Two weekends ago, I had the privilege of attending Blissdom Canada. This was my second year in attendance and I must say it is just getting better every year. The speakers were phenomenal and motivating, the information sessions and hands-on workshops gave me valuable information, and the overall camaraderie and atmosphere was warm and welcoming.
But people, I will share a secret with you: an army marches on it’s stomach and a conference runs on it’s coffee breaks and meal times. Neither one disappointed this year. So, while there are plenty of talented attendees out there who have written so many phenomenal posts about the speakers and entertainment, I thought I would share something that everybody can related to: the food. So, without further ado, I present: Blissdom Canada 2013: The Food (OK, mostly the food – Hallmark set up for Christmas on the last day and that simply cannot be ignored)
This TempurPedic teddy bear from Sleep Country Canada was there to greet me when I arrived at the Delta Meadowvale for the weekend Note to self: this hotel is AWESOME. Beautiful amenities, NOT in downtown Toronto, comfy beds – loved this place.
These tasty little treats were available at the opening reception, courtesy of Splash Media Engagement. I don’t know what exactly was in it. The room was too dark to have read a sign anyways, but it was tasty.
At the sponsor Meet and Treat, there was poutine. This is all I needed to know.
Evenflo had these cute little baby rattle cake pops. But that wasn’t all.
They had these absolutely adorable baby block cake pops. And when the wonderful ladies there heard that I had the 4Es, they sent one home for each of them to enjoy. The kids are ready to send mom away every weekend.
And if that wasn’t enough – the wonton pouches would have surely gotten my attention.
Accounting and bookkeeping are a fact of life in any business. Freshbooks helped sweeten the whole thing up with these maple bites.
How does a skin care company like Philosophy get a food blogger’s attention? By pairing their delicious bath and body line with cookies, cinnamon buns, vanilla bean cupcakes and raspberry mousse, that’s how.
And because a woman cannot live on caffeine alone, Collective Bias presented this gorgeous cheese and cracker spread. I highly recommend the cheese toasts.
Tim Horton’s was a HUGE sponsor this year – providing us with all the coffee and Tidbits we could consume. That’s a lot of coffee for 400 bloggers.
There was a make your own donut station. I offered to take any leftover maple fondant home. Perhaps I missed my message to come pick it up…
These are the kind of options we were presented with for decorating our creations. Like a kid in a candy store, I was.
This was my contribution to the Timspiration Wall of Fame. Not quite as pretty as some of the others, but chocolate and maple together? Delish peeps.
If you were looking for Shash that weekend (or any other time, for that matter), the Tim Horton’s room was your best bet.
Cottonelle kept us coming back by continually offering new, calorie conscious (ahem) treats. Macaron anyone?
Maple Leaf Foods was there to add to my ever growing bacon clothing line. Truer words were never spoken, er, written.
Chef Bob came from Maple Leaf Foods on Friday night to make us diet food – bacon and cheese wrapped hot dogs, honey sesame turkey wings, Buffalo turkey meat balls.
And while Shash was doin’ some of this on Friday night,
Shash’s husband was doin’ this. Taking a well deserved break and snacking on some lemon sorbet, courtesy of Sunlight.
Who says a buffet breakfast can’t be phenomenal?
Hallmark switched things up on Saturday. CHRISTMAS! Vanilla bean shortbread and ginger cookies, along with hot chocolate.
They have some awesome things for foodies this year at Hallmark. Like this recipe keeper, perfect for holding all those recipes for dishes that only come out once a year.
This is one of the cooking ornaments this year. Absolutely adorable. Reminds me of the kids and I in the kitchen, except a whole lot cleaner.
And red coffee mugs that don’t necessarily scream Christmas – let’s put that on the wish list.
This will certainly help make sure Santa finds my house to fulfill that wish list.
I have every single one of these. This one will soon be added to my collection.
Canadian Lentils provided lunch. Salmon on a bed of lentils, curried lentils, a fresh salad, and lentil soup, not to mention lentil loaf and chocolate spread for dessert. And if we hadn’t experienced enough lentil variety, our own bag of lentil soup to take home!
Evenflo brought out cookies for break – lest we fade away from lack of nutrient intake.
On Saturday night, I finally bought my first meal. Turkey Panini with fries from Quest, the restaurant at the Delta Meadowvale. I pretty much rolled into the evening’s closing pajama party.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Maple Leaf Foods for sending me to Blissdom Canada this year. Their continued support of this blog is immensely appreciated.