…you will know how enthused I am about the Food Tradeshow SIAL, that took place in Montreal this year on April 2, 3 and 4. As in the previous two shows, this time too, I discovered some wonderful new items, along with the old traditional staples like olive oil, maple syrup, small scale productions of liquors and wines, coffee, chocolate, breads, desserts, amongst others. These latter are the reason I started visiting SIAL, as I am always on a quest for better and better olive oil, coffee, chocolate and breads.
One of my favorite things about a show of this caliber is the extremely high quality of the products seen there. A small example is the pecan nuts I tasted at the section of foods from the United States. I have never seen or tasted pecans of this color, size, freshness, and taste (picture below)…incredible at all levels. Now I’m spoiled 🙂
I shared the pecan samples with a friend who travels to the US often and he too found them of extremely high quality. This is nothing to do with SIAL, but as someone who travels frequently by road to Florida he said they must come from Georgia (I have yet to investigate that) and told me that all along the highway, signs of pecan groves and pecan products for sale are ever-present. One of his favorites is the ‘pecan roll’, which is not a baked good like a cinnamon roll but a nougat/fudge like item, covered with crushed pecan nuts. He’s promised to bring me some to taste the next time. In the meantime I checked online and found info at this link:
There’s lots more to come from my experiences at SIAL… stay tuned! 🙂
SIAL (salon international de l’alimentation) the International Food & Beverage Tradeshow, is an annual show, alternately held in Montreal and Toronto. When the show is here, in Montreal, I dust off my ITWPA (International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance) badge and go. Here’s a video from a past show that captures the ambience of the place!
It is so much fun to mingle with food professionals at all levels; introduce myself as a freelance ‘food and wine-focused’ travel writer and make such wonderful discoveries. I saw and tasted two fruits today, one from Panama, and the other from the Dominican Republic that I hadn’t even heard of before. It is very moving, to meet people who come to such trade shows with awesome products, full of hope to find distributors for their products. One young woman I met, from Panama, was selling a hot sauce based on her grandmother’s recipe. That was so cool!
Another product that caught my attention was a sausage from the Lac St. Jean area of Quebec, which had blueberries added to it! That just blew me away. It was absolutely delicious, with a very distinct flavor of blueberries in the meat! This company will soon start supplying stores in Montreal. They promised to let me know when and where, and as soon as I hear from them I’ll report the information here.
SIAL is co-located with SET Canada, the National Food Equipment and Technology Tradeshow — the two cater to the North American food-industry professionals. SIAL Canada and SET Canada are an integral part of the SIAL Group—the world’s leading network of food-industry shows— which has a presence on 4 continents (Paris, Montreal/Toronto, Shanghai, São Paulo and Abu Dhabi) counting 7,500 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors from 200 countries.
SIAL lasts three days…today was Day 1. So, expect to find very interesting food posts here in the next few days 🙂