Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Yesterday, Saturday, March 3, 2012, my wife and i went to The Ideal Spring Home and Garden Show at the Careport Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. The show was on from Thursday, March 1st until Sunday, March 4th.

We were at the Careport Centre just before it opened at 10:00 AM. Saturday was a busy day for us so we wanted to get to the show right at the beginning so we could spend the morning there and leave by half past noon.

After getting into the show we did a quick walk around to get an overall look at the show. One of things that was featured was how to convert a shipping container into livable outdoor space. I was an interesting concept but  do not see myself purchasing a shipping container and converting it into a backyard gazebo anytime soon.

We spent most of our time from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM attending the seminars at the Ideal Super Stage which was set up at the back of the show.

The first seminar that we attended was Joe Levesque who is the executive chef at the international center in Toronto. He did an excellent presentation. With his assistant they cooked Cajun shrimp with Quinoa salad. Everyone attending has a sample plate of shrimp and Quinoa salad. It was very tasty.

After Joe Levesque cooking seminar, we watched Reena Nerbas talk about Garden With Less Toxins and More Onions. We really like her point of view of using natural products that we have around the home to control insects and pests that are less harmful to the environment. Reena has some really great ideas. One idea that I like a lot is making a tea out of rhubarb leaves and using it as a natural pesticide. This is great because I have always cut off the rhubarb leaves when I harvested them from the garden and put them in the compost because I knew they were poisonous to eat. Now I can serve tea to all the pesky little critters that assail our garden. Our hospitality will be their undoing!

After Reena, there was another seminar by Rob Rainford called Born to Grill. Rob Rainford is a very entertaining guy. He is funny yet he projects a sense of authority and confidence that makes you want to pay attention to what he has to say. Rob made chicken wings from his own barbecue recipe. We had an opportunity to try his wings and they were delicious. My only regret is that I did not have a chance to try his super hot wings. It was past 12:30 and it was time to go!

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