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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


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!


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


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


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. 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 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


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


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.


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