happy thanksgiving weekend! i have much to be thankful for, and i love the reminder this weekend brings to focus on those things! i also love to eat, as you know, and i love a warm, cozy house that smells like nutmeg and cinnamon, i love being canadian and i also loved the years we spent living in the states - so the clear answer to this equation is that we celebrate thanksgiving twice - once now, and again in november with our american friends!
after a week of trying to get my phone fixed (yes, this is the same phone that held captive my photos from the Fraser Valley Food Show/The Gluten Free Living Show), i have been defeated by the iphone and while i am finally reporting to you on the good, the bad, and the ugly of the food show, i am without all of the photos i took to share with you! that's okay, i have mastered the art of drag and drop from the company websites, so forgive me for not bombarding you with pictures of my kids eating delicious food allover the tradex.
first let me set the scene... as you well know, i try to give you the adult recap, and the kid recap, which is a lot easier to do when i have the honest feedback of a little foodie! dane, our six year old, not only accompanied me but was convinced that we were both there to work and that we had a very important job - to taste anything and everything gluten free so we could tell our readers all about it! that we did, and let me tell you - this kid is embarassingly honest. we used the thumbs up, thumbs to the side, and thumbs down scale, which seemed like a brilliant idea until he used it right in front of the first couple of vendors... and the thumbs down is a bit of a universal language. so we agreed that from there on we would walk away from a booth before we'd talk about what we thought of the sample. that made us more friends ;)
here are the winners of our decided categories for this year's show, without further ado:
the best product for kids
the best new product
the very tastiest product
the product that made my tastebuds the most excited was made by Bean Fields. they have a line of chips that are made from beans and rice, no corn. they are full of fibre, have a surprising amount of protein, they're vegan so our dairy free kiddos/selves can eat them, and they knocked my socks off!! seriously, these chips are awesome! we brought home two bags of nacho flavour and two bags of ranch flavour, and i'm equally excited about how good they are and how good of a substitution they are for my chip-monger fellas!
the greatest new resource
the best savoury situation
now that we've talked mostly sweet, let's name our favourite savoury situation - dane picked this one, and he talked me into going back not once, but TWICE, to ask for another sample for him. not my classiest moment, but dane was being such a trooper and i feared that his hungry self might rear his head if i wasn't careful... the point is, Spolumbos sausages were by far our favourites! they are made from whole ingredients, they taste so good, and they are available at safeway! they have no fillers, binders or preservatives, and they really hit the spot! we were the biggest fans of the chicken apple flavor!
the best mainstream product
on the other side of the spectrum... i am easily excitable, and i'd love to write about delicious food all day long. but... i would be doing you an injustice if i didn't give you some insight into the things that didn't make it on the good list.
not our favorites
it occurred to me as we were wandering from booth to booth, giving our thumb ratings, that the few gluten free bakeries we frequent have done such a great job about making good tasting products that we forget that gluten free baking can be lack-luster. unfortunately, we sampled a few products from a few companies that haven't quite mastered the art of gluten free baking as well as some of the veterans have. even more unfortunate is that the women behind these businesses are sweet as heck, and i struggle to write their names down in anything less than a positive light. but here goes, YB Gluten Free and Marie's Built Free Bakery. i do believe they are at the beginning of their bakery journeys and i'm sure they will iron out the kinks!
okay, now that i've done my one uncomfortable thing for the day, let's move on.
the one that got away
thanks to the Fraser Valley Food Show for having me! peace out for now friends -