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2019 Activities

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  • English
  • 10:30 - 11:30
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Tea Tasting/Cupping [WORKSHOP]

15$
Birendra Perera, Marketing Director at Mlesna Group, Mlesna Group

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the different types of tea (Camellia sinensis) to participants, allow them to taste and compare but most importantly learn how to discern quality and consistency through the cupping/tasting process. Participants will be taught how to perform a tea tasting, how to record tasting notes, and leave with a better understanding of how tea can be different from season to season and region to region based on terroir. All to make more informed, better purchasing decisions.

  • English
  • 12:00 - 1:00
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Tea and Cheese Pairing [WORKSHOP]

15$

The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how tea can be paired with different foods for a unique foodie experience in a similar way one might experience a wine and cheese tasting. Together, this session will present a few facts about the particular teas and cheeses which are to be paired. Discussion shall include where the tea or cheese comes from, what type it is, how or why it pairs with the particular or chosen tea, etc.

  • English
  • 1:30 - 2:30
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Bloody Caesars: Turn basic into a signature blockbuster! [WORKSHOP]

15$

Bloody Caesars is Canada’s national cocktail. How to leverage it’s fame to boost your sales and create an easy twist. SIAL Canada has it’s own twist on it with a Toronto based SIAL CAESAR, so can you! Indeed, you can now offer customers Vegan Bloody Ceasar, adapt a recipe with spirits and ingredients (say, with passion fruit and Mezcal!) that fits your institution angle and signature. This workshop is designed with those type of institutions in mind: - All restaurants, bars and event locations - Ideal for high volume - Institutions with strong angles (ethnic, vegan, etc)

  • English
  • 3:00 - 4:00
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Clear Ice Carving – Learn the basics of the ice trade [WORKSHOP]

15$

Learn how to make clear ice and carve yourself the basic shapes needed to make awesome looking cocktails for your bar and restaurant. Tools will be provided.

  • English
  • 10:30 - 11:30
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Tea and Chocolate Pairing [WORKSHOP]

15$

The purpose of this workshop is to present a tea tasting side by side with different types of chocolate to show how pairing like or opposing flavor profiles may work together for a delicious experience.  Together, this session will present facts about the chosen teas and chocolates including where they originate, what type it is, how or why each pair with the other, etc. 

  • English
  • 11:00 - 12:00
  • Cheese by SIAL #224

Discover Cheese from our Southern Neighbour – the U.S. of A.

15$

Only 24 seats available!

  • English
  • 12:00 - 1:00
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Coffeehouse Cocktails & Teahouse Tinctures [WORKSHOP]

15$

How to use tea and coffee to create non-alcoholic cocktails with high added and perceived value. Tannins of these popular hot drinks makes great candidate to replace spirits in order to serve well balanced drinks. This workshop is designed with those type of institutions in mind: - Well designed coffee program - No alcohol permit - Small or high volume

  • English
  • 1:00 - 2:00
  • Cheese by SIAL #224

La Dolce Vita – Wine and Cheese from Italy

15$

Only 24 seats available!

  • English
  • 1:30 - 2:30
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Stand out with smart garnishes: choosing the right straws and beverage in 2019 [WORKSHOP]

15$

How enhance the drink experience and visual at the era of Instagram and high competition. ● Plastic straws replacement ideas ● Garnishes that won’t go to waste ● How to cost them ● DIY garnishes programs ● The latest trends. SODAS OF THIS WORKSHOP PROVIDED BY JONES SODA CO.

  • English
  • 3:00 - 4:00
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Baby it’s cold inside: Pick the brain of canadian inventors behind UFrost, the quick freezing spirits machine [WORKSHOP]

15$

U-Frost is a young, cutting edge company that has developed a tool allowing you to freeze in second a ball of spirits. It’s cheap to operate, requires no electricity and has an incredible WOW factor to gain interest from influencers.  At this workshop, you will be able to test with the inventors different flavour combinations and have them turn into a cocktail you will be able to drink. All restaurants, bars and event locations - Ideal for higher end - Institutions that needs to reinvent themselves

  • English
  • 3:00 - 4:00
  • Cheese by SIAL #224

Made in Canada – Cow’s Milk Cheese

15$

Only 24 seats available!

  • English
  • 11:00 - 4:00
  • La Cuisine #1049

Pitch Competition


  • English
  • 10:30 - 11:30
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Coffee Tasting/Cupping [WORKSHOP]

15$

The purpose of this workshop is to learn a bit about coffee and for participants to taste and compare different coffees but most importantly learn how to discern quality and consistency through the cupping/tasting process. Participants will be taught how to perform a coffee cupping, how to record tasting notes, and leave with a better understanding of how coffee can be different region to region and as a result of different processing and roasting styles. All to make more informed, better purchasing decisions.

  • English
  • 12:00 - 1:00
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Tea and Honey Pairing [WORKSHOP]

15$

The purpose of this workshop is to learn more about two products that are combined so frequently they have become second nature to many tea drinkers. Why and how the flavors can differ wildly will be explored along with how to turn a tea or honey experience into something much more. Tasting tea and honey, different varieties, discussing other ideas for use, etc.

  • English
  • 12:00 - 1:00
  • La Cuisine #1049

Chuck Hugues [Demo]


Chuck Hugues, Chef and restauranteur, creator of My Kitchen Staples

  • English
  • 13:30 - 14:30
  • INSPIRE DRINK #471

Sodas & Mocktail : the beverage revolution you want to be a part of and why [WORKSHOP]

15$

High quality craft sodas are by all accounts one of the main coming big thing in beverage. They are flavourful, cheap to make, everyone can enjoy them. We will be able to serve multiple type of sodas and create as many as we want from scratch using Soda Stream and a Beer Tap fridge fill with pre-made cocktail mix. We do not always want alcool. Nor the calories. New generation sodas are highly profitable for bars and restaurants as the main cost in cocktail are the spirits. New brands of non alcoholic liquids such as Seedlip are rising, numerous syrups, craft sodas, kombuchas and the like are now available. ● Large scale soda programs ● The “Dos and Dont’s” ● How to balance a drink with no alcool ● How to price a soda program ● The different contraptions to make bubbles

2019 Experts

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Gail Gastelu

Owner/publisher of The Tea House Times and producer of Tea Course

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Jean-Sébastien Michel

Owner of Alambika and Distribution Jesemi

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Gurth Pretty

Master of the Cheese

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Chuck Hugues

Chef and restauranteur, creator of My Kitchen Staples

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