AKA Foodie Geek Heaven

Although Delicious Food Show is only in it’s third year it’s already become (in my opinion) the absolute best annual culinary event that Toronto has to offer. Every year the show gets better, with higher-profile guests, and a better focus on local talent. This year was no exception. With the likes of Mario Batali, Tyler Florence & Chuck Hughes headlining, it was shaping up to be one of the best, most exciting events of the year! And boy-o was it!

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To start the day I had the chance to attend the official opening Press Breakfast, and it was a treat – catered by Bar Buca, and in attendance were the three main guests – here to answer our questions. There was some great insight about helping to get kids involved in every aspect of the kitchen, from shopping to eating. Some cheeky answers to questions about favourite ingredients (Mario: Grapes, because you can use them so many ways, and in the end, drink them as wine!).

A Culinary Superstar (and one of my personal Heros) Mario Batali
A Culinary Superstar (and one of my personal Heros) Mario Batali

 

Tyler Florence
Tyler Florence
As Hilarious as he is Handsome, Canada's Own, Chuck Hughes
As Hilarious as he is Handsome, Canada’s Own, Chuck Hughes

One of the most exciting aspects of the morning was the announcement that Delicious Food Show will be partnering with Food & Wine Magazine to bring Toronto Food & Wine 2015 to us next year (presumably will replace the name).

As a Food Network sponsored event, this is certainly something to get excited about as a culinary event to travel to – and will hopefully bring even more celebrity guests and exhibitors to showcase in our city!

Joe Messer, associate publisher of Food & Wine, making the announcement.
Joe Messer, associate publisher of Food & Wine, making the announcement.

As for the show itself this year – I have to say that it was definitely much smoother than last year. Especially in the aspect of Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium, which had it’s own Pavilion this year.

AKS @ DFS
AKS @ DFS

As luck would have it gave me the chance to meet one of my favourite Toronto Chef’s Matty Matheson of P&L. We also got a preview of Home of the Brave‘s AKS Submission: Campfire Smore Ice Cream Pop!

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Congrats to Hudson Kitchen who was this year’s Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium winner!

But, between the exhibitors, the classes, the demos and all the free samples – the absolute highlight for this year for me was getting the chance to meet Mario himself, get his autograph, and very hurriedly tell him my name – to which he replied “Beautiful Last Name!”

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The Media Preview gave us the chance to chat with a few of the many, many exhibitors (we will be bringing you a special feature later this month from one!), but probably the  best way to get an idea of the set up and what was on offer, would be to have a look yourself in our gallery below!