Jenkins and I were invited to this year’s EAT! Vancouver festival again, which, incidentally, happened to be the 10th anniversary of this venerable eating extravaganza. I can’t believe it’s been ten years already since EAT! Vancouver first started but I guess that’s just how quickly time passes by these days. In my rush to head over to BC Place, I forgot to check my camera’s memory card and as a result, I only had room in my camera for a couple of pictures so hopefully my summary will be descriptive enough with any visual aides.
It seemed to me like there were more booths this year than previously. It took us a while to wind through everything and then backtrack to revisit our favourites so we could pick up some goodies to take home.
Even though the Bosa Foods booth never really has anything that you can’t just find in their stores, I always enjoy visiting their booths as they can always be counted on to have a great variety of samples to try out and this year was no different. I picked up a bottle of pesto sauce with truffle oil so I can finally use up the trofie pasta that I picked up from Italy a couple of years ago. I’m always a little sceptical about things that advertise the presence of truffle oil but the pesto sauce actually had a really great truffle flavour to it. I think it will go great with the bottle of blood orange sparkling juice that I also bought.
I love mushrooms and was really impressed with the dried mushrooms at the Untamed Feast booth. I sampled some of their mushrooms, which were used to make a delicious mushroom cream cheese that I’ll definitely be recreating at home.
I originally wanted to sign up for one of the pop-up cooking classes that were a new introduction for the year but I decided to hold off until next year since I have already been taking a lot of cooking classes this year already. However, I thought it was a great idea and at only $25 per person, it was very reasonable. Hopefully they will continue this next year so I can give it a try.
We were also lucky enough to catch one round of the Western Regional Barista Championships. Each competitor had to make four each of an espresso, cappuccino, and a specialty drink in 15 minutes. Although we couldn’t sample the creations, the smell of freshly brewed espresso was quite intoxicating. while we waited for the competition to start, we snagged mini cups of lattes that were prepared on the side of the competition area. Made with homogenized milk, my latte was creamy, rich, and flavourful.
I thought it was nice that this year’s EAT! Vancouver event had a few new attractions added and that they continue to add interesting exhibitors each year. It can be a bit of a hodge podge sometimes but as long as they try to keep the exhibitors mainly food-related, I think it will continue to be a fun event for people to check out each year.