If you’re an Instagram follower of mine (and if you’re not, shame on you-follow me please), you would have noticed that there was recently a blip of posts where I was posting from both Toronto and Vancouver at the same time. Some people were even sending me questions as to where in the country I actually was.

Basically, I used my magical food unicorn powers to spawn a Piquey Eater proxy to cover the Delicious Food Show happening in Toronto.

Haha, okay no, I actually invited my friend Vivian back after she helped me cover one of the last Toronto Underground Market events the last time I was slated to go.

Due to the last minute nature of my Vancouver trip, I wasn’t able to cover DFS2014 as I had originally hoped and needed a bit of help. Foodie friends always have your back

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So let us all give a warm welcome back to Vivian and her coverage of the Delicious Food Show!


 

Hey guys! Fellow foodie Vivian (@VivaciousVii) here, on special assignment for the awesome Piquey Eater Blog with an extra yummy report on the Delicious Food Show this past weekend!

If you didn’t know already, the Delicious Food Show takes place every year for only 3 days and brings together the best of Toronto’s culinary scene. This is no ordinary food fest selling the mediocre everyday hot dog, burger, and chow mien – this is the place where celebrity chefs, award-winning food innovators, and quality dishes descend in one fell swoop. This, my foodies, is the place to be.

So, without further ado, here is what you missed out on if you didn’t attend this year!

As my first time going to the Delicious Food Show, I was impressed by the selection of quality vendors and of course, the fantastic food derived from them. For the avid restaurant goers with bold, adventurous taste buds, Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium is the place to find some gems. The Stadium battle pitted the rare delights from eight of the best new restaurant chefs in Toronto: DaiLo, Home of the Brave, Hudson Kitchen, Parts & Labour, Porzia, Splendido, The Good Son, and Thoroughbred Food & Drink. As I could only eat as many as money and stomach space permitted, I tried four from the following:

Mussels and chicken heart escabeche from Parts & Labour

 Mussels and chicken heart escabeche from Parts & Labour

Yes, you heard that right, chicken hearts! It was actually quite good! The mussels were cooked just right, and served in a kicking vinaigrette. Eat it together with their house made barbeque tortilla chips, and you’ve got some great crunch with your seafood chew.

 

Foie gras pop tart from Thoroughbred

This was an old favourite of mine from the Toronto Underground Market. It was a pretty new take when I first tried it, and still is. Not gonna tell you what it was like, you’ll have to read my Piquey Eater review of the TUM event! :p

This was an old favourite of mine from the Toronto Underground Market. It was a pretty new take when I first tried it, and still is. Not gonna tell you what it was like, you’ll have to read my Piquey Eater review of the TUM event! :p

 

Samuel Adams Smoked Cajun Wings wings with buttermilk ranch dressing from Home of the Brave

Smoked Cajun wings with buttermilk ranch dressing -  Home of the Brave ||   If you like chicken wings, this is a nice twist on it! Garnished with jalapeno, the guys at Home of the Brave were kind enough to adjust their dish to accommodate my inability to eat spicy food, even though they said it really wasn’t spicy at all. it got that nice black peppery texture on the crispy skin.

If you like chicken wings, this is a nice twist on it! Garnished with jalapeno, the guys at Home of the Brave were kind enough to adjust their dish to accommodate my inability to eat spicy food, even though they said it really wasn’t spicy at all. it got that nice black peppery texture on the crispy skin.

 

Foie gras parfait from Splendido

Foie gras parfait -  Splendido  Having tried Thoroughbred’s foie gras, I wanted to see what other twists could be done with the French delicacy. The foie gras was made smooth and mousse-like, served with whole walnuts and thick strawberry coulis. I’d say it was a great combination, as without the crunchy texture of walnut and the tangy sweet of strawberry it would have been a little hard to finish. But put them together, and it’s all eaten!

Having tried Thoroughbred’s foie gras, I wanted to see what other twists could be done with the French delicacy. The foie gras was made smooth and mousse-like, served with whole walnuts and thick strawberry coulis. I’d say it was a great combination, as without the crunchy texture of walnut and the tangy sweet of strawberry it would have been a little hard to finish. But put them together, and it’s all eaten!

 

Lobster Rolls - Rock Lobster at the Samuel Adams Lobster Shack  These rolls were refreshingly light overall, with deliciously buttered bread and fresh, perfectly seasoned lobster.

These rolls were refreshingly light overall, with deliciously buttered bread and fresh, perfectly seasoned lobster.

Of course, it’s a gourmet food show, and your appetite won’t be satisfied without a nibble of classic gourmet delicacy, seafood! When you have the well-known chef of Rock Lobster making you his fantastic lobster rolls, you have to try one! The Samuel Adams Lobster Shack was the place to go, and you can also grab a Samuel Adams beer to wash it down with style.

There were three to choose from, the Latitude 48 IPA, Octoberfest, and their Boston lager, and we managed to try all three. If you’re a fan of very light flavoured beer like me, the lager that we tried while watching Chef Dean’s lobster chowder demo is nice and sweet. We selected Octoberfest in Abbey’s Kitchen to serve with our foie gras dishes, and it had a bit more kick. We asked one of the hosts at the Samuel Adams Lobster Shack what went the best with our lobster roll, and her recommendation of the IPA indeed had more fragrant citrus flavor that complemented the lobster.

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Armed with $50 to spend on food for two, I can safely say we were full enough to postpone dinner to a late night snack. Hearty gourmet samples generally cost $5, but there are also many free samples available as well from many vendors (cake pops, chips, mussels, chocolate, etc)! One free sample that I particularly liked was the Screamin Brothers popsicle. You had to get past a big crowd and a film crew to get a hold of one (rumour is the product was first featured in Dragon’s Den), but it was worth the jostle. Mine tasted like a light, airy chocolate creamsicle, but it actually had no dairy or other common allergens in it! Talk about healthy, guilt-free indulgence!Mint Chocolate treat - Screamin Brothers

You’ll also find healthy/organic products in the aisles – rich, quality coffees and teas for those who need their daily caffeine fix, and for the chocoholics (me), high quality chocolate from Green & Blacks, and the rare Cacao Barry. Specialty food truck and pop-up vendors included famous Fidel Gastro, Buster’s Sea Cove, Aracataca, and my good friends, Me.n.u serving their staple fusion rice balls, and Ice Volcano’s liquid nitrogen ice cream.

 

All in all, it was a fantastic event. I have nothing to complain about!! You will find more than enough gourmet delights, and on top of that, there were culinary stars Nadia G, Chefs Mark McEwan, Matt Dean Pettit, among others, so if this is your cup of tea, mark your calendars for next year, and you will definitely see me there again!