Just came back from the EPIC: The Sustainable Living Expo here in Vancouver, BC and had an amazing time. In case you don’t know what the EPIC Expo is, it’s basically an exhibit over at the Vancouver Convention Center in downtown Vancouver that’s all about stylish yet sustainable living. There were hundreds and hundreds of exhibitors showcasing their products and services, and tens of thousands of people who were at the event. For people like me who really love shopping, this was a great event to go to. There were also great eats, which isn’t a surprise considering that “All Things Food – Local, Organic, and Healthy” was the theme for this year.
Turnout was excellent, and even better than last year’s. So let’s go into what was notable about this year’s EPIC Expo.
The EPICatwalk – This has been a staple since 2007, and this year it didn’t disappoint. Great dresses and outfits from all the designers involved, and the models really did their thing on the stage.
The Stanley Park Brewery Tasting Lounge – Oh yeah, this was definitely a standout for me. What I loved the most was the strawberry beer they offered — I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like that before in my life! Yummy!
It was also the debut of Mongozo, which is Canada’s first ever Fair Trade Certified beer. It’s rice based, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before, and basically supports an organization that has been fighting poverty and climate change by using environmentally sustainable practices for over five decades now.
The Whole Foods Market EPICurean Stage – This was great for a foodie like me. Top chefs and food experts took the stage to share their special cuisines and offered samples to the audience. The banana kale smoothie was particularly amazing!
Local, Eco-Friendly Products and Businesses – This was probably the highlight of the entire event for me. I was really surprised to see just how many businesses are promoting environmentally friendly practices to help play their part in saving the environment. There were a lot of entrepreneurs who displayed that sustainability could lead to profitability. GoGoBags was one of them, who sell all sorts of bags (from snack bags, cutlery and toothbrush holders) made from eco-friendly and washable products. Fresher Cleaning is a house cleaning Calgary company who’s partnered with Blitz junk removal. Both companies make it a point to provide excellent customer service with all natural cleaning agents and materials.
Dean Safe, a safe company operating in Los Angeles, also made an appearance showcasing their special brand of biometric safes. These vaults are special, because they can only be opened with the actual fingerprints that’s stored on the safe’s security database. If you’re particularly very concerned with the safety of your items, then these might be a great investment for you.
All in all, the event was great and the turnout was excellent. Personally I can’t wait until 2013′s expo, and of course you can expect a review right here on this site! Be sure to follow EPIC Expo on Facebook to stay updated.