Food Vancouver Select Guide: West Coast Christmas Show
In this edition, the Food Vancouver Select Guide features The Third Annual West Coast Christmas Show which takes place from November 26-28, 2010 at the Tradex Exhibition Center in the Fraser Valley. It is Western Canada’s leading holiday season show bringing together in one convenient location, items of seasonal holiday décor, gifts, food products, festive seminars and culinary demonstrations.
This much anticipated show is becoming extremely popular with attendance rising steadily over the years from 10,215 in 2008 to 13,247 in 2009. This year the number of attendees is expected to top 16,000. Visitors to the show will be delighted with the decorated Christmas trees in the Festival of Trees Hall. Local musicians will set the tone with the soothing sounds of Christmas music. There will be a variety of exhibits showcasing innovative new ideas and products from home décor, jewelry, and accessories to specialty food products such as condiments, seasonings and chocolates. Holiday gift shoppers can find items ranging from stocking stuffers to those one-of-a-kind items.
Also featured will be complimentary cheese seminars with tips on how to throw those perfect holiday wine-and-cheese parties. Resorts and other holiday destinations will also be featuring special package offers for those great holiday getaways.
In the culinary section exhibitors will feature specialty food items together with cooking demonstrations, tastings and recipe tip-sheets for the novice chef. Of particular interest to those who like to promote local products and growers will be the artisan booths.
The Food Vancouver Select Guide introduces you to three artisan exhibitors:
Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Balsamic Vinegar Reduction: made with six-year aged 100% balsamic vinegar, which is infused with fruit and herbs for that special flavor. Best used as finishing sauces or glazes on meat and seafood. Available in 3 flavors: Strawberry and Fig infused; Rosemary infused and Classic balsamic. These flavors will also be featured in a Christmas Sampler Pack consisting of 100 ml squeeze bottles –for that special stocking stuffer. Nonna Pia’s will also be launching 2 new products – Raspberry Madagascar Pepper reduction and Lemon Ginger reduction. Be sure to check out their informative cooking classes and take advantage of the tasting samplers and recipe cheat-sheets. For more info visit their site at: http://www.nonnapias.com/
Wineland Dressings: Founded in 2000 by Hillside Estate Winery Penticton’s Executive Chef, Peter Young, Wineland Dressings specializes in salad dressings (Roast Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette; Raspberry & Black Pepper Vinaigrette; Cilantro & Lime Vinaigrette) and chutneys (Peach; Cherry). All their products are made from the highest quality local fruits and ingredients. Wineland Dressings has put together a Christmas gift pack of your choice of 3 favorite flavors. Be sure to attend their demos and taste samples. For recipes, visit their site at: http://www.wineland.ca/
Goodness of Garlic: Garlic lovers will enjoy these easy to use products to add extra flavor and excitement to their dishes. Located in Kariboo Farms just outside Forest Grove BC, Goodness of Garlic produces a variety of garlic-based products. From shake-on flavors like Garlic & Gourmet Pepper; Garlic & BBQ Seasoning and Garlic & Chili to Jellies, Dips and Chutneys, each of their garlic-based products is prepared with outstanding attention to detail. Check out their site at: http://www.kariboofarms.com/index.html and don’t forget to visit their booth at the show for some great holiday gift-giving ideas.
With Christmas just around the corner, the West Coast Christmas Show is perfectly timed for visitors to pick up new ideas for home decorating and holiday gift shopping. In addition to local artisans and crafters, celebrity chefs like Anthony Sedlak, Host, The Main on Food Network TV, will be demonstrating their unique creations. As well, personal-service companies will be there to provide information with holiday entertaining/catering ideas and needs.
For additional information on the West Coast Christmas show check out: http://www.westcoastchristmasshow.com/
Dates: Friday, November 26, Saturday November 27, Sunday, November 28, 2010 at the Tradex Exhibition Center
Tickets: Adult admission at the gate is $10 per person. You can save $5 on Adult admission if you purchase tickets online by November 11, 2010. After November 11, 2010 you can still save $2 off adult admission for tickets purchased on-line.
By: Sheila G. LoGuisto
Images supplied by Executive Events
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