It’s The Canadian Health Food Association Trade Show Day!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 3, 2009

Today is an exciting day!

Eric and I are off to the Canadian Health Food Association Natural and Organic Foods Trade Show!

“It is Canada’s largest conference and trade show serving the natural products and organics industries. This is the place for you to meet face-to-face with the industry’s top manufacturers, distributors and brokers. It’s a place where you will find thousands of products – including new products never before seen in Canada – and to benefit from show specials.”

I am so excited. As you may know I am trying to find a manufacturer/distributer for my Glo Bars, so I hope to make some contacts here today as well as meet face-to-face some of the wonderful companies that have generously donated to Oh She Glows over the months!

I’ve got the business cards ready!


This show is not open to the public so I feel especially excited that I am able to attend now that I am a business owner.

I have already made a Favourites list of manufacturers and distributors to visit. They make some of the following products:

  • Libre Tea
  • Empress Packaging (I have been looking for a professional packager for my bars for AGES!)
  • Manitoba Harvest
  • Green Beaver Co. (Canadian Natural beauty products Company!)
  • Desert Essence (makers of my green tea cleanser and oil)
  • Earth Balance
  • Guiltless Gourmet
  • Kiss My Face
  • Bobs Red Mill
  • Nature’s Path
  • Amazing Grass
  • Neal Brothers
  • And so many more

Given how huge this expo is, I decided to skip my workout on the treadmill this morning as we will be on our feet for hours today. And yes, I am wearing my 4″ stilettos. ;)



Breakfast was quick and delicious this morning.


The wonderful Chloe from Naturally Frugal sent me some amazing homemade jam!


Blackberry and Plum… I decided to eat the Blackberry first. :)


It is so delicious. Thank you Chloe!


No morning goes by without making a huge pot of loose leaf Sencha. ;)

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I also made a Green Monster– for the road today. I am going to drink it while in the car. Don’t worry, I am bringing some floss to avoid the dreaded Green Monster Teeth! You know what I’m talking about. ;)


Speaking of Green, I am thinking of dressing up as a Green Monster for Halloween this year. I’m pretty pumped about it… Any ideas for a costume??

I will be doing a huge recap of the expo later on today and showing you all the awesome samples and goodies I brought home! :)

I’m off to put on a SUIT. I never thought I would be looking forward to wearing a suit after having to wear them everyday at my old job.


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Betherann October 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

Cool! Have fun! :)


Jess (Fit Chick in the City) October 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

Good luck today! Looking forward to hearing how it goes.
I also get excited when I get to wear a suit these days. I work in a gym and get excited when I don’t have to wear workout clothes.


Marina October 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

Well, you could use some spinach leaves to cover your fun parts, and carry banana in hand :D That would be a fun costume :)
Good luck today!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2009 at 11:16 am



VeggieGirl October 3, 2009 at 9:57 am


Even though Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I don’t dress up anymore for it, haha.


Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) October 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

I love the fact that your card has Glow-In-The-Dark writing!

One year (when I was small, honest) I went as a tube of Crest toothpaste by wrapping a large cardboard around me into a tube shape and then painting on it. Perhaps you could do something like that So the cardboard would be the ‘glass’, then have a long PVC tube sticking out of it like a straw. You could paint the cardboard green and label it GM or Green Monster….something like that!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

LOVE it!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

That sounds like a blast! I absolutely LOVE your business cards. Super cute!


Diana October 3, 2009 at 10:08 am

Cute business cards!
Hmmm, homemade jam. :)

Good luck, I’m sure you’ll have an awesome day. ;)


Faith October 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

That trade show sounds so exciting! Have fun today! By the way, I LOVE your business cards!


Leah @ Simply Fabulous October 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

Have fun today! You are so a business owner and belong at these Trade Shows! Good luck getting some exposure!


Angi October 3, 2009 at 10:17 am

Good luck today!


