What a great event we were able to participate in last weekend! For the third year in a row, wikiDOMO has been the proud sponsor of the wikiDOMO Awards at the Hamilton Food and Drink Fest.
The event was fantastic! This was the second year the show was held at Copps Coliseum and they seemed to have ironed out the kinks. More space, better layout and overall a very successful event. The crowds loved it - we interacted with so many people and got a real feel for how they enjoyed the show - and it was a huge success.
As in past years, we had visitors vote for their favourite Wine, Beer, Food and Overall experience. Once again, we had hundreds of ballots completed and we were able to present the Awards on the last day of the three day event. It still amazes me how passionate some attendees are about the awards; many took the time to go back and confirm the name of their favourite exhibitors. After several hours at an event , that says a lot!
The Wine Category was highly contested this year with a number of exhibitors coming in very close to the winners. But, Treasury Wine Estates was able to pull off the win. The folks at Treasury seemed quite surprised and were quite happy to accept the certificate on behalf of the firm. They have some excellent Wolf Blass wines that I had the pleasure of tasting – though not as much as I would have liked since I was working and had to limit myself.
The story in the Beer Category is quite different. The new Molson M beer was the runaway winner. It might have had something to do with the spirit of their very enthusiastic team. I must say, I also thought it was one of the better displays at the show. Awesome job guys!
Unlike many other food and drink shows, food plays a huge role at the Food & Drink Fest. The local restaurants fight for the hearts and taste buds of the attendees. And what a fight it was. A number of restaurants had excellent results in the Best Food Category. A standout, but not the winner was Acclamation - they lost by the thinnest of margins - and had quite the buzz going. The winner of the Best Food Award was My Thai, a previous winner from two years ago in 2009. Once again, they did an amazing job with presentation - the carved fruit and vegetables on display - and their tasty and generous portions.
Last, but certainly not least, was the Best Overall Experience - which went to the exhibitor that offered the best experience. And this year, it was truly an experience. First time exhibitors, Motts Clamato won by a very wide margin. It seems that the Caesar School was a total hit. They were completely packed all through the show, so much so that even though some of the Mott’s team wanted to join us on stage they couldn’t because of how busy they were. It was left to their fearless leader to represent them.
I hope that the folks at Beau Monde Productions continue to provide us with the opportunity to sponsor the awards - and most importantly - to be a part of this excellent event. I’m looking forward to seeing both the exhibitors and many of the repeat attendees at next year’s show.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the wonderful folks that helped us at the show. We would not have been able to do it without you.