EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival 2012

I’ve been looking forward to EAT! Vancouver all year and this year it definitely did not disappoint. The event was back at BC place stadium which allowed for more vendors and space as opposed to last year’s location at the convention center. The place was bustling with people when Es S and I went on the Saturday afternoon. Here are the highlights of the show:

{Pies from Her Majesty Pies}

{Cute cake pops from Binh’s Lollicakes– They had ones decorated as Hello Kitty, Mario and even a Captain America shield! I bought 2 (vanilla and red velvet flavour) for $2 and they were very good}

{There were a lot of stalls giving our free drink samples, including this stall}

{FREE cheese seminar}

{Barista competition}

{Tofu noodles- I ate a sample and they tasted ok}

{Display of a dessert}

{Taste of Nature bars- all bars are sweetened with Agave nectar}

{I bought 3 bars: almond, peanut, and pistachio}

{Beautiful and intricate fruit carving}

{Chocolate soy beverage: 3 packs for $5}

{From Kitchening with Carly I bought a box of 6 macarons}

Es S and I both purchased 20 tickets for $10 and proceeded to the Bite of Vancouver section

From Frankies Italian Kitchen & Bar we got hand rolled Italian meat balls with fresh tomatoe sauce and fresh rigatoni pasta tossed in a basil pesto sauce. Both were really good and we especially liked the generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and pine nuts in the pasta.

From Ebo we got chicken satayin skewer with fresh roti and peanut curry. The chicken was moist and flavourful and the roti was flaky and absolutely delicious.

From Maurya Indian Cuisine, I got butter chicken, veggie samosa and chana masala over basmati rice. I thought they all tasted alright.

With our remaining tickets Es S and I decided to share a Turondeep fried banana fritter coated with carmel from Goldilocks bakery. The banana was wrapped with a spring roll wrapper and I believe there is also some jack fruit inside. This was pretty good, it wasn’t too sweet and the soft texture of the banana contrasted well with the crunchy wrapper.

Es S and I didn’t watch any of the shows but chefs included Rob Feenie, Bob Blumer and Dale McKay.

If you want to check out Eat! Vancouver, there is still one more day left! Check out their website here for more information.

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