We asked EAT! Vancouver what was in it for families this year, and we got an earful. Or would that be a mouthful?!
You can bring the family down to the 11th annual EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival at BC Place Stadium on May 24-26 to sample, shop, and rub shoulders with your favourite stars from Food Network Canada. This year’s festival welcomes Spice Goddess and mother Bal Arneson, baker extraordinaire Anna Olson of Bake with Anna Olson, Chuck Hughes of Chuck’s Week Off, and Executive Chef Cactus Club Restaurants, Chef Rob Feenie, all on the Food Network Celebrity Stage.
For the kids in everyone, Regal Confections will be presenting fun contests on the International Culinary Stage on May 25 and 26 to see who can hold an enormous bubble for five seconds, build the most original structure with candy blox, and count the number of licks it takes to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop. Winners will receive prizes, but you can always visit the Regal Kidz Kandy Korner where PEZ, Ring Pop Gummies, Rockets, Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Pop, and Dubble Bubble will be available. If you’re lucky, you might spot the Regal candy girls who will be handing out sweet treats!
Also on the International Culinary Stage, the SuperChefs Cookery for Kids will teach younger kids the importance of healthy eating. Along with local restaurant chefs, children can learn concepts like Marvelous Meatballs and Tasty Indigenous Treats, It Hasta Be Pasta – Traditional Pasta Making for Families, The Art of Sliders and Creative Crepes, and Making Old-World Handcrafted Gelato for Kids.
Finally, EAT! Vancouver has responded to the demand from 2012 for more gluten-free products. Find out more about this year’s gluten-free exhibitors HERE
Tickets are $16 for adults ($14 online), $14 for seniors, $9 for youth 13-16, and free for kids 12 & under. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.eat-vancouver.com