On April 6th, I visited The Good Food and Drink Festival at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
I’d been to the show when it was held at The International Centre in Mississauga a few years ago and hadn’t been hugely
impressed, but I was willing to give it another shot – especially since I saw
that Wine Align was now a sponsor.
And, in all fairness, it was much improved! While there
weren’t a huge number of wineries involved, there were enough wine and spirits
vendors to make it worthwhile for a drinks enthusiast. And there were some great
food vendors – I was especially pleased to see a personal favourite, Fire inthe Kitchen,
and to discover Evelyn’s Crackers.
I’ve been meaning to try the wines from Coyote's Run
for ages, so I was
pleased to see them at the show. I tried the Five Mile White and quite enjoyed
it. An interesting, light, dry, white wine blend. I’ll have to take a trip out
to the winery to try even more
I admit I was curious to try Dreaming Tree's
Crush red blend after seeing so
many ads for it, but I wasn’t expecting much. Celebrity wines are notoriously
hit and miss, but with Dave Matthews teaming up with acclaimed winemaker Steve
Reeder there was definite potential. And it turned out to be a pleasant
surprise – I really enjoyed this wine and will pick up a bottle soon, as I’d
like to try it with food.
I enjoy a good
cider now and then, so I was interested in checking out Pommies Dry Cider.
a great find! This was so crisp, fruity and refreshing. And it’s made in made
in a wine style, which makes it even more interesting – I wanted to ask lots of
questions, but this booth was understandably busy. This is a great option for
the patio or cottage when a beer just isn’t what you’re looking for.
There’s lots of great food at this show, so here are a few
of the highlights for me:
I’d never tried Evelyn’s Crackers,
but I’m so glad I stopped
by this booth. The crackers are divine. The Cheddar Crispies were my favourite
(and I can’t wait to try them with wine), but I truly couldn’t stop eating any
of the samples of these organic crackers, which are made with heritage grains
These are great for those trying to eat slow and local or just for
those who want a delicious snack.
Fire in the Kitchen
is one of my favourite vendors at any
food or drinks show. Shawn and I stocked up on their delicious spice rubs and
use them all the time – they add a huge hit of flavour to meat dishes and Shawn
has had a great time experimenting with them. They are simply fabulous as a
dry rub on chicken wings.
Did you visit this show this year? What were some of your favourite things?
More pictures from the Festival: