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Here are a few photos that show you the Show, and how our few hours there went.
Green, local, organic, fair-trade, gluten-free, diary-free, etc, etc, businesses everywhere. Some we had seen before, but others were completely new to us. Took a good 3 hours just wandering around quickly… we definitely missed some stuff.
Our daughter Allison was overwhelmed at all the action, people and green products… and decided to pass out and nap for awhile.
Tom Rand (Lead Cleantech Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District) was starting on stage as we got there around 2 pm, talking about the attempts to end our dependency on fossil fuels. He was a good speaker and I wish we could’ve heard more.
There middle of the room was filled with auto displays – with both hybrids and 100% electric like this Nissan Leaf (I really liked the glowing blue circle … tres fancy! haha). A lot of “green” people would probably take offense at cars at a show about living with a lighter environmental footprint, but those people have to remember that our society is overwhelmingly gas-powered car based. This won’t change overnight… it will change slowly, but surely… with people who can choosing to live closer to their jobs and choosing to bike, walk and take transit… and others choosing hybrids and electric vehicles.
No matter what… our streets will be filled with some cars, and if we can encourage those cars to be cleaner, then all the better.
While going through a bunch of home product vendor booths, Allison decided to test out the organic mattresses.
The Verdict? Thumbs up!
The Urbane Cyclist was there, with lots of bike options for kids as well as folding bikes.
Before we left we had some eats at the Farm Fresh Fare (pictured – gourmet apple crisp, not pictured – porchetta on a crisp bun, which I ate before the camera had a chance to photograph it). There was a little cooking demonstration going on too, and they handed out samples of Muskoka Dark. That’s my kind of cooking demo!
All in all a really interesting day. I’m pretty sure we’ll be returning next year.
Did you make it to the show? Tell us below in the comments what you thought (especially if you won some passes from us in our contest last week).