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Mar 15, 2011 08:14 PM

Hamilton Food and Drink Fest - early April 2011 - worth it?

I saw a posting up on Wagjag for discounted tickets ($6.75), wondering if it is worth going. I am about 30 minutes away so wondering if it is a worthwhile foodie destination. I have been disappointed with some of the bigger shows in Toronto but wondering if this one might be better. Are samples over priced? Any interesting food items? If anyone has been before please share your experiences as there are a few days still to buy vouchers/discounted tickets.

Here is the link directly to the deal if anyone is interested:

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  1. The Hamilton Food and Drink show is very good, but if you're looking for a cheap night out, you won't find it there. Vendors are great, but samples are generally very small. Copps gets quite crowded too... although the wagjag ticket is for sunday, where it may be a bit calmer.

    1. I can't believe I am about to tell you not to bother as I am from Hamilton and think it gets a very bad rap. There is so much to do if you just look in the right spots. But...if you are looking for something to do on a Sunday its a nice day out. Be prepared though, Hamilton is notorious for jacking up the parking rates for "special events" and street parking is limited. Unless you spend a fortune on sample tickets be prepared to leave hungry and quite frankly the samples are not all that great. In that case you can go to numerous fabulous restaurants afterwards within walking distance or a short car ride depending on what your in the mood for. Am I going - absolutely not. I can think of several other ways to spend my hard earned money other than paying for a business to entice me to become their customer. Also note that on Sunday the mall (Jackson Square) is pretty much closed. Saturday would be a better day as the farmer's market is open but very busy and you don't have a coupon. In a nutshell, you get nothing for nothing just like the travel show, golf show, home show etc.

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            1. Like 02putt I can't believe I'm about to tell you what I'm going to say, and that is, I wouldn't make a special trip for it. If you can bundle it with other activities, then okay, maybe.

              1. re: foodiemommy

                Thanks for some honest feedback. I might look for other things to do in Hamilton/in that area and see if it is a worth while trip. Maybe plan to go to the Pizza Shack for dinner :)

                Any other feedback is appreciated, to be fair to the "promoters" it sounds like they are moving locations this year to a larger venue so hopefully some of the crowding issues were sorted out.

                1. re: ylsf

                  I was able to attend last year and found it fairly decent - not terribly overpriced. I am not a huge fan of standing and eating. It is worth checking out at least once, but I personally would use it as a jump off point to the James North Art Crawl that will be happening on the Friday. Local restaurants on the Gallery Strip fill up and the atmosphere is really fun, especially if the weather cooperates.