Posts Tagged ‘SIAL’


The month of May is going to wiz by. Here’s why.

May 4 to 14 – I will be seeing as many films as I can throughout the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. I’ve been been busy studying the guide and putting together a schedule! Can’t wait to help them celebrate their 25th anniversary.

tjff - guide

On May 4th – I will be walking thru the aisles of SIAL looking for new products to share with you. For example – Sugar Cubes that are available in three flavours : cardamom, cinnamon and saffron. Stay tuned for an entire blog post dedicated to this incredible trade show.

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On May 6th – I’m heading to Oxford County to go on their Cheese Trail.  Every Saturday in May, you can head to Canada’s Dairy Capital in Oxford County and enjoy the day celebrating all things cheese. How can I NOT go? LOL

chees days

On May 8th at exactly 9:30 am you will find me and my cheque book at this fabulous Sample Sale. I will happily be shopping for my FALL wardrobe at wholesale prices. Love. Love. Love This Sample Sale.

sample sale

On May 10-11th – I will have the opportunity to drive the the 2018 Equinox on a beautiful drive through some of Niagara Region’s most charming towns. The route promises to include great food, activities and accommodations too.

I’ve been told that the 2018 Equinox is a fresh and modern SUV that’s sized and designed to meet the needs of the compact SUV customer. It will be the perfect balance of design and technology to keep me safe, comfortable and connected.


May 14th – Mother’s Day! Planning on meeting my mom in Kingston to celebrate this special day with her, and planning on spending the evening with my daughter.

May 16 to 19 – I’m heading to Philadelphia and I’m too excited for words as I’ve never been to this city and the food scene sounds amazing. (a priority – clearly).


May 23rd – more good news to follow!!

My biggest challenge is how to get to Ottawa to see the Tulip Festival. ARGHHH.

Hopefully I will get a chance to rest in June.

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I recently worked at the Restaurants Canada  giving out samples of squeaky cheese curds to a variety of people who work in the Restaurant Industry (chefs, caterers, restaurant owners, etc).

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When I took my breaks, I quickly walked thru the show to discover new products and say hello to fellow exhibitors like Lemon Lily, Lorelyns Gourmet Desserts and Walter Craft Caesar.

Here’s a few products that caught my eye. For some reason they are all beverages…which either indicates that I was really thirsty or it’s a growing category!!

  1. Pink Lemonade Beer by Farmery Estate Beer! #interesting
    rc - farmery beer

2. Hatch – Cold Brew Iced Tea. Love the packaging and the combo!

rc - hatch

3. This organic Maple Syrup Soda

rc - organic maple syrup soda

Plus this beverage caught my eye as well. Especially the blood orange flavour!

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I ate and ate and ate for 3 days solid…a little this and a little of that. When I got home there was no need for dinner just a huge need to lie on the couch!! (can you say Netflix and Chill?).

The best part of the show was knowing that Uber Eats would deliver to my booth. All I did was download the app, order what i wanted from the menu (which would come from other exhibitors) and within 20 minutes it was delivered. Oh how I love technology (and food t00).

RC - uber

Already looking forward to the next trade show which will be SIAL – May 2 to 4th.

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SIAL is an International trade show dedicated to those in the food industry. They have five shows a years in four continents (pretty impressive) and this year, the Canadian SIAL was moved from Montreal to Toronto. How convenient!!

This show is unlike Grocery Showcase or the CFRA Show and you can tell immediately. There’s rows and rows of booths from Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, France etc. You really feel an International presence!!  I heard more French and Italian than I have heard in years. I wont mention the European men and their beautiful suits (oops did I just say that?).

But let’s talk about the food! Here’s a few products that caught my attention.

Marcy’s (well known for her croutons) has introduced a bread pudding! For someone like me, who loves making bread pudding but HATES cutting up the bread – this is ideal. Talk about convenience!

What a great concept!

I also loved Vertigo Gourmet and their line of summer mix salads. Flavorful and colorful. Take a look at these edible flowers. HOW GORGEOUS is that?

My favorite product had to be Mostarda di Mele Cotogne from Senapata. This product, which is distributed by Serrano Imports, had such a kick to it and because I love flavor – this product won me over. Sadly not available at retail locations but you will certainly find it served in restaurants.

Naturally these new tipsy fiery-olives from Sable and Rosenfeld caught my attention too. They are intended to kick up your cocktail but I would just eat them right of the jar.

I also saw a booth about The American Cheese Society’s Annual Conference and Competition that taking place in Montreal Aug. 3 to 6th. I am SO THERE!! It’s already in my calendar!!

Guess who is going?

I love food shows. Can you tell? Actually I like all shows…the International Bike Show, The Green Living Show, The One of a Kind Show and the Home Show. Never been to the Auto Show, or the Cottage Show but they have always been on my  list. Do you have a favorite show?

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