I had the pleasure of attending the Fraser Valley Food Show this weekend. It was my first time at the event, which was held at Tradex in Abbotsford, Friday Oct. 4th – Sunday Oct. 6th. The exhibitor list was diverse, with businesses ranging from wineries to cheese producers, from gluten free bakeries to candy makers.
In addition to the rows of booths where plenty of free samples were offered, attendees could also purchase food tickets to sample appetizer- sized dishes from local restaurants. We indulged in pesto penne from Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, jerk chicken roti wrap from Jamaican Jerk Pizza and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches from Dunn’s. Delish! Although I love a smoked meat sandwich, I’d say the winner of the day was the jerk chicken roti wrap – it was fresh and hot, both perfectly spiced and satisfying.
As with every show we attend, a few exhibitors stood out from the pack:
Amoda is an artisan tea company but with one unique difference – they deliver monthly tea tasters, right to your door! With over 500 subscribers so far, Amoda sources teas from all over the world through their suppliers so that we can experience unique flavours at home. Their business model is all about discovering something new every month.
For $12 you receive 3 sample-sized blends in a beautifully branded box that fits right in your mailbox – no need to run to the post office. Each monthly delivery comes with descriptions of each tea supplier and tea blend you’re receiving so you can learn a bit more about what you’re about to enjoy. A monthly subscription would make a great gift for any tea lover in your life!
Republica Coffee started in 2007 and officially incorporated just 2 years ago. A family business, they began sourcing from plantations in Mexico and roast their beans close by in Fort Langley. Their coffee is both free-trade and organic, and based the samples I tried, bold and flavourful. You can tell that they are passionate about what they do! Learn more by visiting their website, where you can also shop online and get delivery of freshly roasted coffee to your home.
I’m a sucker for french macaron, so whenever we come across a bakery selling them, we must buy at least half a dozen to sample. Kitchening & Co’s did not disappoint – after Bel Cafe at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, these are our second favourite in Vancouver. They sell in a number of specialty grocery stores in the lower mainland, including Whole Foods and Urban Fare.