On a dangerous food quest – The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo
Hey, before we get going, you should know that this is a also a guest post for my favourite women’s magazine, The Purple Fig, where I happen to be a Senior Editor. Fancy schmancy title, huh? Don’t worry, I totally own it. And oh, I’m going to be talking about some products, but no one paid me for these opinions and we only got one darn drink for free, so you’ll know I’m giving you the whole truth and nothin but the truth. Kay?
Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way, let’s get down to business. On Thursday night, three of us Purple Fig-o-philes went on a little field trip to The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo at the Toronto Convention Centre. It’s on until tomorrow, in case you happen to be thirsty and in the neighborhood. I used to go to this show every year BK (Before Kids) but I hadn’t been in a while, and so was looking forward to a night out with the ladies. Basically it’s a food and alcohol playground in a massive space, and you walk around for hours sipping and snacking. Since most of my followers are foodies, you’re totally jealous now, right? I’m definitely living the dream.
So this time when I went, I was on a bit of a mission, because it was my first time attending since the inauguration of my dangerous food blog, where I try to cook weird stuff (See my black chicken post from earlier this week, just as an example, in case you’re new). There are always creative food and drinks at the food and wine expo – that’s kind of the point. I was on a quest to find the very weirdest.
The problem with a quest at a wine expo is that you get into a little of this…
And then chase it with some of this
And then suddenly you’re hanging out with a spaceman…
And licking ice sculptures…
…instead of upholding your journalistic integrity and finding the most dangerous food at the show. I gave my head a shake, straightened the camera around my neck, visited the bathroom (just for a #1, we weren’t THAT bad), and got back on track.
I found a pretty cool pomegranate liqueur that was different, so let’s give that third prize. Doesn’t seem super strange, but if you brought it out as a little after dinner how-ya-doin, it’s not something your guests would be used to. It was the perfect balance between sweet and tart. And it probably has antioxidants and fights bladder infections as an added bonus.
Let’s give second prize to the maple candy floss. It was light, delicious, Canadian, and even organic, and it made my kids super happy to have as a souvenir. If you want some, check it out here.
And now, for the most dangerous food I found at the Food & Wine Expo. Drum roll please…
Yes, it was the pulled pork parfait.
Except that it wasn’t really ice cream. But the other Purple Fig ladies thought it was, and they were completely unsurprised to see me racing to be at the front of the line to get one. Potatoes, they were potatoes. I had to hide my slight disappointment. But I loved the presentation, and the pulled pork was fantastic. Super easy to recreate for a party.
Oh, and honourable mention? The ideal dessert…
I even had seconds.
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