This weekend the CNE’s Better Living Centre will be taken over by the first annual Delicious Food Show. The show is sponsored by Food Network Canada and features food and wine vendors, demonstrations, and celebrity appearances.
Cold weather and snow will mean more of an uphill battle for our growing food truck scene. But, parked inside, the delicious soft serve from Twirlees (I had the Iced Cappuccino flavour) really hit the spot, especially for $2 a serving.
The ratio of good stuff to line-ups is always highest in the first year for one of these events. And this mostly applied on the very first night of the Delicious Show even if casual observers claimed that the lines were following me around.
One example was the Hank Daddy’s BBQ booth that by the time we left it had a line stretching beyond forty people. They were selling a lot of their (obscene) pulled pork parfaits but I preferred the brisket sandwich. Like most Toronto barbecue it could have used way more smoke.
Part of the attraction to these shows is that comparable products are available in the same building. You could set up a mustard showdown but it’s actually shortbread that I found myself comparing. Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co. rose to the top of my list.
On the product side of the ledger the glasses made from repurposed beer and liquor bottles are really cool. They’re made by Artech Studios in Tory Hill and are available at the show and in various Toronto retailers.
Over at unsweetened.ca Alexa Clark has a pretty complete schedule of the highlights from the weekend’s seminars and celebrity food appearances. The show’s up-to-date schedule can be found here. And as Alexa notes Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi will be there Saturday at 1 PM to sign her new book.
Fellow Spotlighter Jen Bylok was one of my scouting partners in crime for the show’s opening night. Head over to Spotlight to read her excellent article.