Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Buy Ontario

It’s always nice and reassuring to know that your favourite restaurants are using fresh and local food, local wines and small batch breweries, and it’s gratifying to hear of more efforts being put toward that cause. Anyone wishing to get the 411 on what efforts are being made in the industry to promote local food should definitely visit the Direct Energy Centre this March.

The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) is presenting an exhibition at The Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, March 3-5. As Canada’s foremost foodservice and hospitality event, the CRFA tradeshow attracts more than 12,000 industry professionals. The Ontario Pavilion is the largest at the show and promises to give great visibility to the producers and processors involved.

The show will feature a massive pavilion featuring only Ontario businesses and their products.The Ontario Pavilion will feature fifty of the most innovative food companies from across the province, making it the largest pavilion at this year’s leading foodservice and hospitality event in Canada.

Brought together by Ontariofresh.ca the Pavilion will host a wide range of products including fresh fruit and vegetables, ready-made condiments and sauces, micro-brewed beer, breads, meats and more. Ontariofresh.ca is an online network and marketing service designed to help Ontario businesses buy and sell more local food. The exhibition and demonstrations will help address the growing consumer interest in local food and get more Ontario products on restaurant menus and in foodservice operations across the country.

 

“Every year, the demand for local food and beverages tops the must-have lists of premiere chefs and consumers who love what they create,” said Megan Hunter, Program Manager for Ontariofresh.ca. “The Ontario Pavilion is the one-stop shop for anyone looking for diverse, high-quality products that they can use in foodservice right away.”

The Pavilion will feature a live demonstration stage using food products served up by Food Network Star Anna Olson and budding chefs from George Brown College’s Culinary Arts program.  An Innovation Exhibit will also showcase a series of exciting new products ready for the market.

Other top-notch talent involved in the 3-day long series of events includes demonstrations by the world’s top “Flair” bartenders, speakers and chefs Mark McEwan, Michael Blackie, and a who’s who of Canadian Food Industry talent, and a “Breakfast with Champions” featuring Vikram Vij and hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos.

For more information about the event and how to register, go here.

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