March 12, 2013
TORONTO – The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association would like to thank the nearly 13,000 visitors who took in the newest products, services and trends in the restaurant industry at the CRFA Show this year.
The CRFA Show is the largest event of the year for Canada’s vibrant and diverse restaurant industry. This year’s show was held March 3-5 in Toronto and featured:

  • More than 1,200 exhibitor booths
  • 12 demos from celebrity chefs like Mark McEwan, Vikram Vij and Anna Olson and Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible
  •  The world’s best flair bartenders on the Canadian stop of the Flair Bartender’s Association world cup circuit
  • CBC host George Stroumboulopoulos interviewing five industry leaders at Breakfast with Champions
  • 37 educational seminars
  • Celebrate! Industry Night Out, a networking reception featuring innovative foods and cocktails

Flair bartending champion crowned

For the first time ever, the CRFA Show hosted the Canadian stop of the Flair Bartending world championship tour. Danilo Oribe from Uruguay took home the top prize of $2,000, defending his position as the current world champion. A video of his winning routine is available at CRFA’s YouTube channel. Former world champion Rodrigo Delpech from Argentina took home second place, while Adam Branczyk of Poland walked away with third prize. Nearly all of the world’s top 20 bartenders flew to Toronto from all over the globe to compete in the tournament.

Matt Conway of Toronto took home the title of Toronto Flair League Canadian Champion, with Zack Prohaska placing second. Shay Court placed third.

Josh Alexandriw overcame a broken arm to best his classmates in the student bartending tournament. Alexandriw cut off his cast himself and juggled his way to champion while he nursed his broken arm using a tensor bandage. Congratulations to Phil Piasecki and Manson Cheung for placing second and third respectively.

Awarding exhibitor excellence
At Celebrate!, the CRFA Show thanked equipment supplier Kendale Products Ltd. with a loyalty award for exhibiting at the show for an incredible 50 years. Kendale is only the sixth-ever company to receive this honour.

Switzerland Cheese Marketing constructed a replica Swiss chalet on the show floor, earning the best new exhibitor award. Paper, plastic and foam food service supplier Calibre Sales won for best traffic-building booth, while American favourite Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs won for best small booth. Water and energy technology company Ecolab won for best large booth.

“We are so glad to host Canada’s brightest leaders in the restaurant industry at the CRFA Show,” says CRFA President and CEO Garth Whyte. “Visitors and exhibitors keep coming back year after year because it is a great place for restaurant industry professionals to learn about exciting new products, but also network and learn about the hottest trends in the business.”
Show attendees raised more than $4,000 for Friends of We Care through donations and photos with Toronto Maple Leafs legendary goalie Johnny Bower. That’s enough money to fund 20 extra camp days for kids with disabilities.

Show exhibitors also helped feed Toronto’s hungry by donating 21,300 pounds of food to Second Harvest. Second Harvest picked up and prepared excess high nutrition and high need fresh and frozen food and delivered it to over 215 social service agencies in Toronto.

The CRFA Show is owned and operated by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, one of the country’s leading business associations with 30,000 members representing all segments of a $65-billion restaurant industry that employs 1.1 million people. Proceeds from the shows are directed to CRFA’s advocacy, research and member services in support of a growing and prosperous Canadian restaurant industry.

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