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Food and Drink Fest 2014 – Save the Date!

In Burlington, craft breweries, Food & Wine Expo, Hamilton Ontario, Restaurants, Uncategorized, wineries on November 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

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Food and Drink Fest 2014 dates are now public. Hope to see you back at the Careport Centre in Hamilton on March 21-23, 2014. We’re working hard here to bring you another fun packed weekend of food, drink, entertainment and company!  So be sure to book that weekend off and start thinking about getting the gang together for another celebration of all things food and drink!

Cheers,

Jay, Jen & Shan

Good Food, Well Made – This Weekend at Food and Drink Fest

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Food and Drink Fest… The Festival with Taste is this week. With months of preparation behind us and plans set, we now get to announce the best and most anticipated part of the show.. what everyone will be serving up for attendees to taste, try, sip and savor!

With lots of returning favorites and new highlights to try, this year will certainly satisfy every culinary craving. Here’s a quick look at some of what our exhibitors will be purveying this weekend:

Artisano Bakery will be serving up classic artisan sandwiches such as, Turkey, Brie and Green Apple or Chicken, Asiago with Grilled Veggies

Avella’s will be churning out their trademark Pizzas from the on-site wood fired oven, fresh, hot and delicious!

Appleberry Cafe is a welcome addition this year! They will have both Jerk and BBQ chicken as well as their signature (and most popular) in house dish, Sole Fish Fillet with Veggies and Island Rice Pilaf.

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant is bringing everything to satisfy your adventurous food craving for something new. Dorowot (a national dish of Chicken and boiled egg stewed in red pepper sauce), Yebed Wot (freshly made lamb stew) and Zilziltibs (tender beef sauteed in purified butter).

Burrito Boyz will have what they’re famouse for… Burritos and Quesadillas!

Cafe Palazzo was the voted consumer favourite two years ago for their homemade Lasagna, Stuffed Mushrooms and Penne alla Boscaiolo

Cheese Shoppe on Locke will have panini pressed gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and their incredible, toe-curling Mac and Cheese!

Copetown Woods is always a crowd pleaser with their fresh Crab Cakes, Broccoli Salad and Speghetti with Meat Balls

Cayon Creek will be joining us for the first time this year and are setting the bar high with Grilled Salmon Miso Caesar Salad and Grilled Chipotle Steak on Mashed Potatoes

Dyments Bakery will appeal to every sweet tooth with their (dare I say it) LENGENDARY Butter Tarts, Squares and Pies to enjoy at the show and take home

Earth to Table Bread Bar has a great option this year with Baby Kale Caesar Salad

Ivy Bar and Kitchen is set to become an instant star with Shaved Prime Rib au jus on a Bun

La Piazza Allegra never disapoints and this year will be no different with their Pastizzi, Ricotta filled Phyllo baked on site and served up hot and heavenly

Mex-I-Can needs no introduction. They will be serving up the good stuff with Pulled Beef and Pork with a side of their distinctly delicious Guacamole

My Thai offers an authentic take on the classic favorite Pad Thai, as well as Fresh Rolls, Mango Salad and Crispy Spring Rolls.

NaRoma Pizza Bar will have their usual incredible variety of artisan pizzas including a new addition this year… Nutella Pizza! There really are no words to pay adequate homage to how amazing that concept is.

Ora Italian Kitchen and Bar is new to Food and Drink Fest this year and they will be serving up Arancini, Jumbo Ravioli and Cannoli in tomato sauce

Paradise Catering is back with their gorgeous chocolate fountain as well as a new option for those looking for a savory choice of a (brace yourself) a Bison Slider with Wild Mushrooms in a Valpolicella wine reduction served on a Vidalia Onion Bun with smoked Tomato Puree and French Grain Mustard. Sigh.

Rapscallion Rogue Eatery knows good food. And they are bringing it with them to Food and Drink Fest in the form of Pig’s Head Pork pan seared and garnished with salad and Spicy Coriander Chicken Ragout.

Roux Commercial Kitchen and Commissary are hitting the ground running at their first Food and Drink Fest this year with Corn Cake and Pork Belly on Jalepeno Slaw with Creme Fraiche and Avacado

Radius Downtown has three yummy options to choose from… Roasted Beat and Walnut Salad, Seared Ahi Tuna with Julienne Vegetables and Flourless Chocolate Brownies

Red Canoe will be doing what they do best, showcasing local ingredients in exciting ways with their Duck Procuitto and brandy plums over cruton

Rockway Vineyards will have potato Gnocchi in Pesto Cream with Fiddleheads and Roasted Peppers

Tomala brings Portuguese flavor to Food and Drink Fest with their classic BBQ Chicken, Rice and Roasted Potatos, Pork Cutlet Sliders and Collared Green Soup with Chorizo

