Monday, April 2, 2012

Green Living Show

The Green Living Show (Facebook: Green Living, Twitter: @GreenLivingPage), Canada's largest green consumer show, will be coming to the Direct Energy Centre for three days starting on Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15th. It will feature thousands of amazing eco products and services as well as a diverse selection of demonstrations, live presentations and activities.

From over 400 exhibits at the Green Living Show, the two attractions that really caught my eye are the Farmers Market and Farm Fresh Fare.

Farmers Market
Everyone loves their local Farmers' Market, yes? This year for the first time ever, the Green Living Show introduces a collection of Toronto Farmers’ Market managers and vendors coming together in one place to create a unique Farmers Market for the Green Living Show. Meet and purchase from local farmers, producers and artisans, and also learn how farmers' markets in your community are making local and sustainably grow food more accessible. 

Farm Fresh Fare
Sample more than 20 incredible gourmet dishes at Farm Fresh Fare, now in its fourth year, where local, talented restaurant chefs prepare dishes containing fresh, Ontario-grown ingredients. Part of the proceeds from Farm Fresh Fare ticket sales go to Evergreen's Children's Food program and Slow Food Toronto's Learning Garden Programs. Tickets are $2 each, dishes cost either 1 or 2 tickets.

Some of the new generation of young chefs participating in Farm Fresh Fare include:
- Chef Alexandra Feswick (@alexandfeswick) from Brockton General (@BROCKTONGENERAL)
- Chef Graham Pratt (@Grahamplatt) from The Gabardine (@TheGabardine)
- Chef Aaron Joseph Bear Robe from Keriwa Cafe (@KeriwaCafe)
- Chef Fabio Bondi from Local Kitchen and Wine Bar / Bar Salumi (@LocalKitchen)

Other vendors include:
- Chefs Luis Valenzuela (@chef_valenzuela) and Alan Vanti of Torito representing their own venture, Texturas 
- Splendido representing The County General (@CountyGeneral)
- Hey Meatball, with another location opening in Roncesvalles this summer
- New this year is Delight Ice-cream and Chocolate Shop in Parkdale (organic / artisanal)
- YU Ranch / Le Select Bistro serving Texas longhorn wild beef 
- Kernal Peanuts teams up with 100km Foods and Brockton General to produce peanut butter and toasted peanut and quinoa salad.
- Only out of town restaurant: Owen Sound’s Rocky Raccoon Cafe
- K2 Milling, the new flour miller on the scene is an old mill in Tottenham (organic / artisanal) 
- LPK’s Culinary Groove's vegan sweet potato donuts (vegan / gluten free) as well as a lot of other vegan show vendors
Merchants of Green Coffee will roast coffee at the show.

Attendees to the Green Living Show receive FREE ENTRY when you bring electronic waste for recycling courtesy of Samsung Electronics Canada. In 2011, show visitors brought in over 40,000 lbs of e-waste! See list of accepted electronic waste here.

Ticket Prices
Adults: $15
Seniors (65+): $11
Students (with valid photo ID): $11
Chidren 12 and under: Free, must be accompanied by adult
Group Rate (15+ persons): $10 / person
School Group Rate (10+ students / teachers): $6 / person

Show Hours
Friday, April 13 – 10 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, April 14 - 10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, April 15 – 10 AM – 6 PM

I'll be giving away FIVE pairs of Green Living Show tickets next week!!! Stay tuned for details =D