The Toronto Food & Drink Market, formerly known as The Good Food Show was held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto from April 10-12th. The larger location was a nice welcome as previously, the aisles were so crammed with foodies it was hard to get around. The only down side of the new location was the steep $14 for parking.
The show was organized nicely with sections like: Food Truck Alley, Master Classes, Dessert Lounge, Farmers Market, Health & Wellness. It made navigating the show very easy.
The Food Truck Alley included Toronto favourite trucks: Busters Sea Cove, Papps Greek on Wheels, T.Dot’s NAAnsense, Hank’s Daddy’s Barbecue, Food Dudes, and of course, Fidel Gastro’s. All the trucks were serving up their classics in the centre of the show with nice large tables for patrons to enjoy.
The Master Classes featured a diverse selection of topics including wine tasting, sake tasting, seafood cooking demos to the sold out cooking demonstration from the one and only Susur Lee.
Other vendor highlights included:
– Main Squeeze, a retro fruit juice press
– Empire Cider – handcrafted cider made locally in Ontario
– BUFCO – Backyard Urban Farm Community that sold beautiful raised gardening bed
– Liko’s Hawaiian Barbecue – serving up classic Hawaiian treats (Spam Masubi)
– Sprouting World – showcasing organic sprouter with delicious sprouts!
– Live Green Toronto – giving away seeds and educating patrons on growing produce
– Oven Baked Tradition – even the dogs and cats got some good eats!
Overall the show was nicely organized and adapted to what Toronto foodies are looking for. There are so many great chefs, wine makers, food lovers in Toronto and I think this show can continue to grow by featuring more great vendors. If would be great if the show was able to attract a huge celebrity chef as the head liner.
This was a great food show in Toronto and I will not only come back next year, but definitely recommend it for other food lovers to do the same!
- Delicious 7