Nosh to your heart’s content during Hamilton’s culinary week, Oct 16th – 22nd

By Heather Peter

Hamilton has been quietly rebranding ourselves as a culinary city. From being home to the first poke bar, Pokeh, to having nationwide exposure with businesses like Karam Kitchen, to our numerous food-focused events, Hamilton has become a foodie’s heaven. Amidst all this ever-changing industry fame, comes NOSH week.

To nosh; meaning to eat food enthusiastically or greedily.

Hamilton’s culinary week, better known as NOSH week, enters for it’s second year this October 2017 during National Small Business Week – October 16th to 22nd, to be exact. NOSH week launched with a bang last year, with over 20 events and promotions taking place from businesses across the city. Hamilton Economic Development, the makers of Hamilton’s NOSH week, aim for this year to be even larger, bigger, and better than the last. Plus, the ever-popular Kraken Rum will be title sponsor for NOSH week, meaning the week will most likely be filled with monstrous fun!

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On top of all the business promotions, deals and special dishes that many restaurants in the city are coming up with, there are some large events that you won’t want to miss. Some of the bigger events we have to look forward to during this year’s NOSH include: Chef War and NOSH Gives Back.

The excitement surrounding the NOSH Chef War last year was so great, the City of Hamilton will be doing the event all over again, in partnership with and taking place at Carmen’s on the 19th of October. So, how does it work? Ten of the top chefs in the city will battle it out to see who is the ultimate chef, Chopped-style! They’ll be provided with a plethora of pantry and fresh items to cook with, and then given a secret ingredient. A short amount of time afterwards, they’ll have to show a panel of judges what they’ve concocted. Guests will be able to watch the battle live, see all the behind-the-scenes action and enjoy some tasty morsels themselves.

New to the NOSH week scene, is one of their biggest events yet – and one that will give back to the community. NOSH Gives Back will be an event in partnership with Wesley Urban Ministries, Jonny Blonde, Hambrgr’s/FSH & CHP’s Mike Cipollo and Cake and Loaf. The restaurants and chefs involved will provide a gourmet fine dining event (dinner) to those using the Wesley Urban Ministries shelter dining hall for the day.

Though those are some of the larger events that the organizers of NOSH Week have planned, there are new and exciting culinary events popping up everyday. Check out the official website for a calendar with all their events. More information about Hamilton’s NOSH week can be found at

With the recent and sudden loss of Hamilton’s beloved Dave Hanley of Pop Up Hamilton, this year’s NOSH week will be dedicated to his memory. Hamilton Economic Development has also organized the memorial event for October 15th from 2pm-6pm on King William. ‘HamOnt for Hanley’ will honour the man who did so much for the Hamilton community – culinary and otherwise.  The organizer, Michael Marini, stated “Dave always wanted a jazz fest on King William, we will give him that.”  Restaurants and chefs across the city will donate their time and food to the event, with all proceeds going to the Hanley family. Dave Hanley left a lasting impression on every single person he met, with his smiling face, contagious positivity and overall zest for life. It’s only fit that he should have an event worthy of his legendary magnitude. Mad love, Dave Hanley.