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It’s time to chow down.

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The popular food festival, NOSH Food Fest, is taking over the Community Centre’s Agora this weekend.

It marks the second offering of this event this year following the popularity experienced in March, however, this time it will be spread over two days.

“NOSH Food Fest is a trade show that features only local food and beverage producers from Edmonton and area and across Alberta,” explained Vanessa Antoniuk, owner of Kingsley Events, the organizer of NOSH Food Fest. “It is set up similar to a farmers market but there are no crafts or handmade items, it is only food and beverages.”

The event, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, will offer more than 70 vendors.

“It is designed for you to learn more about them and be able to purchase some products and take them home,” Antoniuk said. “You don’t eat the items there like the Taste of Edmonton. It is an event where you purchase the items and consume them off site.”

It’s expected there will be something for everyone with a wide-variety of food and beverages.

“There are sweets like cupcakes, cookies and candy. There’s beef jerky, there’s pre-made meals, there’s frozen meals you can make at home and there is craft beer and local distilleries that are selling their products as well,” Antoniuk said.

“There is a lady that makes beverage bombs, which are similar to bath bombs, but you put them in your drink and it fizzes your drink. You can put them in regular water, sparkling water or 7up and then add the beverage bomb,” she added.

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The event has free admission but there is a charge for purchased products.

“This is the third event. Holly Handmade started in 2015 and it features all sorts of handmade items like home decor, jewellery, accessories and the food. The food vendors always do very, very well and I wanted to give them their own event,” she said. “The first one was last November and then there was one in March but this is the first two-day event because of the popularity.”

With a large majority of the vendors from Strathcona County, it’s hoped to spur supporting local businesses.

“Focusing on shopping local is so important right now, especially with COVID. All the restrictions that are in place on people and businesses,” Antoniuk said. “So many businesses and restaurants have had to close because of all the mandates on them. This is a good way to show your support and support for local businesses.”

You can find out more about the event by searching NOSH Food Fest on Facebook.


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