I've never been and it sounded like fun so I checked it out this afternoon.
As I entered, they were giving out bags for any goodies I picked up along the way. In the bag, was a bottle of Levi Roots Reggae Reggae Jerk/BBQ Sauce ... I'm looking forward to trying it.
Near the entrance, there was a big display of products that Arlene Dickinson had invested in on Dragons' Den.
|OMG's were giving out sample bags|
|I filled out a ballot to win this basket ... fingers crossed!|
There were lots of vendors and it wasn't too busy.
I took a walk around and there was a wide range of products.
|Donuts from BakeryHaus|
|My donut was okay|
|Max's had a DJ|
|Linda did a demo on my hand with some great aloe lotion|
|blu-dot protein tea was tasty|
|I had a sample (so crisp!) and a nice chat with Tyler of GP8 Sports Water|
|Ricardo gave me a sample of some ground hemp seeds|
|Original Kettlecorn's samples were colourful and yummy!|
|Jewels under the Kilt's nuts tasted good|
|I got some sample cat food from Oven-Baked Tradition|
|The kale salad from the Culinary Arts School of Ontario|
smelled so fresh
|I had a yummy ice cream sample from the Kawartha Dairy|
|Udi's glutin free cookies were good|
|They were also giving out bags of pretzels|
|Jorge Cuamacas and Laura Spada played Spanish music|
There were lots of wine and beer vendors.
I checked out free wine sampling.
|I liked the Malivoire Gamay but didn't like the Chardonnay|
|I liked the Pondview Estate Winery Harmony|
(Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Riesling) and
the Creekside Estate Winery Laura's Red
(Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Malbec)
|I liked the Cattail Creek Riesling and the Rosehall Run Pinot Noir|
Sample tickets were drinks were $1 each and I bought 10. I picked my sampling glass at the entrance.
Here are the samples I tried ... I liked them all.
|Pelee Island Winery Riesling Gewurztraminer|
|Vikram Vij (soon to be on Dragons' Den) was behind me in line|
|My fav was Rockway Vineyards' Patio Pink|
|Strewn Two Vines' Riesling Gewurztraminer|
|Noteworthy Shenanigan's Pinot Grigio|
|Coyote Run's Red Paw Pinot Gris|
I watched some demonstrations.
|Chef Terry Salmond, a competitor on this season's Top Chef Canada|
|Chef Tim Everett of Whole Foods Market|
|Christa from Earth's Own gave a talk about almond milk|
|We were given samples of almond milk ... it was good|
|We were also given samples of squares made with almond milk|
|We also got a 2 litres of almond milk to take home|
The cheese seminars were popular. I'm not a fan of cheese so passed.
There was a silent auction with the proceeds going to Sick Kids.
It was a fun festival and I'll definitely go next year.