Kaslo Sourdough at events to introduce our pastas!
Getting out to events has always been a great way for us to meet people directly and introduce our sourdough pastas. At road shows, conferences, events, or even demos in grocery and health food stores, we usually have some of our pasta cooked fresh and ready to try. We've also been lucky to win several awards over the years, so this list include a few of the awards ceremonies we've been to as well.
With the ongoing COVID-19, we've stopped attending events, and events have transitioned to virtual. So it may be a little while before we can add an update here!
Some of the events we've been out at over the years include:
Basin Food and Buyers Expo, Nelson (2018) and Rossland (2019)
This was one of the local events in the West Kootenays that we prioritized for 2019. We had a lot of fun, recognizing folks and meeting new ones that had been eating our sourdough breads and pastas for years! Truly a joy!
BC Food and Beverage Awards Gala, Vancouver 2019, 2021
In 2019, our owner/operator, Silvio Lettrari, was nominated for a leadership award in 2019, and made it to become a finalist! The BCFPA developed a short video as a part of making it to the finals (YouTube). We were super excited to attend the award gala and celebrate the visionary at the head of our company.
We are once again nominated for an award in 2021: new product of the year for our innovative sourdough spaghetti! We'll keep you posted on how we do!
Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), Kelowna 2018
This event was important for us to learn about the global trade and export world. We found this event helpful, but still have a lot to learn about how to expand our sales into international markets!
Okanagan Eats!, Kelowna 2018
We loved this event! People who are passionate about food go to Okanagan Eats! to have some face-to-face time with some of their favourite food production companies. Everyone we met brought great questions and really lovely compliments about our pastas. So much food fun!
The VegExpo, Vancouver 2017
This event has changed names, and is now "Planted Life". We had a great time at this conference, introducing our hemp sourdough pasta, which won a product of the year award! All of our many varieties of sourdough pastas are vegan, and we were really happy to meet with the vegan community in Vancouver and beyond.
The Kootenay Healthy Lifestyle Expo, Trail 2017-2019
Another fantastic event local to the Kootenays. This made our drive a lot shorter than to some of the other big cities that we've had to travel to! This event brings together people interested in healthy lifestyles.
The Healthy Family Expo, Vancouver 2017
This was a super fun event! We loved talking to parents keen to introduce their kids to healthy products, and we loved describing our "dinosaur bones" radiatori to spark ideas. It was a big hit!
Kaslo Food Conference 2016
This was a wonderful food-focused event right in our hometown! Because this event was right in town, we had a blast talking sourdough pasta and catching up on the latest local news with those we saw.
The Health Shows - Victoria (2016, 2017), Vancouver (2017)
This weekend event brings together a variety of products, companies, and people interested in living a healthier lifestyle. We were a good fit with our healthful sourdough pastas.
Natural Products Expo West – Anaheim, CA 2015
This was a huge event for Kaslo Sourdough to get to and introduce our sourdough pastas. It was also our first travelling internationally! We took part in the British Columbia Pavilion, where we were joined by about a dozen other companies from our province. We were also nominated for a "Nexty" Award, that recognize the most progressive, innovative, inspiring and trustworthy products in the natural products industry, which we ended up winning at the Expo West that year!
Stimulating Health Eating 2014
This event was an online campaign for a number of BC products to encourage healthy eating. Funded by the Province of BC and supported by Grounded Strategies, we were one of the companies promoted.
Farm Food Fork, Nelson 2014
Their tagline is "forum, festival, feast". We were happy to attend this event, one of the first by the West Kootenay Permaculture Co-op. They brought speakers together to both celebrate and discuss food priorities in the West Kootenays.
BC FoodPro West, Vancouver 2014, 2015, 2019
This is one of the signature BC food conferences, hosted by the BC Food and Beverage Association. We joined other food and beverage manufacturers to network, connect with buyers, and learn more about the latest happenings in food for BC.
Activate Ottawa Health and Fitness Expo, Ottawa 2014
2014 was the first year this event ran. It had and continues to have a big focus on health and fitness. It was a good fit for us because we know our pastas are a healthy fuel (our sourdough pastas) to support an active lifestyle!
The Health and Beauty Show and Wellness Fair, Kelowna (2014-2019), Calgary (2017), Vernon (2018)
This show was started in 2010, and has a sister event in Vernon, BC. It's a free event that allowed us to connect with foodies and folks interested in health. We had a great time talking sourdough and pasta at these events.
Canadian Health Food Association Conference (CHFA), Vancouver 2013, 2018
This was our first and still one of the largest events we attended. The CHFA West continues to be the number one source for new products and education for retailers who are doing business in Western Canada. With over 900 exhibiting companies and a highly qualified selection of speakers, this four-day kept us really busy!