The Date and Time: Tuesday April 11, 2017 2:30PM - 6PM
The Event: Austrian Food and Drink Showcase
The Venue: La Maquette Event Space
The Target Audience: wine and food trades
The Availability/Catalogue: most of the wines had representation in Ontario.
The Quote/Background: With the new CETA agreement between Canada and Europe there is more of a chance of Austrian cheeses and other foods showing up in Canada. This showcase also took advantage of the visit of the Austrian Minister of Agriculture (Andre Rupprechter) to Canada.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines. I did not try the beers or the spirits.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Salomon Gruner Veltliner Kremser Tor Alte Rebe 2015 Lamprecht
-Salomon Gruner Veltliner Wachtberg Erste Lage 2015 Lamprecht
-Markus Huber Rose Zweigelt 2016 Woodman
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Leopold Klassic Gruner Veltliner 2013 $16.95 Lamprecht
-Schuster Gruner Veltliner Wagram 2016 [organic] Marchand des Ameriques
-Markus Huber Gruner Veltliner Alte Zetzen 2014 Erste Lage +486811 Classics $36
-Markus Huber Gruner Veltliner Terrasen 2015 +484956 Vintages $19.95
-Markus Huber Riesling Terrasen 2016 Woodman
-Weingut Christ Weissburfunder Vollondwein 2016
-PMC Munzenrieder Sauvignon Blanc 2015
-Pfafft Haidviertel Gruner Veltiner 2015 AMV-Whiz Trading
-Schloss Gobelsburg Kamptal Riesling 2016 Artisanal Wines
-Lenz Moser Prestige Blaufraenkisch Barrique 2015 +477570 Vintages $17.95
-Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner Sandgrube 13 +375022 $12.95 LCBO
-Winzer Krems Kellermeister Goldberg Reserve Gruner Veltliner 2015 $19.85 Dionysus
The Food: I did not try all the food. I really enjoyed the fan-cut sausage meat specialties of Frierss (salamivariation, karreespeck, rohwurst, and alpenaufschnitt). Loidel had salami, kantwurst, smoked sausages, and even "mini-salamis" touted as snacks. Landhof provided a good selection of cabanossi (seasoned and smoked sausages). Handl Tyrol had a nice selection of Tyrolean hams and speck. Cheeses came from Bergkaserei Zillertal (hard Tyrolean Alpine), Woerle (haymilk, semi-hard), and Kaserebellen's haymilk (local agent: Snack Consulting). Also available in the showcase were GMO-free flours, Manner's cream wafers (local agent: Husky), fruit preserves, pumpkin seeds and oils, pickled veggies (gherkins, asparagus, peppers).
The Downside: it got crowded really fast
The Upside: a wide range of products, which was a pleasant surprise.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 88