Tuesday, March 15, 2016
A culinary competition and a chance to win
Mexico trip April 10
Chen, Townhall Brand
second annual Avoshowdown, hosted by Avocados from Mexico, returns to
Vancouver on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Northwest Culinary Academy of
With the success and
popularity of last year's culinary competition, Avocados from Mexico
is celebrating the return of the Avoshowdown with bigger prizes,
including roundtrip travels to a Mexican all-inclusive resort,
courtesy of Club Med Canada. This time, the competition is open to
Local food lovers and culinary leaders will participate on this
Sunday Funday, as 16 of Vancouver's talented cooks and bakers
showcase their creativity by creating an avocado dish for
competition. Six food and lifestyle experts will judge by a
• Crystal Allen,
culinary nutritional expert & creative director, Hello Creative
• Cassandra Anderton, food writer & editor, Good Life Vancouver
• Rebecca Coleman, instructor & food blogger, Cooking By Laptop
• Bosco Mo, food blogger & host, Eatalreadeee & Fairchild Radio
• Angie Quaale, food expert & BBQ champion, Well Seasoned
Gourmet Food Store
• Jim Tobler, editor, Montecristo Magazine
host chef Jonathan Kinney from the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver
will teach attendees to create their own avocado dish; and cocktail master,
Justin Darnes of Drinks Undressed will reveal a spectacular avocado cocktail
that he is creating exclusively for this event. An assortment of avocado
appetizers will be created by the team at Northwest Culinary Academy to
showcase the versatility of using Avocados from Mexico in every meal.
Until March 24, Avocados from Mexico is accepting submissions from Vancouver
food lovers, cooks and bakers to enter their unique and fun avocado recipe
for competition in this year's Avoshowdown and a chance to take home the
This year's competing categories:
Savoury Dish (voted by judges)
Dessert/Pastry (voted by judges)
Foodie's Choice (voted by entrants and spectators)
HOW TO QUALIFY?
Cooks and bakers of all levels are welcome.
It does not have to be a never-seen-before recipe but it has to be a recipe
that the entrant owns.
Avocados from Mexico is included as an ingredient.
Registration to enter the competition is based on first-come, first-serve.
Only 16 entrants will be selected and invited to compete during the day of
the event. If qualified to enter, entrants will be contacted.
Note: By participating in this Avoshowdown, you maintain ownership of your
submitted recipe but Avocados from Mexico owns the right to publish your
photos and recipe.
There will be four (4) Winners: One (1) Grand Champion, one (1) runner-up in
Savoury, one (1) runner-up in Dessert/Pastry, one (1) Foodie's Choice.
Judges will blind-taste each dish and evaluate based on: creativity (10
points), taste (10 points) and presentation (10 points).
The Grand Champion will be the entrant with the highest total accumulated
points, regardless of competing categories.
Note: If there is a tie between scores, judges will re-evaluate the
tied-dishes based on versatility.
There will also be a Foodie's Choice category, where entrants and spectators
vote for their favourite dish. The dish with the most votes win Foodie's
Avocados from Mexico must be one of the main ingredients.
Make two portions of the dish:
15 servings (for entrants and spectators to taste)
6 servings (for judges to taste)
Note: To compensate for ingredient costs, each entrant will receive a $50
grocery card on the day of the event.
READY TO ENTER?
Email your avocado recipe with the dish photo to Amy Chen, email@example.com
by March 24 at 11am. Please include your full name, contact information and
CAN'T MAKE IT?
Avocados from Mexico will be running a social media contest for an
avocado-fiesta gift basket giveaway. For every tag of @AvosMexicoCA and the
use of hashtags #AvoShowdown or #AvosMexico between now and 11am, April 11,
2016, you will receive an entry to win. Winner will be contacted.
About Avocados 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.
For more recipe ideas, nutritional information and tips, visit
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