This past Saturday we were invited to attend the 14th Annual West Coast Women’s Show in Abbotsford, BC. This 3 day event is a fun jam packed ‘Ultimate Girls Weekend’ featuring shows, seminars, shopping, food, fashion, wine, health and fitness. We attended the show on Saturday only and were excited to see the beautiful soap opera star, Michelle Stafford of The Young And The Restless/General Hospital speak. She took the main stage and answered questions from her fans… for everyone who wants to know if she’s ever going back to The Young And The Restless – “No, not ever!” I can’t even tell you how many times someone would ask or make a comment about her leaving The Young And The Restless. She was so gracious and down to earth. It was great getting to talk to her after the show! After being fans through the years we will certainly be tuning in to see an episode or so of General Hospital just to see her work.
You can check out her website/blog MichelleStafford.com ‘Doin It As A Single Chick‘, where she talks about everything from being a single mom, dating, decor, health and fitness.
There was a lot of shopping to be done at the West Coast Women’s Show! Everything from specialty foods & handmade jewelry to home decor and kitchen supplies. The show featured a lot of local vendors from Vancouver, BC which we loved.
We don’t know about you but we never get tired of beautiful hand made natural soaps and body products! We had to stop at The Good Suds Soap Co. booth. This Pitt Meadows based company makes quality soaps and body products that are natural and made with no parabens, detergents, sulfates or chemicals. We picked up some lovely lip balms. Our lip product collection really is out of control now…
The Blushface Paper Goods booth (pictured left) featured these popular slogan mugs along with greeting cards, art prints and stationary galore! They were definitely one of my favourite booths at the show this weekend. Everything was so adorable! Check out her site here to view all of the mugs available.
(Pictured right) And who can resist this tower of macarons from Sweet Thea Cakes (based out of Langley, BC)!
We are suckers for macarons so of course we bought a box to try them out. Their raspberry macarons were my favourite.
On our list of must-do things during the event was to attend an ‘All You Need Is Cheese‘ seminar. This was a complimentary event sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada and it was awesome! We got to sample and learn about 6 very different Canadian cheeses that were fabulous. A big thank you to David ”The Cheese Guy‘. He was a great host and very entertaining. He made learning about cheese so much fun!
We were somewhat timid about this particular event… but the curiosity of seeing some handsome firefighters on stage seemed to overrule that. It seems we have saved the best event for last… the Vancouver Firefighters’ performing for charity. It wasn’t your tacky strip style dancing as one would expect (and we feared of!) to see in the typical ‘Ladies Night’ bar scene. Rather it was done in a fun, sometimes bashful, good spirit for a great cause kind of attitude. Each firefighter bravely took the stage and did his own little fun number. We have to give them credit, they all did an amazing job!
They were there raising money promoting and selling their Hall Of Fame 2015 Calender which you can purchase at Save On Foods and London Drugs.
Twelve firefighters featured from various Vancouver and Lower Mainland cities raise money for many charities including, BCPFFA Burn Fund, CKNW Orphan Fund, Children’s Hospital, and Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society.
After seeing their great effort at the show we were intrigued to do some additional research on the fundraising that the firefighters actually do. We were totally impressed with the charitable work they all do on their own time and in their communities. It’s extremely humbling and inspiring! You can read about some of it here.
So we encourage everyone to go out and purchase your firefighters calender for 2015. It’s for a great cause (and it’s not so bad to look at!) 😉
We have never attended this event before but we really enjoyed it. It’s the perfect place to have fun with the girls, score some great deals and get in a little pre-Christmas shopping as well! There were so many things to see and do & shops to discover. Some events and seminars we just didn’t have enough time to experience. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.
Have you been to the West Coast Women’s Show before? We’d love to hear from you!
Laura & Natasha xo