Saturday, August 8, 2015
BC's First Avocado Champ
Showdown unites food lovers
By Amy Chen, Town Hall Brands
Avocados from Mexico hosted the first Avo Showdown in Vancouver. Photo by Mashed Thoughts.
n July 21st, local passionate food lovers and bloggers gathered at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) for the inaugural Avo Showdown event in Vancouver. Hosted by Avocados from Mexico, the Avo Showdown saw 19 teams to showcase their creativity and culinary talents by creating an avocado dish for competition. The dishes were blind-tasted by five prominent food and lifestyle experts as judges.
While there was (surprisingly) no guacamole involved in this year's competition, all competitors outweighed creativity scale with one-of-a-kind avocado dishes. From savoury to sweet, there was an avocado flavour for every palate, including the Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake from Radiant Rachels, Mediterranean Avocado Dip from Kitchen Uncorked, Vegan Black Bean Burrito Rolls from Live Well, Live Green, Savoury Avocado Cream Bites from One Wet Foot, Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Zesty Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing from More Than Your Average Mom, and many more.
Winners of the Avo Showdown L to R: Alyssa Dawson, Emily Caulfield, Vicki Siu, Teresa To. Photo by Sean Neild, Flavor Town Adventures.
After a very intense and close competition, Emily Caulfield, blogger of
The Fat Pigs and front of house manager at The Portly Chef, won the
ultimate avocado championship with a Sweet & Spicy Mole, Jalapeño
Biscuit and Avocado Ice Cream dish. As a food blogger and recent
culinary school graduate, the recipe incorporates multiple cooking
methods and is a fun twist for those who are indecisive between sweet or
Justin Darnes prepares the Alligator Fizz. Photo by Sean Neild, Flavor Town Adventures.
Cocktail master Justin Darnes of Drinks Undressed jumped behind the bar to showcase the diversity and fun of avocados beyond cooking and baking. Darnes created a delicious and refreshing New Orleans inspired cocktail called the Alligator Fizz.
To make this one-of-a-kind event complete, attendees were also given hands-on time in the kitchen. Executive culinary chef Darren Clay from PICA tested everyone's culinary talents by teaching them the Avocado & Side Stripe Shrimp Spring Roll with Lemongrass Dipping Sauce.
"Vancouver has a very vibrant and passionate food scene. The moment you
enter Avo Showdown, you can immediately feel the enthusiasm. The level
of creativity and time put into each dish is also phenomenal. It's nice
to see more people are recognizing this and want to be a part of it all
year long, like Avocados from Mexico," says Cassandra Anderton, founder
The winning dish: Sweet & Spicy Mole, Jalapeño Biscuit & Avocado Ice Cream. Photo by Sean Neild, Flavor Town Adventures.
Anderton adds, "as Avocados from Mexico are always in season and that
80% of avocados in Canada are from Mexico, the Avo Showdown is a great
event to showcase the versatility and fun that we can have with avocados
in many dish and drink."
About Avacados from Mexico
Of all avocados consumed in Canada, 80% of avocados come from Mexico.
Mexico is the world's top avocado producer (over 1, 200 growers in the
Michoacán region), far outranking the United States and Chile.
Currently, Canada is the second biggest importer of Mexican avocados,
ranking under the United States and just above Japan.
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