#DFS14 Wrap Up: Delicious Food Show 2014

by Merlene Paynter

I was privileged to spend some time at the Delicious Food Show in Toronto this past weekend. Celebrity chefs, delicious food and drink, so many things to see and do I can’t even begin to outline them all. With over 200 vendors, the sights, sounds and TASTES of the show leave me without words (and anyone who knows me knows how hard that can be). Instead of a lot of blabbity-blah about it all I’ll give you the story in a few images instead.

Food Network Chefs Mario Batali, Tyler Florence and Chuck Hughes
Food Network Chefs Mario Batali, Tyler Florence and Chuck Hughes speaking at Delicious Food Show 2014

Friday kicked off with Food Network Chefs Mario Batali, Tyler Florence and Chuck Hughes doing a brief press conference and Q&A before the show officially opened. During the Q&A we learned that if Chef Mario Batali had only one day left to live he’d probably have better things to do than eat when asked what his last meal would be. All three Chefs were friendly and fun.


Lobster roll made by Chef Matt Dean Pettit of Rock Lobster
The Great Lobster Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit

One of my first stops on the show floor was at the Samuel Adams – Rock Lobster booth. As it was only 10:30am I didn’t get to sample the Sam Adams beer, but Chef Matt Dean Pettit of Rock Lobster more than made up for it by making a lobster roll for me. I grew up in the Maritimes and I can say this was one of the best I’ve ever eaten. (Matt, I’ll be heading to Rock Lobster for my next dinner in Toronto.)


tacos from Santo Pecado
Tacos from Santo Pecado (image via @DeliciousFoodShow on Instagram)
Delectable Donuts from VON Donuts @VONDonuts (image via @DeliciousFoodShow on Instagram)

I followed up my lobster roll “breakfast” with a stop at Santo Pecado for tacos and VON Donuts for “dessert”.


Chambord booth at #DFS14
Chambord Booth Getting Ready to Open
Delicious Food Show
Delicious Food Show 2014 #DFS14

I’m already thinking of buying looser pants for next year.
And bringing along an assistant to photograph things and carry my purchases as I graze my way through the show.

Merlene Paynter

Merlene Paynter is a freelance writer and content consultant. When she's not working as the Managing Editor at Her City Lifestyle she's mixing up cocktails over at Madtini.com , designing websites, writing, and selling yarn at her new online yarn shop KnitCreek.com and drinking too much coffee.

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