Share the Good!

Yesterday was the 6th Annual Foodland Ontario Celebration of Local Food at Queen’s Park, Toronto. It truly was a farmer’s market of Ontario commodities and a celebration of the wonderful foods Ontario has to offer. It was such an excellent opportunity to Share the Good, especially with our Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ted McMeekin, who stopped by the Mushrooms Canada booth!

The day turned out to be absolutely wonderful, with very little (but welcome) rain! In the heat, our fresh Crimini Mushrooms with Spinach Dip were a hit along with the other samples of everything from ice cream, to hot dogs, to devilled eggs!
Enjoy your local foods because Good Things Grow in Ontario!

-Shannon

Long Weekend Recipes

Sunny?! Warm?! This is a Victoria Day weekend, is it not? Over the years, it has been rare that we see a May 2-4 weekend where we aren’t sitting around a campfire in long-johns and a winter coat, so LET’S CELEBRATE!
If you’re heading out, trailer-in-tow to a campground, packing up the cooler for an outdoor party, or getting the kids organized for an outdoor barbeque, Mushrooms Canada wants to help make the food part easy!
This is a great dinner dish if you’re heading to a campground. Simply alter the recipe to be cooked on a grill or over a fire by preparing each Baja Salmon Filet with Mushroom Salsa in a separate tin foil wrap.
If you’re on your way to a party, do up a large batch (it will go fast) of this Balsamic and Chili Glazed Mushrooms with Walnuts. It’s a dish that can be served hot or cold, so you can leave it out on the food table. The worst is trying to fuss with crock-pot or steamers when all you want to do is relax and enjoy yourself.

Porcupine Meatballs are an excellent snack for the kids and are easily prepared ahead of time. Just because your weekend plans involve the kids, doesn’t mean you spend your weekend cooking for them!
So sit back with a cold drink in hand this holiday weekend and soak up the sun, have some fun and indulge in the YUM!
Cheers!
-Shannon

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.

Join Us at the 2012 Hamilton Food & Drink Fest

Mushrooms Canada is out & about again this weekend. This time we are taking our mushrooms and  heading to Hamilton for the 7th Annual Hamilton Food & Drink Fest!

Come and 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. Enjoy terrific live musical entertainment and a fun informative cooking demonstration from Chef David Adjey on Sunday!

Make sure to stop by Mushrooms Canada’s booth for a sample of our Crimini Mushrooms (they are always a big hit!). While you’re there, enter our draw to win a T-Fal Hot Spot Frying Pan, pick up our NEW recipe booklet, and ask us a few questions!

I will be tweeting while at the show, so make sure to follow Mushrooms Canada over on Twitter or on Facebook!

But hey, where are you going!? I can’t let you leave empty handed, we have a little coupon for you, $3.00 Off the price of admission at the door. Simply CLICK HERE, print it off and bring it with you; you’ll receive your discount at the door.

I hope that everyone has a great time, enjoys themselves, and travels responsibly…. Don’t drink and drive! See you at the show!

Behind the Scenes at Mushrooms Canada: Toronto Wine & Cheese Show 2012

I am happy to announce… we made through another fantastic Toronto Wine & Cheese Show!

This past weekend Mushrooms Canada set up shop in Toronto at the Wine & Cheese show. We handed out recipe booklets, brown paper bags, and over 250lbs worth of mushroom samples! Yes it looks like Toronto loves their mushrooms!

We were happy to answer lots of questions like, “What kind of mushrooms are these!” and of course the infamous, “Mushrooms have no nutritional value, right?”

We even had a few true mushroom lovers show up at the booth for a sample, like this young lady, who proudly came to our booth and pronounced, “I had to come have a sample because I am wearing my mushroom dress!” Now that’s true love!

As I mentioned last week, I was really excited to see Chef Lynn Crawford on the KitchenAid cooking stage… and she did not disappoint! She made a wonderful pasta dish, and even challenged audience participants to make the “World’s Longest Lasagna Noodle.” Very fun!

And of course we can’t ignore all the glorious food that was served….

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.