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Program at a Glance

Trade Show Hours

  • Sunday, October 18 – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 19 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Trends Breakfast

  • Monday, October 19 – 8:00 am

Culinary Competitions

  • BC Chef of the Year – Monday, October 19
  • Junior Chef Challenge – Sunday, October 18

CPBA Bartending Competition

  • Sunday, October 18 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Monday, October 19 – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Download the full schedule of seminars, demos and competitions for the two days or scroll down for full details.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18

11:00 am
JUNIOR CHEF
Heat 1

11:30 am 
SEMINAR
Un-chained: Practical Operating Advice for the Independent Restaurateur with Janice Martin

COOKING DEMO
House Made Cheese. Chef Christine Beard, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

BARTENDING
Small City Cocktail Culture

12:00 pm 
JUNIOR CHEF
Heat 2

12:30 pm  
SEMINAR
Beyond Temporary Foreign Workers: Alternative Ways to Find Workers

COOKING DEMO
Tantalizing Thai. Chef Darren Clay, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

1:00 pm   
JUNIOR CHEF
Heat 3

BARTENDING
Challenging Yourself to Be a Better Bartender

1:30 pm
SEMINAR
Serve Better Beer – What is Your Draught IQ?

COOKING DEMO
The Chicken or the Egg: Which Came First? Chef Julian Bond, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

2:15 pm
SEMINAR
Where There’s Smoke – How Laws on Medical and Recreational Marijuana Affect the Workplace

2:30 pm
COOKING DEMO
Oktoberfest: It’s Always Better Pairing with Beer!

JUNIOR CHEF
Top 4 Compete

BARTENDING
Luxardo Black Box Cocktail Competition

3:00 pm   
SEMINAR
WorkSafe: Preventing Accommodation Workplace Injuries

3:30 pm     
COOKING DEMO
Taking Bar Food to the Next Level. Chef Brent Durec, Sysco Kelowna

3:45 pm
SEMINAR
Check In Canada: A New Tool for Canadian Hotel Operators

4:00 pm  
JUNIOR CHEF
Award Ceremony

MONDAY OCTOBER 19

10:00 am
BC IRON CHEF
Heat 1

10:30 am  
SEMINAR
Putting Music to Work

ROOM 105 
Recent and Pending Changes to BC’s Liquor Policies   

COOKING DEMO
Classic Butchery: Getting Back to Meat Cutting Basics. Rick Dolman, Sysco Vancouver

11:00 am
BC IRON CHEF
Heat 2

BARTENDING
The Red Tape of Creating a Bar Program

11:30 am
SEMINAR
Taste, Taste, Taste: 10 Strategies for Menu Development with Christine Couvelier

ROOM 105
Liquor Liability: Over Service and What You Need to Know to Avoid Being Sued.

COOKING DEMO
House Made Noodles

12:00 pm  
BC IRON CHEF
Heat 3

12:30 pm
SEMINAR
Serve Better Beer – What is Your Draught IQ?

COOKING DEMO
Delicious Desserts: It’s Easy & Healthy! aka Cooking with Avocados. Cassandra Anderton, Avocados from Mexico Ambassador

BARTENDING
The (Almost) Complete History of Everything… Kinda

1:00 pm
ROOM 117
Organic Waste Workshop

BC IRON CHEF
Top 4 Compete

1:30 pm
SEMINAR
When Your Palate is Your Guide: Increasing Culinary Tourism in BC with Christine Couvelier

COOKING DEMO
Going Ocean Wise: Cooking with Sustainable Seafood. Chef Poyan Danesh, Ocean Mama Seafood

1:45 pm
ROOM 105
Check In Canada – A New Tool for Canadian Hotel Operators

2:00 pm
BARTENDING
Barate Kid Season 2 – Preview Qualifier

2:15 pm
BC IRON CHEF
Black Box Final

2:30 pm
SEMINAR
Increasing Your Profits through Technology Adoption

COOKING DEMO
Enhance Your Menu with Cocktail Pairings – Chef Andrew Mott, Sysco Vancouver

2:45 pm
ROOM 105
BC Hotel Association AGM

3:00 pm
BACK OF HOUSE TOUR
Taking the Green Challenge: Become Sustainable and More Profitable

3:30 pm
SEMINAR
Smart Strategies from Retail Liquor Stores

COOKING DEMO
Oktoberfest – Pairings inspired by Beer!

3:45 pm
ROOM 105
Municipal Regional District Taxation

4:00 pm   
BC IRON CHEF
Award Ceremony