Every year, the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (RANL) puts off an amazing event that highlights local restaurants, food and beverage distributors, and businesspeople. It’s called the Savour Food and Wine Show, and this year, I was lucky enough to attend.
For those who don’t know what to expect at this type of event (because I didn’t), there are booths with local food and beverage samples that you get to try. You can mingle, chat with patrons and vendors, try some delicious snacks and drinks, and then vote on your favourites. There are also lifestyle booths and musical performances to take in.
I loved the Savour Food and Wine Show for the excellent selection of vendors (over 50!!), the friendly and helpful volunteers, and the logistics of the event– there were no lineups, traffic jams, or major hiccups (that I could observe as a guest). The venue was perfect: the Delta Hotel and Conference Centre is well-known and centrally located. After the show, my friend and I even stopped in the newly-renovated lobby bar for a final drink to end the night, which was lovely. If you attend the 2020 Savour Food and Wine Show, I highly recommend booking a room and making a night of it!
Let’s talk about favourites:
I stopped by several food tables. Restaurants at the event included local hotspots such as Adelaide Oyster House, Sushi Nami Royale, Ches’s Fish and Chips, Chinched, Gypsy Tea Room, Coffee Matters, and Piatto Pizzeria. There were also newer or less well-known restaurants like Moxie’s, Green Door, Quesada, and PJ Billington’s. My most memorable bites were the chicken and mushroom rigatoni from Moxie’s, the hand rolls from Sushi Nami Royale, and the miso and sweet potato cheesecake from Green Door. Click on the pictures below for a closer look.
I made sure I stopped by each and every beverage table (haha). There was such a wide variety of alcohol available. There was, of course, many types of wine, but there was also Palm Bay, Disaronno Amaretto, spiced rum, beer, cider, whisky, Newfie Screech, and vodka. My favourite wines, although not pictured, were the Yellowtail Pinot Grigio (which has been a go-to for me for quite some time) and the Auk Island Winery Vinland Red. Other standout beverages were the Maker’s Mark Whisky cocktails, Palm Bay’s new mimosas and rosés, Landwash Brewery’s ‘Smiling Land’ brew, and Rock Spirits’ sangria selection.
I also want to give a shoutout to NL Fruit Bouquets for their scrumptious banana split bites. I could have eaten that whole platter!!
Overall, RANL’s Savour Food and Wine Show was such a fun event. It opened my eyes to new restaurants and liquor to try and old favourites that I plan on revisiting soon. I am already planning Savour Food and Wine Show 2020 with my mom because I know she’ll love it and I am already itching to go again. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about the event or I am sure RANL will be happy to answer your questions as well. Let us know if you plan on attending next year! Did you go this year? What were your faves? Leave us a comment below or on social media, @twowildtides.