The 2011 Wellness Show Recap

Well, somehow I dropped off the face of the blog for what, over a week? Sorry about that! The end of Reading Break was jam packed with activities, then once I was back at school it was go, go, go all week with assignments and midterms. And to be honest – I just didn’t have the writing mojo going on to write up a whole post for you. But now I have the time, and the desire to write, so let’s get on with things, shall we?

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I was again lucky enough to be invited back to The Wellness Show as a member of the media (which I still think is cool, being considered part of the media). This time though, I made sure to bring my camera and do my best to document my experience as I wandered around the show. Being a food blogger, I was naturally more drawn to the food product booths, so most of what you will see here is focused on that. I’ll leave the new-age healing and whatnot to someone else to recap 🙂

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It was an absolutely gorgeous day on Friday to head downtown to the new Vancouver Convention Centre. I had to stop and take some photos looking out towards the North Shore.

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Sadly, I had to head indoors in order to enjoy the show.

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The layout was pretty standard – rows of booths for the exhibitors, with various demo stages and seminar areas around the perimeter.

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I first decide to wander up and down the rows, just to scope out what looked the most interesting. And by interesting, I mean tasty. Gotta pace yourself for all the foods to be sampled!

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Once I completed that, it was time to interact with the exhibitors and try out some delicious eats! Side note – you don’t know how many exhibitors said “Hi Media” like it was my first name when I came up to their booth. And yet, only one asked me what media I was involved in. Seemed odd.

 

But I digress – lets take a look at the food 🙂

 

Humm! Hummus. Total yummus. That was so lame.

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A raw food chef’s booth. I wish I still had her card, but I lost it. Oops!

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Anderssen’s Life Flax Rolls. I actually didn’t try the Ginger Coconut Yam roll picture, but it was the only one left when I got the chance to take the photo. I think I had the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus? Whichever it was, it was delicious!

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Denman Island Chocolate. Mmmm, mmm good. Local company, making delicious, organic (and soon to be fair trade) dark chocolate bars in flavours such as Toasted Hazelnut, Zesty Orange, and Espresso Chunk (to name a few).

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Crudessence Kombucha. I love that we have a Canadian kombucha product out there, and love even more that it tastes delicious. 

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SaviSeed. A tasty little seed that eats like a nut, available in Oh Natural, Karemlized, and Cocoa Kissed.

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My favourites were the Oh Natural and the Karmelized. Although the chocolate was good, I found it overpowered the flavour of the nut…I mean seed.

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Luna Bar. I don’t think I’d ever had one before the show, which is crazy, because they’ve been around for awhile. They are alright, but not really my thing.

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And then there was the Choices Market pavilion. One stop here will cure all of your hunger. I tried pretty much everything they had to offer. Sadly, I only documented a few of the samples.

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Vitala dairy products. Very yummy, but I was sad they didn’t have a plain yogurt, as I don’t really ever buy flavoured yogurts.

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I tasted a selection of oils.

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And enjoyed some vegan tomato soup. The secret ingredient – coconut milk!

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Eventually I was stuffed, so I sat down at one of the booths doing skin care product demos, and had some magic worked on my hands.

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Can you actually see the difference between my hands?

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The one on the left (sans hair elastic) was the one being treated, while the one on the right had nothing. It did make it very smooth, and sloughed off some dead skin. Sadly, I also found it kind of burned my skin later on. Definitely not worth the $200+ price tag for their kit as far as I’m concerned. 

 

With a full belly and tingling hand, I decided it was time to hit the road. I did stop and take some photos of the giant glowing earth that rotates in the convention centre lobby.

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It looks really spectacular all lit up at night.

 

Back at home, I took stock of the loot I collected. There was of course the swag bag and free samples gathered at the show.

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And I may have made a few select purchases while I was there.

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Like kombucha…

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…and chocolate…

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…and even a little freeze dried fruit.

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I’m just proud I didn’t go overboard on the purchasing. I’m working with a student budget, remember.

 

All in all, I was impressed with the Wellness Show. I wished I’d had some more time to hang around and catch some of the cooking demos on Saturday, but sometimes things just aren’t meant to be. I can always look forward to next year.

 

If you were at the show, I’d love to hear what you thought of it!

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4 Comments on “The 2011 Wellness Show Recap”

  1. February 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    How cool that you got to go again . . . and as a member of the media! Look at you and your credentials! 😛

  2. February 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    What a fun event! I wish a wellness show would come to North Carolina!

  3. March 8, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    That’s a way bigger haul than I scored last year! I was working this time around so I missed it. After winning tickets via YOU last year I was planning to actually BUY tickets and go this year!

  4. March 8, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    PS Did you ask (or do you know) where that Kombucha is sold locally? I checked their website and it only lists Montreal vendors.

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