup, Agave Jams, Agave Honey and Agave Dressings, to the market. Those products are known for their prebiotic effect, which contributes to improving public health by preventing and controlling obesity and diabetes as well as meeting the growing demand of a larger population seeking healthier food choices. I had the opportunity to taste the Agave in these various ways and found it to accentuate the natural flavours of the original food.

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Another company that presented samples was Endotzi will bring gourmet Mexican flavour to the event, with their products, “Huitlacoche,” which is actually a corn fungus best known as “Mexican caviar,” and Oyster Mushrooms, which are of the utmost quality have a premium taste. Endotzi produces a high quality mushroom with excellent farming practices for a variety of unique, healthier and innovative packaged products. I sampled the Huitlachoche in its natural form on crackers and then in a lasagna and it just melted on my tongue. It was so rich and perfect. I cannot wait for this to be sold in our local markets.

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Finally, the company Jaztea’s origins began in Culiacan, Sinaloa, at the Chinese restaurant “Tung-Fong,” owned by the Fong-Payan family.The jasmine tea beverage served at the restaurant became so popular that the Fong-Payan family began serving it independently. With their own resources, they began packaging and distributing the tea, which quickly became a favourite beverage in the region. Thus, in 1989 Jaztea was born, creating a new perspective on iced tea: Jasmine Iced Tea. The health benefits, including antioxidants, of jasmine tea are well known and the product matches growing trends in health consciousness and tea consumption.  This was very light and fresh tasting. I noted that this was a favourite for passerby’s at EAT! and overheard many saying that it was better than our tinned cans of chemical ice tea sold in Vancouver.For more information please go to their website www.vancouver.techba.org

 

Cooks to Thrill at EAT! Vancouver

Prairie proud and primed, acclaimed CHARCUT Roast House co-chefs and owners John Jackson and Connie DeSousa prepare to dazzle culinary crowds on the Food Network Celebrity Stage, June 10 + 11

John Jackson and Connie DeSousa, co-chefs and owners of Calgary’s popular CHARCUT Roast House are gearing up for live cooking demonstrations on the Food Network Celebrity Stage –  Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 – at this year’s EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival. Held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre, this event is a food aficionado’s dream that includes: interactive culinary experiences; opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes cooking tips and tricks from professional chefs; celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions; diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and shopping opportunities.

Jackson and DeSousa are looking forward to sharing their unique and thoughtful brand of culinary expertise with audiences at the ninth annual festival. The CHARCUT duo will demonstrate two signature menu items: House Made Goat’s Cheese with Okanagan Hazelnuts and Fried Artichokes and Pig Head Mortadella with Pistachios and Truffle.

“An event of this nature fits nicely with what we do every day at CHARCUT,” says Jackson. “Promote food provenance, share culinary insight, and provide an educational experience to people who enjoy eating well. We are thrilled to be participating.”

Jackson and DeSousa join a gifted array of chef talent including BC’s own Rob Feenie; former Galloping Gourmet host Graham Kerr; and DeSousa’s fellow competitor on ‘Top Chef Canada,’ Dale MacKay.

For more information and to review the full EAT! Vancouver schedule, please visit:
www.eat-vancouver.com

About CHARCUT
CHARCUT works with honest, seasonal ingredients from small, local artisan farms and ranches to create flavourful, unpretentious dishes from scratch. Diners will delight in the inaugural menu, which features a selection of house-made sausage and cured meats, as well as fresh cheeses and ‘Table Snacks’ like Bone Marrow au Gratin and Slow Roasted Heirloom Beets.  CHARCUT Roast House is located at 899 Centre Street SW in downtown Calgary, Alberta and is open daily including late-nights to 1 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday with a full menu available.

Call 403.984.2180 or visit www.charcut.com or www.opentable.com for information or reservations. Follow on Twitter @charcut or on Facebook.

Top Chef Canada Scouting for Vancouver Talent

TOP CHEF CANADA” CASTING DIRECTORS SCOUTING FOR VANCOUVER’S TOP CULINARY SUPERSTARS AT THE EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD + COOKING FESTIVAL

In a rare opportunity, Vancouver’s top culinary talent are invited to meet – in-person – the casting directors from Top Chef Canada, one of Canada’s hottes and most anticipated culinary TV shows of the year.  Casting directors Jennifer Pratt and Cliff Dempster are on-hand during the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, located at the Vancouver Convention Centre, from Fri., May 28 to Sun., May 30 to accept applications to compete on Top Chef Canada, scout talent and answer casting questions. Full applications can be downloaded at www.foodnetwork.ca/topchef.

