BC Foodservice Expo heats up Vancouver in January

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Winter's chill is no match for the hot new
food products and services making their debut at the 2008 BC Foodservice Expo,
Jan. 27 and 28 at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium. This trade-only event is
Western Canada's largest hospitality show, featuring 400 exhibit booths and
welcoming 5,300 industry professionals each year.
    This year's earlier dates - new for 2008 - will help foodservice
operators get a head start in planning new menus for the busy spring and
summer seasons. What hasn't changed is the show's focus on creating an
exciting space for buyers and suppliers to meet and do business.
    "Buyers are eager to get a taste of the latest food trends and see new
equipment and technology in action, and our show brings it all together under
one roof," says show manager Samantha Scholefield. "Whether you're a seasoned
professional or someone new to the industry, you're sure to find information
and inspiration from our exhibitors, which include innovative B.C. businesses
alongside top national suppliers."

    The best of British Columbia

    As BC prepares to welcome the world, there's no better time to start
building a BC-based menu. Local artisanal wineries, breweries, growers and
producers will be on hand to share their products and dish out new menu ideas.

    Restaurants go green

    "The Sustainable Restaurant," created in collaboration with Green Table
Network, is a new walk-through feature showcasing the latest and greenest in
kitchen equipment design - including an energy-efficient setup that can save
25% on energy bills. Learn about easy and affordable ways to reduce water use,
divert organic waste, conserve electricity, reduce cooking/processing time and
create a smaller working kitchen space.

    The competition heats up

    Back by popular demand, two live culinary competitions are returning to
the show. Presented by the BC Chef's Association, the Hot Competition pits
aspiring chefs against their peers in a contest of hot food preparation and
service skills. CRFA's Iron Chef Competition is a head-to-head battle between
professionals who must create original menu items from a box of mystery
ingredients - in 30 minutes or less! The winner of the Iron Chef Competition
will be crowned BC's Culinarian of the Year and will go on to compete in a
regional challenge in February 2008.

    Ask the experts

    In addition to the exhibits and show features, four free
industry-specific workshops will be served up on each day of the show. Stay
tuned for more details!

    Register today

    Online registration is only $10.00 prior to Jan. 25, 2008. On-site
registration during the show will be $25.00. Please note that admission is
restricted to industry personnel aged 19 or older.

    Show dates and times:

    Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, Jan. 28, 2008: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


    BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver

    The BC Foodservice Expo is a trade-only event owned and operated by the
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association and sponsored by VISA. For
more information about the 2008 edition of the BC Foodservice Expo, visit the
show's website at www.crfa.ca/bcexpo.


    CRFA maintains a strict system for media accreditation at the Alberta
Foodservice Show and all its trade shows. You must register in advance using
the online media registration form at www.crfa.ca/tradeshows/bcfse/media.asp.

For further information:

For further information: Samantha Scholefield, BC Foodservice Expo Show
Manager, 1-866-300-7675; Jeni Armstrong, Communications Specialist,
1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254

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