The festival with taste took over Hamilton’s Careport centre once again, this weekend. From April 12th to 14th, the centre was full of food, drink, and smiling faces for the city’s eighth annual Food and Drink Festival.

Shannon Tew, Sales and Marketing Manager for Beau Monde Productions, a consumer trade show production company, has been part of the Food and Drink Festival since it’s beginning.

“We started at the Hamilton Convention Centre, we loved it there it was a great beginning, […] unfortunately we outgrew that space […] then we moved to Copps Coliseum, we were at Copps Coliseum for two years, outgrew that and here we are at the Careport,” said Tew.

The festival started out with about 40 vendors but has grown to between 130 and 150 vendors. The most popular restaurants from Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara regions set up shop for a weekend to share their craft beers, select wines and cuisine with Hamilton.


“This became our baby and we watched it grow up and here we are eight years later,” said Tew, an avid foodie.

Erin Dunham, co-owner restaurants, Rapscallion on John St in Hamilton, and The Alex on Brant St in Burlington, has been a part of the festival for two years now. Dunham says the festival is great because everyone who comes knows their food and wines and it’s like dining out with a crowd of other restaurateurs.

“Love it, love it, love it. I find I prefer this one to the Toronto Festival or the Niagara Festival because the people that come are more foodies and enjoy stuff a lot more,” Dunham.

Samples at each exhibit are purchased for sample tickets, most ranging between one and seven tickets. The sample tickets are sold as packs of 12 for ten dollars, or 25 for 20 dollars. And, of course, don’t forget to pick up a tasting glass at the front of the line.

“We are so lucky, as Hamiltonians, to have such a culturally diverse culinary scene, so we have a lot to choose from,” said Tew.

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