The green living show started with a media preview at the Merchants of Green Coffee. What a fabulously cute building! This old brick warehouse has been transformed into a lovely roaster, serving coffee, tea, fresh juices and pastries. One can even buy green coffee beans and roast them yourself!
For the preview the room was transformed into a mini version of The Green Living Show – a show dedicated to healthy living in the world around us. Every year the focus the event changes. This year we learned about pollinators and how we have to protect them to protect our planet. It’s all about living a sustainable living people! Plant flowers in your garden to attract bees and butterflies to help grow new vegetation, trees and other plants throughout our cities. And bumblebees are the cutest! They have little yellow fuzz growing all over their body, and butterflies are like living works of art.
Getting back to the preview, we met Laura Simmonds, the president and CEO of the Green Living Show while sampling a few dishes from a select few of the exhibitors. Each chef was asked to create dishes using ingredients grown through pollination.
Hawthorne Food & Drink served us a Beet Cheesecake (roasted Ontario beet and chevre panna cotta, chocolate beet ganache, wildflower honey, buckwheatstreusel) and a Mole Sloppy Joe – Klink Espresso (chocolate spice, grass-fed beef chuck, Ontario edamame “guacamole”, cider pickled onions).
Magic Oven showed us their incredible Califlower Beef au Gratin.
Urban Acorn catering soothed us with S’mores Pop Tart with torched marshmellow stuffed with almond and pear jam, and Smoked Tomato and Pumpkin Seed grits with hamhock and vegetable slaw.
Here are a few other interesting vendors:
Interested in visiting next year? I’m totally down, check it out – www.greenlivingshow.ca