2013 Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival


The BMO Center in Calgary hosted the 2013 Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival this weekend. How2home was given the opportunity to attend this event for the first time and we were thoroughly impressed with all the vendors and exhibitors.


Favorites for the night include Bakon, a 35% potato vodka with a crisp and savory bacon flavor, and a light lager made by Guinness.


The food was amazing and we could not get enough of the plethora of cheeses. One of our most favorite cheese vendors was the Switzerland Cheese Marketing booth. Their delicious samples had our mouth’s watering during the preparation of the cheeses.




Toronto Food and Wine Expo

WOW….Franky and I are really feeling super lazy today after a VERY filling and tasty day at the Toronto’s Food and Wine Expo.

Yesterday was our first time attending this event and we were really surprised with the turn out. Everything looked AMAZING!! Words can’t describe how delicious the food, wine and cheese were at the expo. Not only were we eating AND ‘drinking’ (A LOT), we also learned quite a bit about the wines from different regions, cheeses and liquors.  All in all, it was really fun and exciting experience, so much so that we didn’t want to leave at all!

As soon as you walk into the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, you are greeted with a complimentary small wine glass for you to carry around to sample from the different vendors.  “Sampling Tickets” can be purchased at $20 per sheet of 20 tickets, and you can taste/try as many or as little samples as you like.

I (Sarah) spent most of my tickets at the Mott’s Clamato Caesar booth b/c they were SOOOO good. The bartender made the most delicious Bloody Caesars I have ever tasted. It had the perfect balance of vodka, clamato juice, tabasco sauce, worcestershire sauce (FYI, I can NEVER say this correctly), celery salt AND the best part……  “The Extreme Bean“. I swear to you, these are the most YUMMIEST tasting pickled string beans and olives  EVER. I need to order some of these so all friends can try. I can’t stop thinking about them after sampling them yesterday. By the way, here is a recipe I found from Mott’s Clamato website for How-to make their perfect Bloody Caesars. I think I need to make myself one tonight 🙂

This was MY (Franky) favorite booth. This delicious Whisky is called “Black Velvet“. We sampled this new blend of whisky which is infused with a warm roasted caramel flavor. I know how it sounds fellas, but trust me, our friends and I didn’t sample just one. In fact, I ended up picking myself up a bottle today! It was too delicious and couldn’t stop myself from “sampling” more. The flavor of this caramel whisky is very smooth. You have to try it to believe it. Black Velvet has a recipe featuring their caramel whisky call “caramel sunset” and you can find the recipe here. You can currently find these bottles at selected LCBO stores

More photos of food,wine,cheese…
Maritime Lobster  (Awesome lobster ice sculpture!)

Hank Daddy’s Barbeque (they had a pulled pork parfait, and it was BOMB)

Ruelo Patisserie (They just opened a 2nd location on Yonge and Eglington)

Asahi Sake (Did I mention, Sake is one of my favorite drinks 🙂 )

We ended our day by winning a small bag of whole coffee beans via Merchant of Green Cafe.

Sarah and I had such a great time at this event tasting good wine/liquor and sampling awesome food with our friends. What more could we ask for!? If you didn’t get a chance to visit this year’s Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, not to worry, because it will happen again next year.

How2home  is not  sponsored to talk about these products. These opinions are all ours, based on what we tried and loved 🙂 .

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo

Soooo Excited!!! the GFWE (Gormet Food and Wine Expo) is in town this week and we are going to check it out Today!  The Expo is an annual event that is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.


This year’s show is set to include a ton of exciting features. We want to do it ALL! Just looking at our itinerary, I know it’s going to be a packed, but fun-filled day!!

2012 Celebrity Chef Spotlight
2012 Connoisseur’s Corner
2012 Entertainment Highlights
2012 Fine Wine Tasting Lounge
2012 Food Network Stage
2012 Gourmet Gala
2012 Nine of Dine Awards
2012 Spiritology Pavilion
2012 TAG VODKA Speakeasy Lounge
2012 The All You Need is Cheese Stage
2012 Vintages Highlights