Food & Drink Fest

Get ready for Hamilton’s most delicious party: The 7th Annual Food & Drink Fest

In Burlington, Food & Drink Fest 2012, Food & Wine Expo, Hamilton Ontario on March 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Throw off the effects of the drab, rainy weather and welcome Spring by attending one of Hamilton’s premier food and drink events: The 7th Annual Food & Drink Fest….the Festival with Taste! The 2012 Fest takes place from March 23-25th at its new location, Careport Expo Centre, located at 270 Longwood Road South in Hamilton (On the corner of Aberdeen and Longwood. Take the Aberdeen exit off the 403).  If you’ve never been to the show you are in for an amazing culinary and “liquid” experience, and if you have attended you have an idea of the delights that await your palate and your senses.

Over 150 of Hamilton, Niagara, and Halton Regions’ most popular restaurants, artisan bakeries, craft breweries and wineries will be displaying their finest products…just for you!

Dyment's Bakery at Food & Drink Fest...the Festival with Taste!

Dyment's Bakery at Food & Drink Fest...the Festival with Taste

Once inside Careport Expo Centre you’ll be given a complementary wine glass.  Your next step is to buy sample tickets to spend at the various booths.  For $10 you’ll receive 12 tickets and for $20 you’ll get 25 tickets.  Keep in mind that most samples will “cost” between 1- 6 tickets.

Take your time to make the rounds of the booths to see what is available, and remember to enjoy the music, live demonstrations and the vibe from the rest of the crowd while you are there.

What restaurants will you discover at the fest?  Expect to see the Ancaster Mill, Acclamation, KOI, La Piazza AllegraSlainte Irish PubMy ThaiRapscallionRed Canoe BistroThe Courtyard Restaurant andDenningers, among others.

Wineries will include Magnotta Winery, Caroline Cellars, Cornerstone Estate, Palatine Hills Estate Winery, Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery, Vineland Estates Winery, Rockway Glen Golf Course & Estate Winery, and others.

Beer lovers will be in heaven as there will be many breweries onsite including Nickelbrook/Better Bitters, Big Rock, Creemore Springs, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Old Credit, Railway City, and many others.  For a complete list of participants visit www.FoodandDrinkFest.com. 

Craft Beer Crowd at Food & Drink Fest

Craft Beer Crowd at Food & Drink Fest

As you sip and nibble your way through the fest, don’t miss these interactive features:

  • Celebrity Chef David Adjey from the Food Network’s Restaurant Makeover and The Opener will be hosting live cooking demonstrations on Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm on the Peter Martin Cooking Demo Stage
  • Other live culinary demonstrations on the Peter Martin Cooking Demo Stage feature: Chef Dan from Twisted Lemon Restaurant; Jeremy Parsons from Cocktails-The Fluid Experience; Chef Vahn from My Thai; and Chef Michael from Greensville Gourmet
  • The Entertainment Stage hosts live musical performances all weekend long.  Violinist Grenville Pinto takes to the stage on Sunday; returning favourite, Powerhouse Band will dominate the stage on Friday night, and jazz/R&B band Andre and The J-Tones get soulful on Saturday.

Remember to bring a non-perishable food item since the annual Foodies for Food Drive will be collecting donations to help stock the shelves of Hamilton Food Share.

See you there!

7th Annual Food & Drink Fest

NEW Location: Careport Expo Centre 270 Longwood Road South

March 23-25: Friday 5 pm–10 pm, Saturday 1 pm–10 pm, Sunday 12 noon–5 pm.

Tickets: $15 at the door, $12 online at www.foodanddrinkfest.com

Note: Food and drink sample tickets are extra/Must be 19 or older to attend. No children or infants allowed/Cash only is accepted at the show.

Adapted from press release by Cyndi Ingle

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