My Faves From the CRFA Show 2012 – Canada’s Food Service Event of the Year!

The CRFA Food Show at the Direct Energy Centre this month was a blast to take part in. So many different vendors and food from snacks and dips to beer and pizza ovens, there was lots to see and taste.  It was all a little over whelming at first, the place was huge and I didn’t know where to start. There were so many people cooking up a storm and promoting their different products to wholesalers and restaurants. This made it interesting to come to this event as a food blogger because lots of these products you can’t find in retail stores. It was a pretty exciting day and I definitely left wanting to write about some of the cool products I tried. So I decided to post the stand out ones and tell you how and where you can get them.

Indian Harvest Greenwheat Freekeh – The talk of the day were these incredible Greenwheat Freekah Vegetarian Meatballs.  They had such a great texture, the Freekeh reminded me of quinoa but a little softer. We got to try these at the Shalit Foods booth, check out their site for the recipe and order products directly through them.

Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix – This drink mix was so tasty! I was kinda like whatever at first when I saw the bottle, but as soon as I tasted it I immediately wanted to have another sip and another. It had all the good things you want to taste in a classic Canadian Caesar mix, you can totally taste the celery salt, pepper, Worcestershire and maybe a little horseradish in there – all in all, a go to staple on anyone’s bar! You can buy it direct from them through their website.

McClure’s pickles – Best Pickles EVER! Check out their site and do yourself a favor and get some…actually lots because once a jar is open they will not last. Try the spicy relish and chips too!! Amazing! You can find their products at most Williams-Sonoma stores in Toronto.

Muffuletta – I found this amazing gourmet Italian specialty at the Enrico Formella booth. This company from Chicago has lots of special homemade Italian condiments, you can buy them directly from their website.

Stiegl Raddler – Have a look out for this grapefruit flavoured beer – crisp light and refreshing. You can find it on tap at The Biermarket and Fionn Mac Cools. I am told that it will be in LCBO in may. Perfect spring/summer time patio beverage!

Kellogg’s Special K Cracker Chips – I walked by these and had to try them – will be in stores soon. Super healthy crunchy and light, a perfect snack-able food!!

Please let me know if you know of any cool products I should keep my eye out for – I love trying new things!!



  1. Jen @ McClure's Pickles
    March 27, 2012

    Thanks so much, Erin! So glad you had a great time at the show.

    Jen, @McClurespickles

  2. Joe Stacey
    November 7, 2012

    Thanks for the support ! Would love to get ya some samples


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