The Date and Time: Tuesday March 6, 2018 6PM to 9PM
The Event: Green Living Show Food and Drink Pavilion media launch: "Taste Ontario, Taste the World" April 6 – 7 – 8 at Metro Convention Centre.
The Venue: Propeller Coffee and Co. Cafe
The Target Audience: wine and food media
The Availability/Catalogue: all the wines and beers are available, and so is the food both at the show itself and at the originating restaurant.
The Quote/Background: The emphasis in the Green Living Show is on health, wellness, and sustainability. This applies to food and alcohol as well. There was a separate room for displays and samples of pre-packaged health items. There were also vegan "leather" jackets and clothes.
The Wines: I tried most of the wines and some of the beers.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Closson Chase Chardonnay 2014 VQA PEC $28.95
-Closson Chase Pinot Noir 2014 VQA PEC $29.95
-Rosewood Locked and Loaded Chardonnay 2016 VQA Niagara $16.95
-Rosewood Suss Riesling 2016 VQA Niagara $15.95
-Market Brewery Co. Bear Hug 7% ABV 55 IBU
-Farmhouse Cider Pommies 6%
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Rosewood Pinot Noir 2016 VQA Niagara $24.95
-Beau's Lug Tread 5.2%
The Food: I started by trying to pair the wines with the food, but this proved impossible since I had to move around back and forth through the crowds. My wife helped me. What can I say? Everything was scrumptious. From Farm'r there was Montreal brisket slider. From Urban Acorn there was food from a Scottish-Haitian fusion (smoked salmon with potato scone and edamame, and black bean accra with red pepper sauce pikliz and parsnip chip). 6ix Triangle had a root veggie and chickpea dish with Indian flavours. Momos from Tibet included beef, veggie pasta, and vegan fillings. Santo Pecado (St. Clair) contributed some Central Mexican food such as chicken tinga taco, a pork taco, and veggie (mushrooms) al pastor taco. Cucinato Italian Culinary Studio made us zeppola with fresh ricotta and tomato sauce; Lion City Restaurants made Singaporean food such as salted Ontario egg potato chips. Dessert came from Wafelhuis – Belgian Liege style waffles with Ontario raspberry souffle. All great street food!!
The Downside: It was bitterly cold outside as I walked from the subway station.
The Upside: I still have memories of last year's event. Good food, good drinks, good company.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.