Katherine October 3, 2009 at 10:26 am

ooh. i’m so jealous. make sure you take pics (did i even need to say that?). I’m especially interested in the Canadian products. many food blogs are american so i’m all up for the new canadian stuff!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

Oh I will!


Tina October 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

Oh, homemade jam is sooo superior to storebought. Every year my family goes raspberry picking (this year we picked 39 lbs!) and then my mom makes freezer jam for the rest of the year. I’ve been trying to get her to send me some at school!


Alina October 3, 2009 at 11:08 am

Wow!!!! this is so exciting! good luck today! i’m sure you’ll make not only contacts but CONTRACTS today! you’ve put so much work and dedication to what you do and love so it’s going to be great! can’t wait for a recap!


Kristin (Kristins Nibbles) October 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

How cool! I can’t wait to see your recap!



Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 3, 2009 at 11:32 am

Good luck at the expos! I wish something like that would come to my town — I am sure it will be fun. Looking forward to the recap!


Nic October 3, 2009 at 11:45 am

Wow you breakfast looks delicouse! Even though it’s fairly simple I would eat it in a heartbeat! ;)
Have fun at the expo and I can’t wait until you’re back to tell us about it!! Hug n.


ReinventingSandyB October 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm

All the best today..!


Heidi October 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I love your blog. I just had to tell you that!!! I look forward to reading it every day! You’re so inspiring and have so much positive energy :) Enjoy the expo! Can’t wait to read all about it!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Thanks hun!


Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

omg I’ve never seen your business cards before! They are so cute! I want one! SO SO cool that youre at a trade show! My dad got passes one year through a friend (sneaky) and it was so much fun!


Jacqueline October 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Work it girl, work it! Love that your wearing 4″ stilettos!
Good luck today! :)


Jenna (WholeBodyLove) October 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

It’s so awesome that you are realzing your dream and everything is coming together! It sounds like today is going to be a great one!


Bridget October 3, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I’m so jealous! That expo sounds so fun! And I love the green monster costume idea


Tracey @ TropicalHappiness October 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm

GOOD LUCK!!!!! Sounds like you’ve done your homework and have scouted out where you need to be and who you need to talk to!


Jolene October 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Best of luck at the trade show – I am sure people will LOVE to sell your products (especially if they know how delish they are).


Leah October 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm

OoH! YOu are going to have so much fun at the trade show!!! YAY!


natalie October 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm

How cool. I need to look into those types of things in my community!! sounds like a great day! have fun!!


kristi (sweet cheeks) October 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

the expo sounds amazing!! I want to come! Can’t wait to hear all about it!


GG October 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm

What a great opportunity for you! I hope it was fantastic!


Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now October 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I hope you’re having a GREAT time!


Jenna October 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm

GOOD LUCK TODAY!!!! I can’t wait to hear about it.

You are a brave girl for wearing your stiletto’s :)

That jam looks sooo good with the melty pb!


Liz @ In The Skinny October 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Wow! Good luck at the expo. I hope you get a lot of good information.


[email protected] RunningAroundNormal October 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Ooh, good luck, Ange! I hope to read a post later about how awesome it was! Either way, though, it will be a GREAT experience.


Rachael (La Dolce Vita) October 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Can’t wait to read about the recap!!


Cara (Cara Craves...) October 3, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Maybe Green spandex with some sort of plastic around the middle that can act as the glass…You could make a hat that has a straw coming out of the top.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

omg green spandex….love it!!!!


Jenny Eastwood October 3, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Oh wow, the expo sounds totally awesome! And it’s great that you can go :D Can’t wait to hear a recap!!


K October 4, 2009 at 12:08 am

Love the business cards! I am looking forward to getting the insider scoop on what really happens at these trade show things! ;)
Also, fairly off topic, but I meant to ask you how you prepared your mung beans. I have a jar of them sitting in my cupboard waiting to get used, but so far I have been too lazy to sprout them.


::christine:: October 5, 2009 at 9:13 am

Green Monster Teeth – I know what you mean. I have to bring a toothbrush with me all the time because of the “Monster Teeth” 8)


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