So, on Saturday I went to the Delicious Food Show, and let me tell you, what I ate there was truly DELICIOUS. I’ll start by talking about some of the things I sampled and how they were.
For starters Daiya hada booth where they were making pizza, grilled cheese, and (what I assume were) quesadillas. Needless to say I took more than my fair share of samples of each, and they were amazing. I am a lover of Daiya so the fact that I loved them comes as no shock, the only thing is normally I find that Daiya can come off a little too strong and over powering, but not in those samples.
Another thing I tried were the pitas from Pita Break. I would DEFINITELY recommend them, the only thing is that some varieties contain honey, so look carefully at the ingredients before you nom. I liked all the varieties I tasted but my favourite were the Apple Cinnamon.
I also tried the spreads and soups of Sunflower Kitchen. I would definitely recommend their hummas and babaganouj. Their soups were also quite good, but not as high calibre as their delicious spreads.
At the food show there were three food groups: mustard, chutney, and tea. Most of the places that sold mustard also sold chutney. Personally I really enjoyed all the mustard that I tried so I’m not going to review one company specifically, as that would take too much time. I also enjoyed all the chutney I tried so once again I’m not going to give a million reviews on it. There were also lots of sauce companies their that had lovely sauces, all of which seemed to be ver good, so what I just stated will be tripled for sauces. Here are some links to companies websites: Celestial Delights & (my personal favourite) Mrs. McGarrigle’s Fine Food Shop
If wine jellies (and chutney) are your thing there is a superb company that sells amazing wine jellies from Niagara-On-The-Lake. Unfortunately though, you can only purchase their products in Niagara-On-The-Lake or online (not in major supermarkets).
I also had the pleasure of (once again) sampling the scrumptious bars from Taste of Nature. I highly recommend. Some other snacks I tried include ShaSha‘s buckwheat snacks (their only vegan snacks). They were okay but nothing to write home about.
Spices were another big thing at the show. I must say my favourite booth, by far, was Arvinda’s. The guy working there was quite friendly and recommended spices to help me cook up a hearty vegan feast. The spices are also quite aromatic and I can’t wait to use the curry marsala I bought.
Another thing I did was buy a chocolate chip pumpkin muffin from Bunners. It was quite good, though I’m starting to regret not buying a cookie dough (I think it was cookie dough, I can’t quite remember) or french toast cupcake instead. I was thinking of buying something from Sweets from the Earth as I am in love with their marshmallow cupcakes but alas they were only selling gluten-free fare.
Now, of course, being the tea-a-holic that I am, I just couldn’t resist buying some delicious tea. The first tea I bought was Creamy Nut Oolong tea from Teaopia and it is delicious. I also (after watching her demonstration) bought some Pumpkin Creme Rooibos and Coco – Mojito Green Tea from Tea and all it’s Splender. The Pumpkin Creme Rooibos is marvelous, that I can say 100%. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to try the Coco – Mojito Green Tea yet, but let me tell you, I’m excited.
I took the food show as an opportunity to become a member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Which I would highly recommend for Toronto-area vegetarians and vegans, especially since you can get a kick-ass discount card (which will pay for itself and the membership in discounts).
Food aside, I also tried some of Ella’s Botanicals beauty products and they were really nice.
Overall the Delicious Food Show was pretty awesome and I had a really nice time. I followed the show with a trip to Whole Foods (who were exhibiting at the show and gave me a nice apple [which I did not eat because I dislike macs but I was assured that it was an amazingly delicious apple, and that maybe we should start doing more shopping at Whole Foods]). After I finally got home I took the opportunity to stay up till midnight baking vegan cupcakes, but I’ll blog about that and Whole Foods tomorrow.
My goodness! I almost forgot to mention one of the most exciting parts. There was a booth that was selling spices to create mulled apple cider (they were sold out by the time we got there). They had a jar out so you could see what the spices looked like and they were beautiful. I asked the lady working their and she let me take some pictures to share with you. Here they are:See you tomorrow when I blog about Whole Foods and Cupcakes. TTFN!