This weekend is the 8th Annual Fraser Valley Food Show 2016 taking place at the Tradex in Abbotsford. The show features over 120 exhibitors, 3 demonstration stages, a Cheese Seminar area, the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition on Saturday, and a Gluten-free Living Show. New this year to the Show is an Edible Garden and Spring Craft Market.
I had the opportunity to head to the show on opening day today in the hopes of meeting celebrity gastronaut and Guinness World Record holder, Bob Blumer, and watch a sushi demo from famous local chef/owner Tojo’s Restaurant, Hidekazu Tojo. Chef Tojo’s sushi demo taught us the art of creating a California Roll, an Avocado Roll where he showed off his amazing knife and cutting skills, and a Prawn salad with the right amount of seasoning sauces!
Bob Blumer’s workshop was 4 parts of funny stories and demos with an interactive audience component that I got to participate in! He first prepared a kid-friendly cauliflower dish, followed by a salmon cake surprise, and then moved on to cook a BBQ roasted pizza.
While waiting for the pizza to finish, he challenged 4 audience members to compete against him in a Glutton For Punishment style relay race. The first audience member had to be able to crack eggs using one hand only. The second audience member had to be able to pick up edamame beans with chopsticks and eat them individually. The third audience member had to be able to run around the demo seating area balancing a tray of wine in glasses and the bottle. The fourth audience member had to be able to drink a glass of stout using a straw. I was lucky enough to be picked to join the relay team and attempt to beat Bob Blumer at the chopstick edamame challenge. It was Bob Blumer vs the team, winner gets to eat the pizza he baked! We got to eat his pizza! If you have a chance to catch his demo, he’s at the show on Saturday and a great source of entertainment and provides knowledgeable cooking tips.
Other amazing highlights include:
- Dairy Farmers of Canada’s Cheese Seminar, where you get to sample various types of cheese and learn about them.
- For those gluten-free, there are quite a few vendors selling delicious baked goods, sauces, pastas, and other gluten-free items you can buy at affordable prices and locally sourced ingredients.
- Sausage tasting – lots of sausage makers have exhibit booths available to try and buy their products. If you go Saturday, starting at 11am, there’s a sausage and beer tasting then as well!
- The Edible Garden is a great place to learn about the many vegetables, herbs and edible produces you can buy, grow and eat. Wine, Beer & Spirits tasting pavilion is a great way to purchase tickets to sample the multiple wines, beers and spirits from BC and around the world.
- Look out for all the new food-based vendors from BC – a few to check out that I really enjoyed John Greek olives and olive oils, The Wooden Boat Catering’s Nuoc Cham Vietnamese Dipping sauce, Hooray Truffles by Alanna, and Modular Farms Co for their new innovative ZipGrow Farm Wall gardens.