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The Food Shows a chance for new inspiration for your cooking

Dorothy - 03/04/09

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Put in your diary the dates of the Food Show nearest to where you live.

The Food Show Christchurch 2009: 3-5 April, Westpac Arena
The Food Show Wellington 2009: 8 10 May, Westpac Stadium
The Food Show Auckland 2009: 30 July 2 August, ASB Showgrounds

Why is a visit to the 209 Food show a MUST?

Practical advice for healthy home cooking is a special magnet for New Zealanders at a time when with the economic downturn more and more people are choosing home-cooked food to reduce the amount they spend on restaurant meals. This decision means that there is increased time pressure for those who do the cooking and 'fast food' has a new connotation.

The Food Show programmes and exhibits will cater for varied tastes and diets and feature local and international foods.

Canaan Cheeses
These Auckland producers of cheese have won many awards for their hand-crafted kosher products. The range includes flavours such as basil, garlic and dill, and pesto.

Canaan Cheese is a family-run dairy company producing superb soft white Mediterranean cheeses from pure cow's milk, all handmade to the highest standard and quality. The entire range is lovingly made from authentic recipes in a natural process and is vegetarian and kosher.

New Zealand made Mediterranean cheeses from Canaan Cheeses
New Zealand made Mediterranean cheeses from Canaan Cheeses
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This label has achieved wide recognition since its Roasted Cherry Chutney was named in the Top Ten in the Cuisine Magazine 2009 Artisan Awards. Visitors will be able to sample their smoky, sweet chutney.

A delighted customer buys products from Provisions at last year's Food Show.
A delighted customer buys products from Provisions at last year's Food Show.
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Donna Hay at all three shows
For the first time an international chef is attending all three Food Shows this year and that chef is Donna Hay who will be leading a wonderful team of celebrity chefs in the Electrolux Cooking Theatre.

'No Time to Cook' the title of the demonstration and of Donna's book
Donna's demonstration is titled 'No Time to Cook' a title which emphasizes the importance she places on saving time in the kitchen, yet producing taste-tempting food. She will be teaching the audience tips and tricks on how to make fuss-free food, while tantalising the taste buds with the fresh flavours she is famous for. Her new book, 'No Time To Cook', is demonstrates Donna's simple, style driven approach. Donna will be available for book signings after each of her demonstrations at all of The Food Shows.

You won't have to miss Donna's advice, because if you can't be there in person you will be able to buy the new book by this prolific author. She has written 17 cookbooks and sold more than 3.3 million copies.

Donna Hay
Donna Hay
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The team of celebrity chefs giving demonstrations in Christchurch includes Annabelle White, Ray McVinnie, Lauraine Jacobs, Johnny Schwass, Julie Le Clerc, and Alison Holst.

An ideal venue
The Electrolux Cooking Theatre allows audiences to see, smell and experience top class cooking live.

Ray McVinnie doing a cooking demonstration in the Electrolux Cooking Theatre
Ray McVinnie doing a cooking demonstration in the Electrolux Cooking Theatre
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A palatial prize
Electrolux offers a palatial prize The Electrolux Ultimate Food Hamper - which includes a spacious, stylish Electrolux stainless steel fridge, filled with delicious goodies from The Food Show exhibitors. All you have to do is visit the Electrolux stand at The Food Show and fill in a form!

Campaign to reduce plastic bags
You may have noticed that in the photo of the customer buying products at Provisions she is carrying Food Show plastic bags. There will be no such photos this year as visitors to the 2009 Food Show will no longer receive plastic bags. This should save at least 50,000 plastic bags. This decision is in keeping with global trends in the exhibition industry as shows in Australia, Europe and the USA have eliminated plastic show bags.

Dona White from the organisers, North Port Events, comments: "Plastic bags are an environmental concern. They take hundreds of years to decompose, they create litter and threaten wildlife, especially marine life. We wanted to help tackle the problem as opposed to being part of it."

Instead of being given plastic bags visitors to each of The Food Shows will have the choice of buying a stylish, reusable tote bag for three dollars. The tote is easier to carry than a plastic bag and includes compartments to enable visitors to carry their samples and purchases without squashing the contents.

Reusable tote bag for sale at the Food Show
Reusable tote bag for sale at the Food Show
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The distinctive bag will be a great starter for conversation about the Food Show when you see others using them after the Show.


Christchurch Food Show an unqualified success
The Food Show Christchurch proved to be a scintillating success with record numbers of satisfied samplers passing through its doors. Visitor numbers were up an impressive 1,585 on the previous years total, with 11,396 attending the Show in total across its three days.

The tote bags proved very popular which reduced the number of plastic bags used.

Don't forget - The Food Show Wellington kicks off 8-10 May, followed up by The Food Show Auckland from 30 July - 2 August.

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