Twisted Lemon Restaurant will be back with Chef Dan serving up Beef Carpaccio and Crispy Deep Fried mushrooms

VG Meats is serving up their signature Braised Beef Sliders and of course, the unparalleled culinary treat… chocolate covered bacon

In all, Food and Drink Fest boasts the very best of local breweries, local wineries,  international spirits and cocktails, as well as an additional 25+ food purveyors beyond what is highlighted here… All of which will be present this weekend in the great city of Hamilton to bring the true sense of what a foodie really loves to life… Good Food, Made Well. Be at the Careport Centre this weekend, meet the brew masters, wine makers, highly acclaimed chefs and local heroes working hard everyday to make this region renowned for all it’s flourishing talents, it’s plentiful bounty and it’s uniquely varied and beautiful culture.

Come join us and raise a fork (and a glass or two) to all we have to rightly celebrate.

Food and Drink Fest… The Festival with Taste
April 12th, 13th and 14th
The Careport Centre 270 Longwood Road, Hamilton
http://www.FoodandDrinkFest.com

Food & Drink Fest Fest 2013: The Culinary Chronicles featuring Forrat`s Chocolate on Locke

In Food & Drink Fest 2013 on April 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm


Forrat’s Chocolates uses fresh ingredients, passion and attention to detail to create an experience that extends beyond taste. Watch their truffles and other fine, customized European chocolates hand-made on site!

Forrat’s Chocolates specializes in quality European handcrafted truffles and fine chocolates, using natural ingredients like milk, butter, cocoa beans – but with no preservatives and no artificial flavors!

Forrat’s chocolates take you back to the basics – fresh ingredients, handcrafted quality, a passion for making chocolate and brings you back to chocolate in the good ole days!
Try Forrat`s Gourmet truffles-it`s their specialty!

Website:

http://www.forratschocolates.ca/

Don’t forget to visit Forrat`s Chocolate on Locke at the Food and Drink Fest on April 12, 13 and 14 in booth #119

Show Hours

Friday April 12th – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location

Careport Expo Centre
270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

*Must be 19 years old and older to attend Food & Drink Fest 2013
(No children allowed)

Food & Drink Fest 2013: The Culinary Chronicles of Kensington Brewery Company

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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The Kensington Brewing Company is a small, independently owned and operated craft beer company located in the heart of Kensington Market, Toronto. By the summer of 2013 they plan to move into a new space in the Market where they can brew and distribute their own beer. In the mean time, you can find them at their office at Augusta Ave and Dundas.

They strive to produce beer that reflects the diverse history of the Market. From our flagship Augusta Ale to our robust, West-coast style Baldwin FishEYE PA, their goal is to brew delicious, sessionable beer that you can enjoy day in and day out.

With any luck, you can experience a little bit of Kensington Market in your glass, no matter where you are!

Website:

http://www.kensingtonbrewingcompany.com/

Don’t forget to visit Kensington Brewery Company at the Food and Drink Fest on April 12, 13 and 14 in booth #302

Show Hours

Friday April 12th – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location

Careport Expo Centre
270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

*Must be 19 years old and older to attend Food & Drink Fest 2013
(No children allowed)

Food and Drink Fest 2013: The Culinary Chronicles for La Piazza Allegra

In Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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At La Piazza Allegra you will experience traditional Italian food with a contemporary twist. Come and enjoy great good, exquisite wines and a warm ambiance.

Try their antipasta, insalata, zuppa, risotto amatriciana, calamari riepieni and the chef’s top signature recipes.

Come out to La Piazza Allegra and spend tonight in Italy.

Website:

http://www.lapiazza.ca/

Don’t forget to visit La Piazza Allegra at the Food and Drink Fest on April 12, 13 and 14 in booth # 106 & 107

Show Hours

Friday April 12th – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location

Careport Expo Centre
270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

*Must be 19 years old and older to attend Food & Drink Fest 2013
(No children allowed)

Win Tickets to the 8th Annual Food & Drink Fest!

In Hamilton Ontario on April 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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Our region’s most fun and delicious event, the 8th Annual Food and Drink Fest: the Festival with Taste!, takes place from April 12-14. Monkeybiz.ca is pleased to offer two MB readers a chance to win four tickets each to the Fest.  The winners will be chosen by a random draw.

Please visit the Food & Drink Fest site, and then answer the following question.  Email your response to Cyndi Ingle, Editor at editor@monkeybiz.ca by Tuesday April 9th at 12 noon.  Winners will be contacted by email.

Question:  Name ONE of the corporate sponsors of the 8th Annual Food & Drink Fest.

What will YOU discover at the Food & Drink Fest?

You’ll experience an exciting variety of local and international wines & spirits, craft beers, and culinary treats created by some of the Hamilton, Burlington & Niagara Regions’ most popular restaurants, breweries & wineries.  There will also be a great selection of international wines and spirits, bakeries and delicious food products for you to taste and try.

