This was my second year of attending the Organic Expo. I had the feeling there were fewer exhibitors but somehow I managed to spend a lot more money.
Bonnie and I managed to taste almost all of the samples (wine included) available. Alvaro made a good effort in trying to keep up with us but was so tired from work that collapsed on a hay stack bench halfway through.
The Organic Expo is much smaller than the Good Food & Wine Show. My guess is that there’s not only a shortage in supply (there aren’t that many certified organic businesses around) but also in the demand, as there are still lots of people who don’t care about organic products.
We sampled good and average wines. The sad news is that the Malbec we loved from Argentina Organica was sold out when we came back to buy it before leaving.
Temple Bruer wines
Alvaro bought yerba mate from the Argentina Organica stall, complete with the mate (the container used to drink it) and the bombilla (stainless steel straw). For those who haven’t tried it, it’s great for keeping you awake and aiding digestion. Good stuff.
Pachamama yerba mate
The Woolies’ Macro brand stall was massive. They had good offers, I bought two jars of tahini for $5 and a jar of fruit spread for $3. We couldn’t resist tasting (and re-tasting, if the word exists) the peanut butters (100% peanuts) and sausages.
Macro peanut butter
They had the whole range of meats for display only.
Bonnie got tahini too, but the black one from the guys at Carwari. We had a taste of a wonderful hummus made with it. I got a bottle of agave nectar from them.
I haven’t run out of any of my pantry staples yet but I still visit the Honest To Goodness stall. I got a package of dried incaberries, an antioxidant-packed alternative to other dried fruits, to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Honest To Goodness
Some fresh produce and gardening were spotted in the hall.
But the bulk of the expo consisted in packaged products, not only food but also supplements. We bought some greens powder from Synergy Natural and açaí powder from Amazonia.
Synergy Natural greens powders
I think I don’t need to say that in the expo we ate everything we normally avoid: grains, sugar, legumes and dairy. At least all of it was organic and I had no major issues the day after. Not even after tasting a lot of the cheeses and yogurt from the Organic Dairy Farmers stall. But the best thing was the butter. Awesome butter. I got a brick for a very good price ($4).
Organic Dairy Farmers cheeses & butter
Going back to our normal eating patterns we sampled good beef, too. Steak and patties that were a bit cold, but still good. The brand is OBE and comes from Queensland. Sadly, they don’t have any distributors in Sydney yet.
There were lots and lots of snacks. Snacks are snacks and junk is junk, organic or not. But organic stuff just tastes better, cleaner, less chemical. Chocolates, raw bars, spiced nuts, vegetable chips… we tried them all, loved most and bought a few. I must mention the Loving Earth range of raw chocolates, not only because they taste AMAZING but because they have a few that feature Peruvian ingredients: purple corn, lúcuma, maca, and camu camu.
Ceres Organics raw food bars
Loving Earth nuts
Loving Earth raw chocolates
Absolute Organic chips
There were also a good number of beauty products stalls. When it comes to stuff you put on your skin I think it makes sense to pay a little extra for quality natural products because it all gets absorbed into your bloodstream. I bought a tube of Pure & Green aloe vera-based hydrating lotion.
Pure & Green beauty products
All the shopping (and sampling) made us thirsty. Luckily there was 100% pure coconut water available at a good price ($5 for 2 cans, $25 for a case of 12).
Nakula coconut water