B.C. Foodservice Expo shows off cutting-edge food businesses
Food industry professionals and local gourmets flocked to the annual B.C. Foodservice Expo at the Vancouver Convention Center to get a taste of the best ingredients and ideas in the business today.
Participants were offered delicious samples at booths and entertained by chef competitions and talks. Celebrity chef David Adjey offered his expertise when talking about “The Pitfalls of Restaurant Design”, while IT expert Carmine DeSanto delivered a speech on social media basics for bars and restaurants.
All businesses put effort into their presentation, but some were more extravagant than others, using beautiful fabrics, containers and patterns to display their products. Many businesses also offered healthier and more sustainable options to consumers. Two standouts were the Assam Tea Company, an importer of organic teas, and Green Pack, a line of biodegradable food containers.
A large number of the Assam teas is grown by the tea owner, whose family has been producing tea for four generations. Their focus is on creating a high quality but affordable organic product. Green Pack, meanwhile, offers wonderful sustainable design for take out containers, cups, cutlery and grocery bags, which I was very surprised to learn were made from stone.
I was a little taken aback with the black appearance of blk's water enriched with folvic acid, but it turns out it does taste just like regular water. Another unique beverage was the delicious raspberry wine from the Coastal Black winery located in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.
It was great getting to know these businesses and the people behind them, but most of all, I enjoyed watching people exchange ideas and strive to improve their services.