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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


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!


Jay, Jen & Shan


Get ready for Hamilton’s most delicious party: The 8th Annual Food & Drink Fest!

In Hamilton Ontario, Restaurants, Uncategorized, wineries on January 31, 2013 at 8:00 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 8th Annual Food & Drink Fest….the Festival with Taste! The 2012 Fest takes place from April 12 -14th at 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!

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 $10.00, you’ll receive 12 tickets and for $20.00, you’ll get 25 tickets. Keep in mind that most samples will “cost” 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 Bread Bar, Ivy’s Bar & Kitchen, Cafe Palazzo, Slainte Irish Pub, My Thai, Wrapscallion, Red Canoe Bistro, The Courtyard Restaurant and Denningers, among others.

Wineries will include Caroline Cellars, Cornerstone Estate, Palatine Hills Estate Winery, Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery, Vineland Estate 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, Old Credit, Railway City, and many others. For a complete list of participants visit

See you there!


8th Annual Food & Drink Fest

Location: Careport Expo Centre, 270 Longwood Road South

Date & Show Hours: April 12, 13, & 14

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

Tickets: $15.00 at the door, $12.00 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.

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