EAT! Vancouver Food Festival June 10-12 2011

Jun 01, 11 EAT! Vancouver Food Festival June 10-12 2011

April 28, 2011 – Mark your calendars, the highly anticipated Ninth Annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival will be held June 10 -12, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and will showcase all the special features that have made it Canada’s number one consumer food event, plus more!

Visitors will once again explore, taste, sample and shop from over 250 exhibiting companies showcasing a huge variety of food, beverage and cooking related products.

Amongst the many special attractions, international cooking competitions, cheese seminars, wine & beer tasting, featured restaurant bites; the number one attraction for visitors continues to be the Food Network Celebrity Cooking Stage where television celebrity chefs perform live for an adoring audience.

Our perennial favourite, Canada’s First Iron Chef America Winner and Food Concept Architect for Cactus Club, Chef Rob Feenie will highlight the Food Network Celebrity Stage once again. The stage will also play host to contenders from the hit Food Network series: Top Chef Canada.

This year, EAT! Vancouver is very pleased to announce the appearance of Graham Kerr, formerly known as the Galloping Gourmet, on the Food Network Celebrity Cooking Stage. Fresh from his recent appearance on the Rachael Ray show promoting his brand new book Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden, Kerr is one of the surprising new faces joining the burgeoning ranks of the health-conscious people who grow and enjoy eating their own fresh vegetables and making less of a footprint on the environment.

Graham Kerr is an internationally known culinary and television personality, award-winning author, and master of metaphorical speaking. His focus is on serving people who want to make healthy, creative, lifestyle changes and believes that the only lasting changes are the ones that we enjoy. His life goal is “to help to convert habits that harm into resources that heal both for ourselves and others in need.”
Kerr will be making presentations on the Food Network Celebrity Presentation Stage throughout the three days of the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, meeting with his audience and autographing his new book: Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden.

The Bite of Vancouver Restaurant Pavilion will feature a large number of fine restaurants from the Vancouver area, including; Crave Restaurant, Ebo Restaurant, Fleuri Restaurant at Sutton Place Hotel, Gramercy Grill, Fishworks and Milestones, amongst others. Restaurants will be offering their favourite dishes at a maximum price of $4, your chance to sample unique dishes at a fraction of the menu prices.

The Wine Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion will feature 36 agents sampling hundreds of products ranging from wine and beer (local and imported) to rums and cognacs, even exotic liquors such as Absinthe by Okanagan Spirits. Most samples are only two or three tasting tickets (50 cents/ticket). Join the Dean of Mott’s Clamato Caesar School, Len Fragomeni, for expert tips and delicious recipes centered around this truly Canadian masterpiece.

The Grapes & Hops Presentation Stage, Hosted by Daenna Van Mulligen, The Wine Diva, is an integral part of the wine Tasting pavilion. In Canada, Daenna has become the go to person for on-line wine reviews. Daenna is an accredited sommelier who thrives on educating the public with her deviously inspirational and humorous approach to wine.

New this year: The Fit To EAT! Pavilion will feature products and services that will cater to a health conscious consumer who seeks to embrace choices in life that make them healthier and fit for life. Located in the same area, the EAT! Garden Pavilion will showcase products and services for both beginner and savvy gardeners. As well, gardening experts will be making stage presentations on gardening tips.

The World Culinary Travel Expo, an integral part of EAT! Vancouver, features face-to-face contact with local and international vendors — discover new vacation spots based on culinary offerings of destinations like China, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St Vincent & Grenadines and more! On the adjacent International Culinary Stage chefs from around the world will be showcasing world tourism through regional food and cuisine. Find out everything you always wanted to know from representatives of foreign countries you have always desired to visit and taste some of their culinary delights as well. Watch their celebrity chefs create exotic dishes you’ve only dreamt of on the International Culinary Stage.

International Culinary Competitions: EAT! Vancouver is proud to present the following competitions for the World Association of Chefs De Cuisine (WACS) Convention 2011, & hosted by CCFCC and the BC Chefs Associations: National Chefs Challenge, WACS Continental Chefs Challenge (With 5 teams from South America and 5 Teams from Canada in the finals) and the prestigious WACS Hans Bueschkens Junior Chefs Challenge.

And who doesn’t love Cheese: The Dairy Farmers of Canada will have cheese experts present a series of seminars during the three days of the event.

And not be forgotten; in the Pets EAT Too! Pavilion, pet supply and care service companies will be on hand to help you make the right decisions for your pets.

EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD + COOKING FESTIVAL
June 10 – 12, 2011
VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE – WEST – EXHIBIT HALLS B + C
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC
V6C 0C3
www.eat-vancouver.com