Canada Eats: February 2007

Canada Eats: February 2007

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You''d be forgiven if you thought February was the month of love. Turns out it''s actually the month of competitions and conferences. Don''t worry, there are plenty of winter festivals, book events, and tastings to keep everyone busy, no matter what they think February is about.

TASTE- Wine & Dine Okanagan

Okanagan region, BC
You know how it works- now get out there and eat.

DINE- Wine & Dine Thompson
Ends February 4, 2007
Kamloops region, BC
And if you haven''t had your fill in the Okanagan, then head on over to Kamloops to sup at some of their finest.

DINE- Winterlicious
Ends February 8, 2007
Toronto, ON
Not to be outdone by those Westerners, Toronto''s got its own restaurant festival. And don''t forget to check out the culinary event highlights on offer, such as classes and tastings.

FESTIVAL- Winterlicious Culinary Events
Ends February 8, 2007
Toronto, ON
Winterlicious is doing its best to distract everyone from the miserable weather with cooking demos, tastings, and more at Toronto restaurants. Tickets and registration required.

COMPETITION- Canadian Culinary Championships
February 1-3, 2007
Whistler, BC
Canada''s Gold Medal Plate winners go kitchen-to-kitchen for the top honours in this annual event.

COMPETITION- Winterlude Stew Cook-Off
February 2, 2007
Ottawa, ON
Head down to the Byward Market for the annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off. Everyone''s a judge, and it''s a tough job- sample over 20 stews, then vote for your favourite. Entry fee, with proceeds going to the Shepherds of Good Hope.

TASTE- WinterCity 2007 Food Pavillion
February 2-4, 2007
Toronto, ON
The WinterCity extravaganza in Nathan Phillips Square serves up steaming winter comfort from local restaurants.

FESTIVAL- WinterCity 2007
February 3 & 4, 2007
Toronto, ON
In case you have any space left in your stomach after Winterlicious, WinterCity cooks up demos on rescuing kitchen disasters, local food and drink, fish techniques, and even cheese cloths. Free.

LEARN- Singles Sushi Making Lessons, Dinner & Sake
February 4, 2007
Brampton, ON
Learn to make sushi, then get dressed up in a traditional kimono for dinner, and hey, you might even meet your soul mate over a California roll. Reservations and fee required.

DINE- Lisa''s Dining Club Monday Night Dinners
February 5, 2007
Vancouver, BC
This month, the dining club is off to Morton''s Steakhouse. Reservations required.

DINE- Vine & Dine
February 6, 12, & 20, 2006
Calgary, AB
The monthly supper club is at it again, this time nibbling on Latin and East Indian fusion from Coriander. Tickets and reservations required.

BOOKS- Soul Food - Soul Mate
February 7, 2007
Vancouver, BC
A singles mingle with Dinah Koo, co-author of The Cocktail Chef. Spaces still available for men only.

LEARN- Knife Skills: Chef''s and Paring Knife
February 10, 2007
Vancouver, BC
Sharpen those knife skills. Registration and fee required.

TASTE- Amelia Olive Oil
February 10, 2007
Vancouver, BC
While you''re working out those knives, sample some organic olive oil from Umbria. Free.

FUNDRAISER- Chicken and Egg Dance
February 10, 2007
Vancouver, BC
Help Organic Friends of the Future raise funds to preserve organic farmland. Plus dancing, farm fare, and door prizes. Tickets required.

FESTIVAL- Sweets Expo Vancouver
February 10 & 11, 2007
Vancouver, BC
Bring your sweet tooth and your wallet and start sampling.

CONFERENCE- Grow West Alberta 2007
February 12-17, 2006
Calgary, AB
The North American Farmers'' Direct Marketing Association brings out a host of workshops, exhibits, speakers, and events on farming issues and needs.

DRINK- Winefest 2007
February 15-17, 2007
Calgary, AB
Hundreds of wines, ports, and champagnes descend upon SAIT for three days of tastings and seminars. Registration and tickets required.

DINE- Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria
February 15 to March 4, 2007
Victoria, BC
Eat your way through town and then roll yourself on over to a participating hotel to digest and prepare for the next round. Reservations required.

