One of a Kind Show #OOAKX15
This past Wednesday I attended the One of a Kind show with Andrea. I have never been to a One of a Kind (OOAK) show before, so I was popping my OOAK cherry 🙂
The OOAK show is a place for Canadian artisans to showcase their handmade goodies. The items range from clothing to jewelry, to food and drinks, to leather goods, to home decor, and many more. OOAK usually has more than one show each year. The event held at the end of the year is for the Christmas/winter holiday season. This year, it was held from November 26th to December 6th.
Part of the reason I attended was because I won tickets from Scene Creek. The lovely folks there held a contest a while back for a pair of tickets to the OOAK show and a $35 gift card to the OOAK online shop. I didn’t think I’d actually win but I did! It was perfect because I had no idea what Christmas gifts to get for my family, so this was a great opportunity to brainstorm ideas.
At the end of the night, I ended up purchasing more than I expected, and more for myself than gifts for others (Oops!).
All of the items I bought were food and drink related, so it’s quite fitting that I make a post here about my purchases. It was difficult to decide what I wanted to purchase – everything was so good! We sampled a lot – it was actually quite filling!
The first items are from Wicked Gourmet. They specialize in dry mixes, spices, sauces, and dips. The company’s kitchen (where they make everything) is located in Oakville, Ontario, but they have their products sold all over the country in different retailers.
I wanted to buy a dip mix or a sauce but I couldn’t decide which one. They all tasted so good! I ended up purchasing two Steak Spices.
The ever so kind staff at the booth let me smell the Steak Spice. It was heavenly! It had a nice mixture of a herbs, with ground pepper. It almost resembled peppercorn. They also told me that there is no salt added in the spice and that this spice will not fall off the steak as your grilling it. That second point really sold me because it’s depressing to have the wonderful grub fall off when you cook steak. I do like that salt isn’t added because the spices themselves produce their own saltiness, so adding salt would only increase it.
Andrea had told me that there were crab and lobster dips in the previous OOAK shows she’s been to. She never had any lucky finding it but we found the booth! If you’re attending the show, it’s the Little Shop of Lobsters booth!
I was originally going to purchase one and in the small size (100ml) but after seeing how tiny the container was, I sprung for not one but both dips in the medium size (200ml). I figured this was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of purchased that it’d be worth it.
The Crab Mousse was creamy and not too strong in crab flavour. It was soft and it would pair nicely with bread, crackers, or even in a salad.
The Lobster Mousse tasted great too but it did have a hint of dill to it. That may not appeal to some people. The dill taste did overpower the lobster flavour a bit. I was more focused on that than the rest of the flavours in the dip. However, it’s still just as great as the Crab Mousse.
Moving on to drinks, I purchased a lemonade syrup set from LEMO Lemonade. They had such pretty branding! It’s simple, minimal, and colourful.
The company, based in Montreal, creates syrups perfect for lemonades, cocktails, or any drink concoction. All you do is add one part syrup and the rest is water. When we were at the booth, we sampled the three flavours:
Original was light and airy; it tasted like diluted orange and lemon juice. Sour was actually not sour; I found it to be kind of sweet. The cranberries were most distinctive in the Sour syrup. And for Spiced, it tasted like hot apple cider. This one would pair very well with some alcohol.
Just because I love their packaging design, here’s a few more photos:
I also got a sheet of paper of some festive drinks you could create with the syrups. Perfect for this month!
The next item is great for snacking. From The Bean Ladies, you can find a fantastic collection of flavoured soybeans. They’re very similar to the corn nuts that you see in grocery stores, but these are soybeans!
I ended up grabbing one because I still have a lot of chips in my household to snack on, but these seem like a healthier option.
They had many flavours, ranging from savoury to sweet, but I opted for Sriracha. I figured this would be more compatible with my family’s palate.
Now these last items are probably my favourite purchase from the show. I’m not a fan of jam or jellies but Tracy’s Wine Jellies were amazing! Not only did they have wine jellies but also beer ones!
I HAD to sample some of the jellies. Out of the wine jellies, I tried the Peach Amaretto. The wine taste was light and paired nicely with the peach flavour.
I wanted to try most of the wine jellies, so I bought the gift set that came with six, including the Vidal Icewine. I didn’t sample the Vidal Icewine, but I’m sure it’s tasty. I’m not sure if the Vidal Icewine comes with the customized set if you purchase it at the OOAK show. Since I didn’t sample all the wine jellies, I may do an updated post on all of them. So stay tuned for that!
For the beer jellies, I sampled the Cherry Pilsner and Stout. They also had IPA and Wheat beer jellies. The Cherry Pilsner had a light beer taste but fruity. The Stout one was the opposite. It was heavy on beer. It’s actually all I could taste. If you’re a beer fan, the Stout one may appeal to you more.
I ended up purchasing the Cherry Pilsner in the small size (60ml). Again, since I’m not a jam/jelly person, or beer fan, this would be a practical amount for me.
Well, that’s it! I bought a decent amount of items for my first OOAK show and the great part is that I’m supporting Canadian artisans! If I wasn’t on a “budget” I probably would have bought more items.
The OOAK show is still going on until Sunday, so if you’re free this weekend, head on over there! I hope my purchases have inspired you to purchase something if you do attend 🙂