Travel Blog

30 May

EAT! Whistler Foodies Check Out “EAT! Consumer Expo”

A rainy day can encourage various possibilities for entertainment: lazy movie madness, nostalgic board games, and even reading for fun. However, once in a while one stumble’s upon something unexpected in search for indoor entertainment in our outdoor enthusiast region.

In the early Saturday morning hours my Googling produced just such a discovery in Vancouver: the annual EAT! Consumer Foodie Expo. How could we not explore an expo concentrated on food and all things related!

As we walked into BC Place there was a buzz from return patrons who knew more than we did about this finding. With booths from every imaginable food product wielding their unique products, competing with cuisine-centric flair, and virtually stuffing our mouths with samples, it was hard to believe we hadn’t even hit the “Bite” ticketed-tasting section yet.

We maintained focus though and reserved room for the local restaurateur selection. Secret Location, was offering tasty trinkets presented in unique plastic globes. Tacofino offered mini tacos and chilled avocado soup. EBO served up lamb sliders and spicy African peanut soup. My absolute favourite was a sag paneer and Chana masala combo served with housemade tamarind sauce from Siddhartha’s Kitchen on Commercial. I will be making the trip to try the real deal.

All of this sampling left us parched so we made our way in to the Grapes and Hops section where tickets are traded for wine, beer and spirit. Although it was noon, many captivated attendees had gained their own spirit with the overwhelming options in this section. For those like myself who would choose the Food Network over TSN, the expo also offers seminars in proper knife handling, cake decorating, wine pairings and whiskey 101.

The main stage was like a revolving door of culinary celebrity with Anna Olsen followed by Rob Feenie and gastro heart throb Chuck Hughes. Showing off their skills kept a packed house entertained and eager to find out the dates for 2014′s rendition.

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