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Cooking Stage at the 2018 Edmonton Home & Garden Show

Updated: Jun 8, 2018

With the 50th Anniversary of the Edmonton Home & Garden Show right around the corner (it runs from March 22-25), I couldn't be more excited than to check out the Cooking Stage–because duh, I'm a foodie! This years line up consists of a variety of restaurants and chefs, demonstrating anything from vegan french toast to authentic poke bowls, as well as how to use spices from around the world to the art of making a cake. This year I am looking forward to watching the Italian Centre Shop demonstrate how to build your own charcuterie board, because if I'm being honest, my charcuterie board starts and ends with a trip to Safeway!

So if you're looking for something to do this weekend, I'd highly recommend you put on some comfy shoes and head on over to Northlands Expo Centre to check out what our local culinary industry has to offer! Event details below :)

Lafaci Eats: The Art of Cake. Lafaci Eats: Ono Poke–Poke Bowl. Edmonton Home & Garden Show 2018


What goes hand in hand with entertaining? Eating, of course! At the Cooking Stage, step into the ultra-modern, high-design kitchen and learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals alongside some of Edmonton’s finest culinary experts. Audience members will take home delicious recipes showcasing local products and also will have a chance to sample expertly-created dishes. Win culinary prizes and score one-on-one consultations with featured cooking talent!


Gloria Bednarz and Guenter Hess are pastry chefs and the creative spirits behind each delectable masterpiece’s you can find at The Art of Cake. Aside from delicious cakes, The Art of Cake now offer cookies, cupcakes and confections. Most recently, Gloria opened her first store in the heart of downtown Edmonton.

Presentation topic: The Art of Cake


Alexis Hillyard is a YouTube Creator, self-taught vegan chef and entrepreneur. Born without her left hand, Alexis uses her stump as a kitchen tool- from spatula to juicer - while expanding the vocabulary of what's possible in the kitchen each week on her show "Stump Kitchen.' Stump Kitchen Celebrates body diversity, gluten free vegan cooking, and the amazing, unique way we move through the world. In 2016, Stump Kitchen won Best Food Blog in VUE Magazine's Best of Edmonton.

Presentation topic: Brunch- Vegan Gluten Free French Toast


Emily Mardell is a Registered Dietitian, leading expert in family and sport nutrition, Owner of Food First Nutrition Consulting and Founder of GetJoyfull; a movement that empowers families to reconnect with the food they’re putting on their tables.Emily studied biochemistry and neuroscience at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is a spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada National Nutrition Month. As a behavior change coach, Emily counsels elite athletes to achieve their performance goals.Emily enjoys spending time in the kitchen and exploring all things culinary through GetJoyfull Food Trips with her 5-year-old daughter, Cela. The GetJoyfull series profiles their journey, visiting family farms and restaurants, passionate about growing and sharing quality local ingredients.With over a decade of experience in public health nutrition, media communications, and community engagement, Emily is regarded as a trusted educator and advocate. Her charitable endeavors aim to promote a future where all Canadians have access to sustainable, safe and nutritious food.Emily’s greatest joy is creating food memories and traditions with her family, and inspiring others to do the same. To join the latest GetJoyfull adventure follow @GetJoyfull or visit

Presentation topic: Take the Heat Off! Tips to Manage Picky Eating and Find joy in Meals.

Lafaci Eats: Ono Poke–Poke Bowl. Edmonton Home & Garden Show 2018


Chef Lawrence Hui of Ono Poke Co. shares how the people of the Prairies can make authentic, fresh, Hawaiian poke at home with a demonstration of how to cut and sear tuna, as well as skinning salmon - two key ingredients in assembling the perfect poke bowl.

Presentation topic: Authentic Poke


After 15 years in Business Development & Project Management in both IT & custom Home Building sectors, Marnie Ashcroft decided to follow her true passion for personal wellness, and established a company that would seek to educate her community about cold-pressed Juices, Raw Food and their healing benefits.The vision of Glow Juicery was to create a company that would connect people with raw, cleansing, & healing, natural cold-pressed Juice and food options, and create a sustainable approach to food & nutritional wellness. Glow Juicery is focused on one mission: To bring inspiration and motivation to every person wanting to feel empowered about what they put in their body. Food is Medicine. Food is Fuel.Marnie's passion for wellness and fitness, and ongoing support of community & non-profit organizations, has encouraged Glow Juicery to rapidly grow and connect with those seeking to change the way they interact with food. Her company developed from a small kitchen concept to 3 locations serving more than 3000 clients in her first 18 months.Glow Juicery now has 11 locations and 32 strategic partners & re-sellers across Canada, including Sherwood Park, Edmonton, St.Albert, Kelowna, Regina, Red Deer, Duncan BC and Hamilton Ontario with more locations to be announced in 2018. Marnie Ashcroft & Glow Juicery have been featured on Breakfast TV, Global Television CTV Morning Live and CTV Health Report, Dinner Television, The Edmonton Journal, Flare Magazine, YEG Fitness Magazine, YEG People, Alberta Cancer Foundation's LEAP Magazine, & Avenue Magazine. Marnie was recently awarded the Global TV Woman of Vision Award & the AWE Emerging Entrepreneur Award. glowjuicery

Presentation topic: Marnie Ashcroft, Founder Of Glow Juicery, Will Demonstrate A Simple & Delicious Green Juice Recipe & How Ingredients Can Be Altered To Create Detoxifying, Energizing And Family Friendly Versions


Rafael D’Alcazar is the executive chef and chocolatier at The Holy Roller, specializing in Detroit-style pizza, pintxos and, of course, chocolates. Born and raised in Mexico City, he fell in love with the culinary arts while studying industrial design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s also a pilot, a visual artist and DJ. Prior to joining The Holy Roller, D’Alcazar worked at The Melting Pot and studied at Vancouver’s Ecole Chocolat.

Presentation topic: Adventure on the high Cs. Learn how to use spices of the world, teas and unique flavours to get creative with your chocolate ... and your cooking.


Renata Berlingo – Food Services Manager for Italian Centre Shop. Raised in a first-generation Italian-Canadian home, Renata has been learning about traditional Italian recipes since she was old enough to reach over the kitchen counter. Preparing authentic Italian cuisine is as natural to her as breathing. As Food Services Manager at Italian Centre Shop she oversees all the catering, prepared foods, café, as well as ICS’s house branded products Massimo’s Cucina Italiana.

Presentation topic: BYOB - Build-Your-Own-(charcuterie) Board, the secrets to building a beautiful, balanced, and delicious charcuterie board



Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 12PM - 9PM Friday, March 23rd, 2018 12PM - 9PM Saturday, March 24th, 2018 10AM - 9PM Sunday, March 25th, 2018 10AM - 6PM



Adults (13+) $16.00 Adults (13+ Online) $13.00 Seniors (60+) $13.00 Seniors (60+ Online) $10.00 Seniors (60+) Thursday and Friday before 5pm $7.00 Children 12 and under FREE




Northlands, Edmonton Expo Centre

113 Avenue & Wayne Gretzky Drive

(76th St)Edmonton, AB T5J 2N5


Permanent Office Phone Number: 1-866-941-0673


Northlands controls all on-site parking. The cost is $16.00 and there are over 700 parking spots available. You can now purchase tickets ahead of time online.


Our exhibitors take over 5 Halls of the Edmonton Expo Centre. Please see below for layout of these halls.

Lafaci Eats: Edmonton Home and Garden Show 2018 Exhibitor Map

This post was sponsored by the Edmonton Home & Garden Show.

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