Saturday, October 18, 2014

All about food at the Delicious Food Show 2014

The Delicious Food Show 2014 takes place this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre at  Exhibition Place this weekend.  It's only in it's 3rd year but it's amazing how prestigious and large it's become in 3 short years.  Last year they featured the Queen of Lifestyle Martha Stewart and this year they brought in Superstar Chef Mario Batali and fellow American Chef Tyler Florence.

Our Canadian Chefs are no slouches either, and our own Amazing Chefs, Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking are also at the show this year.  And for those of you that followed the Cronut frenzy last year the creator Dominique Ansel  and right hand to Martha Stewart, Lucinda Scala are also coming to the show for a demo.

The first day of the show started off with a bang.   I attended the Media Breakfast that was chock full of super talented chefs.  Mario Batali (The Chew), Tyler Florence (The Great Food Truck Race, Wayfarer Tavern) , Chuck Hughes (Garde Manger, Le Bremner) and Rob Gentile  (Buca) attending a press conference for the media.

Rob Gentile's restaurant Bar Buca provided a generous supply of pastries and coffee for breakfast, it was an incredible spread that I wish I could have tried a bit of all of it.

The Media were given a mini tour of the show where we first met up with Chef Chuck Hughes who told us about the Executive Series where he will be teaching a hands on workshops for about 20 people. Other Chefs doing their own demos are Tyler Florence and Mark McEwan.  

We were then greeted by BBQ King Ted Reader at his converted fire truck where he served up some beer samples from his truck.  He will be serving pork ball donuts and beer at the show.   We moved on to samples from Von Doughnuts, Parachute Coffee, a demo of Parts and Labour's Smore's ice cream bar and Manning Canning and a bunch of other vendors at the Foodies on Foot booth.  It was hard to keep up with it all there was so much to check out.


At the press conference the Chefs and representatives from Informa Canada announced that in September 2015 they will be bringing the Food and Wine Festival to Toronto.  This festival is huge in North America and will be a great addition to the ever growing Food Scene in Toronto.

Some other highlights of the Delicious Show are Abbey Sharp's Kitchen Stadium and the Sandwich Smackdown.  
Abbey Sharp (Abbey's Kitchen), dietician, host and blogger is also the host of all of the Celebrity Stage Demo's at the show again this year.

I have been to all of the Delicious Food Show's since the beginning and it is probably my favourite food show because of the quality of the Chefs and food demos and the participation of a lot of Toronto's top restaurants.  It's where the Chefs and food lovers want to hang out.   I think the move to the Direct Energy building this year was a great move with the show having enough room for people to comfortably roam the food isles and sample all the goodies.

Most of the media left shortly after the Press Conference but I loved the show so much that I stuck around the whole day to check out the whole show,  so I will do another post to get into more detail about some of the other things I saw there.

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