Sweet Tooth is aching!
I have always wanted to check out the Baking and Sweets Show in Toronto since I heard about it a little while ago. The show was held at the Toronto Congress Centre in Mississauga and was a great venue – sleek, easy to get to and lots of free parking. The show has a US counterpart that was held a couple of months later in Chicago.
This year, the Toronto show had lots of fun things lined up. From classes, competition, to celebrity chefs, there was never a dull moment. The celebrity stage included Canada’s very own Anna Olson, Ron Ben-Israel, Fabio Viviani, just to name a few! I was travelling back from the US so I was only able to check the show out on Sunday so I unfortunately missed Anna Olson and Fabio Viviani. I did see the amazing Ron Ben-Israel and his creative cake designs. The audience was packed for his demonstration and he had a great sense of humor and charisma as he presented his one of a kind cake decorating tips.
The Cupcake Girls also had their own cute pink booth and both owners – Heather and Lori were working hard decorating in front of the long line purchasing their delicious cupcakes and apparel.
The floor was laid out with vendors, celebrity stages, classes, and displays of the wedding cake and themed (this year was the wizard of oz) cakes. The cakes on display were unbelievable! Each one was so unique and really showcased the Wizard of Oz theme. They also had a family zone sponsored by The Cake Boss which allowed kids to take classes from Petits Chefs cooking school.
The vendors were endless. The vendors were showcasing their products and selling at great discounted prices, my personal favourite was Flour Confections. They had tons of goodies at an unbeatable price. There were also many catering vendors that looked great for wedding and parties.
My favourite stage was the Redpath Sugar stage that was teaching audience how to make everything from cookies to croquembouche. The classes were very interactive and the audience was able to ask questions in a small intimate setting.
During the weekend, the show also featured “The M.O.F. pit”. M.O.F, which stands for Meilleur Ouvrier de France or “best craftsman of France” were on stage creating their pastry art. The M.O.Fs that attended the Toronto show were Christian Faure, Jean-Marc Guillot, and Gerard Taurin. It was very neat to see them at work. It is not every day you get to see such experts create pastry magic in front of your eyes.
I sampled my way around the floor and had so much fun I found myself going around one more time.
I would highly recommend this show to any professional and amateur bakers in Toronto. You can get lots of great tools at a discounted rate and gather lots of tips and inspirations for your very own creations.
- If you love baking and sweets - you gotta check it out! 9