INDUSTRY- Expo Quebec
February 16-18, 2007
Montreal, QC
The Canadian Health Food Association''s annual showcase of Quebec''s natual food products.

CONFERENCE- Growing Up Organic
February 17, 2006
Toronto, ON
Canada''s first organic conference brings together policy makers, nutritionists, and experts on agriculture and children''s environmental health to talk shop on all things organic. Registration required.

LEARN- Singles Night of Wine Making & Tasting
February 17, 2007
Toronto, ON
Pick up a date while making your own vino. Registration and fee required.

INDUSTRY- Canadian/International Food & Beverage Show
February 18-20, 2007
Toronto, ON
Gluttonous hobnobbing with food and beverage industry types awaits those in the hospitality business.

BOOKS- Happy in the Kitchen
February 20, 2007
Vancouver, BC
Chef Don Letendre cooks out of one of the season''s best-sellers for professional chefs. Registration and fee required.

CONFERENCE- Maple Sugar Festival
February 21-25, 2007
Nanaimo, BC
Yes, it''s that time of the year again. The first of the maple sugar celebrations across the country get started in Nanaimo.

FESTIVAL- Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention
February 21 & 22, 2007
St. Catharines, ON
The veggies have it at this two-day conference themed around Profit Through Knowledge. Registration and fees required.

LECTURE- Celebrating the Food Writing of Edna Staebler
February 22, 2007
Toronto, ON
Join the Culinary Historians of Ontario in a tribute evening for Edna Staebler. Bring your cookbooks, share your favourite recipes and nibble on Staebler''s, and learn about Staebler''s impact on Waterloo County. Tickets required.

FUNDRAISER- Lunch Money Day 2007
February 22, 2007
Toronto, ON
Second Harvest wants you to put your money where a hungry mouth is, by donating your lunch money. Schools and companies are also invited to participate.

FUNDRAISER- An Evening at the Chef''s Table
February 22, 2007
Toronto, ON
The chefs are many, and include Anna Olson, Christine Cushing, and Food Network''s Iron Chef America host, Kevin Brauch. The cause is The Children''s Emergency Foundation, and the food is sure to be fabulous. Tickets required.

LEARN- Chinese Tea Ceremony
February 22, 2007
Victoria, BC
Take a peek into the tastes and rituals of one of the most ancient tea traditions in existence.

FESTIVAL- Montreal High Lights Festival
February 22 to March 4, 2007
Montreal, QC
Wine and dine away under the lights with dinners, demonstrations, and other gourmet events, with a special focus on South Africa, France, and New York guest chefs. Highlights include a cheese festival and a series of culinary tours. Tickets and registration required.

FUNDRAISER- Meagan''s Walk Dinner and Dance Gala
February 23, 2007
Toronto, ON
Dine, dance, and donate at the Liberty Grand. Proceeds go to the Hospital for Sick Children. Tickets required.

FESTIVAL- Winterruption
February 23-25, 2007
Vancouver, BC
Head down to Granville Island for the Market Arts workshops, featuring culinary "performance art" including flambé, chocolate, and cocktails. Free.

CONFERENCE- COABC 2007 Conference
February 23-25, 2007
Armstrong, BC
The Certified Organic Association of BC talks shop, takes tours, and lets vendors show off their wares in Armstrong. Fees and registration required.

COMPETITION- Culinary Salon Toronto 2007
February 24, 2007
Toronto, ON
The Escoffier Society trots out its chefs out for some serious showing-off. Registration and fee required.

BOOKS- Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health
February 26, 2007
Vancouver, BC
Join co-authors Liz Pearson and Marilyn Smith as they cook with the latest superfoods (read: red wine and chocolate). Registration and fee required.

SLOW FOOD- Slow Food - Green Link
February 26, 2007
Toronto, ON
Slow Food Toronto strengthens the links between local food producers and professional kitchens with a panel discussion and food fair. Free event. Registration required.

February 27, 2007
Toronto, ON
Sign up for Cookworks'' first annual Tin Chef Competition. Participation is free, but all contestants must have attended at least two Cookworks Hands-On classes. Submissions due February 9, 2007.