Let's just say I have been basically fasting all week, and Scott and I are more than ready for a feast of the senses this weekend. The Fraser Valley Food Show is gonna hit the TRADEX in Abbotsford starting Friday at 2pm sharp, and these tastebuds are primed!
Imagine if you will, a massive conference centre full of every taste, smell and liquid guilty pleasure you could wrap your face around for 3 days. Now add to this a sprinkle of celebrity stages with competitions and performances by some of your favourite television chefs. Not enough to fill you up yet? The event will also feature exhibitors from across the valley, where we can find locally grown and produced foods of all kinds to take home. Icing on the cake?!?! How about a restaurant pavilion where we can sample some of the finest cuisine for under $4.00 a pop!
What are we most excited about?
1. CELEBRITY CHEF APPEARANCES - We have all seen and heard mountains about Burnaby raised chef ROB FEENIE, guaranteed to entertain and educate. Chef Feenie has put his stamp on high-calibre Vancouver kitchens such as Le Crocodile, Lumiere and Feenie's. He now holds the Executive Chef title at over 23 Cactus Restaurant locations across Western Canada. His career catapulted to household name status when he became the first Canadian chef to win the coveted Iron Chef America title in 2005.
Rounding out the Celebrity stages, we will be treated to some lashings from CORBIN TOMASZESKI, popular host of such Food Network shows as Dinner Party Wars, Crash My Kitchen and Restaurant Makeover.
2. BITE OF THE VALLEY - This is the area where we get to meet the owners and chefs of some of the Valley's best restaurants, and sample appetizer sized portions of their favourite dishes on the spot. Their tantalizing creations are more than affordable, priced from $1 - 4, so there is plenty of room to try everything over the course of the weekend. All we need to do is purchase a sheet of tickets ($10 gives us 20 tickets), and we are free to roam and chew and smile. I have been told that debit and credit are not accepted at the ticket booth, but there are plenty of ATM's onsite.
* There is a Jamaican Jerk Pizza that I am very very ready for!
3. GRAPES AND HOPS PRESENTATION / SPIRITS TASTING - With my trusty Official Spirits Taster Scotty by my side, I will get to learn which wines, beers and spirits might go well with all the plates I will be balancing. There looks to be over 20 wineries and breweries that are ready to titillate the audience with micro-brewed suds and beautifully thought local wines. There will also be a stage featuring luminaries of the beer and wine educating fold, who will raise our knowledge of some unique and delicious bevvies. Again, the libations can all be sampled with our sheets of food and drink tickets, and I forsee a lineup of taxis to bring everyone safely home to their hotels.
4. GLUTEN-FREE LIVING - Brand new addition to the show this year is a showcase of artisan products and exhibitors who cater to a strictly gluten-free diet, so no tummy goes unsatisfied. Here we can learn about special baking and cooking techniques and recipes for any palate requirement. This area is 100% gluten-free, but fear not, many of the 100+ exhibitors and restaurants across the show will also feature gluten-free options, just look for their highly visible signeage if you are unsure.
Needless to say, this is only a smattering of what the weekend will entail. Look for sausage-making competitions, an Oktoberfest celebration and a live Master Chef competition series.
Do your tummy a favour, and venture out to Abbotsford for a daytrip, or enjoy the entire weekend.
Tickets for adults are $9, seniors (65+) are $7, youth (13-16) are $5, and admission is free for under 13 years. GST is included in ALL admission and food / beverage ticket prices, for our convenience.
Please visit www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com to learn all about your favourite tastes for the weekend, see you at the show!