TORONTO - This weekend's Delicious Food Show is set to feature more than 80 gourmet food products and services, 38 restaurants and bakeries, 15 kitchen gadget and appliance brands, 25 hands-on workshops and classroom lessons, seven alcohol offerings, four taco wizards, three on-stage culinary battles and a Mexican fiesta.
If that's not enough, domestic doyenne Martha Stewart will also be on hand, along with a half-dozen Canadian celebrity chefs.
In addition, a handful of attendees will get a high-energy close-up with chef and cookbook author Michael Smith this Saturday in an interactive demonstration.
The six people will be invited on stage at the beginning of the cookbook author's presentation to take part in "Who Wants to be an Honorary Islander?" Smith said in an interview from his home base of Fortune, P.E.I., that the group would go through a series of challenges as part of their participation.
Other celebs on stage this weekend are cookbook author and "Chuck's Week Off" host Chuck Hughes; Lynn Crawford of "Pitchin' In," whose new cookbook "At Home with Lynn Crawford" (Penguin) has recently hit bookstores; restaurateur and "Top Chef Canada" host Mark McEwan; cookbook author and TV host David Rocco, who will be head judge on the network's new competition series, "Donut Showdown," in April, and "Bitchin' Kitchen" host Nadia G.
Stewart is scheduled to take to the stage at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, on Friday to demonstrate Chocolate Baked Alaskas, Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake and Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake from her recently published "Martha Stewart's Cakes" (Random House), her 82nd book.
Other notables appearing at Delicious are acclaimed interior designer Brian Gluckstein, health and wellness consultant Rose Reisman, Caspar Haydar and Antonella Grillone of "SugarStars," President's Choice executive chef Tom Filippou and dietitian and Abbey Sharp, host of "Abbey's Kitchen Stadium."
This is the second incarnation of Delicious, which launched in 2011 and took a break last year.
Some topics being covered in seminars throughout the weekend include tea cocktails, fondue, homemade marshmallows, frozen vegetable trends, and how to make your recipes healthier by swapping in plant-based ingredients.
Smith, who will be a judge on "Chopped Canada," slated to be shown this winter, said he relishes the opportunity to get in front of audiences to inspire people to cook for their families.
"It's important for me to be entertaining, to bring a bit of a show beyond the details of a particular recipe," he said, adding he was looking forward to "having some high-energy fun sharing flavours and stories (in a) fun interactive format."
Tickets can be purchased online to save $2 on the adult admission of $22. Seniors (age 65+) are $18 and students (ages 13-17) are $10.
For more information and to view the show schedule, visit http://www.deliciousfoodshow.com/.