There was so much to do and see, it was very overwhelming at first, but I will contend that the free samples and goodies are well worth the price of admission.
Some of the highlights from the show for me were:
- the parchment paper place: from my previous entries, it is clear that I LOVE parchment paper
- Erich's bread: the staff was extremely knowledgeable about the bread and it was very reasonably priced; they also cram more fibre into a slice of this bread than I would get in an entire loaf of regular bread!
- Tofutti: ice cream made from tofu - sounds gross but my husband didn't even know he was eating tofu until I mentioned it several hours later - I have to admit this was the BEST tofu I've ever had
- Salba: I got a 3 day trial of Salba - similar to chia seeds and thought to be the new Superfood - I plan to follow the regime and post the results (if any).
- Sauces/Mixes/Quick Fixes: I'm not really a fan of pre-made sauces but there were some very interesting ones available. The sauce from Canton had nothing in it that I couldn't pronouce so that was a great thing.
Overall, I had a great time at the show, but for next year, I've learned some tips to pass on to you.
- Make sure you bring some cash - there are some great deals but it's CASH ONLY!
- Bring a collapsable trolly (or a strong helper) - some of the products are very heavy and when you're walking around, they really start to wear on you.
- Get a map of the show area - this will tell you where the most interesting stands are located and also help you build a route to take you for the show.
- Arrive early for the cheese demos - there were always line-ups at the cheese stage!
- Don't bring a purse of anything bulky. It will only hold you down - pack as light as possible!
I hope to attend again next year and will post again before next year's show recapping the tips I've learned!