Festival features cooking lessons, demos, shopping


 

 

Exhibitors like the Canadian Mushroom Growers Association and Moe's Red Hot Jelly, which makes jelly out of hot peppers, will be at the Good Food Festival this weekend.

 



 





I've never done a show that's this energetic. It's like going to a fun family pic






For some people, getting that summer body back in shape will just have to wait.


This weekend, Toronto foodies will be flocking to Mississauga's International Centre for the 15th annual Good Food Festival. Serving up hundreds of food and drink samples, the event will have no shortage of tasty treats.


There will be everything from the organic and natural to the really yummy and decadent, said Lianne Hubbard, the festival manager. The festival has become known as the largest salvation of home cooking in Canada.


Running tomorrow to Sunday, the event features more than 150 cooking lessons, live demonstrations and shopping. About 200 companies will be selling and sampling their goods, with a mÈlange of exhibitors that ranges from the Canadian Mushroom


Growers Association to smaller names like Moe's Red Hot Jelly, which makes jelly out of hot peppers. Contests will also be held, and in the My Mom Is A Whole Foods Market Kitchen


Goddess showdown, three mother-and-daughter teams will face off their best organic dishes for a $6,000 prize.


Food fans can also meet some of their favourite Canadian culinary stars, such as the Food Network's Laura Calder, who hosts the new show French Food At Home, and Anna Olson, the host of Sugar.


Olson will be dividing her time between demonstrating some of her sweetest concoctions and exploring the festival, where even culinary veterans like her can pick up some new tricks of the trade.


I like to see the booths, she said. We think it's the experts that decide what's new and hot in food, but really it's the consumers.


It's now Olson's third time at the Good Food Festival and she enjoys it both for the vibrant atmosphere and for the people it draws.


I've never done a show that's this energetic, she said. It's like going to a fun, family picnic almost.