April 7-9 2017

Friday  4pm - 10pm
Saturday  12pm - 10pm
Sunday  12pm - 5pm
FirstOntario Centre Hamilton

Contact Us

Beau Monde Productions 
244 Jackson St. West, Hamilton
Ontario, Canada  L8P 1M5  
Telephone: 905-524-3689 Fax: 905-5243466
email: info@foodanddrinkfest.com

Our Team

Jay Higgins

As Owner and Senior Event Planner of Beau Monde Productions, Jay has spearheaded, created and been the driving force behind Food and Drink Fest since its' inception in 2004. His personal love for all things culinary coupled with being a musician, occasional food critic and serial entrepreneur makes Food & Drink Fest a natural fit. Throughout his successful career Jay has worn many hats and enjoyed the variety of experience these have offered him. From playing hockey in Europe to touring with local bands, working at the Hamilton Spectator to being chair of the Business Development Committee at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Professor at Mohawk College to co-founder of Obituariestoday.com and Wikidomo.com and many other ventures inbetween, Jay has always been a champion for the City of Hamilton, downtown renewal, cultural diverscity and independant growth and achievemnt. Jay enjoys riding his road bike, skiing, playing hockey, music both playing and consuming, cooking and raising his family in the heart of the city.

Jennifer Odell

After graduation and a trip to Europe, Jennifer was hired by The Hamilton Spectator. Having always had an affinity for the written word, she worked for 10 years in the local newspaper industry in both the editorial and advertising departments. She has now been a member of the Beau Monde Productions team for over 5 years and enjoys her role as Senior Event Coordinator. As a devout foodie and aspiring wine connoisseur, Food and Drink Fest is especially close to her heart. "Working with and getting to know local masters of their individual crafts has been a real pleasure for me. Bringing them face to face with area consumers makes for a rewarding experience of which I couldn't be more proud." Jennifer's hobbies include travel, volleyball, boating, reading, entertaining and cooking. 

Claire Levo

If you’ve ever seen a swan glide across the water, you know the grace and elegance on the surface give no indication of the feet paddling vigorously below. That’s how it is with big events – for things to run smoothly on the surface, someone must be behind the scenes, working vigorously to attend to details and keep everything on schedule.
Claire Levo, one of Beau Monde Productions, Senior Event Coordinators exemplifies this strong service acumen, with her trademark energy and positivity, Claire has built and maintains constructive alliances with vendors and clients. She prefers a collaborative approach to vendor relationships and supports a prudent and careful execution of events. 
Having spent most of her career in Ottawa, Ontario, Claire has over a decade of event experience. Through the years she has worked in all aspects of corporate, fundraising, and promotional events. However, when asked Claire will tell her most memorable life event was the birth of her daughter Elliote Addyson “my daughter has a special way of adding joy in every single day.”

A Note To Our Visitors:

Thank you for visiting FoodandDrinkFest.com and your interest in the upcoming Festival! As members of the Food & Drink Fest team, we love creating unique local culinary experiences for foodies and local consumers alike. 
While we encourage all to enjoy the event to the full, safety is our first priority. Therefore we ask that, should you choose to partake of alcohol at the show, that you do so in a moderate and safe fashion. Above all, we ask that you do not drink and drive. Please plan ahead, appoint a designated driver, make arrangements for taxi service or take public transit. 
After almost two decades of planning live events, we have learned of one constant we can always count on: things change! Because of the nature of events like these, information on this website may be adjusted from time to time during the planning or duration of the Festival. We will try our very best to keep you up to date with the very latest news information as it becomes available. 


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