Bakers Journal

The Delicious Food Show returns with new lineup

July 8, 2013
By Bakers Journal

July 8, 2013, Toronto – The Delicious Food Show 2013 (DFS) returns for its second year with a jam-packed schedule and specially curated features, led by Informa Canada vice-president and show directo, Judy Merry.

Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, DFS will showcase new products, cooking demos and tastings, interactive workshops and tours, and host cookbook signings with Food Network Canada’s biggest personalities.
Below is a description for some of the programming attendees can expect to see from October 25 – 27.

GE Classrooms

GE Café presents a series of classroom lessons featuring its full kitchen. With up to 50 classes throughout the three-day show, visitors are welcomed to learn from a variety of experts in two types of settings: theatre-style demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Learn how to roll sushi with a Japanese chef, cake decorating, and sample wine with a sommelier.


Canadian supermarket and DFS Exclusive Grocer, Loblaws, features demonstrations all-day long from its in-house chefs and experts, including executive chef, Tom Filippou. The 400 sq. ft.–space will feature the latest PC products, including the gourmet black label collection.

Food Trucks for Sinai

New at DFS, a fleet of Toronto’s mobile kitchens congregate on the Better Living Centre show floor in support of Mount Sinai Hospital. Sandwich rebel Fidel Gastro, Latin-flavoured Gourmet Gringos, health-minded Gourmet Bitches, British fare Feisty Jack and seafood-filled Buster’s Sea Cove will be offering special menu items and donate a portion of the proceeds to Mount Sinai Hospital, in support of breast and ovarian cancer research and education.

Mini Chef’s Challenge

On Saturday, DFS orchestrates an epicurean pre-battle, leading up to Mount Sinai’s fundraising event, Chef’s Challenge, in November. Of those raising monies for the hospital’s ultimate culinary showdown, the highest fundraisers-to-date are divided into two teams, each headed by a celebrity chef, to compete for prizes at the show. Notable culinary stars will judge the competition, examining dishes and selecting an ultimate DFS Mini Chef’s Challenge winner.

Naturally Delicious

Balancing out the show with a feature section surrounding healthy living, DFS collaborates with consultant Jules Lieff of Fit Organix to handpick the best in all natural, (oh-so-trendy) gluten-free, organic and free of additive and preservative items. Look for Canadian-made Camelina Oil from Saskatchewan-based Three Farmers or 100 per cent dairy, soy and gluten-free cheeses, pizzas and spreads from Vancouver’s Daiya Foods, amongst other products and nutrition services.

View the Vibe

Toronto’s (and soon-to-be Vancouver’s) urban lifestyle and events website manages a 1,000 sq. ft. space featuring lounge seating, wine, cocktails and an HD video wall. Ten of Toronto's top restaurants, like burger sensation Holy Chuck, join the section to serve up signature bites for DFS attendees. DFS also plays host to the first-ever View the Vibe Food Blogger Awards, celebrating the accomplishments of Canada's top food bloggers as voted by Canadians from coast to coast.

Toronto Life

Toronto’s city-centric entertainment, politics, and life magazine launches the sophomore edition of the Toronto Life Cookbook at DFS with a ten-counter section featuring restaurants detailed within the issue, including Stock, Aria Ristorante, and TOCA. The food magazine will be a 100-page special edition of recipes from some of the city’s chefs, bakers, baristas, pit masters and bartenders.

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