The Good Food Festival & Market


Good Food Festival and Market

Chef Dustin Gallagher

Canadians might recognize the man featured above. Dusting Gallagher is an acclaimed Toronto Chef that worked the kitchen of Grace Restaurant in Little Italy. He also happens to be one of Food Network’s Top Chef Canada contestants. He is known as the adorable one from the bunch and if I may say, rightly so. I got the chance to see him up close at a cooking demonstration at the Good Food Festival in Mississauga. He is definitely all about smiles and pleasing the crowds. I was both excited and star-struck when seeing him execute a chicken liver pate that was extremely tasty (I got to try it!), as well as meet his mom, whom he thanked for being his inspiration to become the man he is today. Kudos to you Dustin and good luck on Top Chef!

The Good Food Festival is a show featuring some of Canada’s most amazing food entrepreneurs offering a taste of their best products. From wine-makers coming from the Niagara region, to farmers, cheese producers and much more, one gets to indulge in an array of tastings, demonstrations and conversations, that are worth coming for.

Being my first time at the Good Food Festival, I was very cautious to not do a lot of impulse buying, but instead taste, review and then decide on what to take with me. That said, I was more than once tempted to buy all of the samples from the show…they were all so good. One problem I did notice is that show demonstrators were pricing items in bulk and at times did not sell them individually, something worth revisiting.

From what I saw, there were two main products that caught my eye and my palate. The Camelina Oil from Three Farmers and the famous healthier version of potato chips, Terra Chips.

Good Food Festival and Market

Camelina Oil from Three Farmers & Terra Chips

Camelina Oil is an artisan oil long touted for its rich flavour and vibrant colour. This oil has a unique pairing of Omega-3 and Vitamin E. Anyone with an appreciation for naturally nutritious foods will be captivated with the simple yet tasty nature of this oil. The oil is grown by Saskatchewan’s own Three Farmers and will be available in the next few months in specialty food stores. In addition, you can buy it online straight from their website at the reasonable cost of $15/bottle. What’s neat about this company, is that they added some great digital interaction with the product. Each bottle has a QR code that you can scan with your smart phone, which then gives you a number that you can enter online to see where your oil comes from, when it was produced, which farm, etc. They call this traceability….what a fantastic idea. 

From my perspective, this oil delivers on both flavour and texture. The fact that its light and not heavy at all, makes me want to drink it straight from the bottle! The people at the Food Festival made a mix of basil, garlic and oregano with the oil and had little pieces of bread to dip it in, giving its original earthy and nutty flavour a delicious taste. This week for lunch? Salads & baguettes!

The last item on my shopping bag at the festival, my precious Terra Chips. Although I don’t have quite the story on these chips for you, and neither did the show demonstrators, I will say that these chips are the only kind I eat when in need of a snack fix. They are healthy, low in cholesterol and sodium and high in fiber. They use a ton of vegetable products to make the chips, hence why they are a healthier option. I like the sweet potato ones, however they have a mix of everything, from cassava, to beets and even parsnip. Highly recommended.

So, if you ever want to get to know some of Canada’s most special food entrepreneurs, make sure to check out the Good Food Festival.

Until next time Foodies!

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

The theme: The Good Food Festival & Market
The highlight: Chef Dustin Gallagher
The goodies: Camelina Oil and Terra Chips

5 Responses to The Good Food Festival & Market

  1. Anonymous May 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I have been going for years and it always has been amazing. Last year they moved to hall 1 and more than half the vendors were missing same with this year. What happened? Is it just the economy? Canadian Living has always been a sponsor (they skipped 2010) and they weren’t there. Only one cooking stage there has alway been around 4.

  2. Anonymous May 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    My wife and I have attended the Good Food Festival now for five years, and have been extremely disappointed with the 2011 and 2012 shows. The first shows we attended had many interesting and generous handouts such as hot items, ice cream, jello and even a bag of potatoes from Ontario growers. We would purchase many interesting items and return home with a full vehicle. The complimentary items in the bag upon entry were also very generous. Over the past few years we have noticed a “thinning out” of exhibitors, including the ones we had looked forward to revisiting. This year the show was very uninteresting. We arrived at 10:00 on Sunday morning, and noticed several booths were still unmanned at 10:30. Clearly there was a disinterest on the part of the these exhibitors. Unfortunately this seems to be the trend with trade shows in Toronto. They just get worse each year.

  3. Anonymous May 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Good Food Festival is getting worse year by year due to lack of major brand names and bad economy. It was major disappointment this year (2012). You feel like you are walking through a regular weekend food market. St. Lawrence Market or St. Jacob’s is way better than this food festival. Not worth the admission price of $14.00 or the $11.00 online, which goes up every year.

  4. Anonymous April 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I went to the Good Food Festival in Toronto for the first time last year in 2011 and although I enjoyed it immensely while there with all the freebies and food samples, I was disappointed when I looked into my freebie bag when I got home. Most of the food freebies were a few days (about a week or less) before expiry. Most cookies sold at grocery stores have expiry dates of several months to a year – these freebies were less than a week away from expiry. Secondly, I purchased a bag of Terra chips and realized they were expired when I got home. Yes, expired. Although it may still be safe to eat, I’d think that a festival promoting national brand names would ensure freshness of the food items its selling at a large tradeshow. For $11 per person (5 members of my family including myself) and free bags full of near-expired samples, it just isn’t worth it, which is why I won’t be attending this time around.

  5. Restaurant reviews May 5, 2011 at 4:15 am

    The good food festival is a free celebration of natural, healthy and delicious food. The festival gathers together some of the finest artisan food and drink producers from the capital offering selling products. Thanks a lot!


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