This weekend, Laurel and I were part of the media that covered The Fraser Valley Food Show at the Tradex in Abbotsford. We were both very impressed with the number of exhibitors and the quality of the products. And there was some pretty gourmet foods! You definitely got your $9 admission fee’s worth considering the large number of samples available! Here were a few of our favorite finds…
1. Kitchening & Co. – This exhibitor blew us away with her beautiful display of macarons! Laurel made macarons for my birthday party and said that it was one of her most frustrating experiences, having to throw away one full batch! So…to find someone so close to us (these macarons are made in Langley), is a gem of a find. The salted caramel macarons looked especially tempting! Click here to find retailers. You can also order online.
2. Untamed Feast – We met Eric at his booth and immediately picked up on his passion for wild mushrooms. He spends many weeks of the year in remote areas on the hunt for these rare shrooms. He harvests them and then dehydrates them. He has a fantastic website (click here) that includes videos of him harvesting the mushrooms and the adventures (bears!) he encounters along the way. Eric’s site also includes videos of him cooking with the dehydrated mushrooms. Untamed Feast products are perfect in risottos, pastas and spreads. They also have some gravy, soup and rice products available. The Smoked, Cask Aged Chanterelles smelled out of this world!
3. Fresh is Best Salsa & Company – I have bought the “Fresh is Best” tortilla chips forever because they really are the best! But I had NO idea that they were made in Kamloops!!! Who knew? A couple started making fresh salsa and sold it at a local farmers’ market in Kamloops and then expanded into tortilla chips. They have now expanded into guacamole and other dips and taco shells. I love supporting homegrown and local businesses! These products are available throughout the province. Check their website for retailers (click here).
Make sure you don’t miss out on next year’s show!