Your Weekend in Food: Healthy Eating Expo, St. Patricks Day, and A Summer Gardening Job Opening
No, you probably can't get beer at the Healthy Eating and Green Living Expo, but this year St. Patrick's Day weekend falls on top of the three day event at the Palais des CongrÃ¨s and metaphorically squishes it like a bug with its blood sausage, lamb stew soda bread, grilled tomatoes, and Guinness-bloated breakfasts. But the expo is fighting back with super(hero) foods chia, hemp, goji berries, and pre- and pro-biotics. Also this week, a job opening for a green-thumbed animateur/trice. More info after the jump.
At the Expo: SO many protein and energy bar samples, Arayuma spices, lucuma powder from the Canadian-Peruvian association (tastes like a brown sugar milkshake when added to your dairy-free milk of choice...or regular milk, but you'll be hard-pressed to find that at the expo), the cheapest Bio-K probioitics in the city (free samples instead of $20/box. You can also purchase boxes at a discount), raw locals Cru VitalitÃ©, Earth Balance (if you're having a hard time finding soy-free butter replacer), Equiterre (best local healthy living and social justice newsletter next to the actual Association Mangez SantÃ© Bio).
Lufa Farms (best vegetable blog and peppers so fresh you think they're fake - direct from the rooftop greenhouse in MarchÃ© Central), Gogo Quinoa, Happy Feet (nothing to do with penguins. Bad thing?), the Hippocrate Institute (retreat centre for raw health), La Maison OrphÃ©e and the best deal on local sunflower oil, 5 kinds of cold-pressed extra-virgin olive and canola oils, coconut oil, and my all-time favourite hazelnut and walnut oils. They cost a fortune at local shops but are usually discounted at the expo), Rawesome, Santropol, Crudessence, Thermomix (the expo also has all kinds of sprouters, mixers, gadgets and demos), personal health care (chiro, naturopathy, and new fancy electronic cleansing ideas next to more ethereal practices), and even eco-friendly cosmetics.
From the Expo
Here's the Call McLeans for details.
Tomorrow morning's breakfast is going to be especially ridiculous at Hurley's where St. Patrick's Day brunch corresponds with an England vs. Ireland 6 Nations Cup match starting at 1pm. Better get there early for breakfast and stick around or you'll never get a seat.
And on parade day (Sunday), if you're not hungover from the night before (or maybe because you're hungover from the night before), head to the Irish Embassy for breakfast from 9-11 ($10, $5 more for Irish coffee) before sticking a paper bag in your jacket to get you through the day of papier machÃ©.
And one final note: If you've got a green thumb and want to run a community garden, organize events in the space, and generally work with an amazing community of people, the Club Populaire des Consommateurs of Point St. Charles is hiring for the summer season.
Click here to see the job description: ouverture de poste anim jardins col mars2012-1.doc
Expo Mangez SantÃ© et Vivez Vert
When: Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
Where: Palais des CongrÃ¨s
How Much: $12/$10
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl
When: Friday night
How Much: $24
Where: Starts at McLeans Pub, 1210 rue Peel
Hurley's Irish Pub 6 Nations Cup match and Irish breakfast
Where: 1225 Crescent Street
When: Saturday, 1pm (though breakfast runs both Saturday and Sunday)
How Much: $10 for breakfast
Club Populaire des Consommateurs de Pointe-Saint-Charles
Summer Garden Animateur/trice job
Photo credits: John E Kaminski on flickr and the Association Mangez SantÃ© et Vivez Vert