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Food & Drink Fest 2013: The Culinary Chronicles featuring Beanermunky Chocolates

In Food & Drink Fest 2012, Hamilton Ontario, Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm


Beanermunky’s chocolates are handcrafted in small batches using the highest quality ingredients and flavourings.  Their artisan chocolates contain no additives or preservatives and every step of the process is done by hand.

Beanermunky’s chocolates have been nominated “Best Chocolate” in the Hamilton Reader’s Choice Awards.

 If you’re craving for some chocolates, be sure to check out their classic collection, which some assortments are their Pina Colada chocolate, Madagascar Vanilla Bean Skor bites and many more! Beanermunky chocolates also provide an assortment of chocolate barks, chocolate covered pretzels and flavoured popcorn. Anything to fill your chocolate cravings!


Don’t forget to visit Beanermunky Chocolates at the Food and Drink Fest on April 12, 13 and 14 in booth #173

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


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)


Shake It Up! at Food & Drink Fest

In Food & Drink Fest 2012 on March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Shake It Up (with Jeremy Parsons)

Hamilton (ON), March 19, 2012 – It is time to shake it up. Learn how to make some of the newest and hottest cocktails. Jeremy Parsons, mixologist and founder of Cocktails the Fluid Experience & The Invite Lounge, will be running cocktail demonstrations, at the Food and Drink Fest on March 23, 24 & 25, 2-12 at Careport Expo Centre.

Parsons, the “Entertaining Guru” on CHCH channel 10’s CH Morning Life, will be running three cocktail demos on the main Cooking Stage. Learn to mix delicious and trendy cocktails and professional tips and tricks that are sure to impress. The demonstrations will be taking place on Friday from 8:45-9:15pm, Saturday 8:45-9:15pm and Sunday 4:15-4:45 p.m.

The seventh annual Food and Drink Fest runs March 23, 24, & 25, 2012  at Careport Expo Centre. Come and experience an exciting variety of local and international wine, specialty beers, and culinary sensations created by some of the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara Regions’ most popular restaurants, breweries and wineries. Enjoy terrific live entertainment, fun informative cooking demonstrations all in one great location. The Festival runs Friday from 5 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 1p.m. -10 p.m. and Sunday 12noon – 5 p.m. Admission price is $15 and tickets are sold at the door, online or can be pre-ordered at 905-524-3689.

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Click the below links for some great drink recipes courtesy of 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 

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

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

Vote for Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste!

In Food & Drink Fest 2012, Restaurants on February 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Food & Drink Fest...the Festival with Taste! March 23, 24, 25, 2012 Careport Expo Centre

Food & Drink Fest...the Festival with Taste! March 23, 24, 25, 2012 Careport Expo Centre


Hey Fellow Foodies! We are excited to announce that Food & Drink Fest is nominated for a “People’s Choice Award” for Favourite Culinary Tourism Experience of the Year in Hamilton, courtesy of Tourism Hamilton. YAHOOO! Please take a moment and vote for us! Here is the link:

Voting closes Feb 27, 2012. Thank you in advance for your vote!

Behind the Food: The Courtyard Restaurant

In Food & Drink Fest 2012, Hamilton Ontario, Restaurants, Uncategorized on February 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

It’s the MOST delicious time of year…Food & Drink Fest time!  The Festival with Taste is returning on March 23, 24 & 25 at The Careport Centre on Longwood Rd. S. Hamilton, Ontario.  Before Food & Drink Fest, we hope to bring you a “behind the scenes” sneak-peak of many of the restaurants, gourmet food options, bakeries, local wineries and breweries.  Getting to know the Chefs, Bakers, Winemakers or the Brewmasters behind our local culinary scene isn’t always an experience we, the foodies, are privy to  have. The team at Food & Drink Fest believes that it is an important and organic step in a foodie’s culinary experience, so we encourage you to read on…then have the opportunity to meet these individuals at the show. If you have any questions of your own, please feel free to them through and we would be happy to ask on your behalf. Cheers!

Company Name: The Courtyard       

The Courtyard on Locke Street, Hamilton

The Courtyard on Locke Street, Hamilton

Q: Three adjectives to describe your Culinary Style

A: Local, Organic, and French Inspired

Q: What made you fall in love with food?

 A: The owners Stephen Bernstein, and son Bob Bernstein, have had the distinct pleasure of living on the farm Willow Pond in Dundas, which supplies the restaurant with some of its local and organic fare. Stephen Bernstein, has taken groups to Paris France for the last 10 years, and has always been impressed with the French Cuisine. The two of them decided to begin a restaurant that while maintaining close ties to local markets, could tackle the amazing world of French cooking.

