Behind the Scenes: Hamilton Food & Drink Fest

Why hello again Mushroom Lovers! It was a close one, but we made it through yet another Food and Drink Fest! Can you believe the people of Hamilton ate over 200lbs of mushrooms? That’s right, the Mushrooms Canada team sauteed over 200lbs of fresh crimini mushrooms… that equals almost 6000 samples!

The most successful part of the show was our “Ask a Farmer” session, where Paola Piccioni from Piccioni Mushrooms came out to answer all your questions. The question of the night: “What mushrooms are grown locally in Ontario?” Our answer is simple: these 7 varieties.

I was pretty excited to see Chef David Adjey on stage again. He whipped up a delicious (and very expensive) Tuna dish… shocking the crowd when he told them the piece of tuna he was using retails for about $90!

My favourite dish of the weekend? Roasted Tri Tip with Mushrooms & Sweet Onion from VG Meats… sooo good!

I always find Hamilton to be a great crowd with a wide range of exhibitors; everything from local restaurants and bakeries, to winery’s & breweries. I can never resist all the wonderful food and drink!

I would like to thank everyone who came out and tried a sample, asked a question, and filled out a ballot for our T-Fal pan draw!

I also want to thank my amazing staff, Shannon and Amanda.

See you all next year at the 2012 show!

For more show pictures, check out our album on Facebook.

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