“We are on the lookout for the best, brightest and most passionate chefs in the Vancouver area,” says Jennifer Pratt, Casting Director, Top Chef Canada. “Being on this show is an amazing opportunity for local culinary talent to not only win a dream prize of $100,000 to kick start their culinary dream, but also showcase their cooking chops to the entire nation.”

Produced by Insight Entertainment for Food Network Canada, Top Chef Canada will select the country’s best culinary talent to face-off in a gruelling competition that will put their skills and creativity to the test. Ultimately only one chef will claim their rightful place in the spotlight, winning the top prize of $100,000 and the Title of Canada’s Top Chef. Head judge is culinary master Mark McEwan. The series premiers Spring 2011 on Food Network Canada.

During the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, Jennifer Pratt and Cliff Dempster can be found at the Top Chef Canada table, set-up beside the Food Network Celebrity stage. Admission to the festival costs $15 at the door or $12 for tickets bought in advance online at www.eat-vancouver.com.

The 8th Annual EAT! Vancouver – Food + Cooking Festival will be taking place at the new Vancouver Centre – West May 28-30. Canada’s largest consumer food and cooking festival will bring Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world together for a three day public extravaganza.

EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD + COOKING FESTIVAL

VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE – WEST

EXHIBIT HALL C

MAY 28-30, 2010

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC

V6C 0C3

www.eat-vancouver.com

EAT! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival

Congrats to Erin and Dale….winners of the tickets to this year’s Eat.

 MAY 28-30, 2010

 Mark your calendars, the highly anticipated Eighth Annual EAT! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival will be held May 28-30, 2010 at the newly built Vancouver Convention Centre and is sure to draw the best of the best in food and cooking.

Visitors will be able to explore, taste, sample and shop from over 250 exhibiting companies showcasing a huge variety of food, beverage and cooking related products.

The Food Network Stage will once again be the main event for visitors, as Food Network hosts will entertain visitors with their culinary expertise and humor. The stellar lineup of stars will be announced in the very near future.

EAT! Vancouver is very pleased to announce the appearance of The Soup Nazi, from the hit TV series Seinfeld. The Soup Nazi, real name Larry Thomas, has gained tremendous popularity for his portrayal of a New York City soup kitchen chef and has been involved in various TV shows, including Arrested Development and Scrubs.

Vancouver’s own Iron Chef America and Food Concept Architect for Cactus Club Restaurants, Rob Feenie will be returning once again to the Food Network Stage to demonstrate quick and easy dishes. Feenie is often called upon to represent Canada, traveling as an Ambassador for Canadian and British Columbia food products and wines, and sharing Vancouver’s culinary talents with the rest of the world.

In addition to the huge variety of products exhibited and cooking celebrities, EAT! Vancouver will feature the following pavilions:

 BITE OF VANCOUVER RESTAURANT PAVILION – Sample appetizer portions from a variety of Vancouver restaurants

CITYTV’S MASTER CHEF COMPETITION – Presented by the BC Chefs Association, watch as local chefs compete head to head in a fierce battle to earn the title of CityTV’s Master Chef.

GRAPES AND HOPS PRESENTATION STAGE – Wine and beer experts will provide entertaining and informative seminars and tastings.

WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS PAVILION – Taste and sample unique wine, beer and spirits from BC and beyond.

DAIRY FARMER’S OF CANADA CHEESE SEMINARS – Learn and taste the difference between the textures and flavours of Canada’s best cheeses and learn tips to host a wine and cheese party.

 CULINARY SECRETS – Showcasing the culinary cuisine of countries from around the world.

 WELLNESS PAVILION – Explore a variety of products to help enhance overall health.

BC CHEF’S ASSOCIATION CULINARY SALON + CHOCOLATE COMPETITION – BC’s finest chefs construct architectural masterpieces from chocolate and prepare dazzling culinary dishes to be judged by members of the BC Chef’s Association.

Attended by over 31,000 people in 2009, EAT! Vancouver is an event food and cooking enthusiasts will not want to miss!

EAT! VANCOUVER

Vancouver Convention Centre – West

EXHIBIT HALL C

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC

V6C 0C3

www.eat-vancouver.com

For more information or photos please contact:

Raveena Chopra – raveena@eat-vancouver.com

Executive Event Production Inc.