With a wealth of experience; 25 years in the trade show business, co-founder of the highly successful Seasons Christmas show, Tracy McKnight and her husband, Dave Brown, were thrilled to offer this high caliber event to Barrie residents.
Moving to Barrie three years ago, making our neighbourhood their home meant investing in the community and offering Barrie residents the same style show as our neighbours to the south are privy to. Tracy McKnight believes that Simcoe County can be a place that showcases the tastes of Ontario, and the Savour the Flavours show is her way to introduce the community to her talents in the trade show arena. By sourcing and supporting locally; from location to designers, decorators and printers, the investment stays in our community also.
Being community minded is not only a catch phrase; Tracy McKnight is committed to all community members and wants to give back. By encouraging guests attending the event to bring nonperishable food items, a substantial donation was made to the local Food Bank.
Tangle Creek was a great venue for the event; I greatly appreciated free parking!
Walking onsite I was pleased to be greeted by food trucks. Barrie take note; food trucks are a fab addition to the local restaurant scene. Both Smokinstein and S.W.A.T. were braving the cold and offering up breakfast and lunch items, so to be fair, darling daughter and I ordered something from each truck. Beef sandwich for her, a Philly cheese steak for me, warm and filling for us both!
I was pleased to see that the Tangle Creek staff were accommodating to those who brought their food truck meals inside to the warm and welcoming bar areas, so a well-deserved shout out to management for supporting, nay encouraging this.
Booths to the left of me, booths to the right, I stepped in prepared to sip, sample, photo and tweet. I was thrilled to see some of my local favorites, hello Cravings; they who surprisingly made me a quinoa convert, and greetings “Me.n.u” absolutely wonderful to meet you, thanks for introducing me to your amazing Asian Fusion street food. Can’t. Stop. Thinking. About. It.
Sophie’s Sweets Café and Cake Shop, I need another slice of the PB & J bar.
Sweets and savories, tea, coffee, wine and beer, BBQ’s and cookware, if you could eat it, cook with it or pour it in a glass, it was there!
Savour the Flavours welcomed two well-known names from The Food Network; Celebrity Chef Anna Olson was providing both food demonstrations and the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of her newest cook book. While host of License to Grill; Rob Rainford, treated the audience to a show of his substantial grilling talents. Crowd pleasers both!
I tasted, I savoured flavours and I wore out the iPhone battery with my tweets, it was then time to head home to digest.
Kudos to Tracey McKnight and Dave Brown for bringing their fabulous vision of a food show to Barrie, I can’t wait to see what they offer us next!
Matrix North Events Inc.
Producers of the Seasons Christmas Show and The Fashion Show & Sale
PO Box 20059 Bayfield North Barrie, ON L4M 6E9
T: 705.719.9473 F: 705.719.0075
Tracy McKnight firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Brown email@example.com
Written by: Penelope Morrow
Penelope Morrow is a writer, editor and food aficionado from Barrie, follow her
Photos by Celeste Morrow-Bailie – CMB Photography