Courtyard's owners Bob & Stephen on one of their inspiring trips to France

Courtyard's owners Bob & Stephen on one of their inspiring trips to France

Q: Most essential Kitchen Tool/Gadget:

A: A knife. A sharp knife.

Q: What is your favourite or most frequently used herb in the kitchen

A: Thyme

Q: What inspires you in the kitchen? (EX: Music (if so, what kind), the season, the ingredients, your customers, the people you work with or is there something else?).  Why do these things inspire you?

 A: There is nothing more satisfying than completing a wonderful Herb Crusted Ontario Rack of Lamb dish, with Celery Root Mashed, Local Mixed Beets and Carrots, and finished with Pan Jus and Port with a stem of rosemary, start to finish. Cooking allows one to experience everything from collecting raw goods, to putting the finishing touches on every dish.

Q: What is your food philosophy? (EX: 100 mile diet, creativity, “always use butter?”)

A: We serve fresh, local and organic fare that will light up your taste buds. Creativity, locally, honesty, healthy, simplicity, are some words that describe our menus.

Q:  What would your ultimate “Last meal” consist of (in a less morbid way, what dish always makes your mouth water? lol). Please include your beverage choices as well as dessert!

A: The Ontario Rack of Lamb mentioned above paired with a glass of Tawse Organic Cab Franc, and finished with a traditional vanilla crème brule.


The Courtyard

The Courtyard will be at Food & Drink Fest 2012

Check out The Courtyard Restaurant at 7th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste in booth #226

March 23, 24 & 25, 2012

The Careport Centre

270 Longwood Rd S., Hamilton

The Careport Centre, Hamilton…new and improved in 2013

In Food & Drink Fest 2012 on November 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

As many of you know, the8th Annual Food & Drink Fest is back at The Careport Centre, Hamilton for our 2013 show on April 12-13, 2013!  Here are some of the improvements The Careport Centre is making for the 2013 season.

The Careport Centre, Hamilton, Ontario

Food & Drink Fest at The Careport Centre

Food & Drink Fest at The Careport Centre

Food & Drink Fest 2012 at The Careport Centre, Hamilton

Food & Drink Fest 2012 at The Careport Centre, Hamilton

Food & Drink Fest…Back at The Careport Centre

In Food & Drink Fest 2012 on November 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm
8th Annual Food & Drink Fest 2013

8th Annual Food & Drink Fest 2013

8th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival with Taste is back at The Careport Expo Centre!

April 12, 13 & 14, 2013~The Careport Centre, Hamilton

2013’s Festival with Taste is excited to announce they are back at their new home, The Careport Centre, located at 170 Longwood Road South in McMaster Innovation Park Hamilton, Ontario. As we discovered last year, there are many advantages that come with moving the event to The Careport Centre, which is the region’s largest up and coming trade show and convention facility. Some of those advantages include:

  • FREE Parking for both exhibitors and customers
  • Over 30,000 square feet of extra space. (allowing exhibitors to expand their presence at the show)
  • Everything will be on one floor and in one space
  • More loading docks and easier access for exhibitors to load-in and load-out
  • Ability to handle an increase in attendance while at the same time making larger and more comfortable aisles
  • Larger indoor crunch area for Food & Drink goers if lines get large. (Very important in inclement weather!)
  • Ability to move people faster into the show. (Helping to minimize wait times at rush hours and gives our Food & Drink guests the best experience possible)
  • Easy access off of Hwy 403 for exhibitors and consumers coming in locally and  from out of town,
  • Much more flexibility to evolve the event while still maintaining an intimate, interesting and fun atmosphere
  • Very accessible public transportation to the facility
  • In walking distance for visitors and university faculty and students that reside in the west end and downtown core of Hamilton.

The team has already begun the exhibitor rebooking process and several of Food & Drink culinary attractions have returned! Such fan favs as  Ridge Road Winery, Hot Mamas,  Twisted Lemon, My Thai, Creemore Springs, Wellington Brewery, Caroline Cellars, Dyments, Vineland Estates, Cupcake Diner  and many more have already reserved their booth locations for Food & Drink Fest 2013.

All and all Food & Drink Fest 2013 is already promising to be another fun, delicious night on the town! Be sure to come and visit us at our new digs: The Careport Centre, April 12 13 & 14, 2013

For Consumer or Exhibit Information, please feel free to contact Shannon or Jennifer at any time

8th Annual Food & Drink Fest…the Festival

April 12, 13 & 14, 2013

The Careport Centre, Hamilton, Ontario

P: 905-524-3689