Eat! Vancouver serves wines, beers, Indian foods and Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” Larry Thomas on Food Network Celebrity Cooking Stage
Hungry this weekend and not sure where to satisfy your cravings? Look no further: Eat! Vancouver, Canada’s largest food, beverage, and cooking festival will be continuing today at the new Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver. This annual event has attracted thousands of people eager to sample and enjoy the wide array of international culinary treats available from hundreds of exhibitors, as well as be entertained by celebrity chefs which include Vancouver’s own Iron Chef, Rob Feenie and Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi”, Larry Thomas.
Never having gone before, I was excited to explore the various areas that the event had to offer. When I arrived, I was greeted with a “goody bag” full of food samples and promptly motioned to a group of tables offering even more freebies. Once my bag was filled, I entered into the Main Pavilion, and started to make my way through the crowdful of people sampling and purchasing the enormous array of food available, as well as getting information on food-related products and services. Chocolate, freshly baked breads and buns, fresh meats and soups were only a portion of the things that I was able to taste. There were international foods to taste as well, which were included in the World Culinary Travel expo area. In addition to the opportunity to taste food from around the world, representatives from various countries and destinations were on hand to promote their area as the destination to visit.
The festival also has a Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting Pavilion, where there is an opportunity to sample delicious beverages from BC and around the world. Sampling in this pavilion does come at a charge, however it is very minimal. The organizers have created “Bite/Taste Tickets”, which are 50 cents each and sold in groups of 20 or 10 tickets; some of the exhibitors only require one ticket for a taste. These tickets also come in handy at the Bite of Vancouver Restaurant Pavilion, where restaurants serve a few items off their menus in appetizer-sized portions. The items are no more than 5 tickets, so the most expensive charge would be $2.50. As an Indian food lover, I was happy to see that Maurya Indian Cuisine had set up a booth as I was interested in trying their food. I used 5 of my tickets to get a plateful of basmati rice, chili chicken, butter chicken, and chana masala, which ended up being a pretty good sized portion for $2.50.
Being a huge Seinfeld fan, I strategically timed to go to the festival when the “Soup Nazi”, Larry Thomas, took to the Food Network Celebrity Cooking Stage. Many people sat down to listen to see the man himself, and hear him say his popular catchphrase, “No soup for you!” The International Culinary Stage was the place where chefs took the stage to create their signature dishes and for visitors to learn about food and cooking from far away countries.
Upon leaving I evaluated my time at the event: I had come in hungry, empty-handed, and unsure of what to expect, and I left satisfied from the abundance of tastings, armed with an overflowing bag of samples and information, and content with the diversity and variety of what was offered.
For more information on this event, visit the Eat! Vancouver website.