The Fraser Valley Food and Gluten-Free Living Show returns to Tradex in Abbotsford from April 1 to 3.
The show focuses on hard-to-find gluten-free products sampled and sold by more than 125 merchants, as well as cooking demonstrations; cheese-tasting seminars; a local restaurant showcase; wine, beer and spirits tasting; and more.
In conjunction with the event, the fourth Canadian Sausage Making Competition is held on Saturday, April 2 and includes 115 entries in 19 categories, from 16 competitors across Canada.
Featured guests on the Celebrity Cooking Stage include Bob Blumer of the Food Network’s Surreal Gourmet and Hidekazu Tojo, chef/owner of Tojo’s Japanese Restaurant.
New this year is the Edible Garden created by 99 Nursery and Florist, featuring an array of edible options including ready-to-eat salad bowls, herbs, vegetable seedlings and more.
Experts will be on hand to help with ideas for small-container gardening or a large-format vegetable and fruit garden. In the Edible Garden School, experts will conduct presentations on urban gardening techniques, beekeeping information and more.
Also at the show, the Grapes and Hops Stage features wine and beer tasting and food-pairing seminars by local wine aficionado Kathleen Rake.
Beer expert Rick Mohabir presents a series of seminars on everything to do with tasting, evaluating and pairing food with beer and wine.
Mixologists Lauren Mote and Jonathan Chovancek will also present the art of exotic cocktail creation on Sunday afternoon.
Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit fraservalleyfoodshow.com for more details.