George Bernard Shaw said that "there is no love sincerer than the love of food". We think that is especially the case for the locally grown, locally made food. This was the second year we sponsored the best of local foods, as showcased at the Food and Drink Fest... the Festival with Taste!
The fifth annual Food and Drink Fest is put together by our friends at Beau Monde Productions, and the interest was so high that this year that the show had to be held at the Hamilton's Copps Colosseum. Taking place this past weekend (April 9-11), the show featured more than 140 exhibitors, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and just a great atmosphere. Over the three days, hundreds voted for the wikiDOMO awards, and on Sunday, we announced the winners.
The great story that captured the hearts was that of a young entrepreneur, Marzena B, who was participating for the first time at an event of this nature. Young Marzena launched her dream of running a restaurant by taking over Cafe Palazzo (612 Upper James St., Hamilton), an old Italian eatery, about two years ago. She runs it with her mother, sister and a close-knit crew like a typical family restaurant. Since the time she has taken over Cafe Palazzo, the place has won over the palates of many who come here for real ‘home-made-style’ Italian food.
It came as no big surprise when Cafe Palazzo was voted the Best Food Experience Award – many could not get enough of the scrumptious lasagna and gnocchi.
The wikiDOMO Award for Best Overall experience went to Dyment's Farm Market & Bakery. The charming ladies that ran the booth had people eating out of their hands, and not just butter tarts and wickedly delicious pies.
Other winners also included Better Bitters Brewing Company (Nickelbrook), a local microbrewery that won the Best Beer Experience, and The Kirkwood Group (Yellow Tail), which won the Best Wine Experience.
Congratulations again to all the winners! What a great weekend!
By: Dragan Stojanovic