Enjoy terrific live musical entertainment and fun informative cooking demonstrations all in one location.  It’s more than just good food and drinks; it’s a unique way to explore the amazing food scene of Hamilton, Halton Niagara and beyond!  Gather your family, friends and co-workers and “raise a glass” at the Festival with Taste! An added bonus: parking is free.

Tickets at the door are $15 each, or can be purchased online for $12.  Once inside you’ll want to purchase your sample tickets. The sample tickets will be redeemed at the various exhibitor displays to sample desserts, different cuisines, and drinks.

Sample ticket breakdown:

$10 =  12 sample tickets
$20 = 25 sample tickets
FYI – Most samples will range between 1- 7 sample tickets

While enjoying the delicious food and drink our region has to offer, you and your group can mingle with fellow guests, listen and watch some great entertainment on the main stage, take in one of the many daily cooking demonstrations or do a little shopping.  Be adventurous and try something new or reacquaint yourself with something old. Last but certainly not least, have fun!  Please remember to bring in a few canned goods or non- perishable food items to donate to Hamilton Food Share.

By Cyndi Ingle, Editor & Writer of Monkey Biz

Entertainment:

Friday: Joel & The Jukes, and Crank
Saturday: Grenville Pinto on Violin, Andre & The J-Tones, Life of Riley, Tomi Swick and Friends
Sunday: Steve Strongman

Hours of the Fest:

Friday April 12th  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location:

Careport Expo Centre – 270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

This is an over 19 years of age event, please bring your identification with you, as it may be checked at the door. Kids and babies are not allowed entrance.

For additional information please visit the Food & Drink Fest site.

 

Food and Drink Fest 2013: Sponsor Appreciation

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thank you to all of our sponsors who have helped us create and raise awareness about one of the region’s newest and largest growing culinary event! 

 

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Show Hours

Friday April 12th – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location

Careport Expo Centre
270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

*Must be 19 years old and older to attend Food & Drink Fest 2013
(No children allowed)

Food and Drink Fest 2013: The Culinary Chronicles of Red Canoe Resturant

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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Red Canoe Bistro is deliciously acknowledged for their fresh, flavorful  exciting and innovative modern Canadian Cuisine, combining local ingredients with current concepts.

Red Canoe Bistro offers dining rooms, space for private parties, events, parties, private dining, off site catering and they offer wine classes!

No matter what your request, desire or restriction, Red Canoe will cater to your culinary needs, they accommodate vegans, allergies and special diets.

Come by for dinner and try their pumpkin bisque, mushroom eclair or their ultimate poutine!

Website:

http://www.redcanoebistro.com/

Don’t forget to Red Canoe Bistro at the Food and Drink Fest on April 12, 13 and 14 in booth # 180

Show Hours

Friday April 12th – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location

Careport Expo Centre
270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

*Must be 19 years old and older to attend Food & Drink Fest 2013
(No children allowed)

Food and Drink Fest 2013: The Culinary Chronicles of Artisano Bakery

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

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Everything at Artisano Bakery is made fresh for you daily. They are a bakery, cafe and they also cater!

Come in a try their new grilled steak and egg panini, grilled sirloin and aged white cheddar panini, their grilled chipotle chicken with advocado  and their one of their weekly features such as turkey chili!

Website:

http://www.artisanobakery.com

Don’t forget to visit Artisano Bakery at the Food and Drink Fest on April 12, 13 and 14 in booth # 186

Show Hours

Friday April 12th – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location

Careport Expo Centre
270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

*Must be 19 years old and older to attend Food & Drink Fest 2013
(No children allowed)

Food and Drink Fest 2013: The Culinary Chronicles of Mex-I-Can

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

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Mex-I-Can Restaurant in Hamilton is all about authentic Mexican food made fresh with authentic products of Mexico.

Everything from Chimichanga, Burritos and Fajitas to Quesadilla and Tamale dishes.

Don’t be limited at Mex-I-Can, dishes are offered with gluten free options, vegetarian and vegan!

Mex-I-Can offers a delicious Mexican dish and an atmosphere of a fun and friendly time, watch Spanish dancing and take a picture in your sombrero.

Start off with some nachos or a cactus salad and then enjoy a chimichanga, a taco, pupusas dish or a supper burrito.

Say I can, to Mex-I-Can!

Website:

http://menusonly.com/hamilton/index.php/mexican/mex-i-can.html

Don’t forget to visit Mex-I-Can at the Food and Drink Fest on April 12, 13 and 14 in booth # 322 & 323

Show Hours

Friday April 12th – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday April 13th – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday April 14th- 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location

Careport Expo Centre
270 Londwood Road, South
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 0A3
(Hwy 403 & Aberdeen Ave)

*Must be 19 years old and older to attend Food & Drink Fest 2013
(No children allowed)