2011 Ottawa Wine & Food Festival

November 9 – 10, 2011
25th Anniversary
Ottawa Convention Centre

Yes, my culinary and wine aficionados, the 2011 Ottawa Wine & Food Festival is coming back in November. The website does not include much information… but we gathered some information from the exibitor package:


25 YEARS IN THE MAKING! The Ottawa Wine & Food Show will this year move to the spectacular new Ottawa Convention Centre. This exciting new facility replaces the Ottawa Congress Centre which was home to the Show for twenty-two years. Now with twice the space, this state of-the-art building in the heart of downtown is the perfect venue for the rebirth of the Show as the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival. This 5-day celebration will take the wine and food experience that Ottawa has come to love over the past 25 years to a whole new level. And it will provide exhibitors and sponsors with an expanded format and enriched programming in a spectacular new venue that will comfortably accommodate larger Ottawa audiences that have clearly demonstrated they’re ready for more.

• The Festival will kick off on a Wednesday and continue through Sunday, with a greatly expanded line up of tasting events and learning opportunities.
• The 3-Day Consumer & Trade Show will remain the cornerstone of the new Festival.
• New Programming will include an expanded Tutored Tastings series, People’s Choice Award , Local Farm tours, Guest Sommeliers and Chefs, and more.

Don’t forget to subcribe for updates.

Gourmet map to the Ottawa Food & Wine Festival

Love and Food…

Max Market – Rochester NY

Max Market - Rochester NY

Max Market – Rochester NY
2949 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 8am – 6pm


This is one of the most impressive gourmet shops I’ve ever put foot in. They don’t only have an extensive selection of oh so yummy sauces, dips, marinades… but also carry artisan breads, cheeses, deli, coffee, prepared foods, deserts (see picture below)… and to top it all off; the staff is just out of this world. We we’re not even 2 feet in the door when we were greeted by one of the associates with a big smile and “hello how are you today?”


After going around each and every isle a few times my basket was full of goodies! I got some mustard, great Stonewall Kitchen marinades, jellies, spice rubs & wine crackers (yep, the box says to serve with red wine… how could I resist!). I left Max Market with a bag full and a spring in my step as went back to the car.

Don’t worry my fellow food lovers, as I taste test all of these gourmet treasures I will post my thoughts (with some pictures of course).

I’m so happy we took the what seemed to be very long drive from the hotel down to Monroe Avenue.

About Max Market:

Where Foodies Shop… Whether you’re an expert chef or simply love good food, Max Market has brought the world to Rochester’s doorstep. We’ve searched the best tasting, highest quality food from New York State and around the globe, offering only the finest provisions in our store. Stop by and share our passion for preparing, eating and talking about food. Let us bring the world to your table.

Located in Mann’s Plaza on Monroe Avenue, Max Market is a neighborhood market specializing in sustainably grown and raised products. We are committed to supporting local and responsible businesses.

excerpt from their website


Peace and Market…

The Barely Blue

So, I’ve never been a fan of Blue Cheese… until I discovered: Barely Blue!

This most amazing cheese is made by the folks at Glengarry Fine Cheese in Lancaster, Ontario.

This cheese is a delicately veined surface ripened blue cheese which melts in your mouth. The rind is mottled grey in colour, and the paste is supple and smooth a cheese that is lovely to eat on its own or to accompany with fruit or nuts on a cheese plate. Available in 1.5 kg wheels or wedges, packed in French paper or foil. Aged 2 month.

Gourmet Map

Planing a Gourmet Road Trip? Make sure to add this place on your map.

Glengarry Fine Cheese is located in Eastern Ontario on Cty Rd. 34, just north of the village of Lancaster, and just minutes from Hwy 401.

Hours of operation are:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Peace and Cheese Fondue