Ottawa's Great Canadian Barbeque invites Canadian Authors to apply for Book Expo.

By Peter Tremblay

Smoque Shack and the Ottawa Book Expo are coming together to deliver a real Canadian feast alongside an array of literary treasures this 2020. The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be operating for a total of four days and are encouraging grassroots-oriented authors to step up and be a part of the local celebration.

There are various book fairs across Canada at any time of the year. However, it is quite rare that you find an expo that celebrates local talent exclusively, much less grandly. The Ottawa Book Expo is coming back in 2020, and it’s bringing along the Great Canadian Barbecue to celebrate Canadian roots and the literary culture in Canada.

If you’re an aspiring Canadian author, then you’re well aware of the struggle to gain an audience for your work. The Ottawa Book Expo celebrates the local pool of literary genius that has gone unnoticed.

It is the perfect opportunity to mingle with potential readers, agents, and publishing companies. It’s no secret that very few authors get the chance to face success despite multiple attempts to introduce their work.

The lack of publicity and common ties in the literary industry is one of the main reasons why your book might not be succeeding. Mingling with potential readers and fellow authors will expose you and allow you to sell your book upfront—something you can’t do when they’re being sold at a bookstore.

Join independent literary businesses in the fight to keep the literary culture in local Canada alive. It can be very disheartening to see local work ignored while mainstream authors are celebrated regularly.

The fact is, exposure is the only thing you can count on to help you make it big in the literary world. Unless you’ve managed to gain a loyal following, you are most likely not going to be successful in your writing career.

If publicity isn’t your problem, it is still a good idea to talk to like-minded folk who can help you further your goals in the literary industry. There is nothing better than sharing your experience and learning new things about the trade.

It is often forgotten that the literary world is dynamic and continuously changing. Unless you find yourself updated on new trends and publishing styles, you will be left behind, and that is something that will only prove to hinder your goals.

The Ottawa Book Expo is the ultimate event of the year that will allow you to put yourself first. Disconnect from reality and the constant barrage of technological information in the modern world by spending at least one day surrounded by books and comfort food.

The Great Canadian Barbecue offers an early bird rate of $85 per day. This includes at least one serving of each delicious Canadian favourite served by Smoque Shack.

Sample the various tapas-style dishes offered by Smoque Shack alongside all-time barbecue favourites like pulled pork sliders, jerk chicken egg rolls, brisket served on a crustini with horseradish mayonnaise and two bones of pork ribs.

In addition to the various barbecue favourites, Smoque Shack is offering one meal serving each of Smoque Shack’s signature Smoqued favourites: Andouille sausage corn dogs and skewered shrimp.

In case your mouth isn’t watering yet, you should consider the sides Smoque Shack is bringing to the Expo. You will see plates of cornbread with Jalapeno infused cheddar butter, mini mac and cheeses and various surprise feature dishes.

The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be spread out over four days of literary and culinary celebration. Food and books will be available for tasting and perusing from 11 AM to 5 PM on June 7, 2020, and July 24-26, 2020.

Once a ticket for the Great Canadian Barbecue is purchased, foodies and readers alike will be able to mingle alongside each other and enjoy a day full of literary and culinary wonder.

If you are an author who is hoping to become successful and make a living out of writing books one day, the Ottawa Book Expo is the perfect place to get a head start. Head on over to the Ottawa Book Expo website and inquire regarding author collaborator slots before they fill up. Hurry, this is the literary and culinary chance of a lifetime.

Ottawa Chefs: How to Become a Vendor at Great Canadian Barbecue


The Great Canadian Barbecue is expected to usher in an era of culinary tourism to the Ottawa area. Because of this, several homegrown chefs, foodies and restaurateurs are eager to get a chance to participate in the event that will ultimately change the way Ottawa sees food forever. The Great Canadian Barbecue has opened its arms to interested chefs and restaurateurs and here's how you can apply to be a part of culinary history.

The Great Canadian Barbecue will be held alongside what is expected to be the largest literary celebration in Canada. The event came into fruition from the collaboration between Smoque Shack and the Ottawa Book Expo. The culinary potluck was designed to showcase the vitality of the culinary culture in Ottawa and encourage visitors and locals alike to invest in the culinary tourism of Ottawa.

Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to the organizers of the event to secure a vendor slot. Over three hundred vendors are expected to attend both events with thousands of attendees from all over the world expected to participate in the ultimate celebration of vitality and diversity.

Vendors will not only be able to reach a diverse range of potential clientele, but they will also be able to reach like-minded individuals who share their love for the culinary arts. There are multiple chances to mingle and interact with fellow food vendors and share trade secrets that will ultimately help the culinary culture of Ottawa thrive and prosper in years to come.

If you’re worried about sharing the spotlight with so many vendors, don’t be! The organizers of both events have employed the help of several freelance marketing specialists that are on top of generating traffic and ensuring a beneficial event for all parties involved.

In addition to that, several mixer events have been set up to take place during the event. This will not only encourage a community of food lovers but encourage those who are not actively supporting the culinary community to take up their forks and eat their hearts out.

The Great Canadian Barbecue is also the perfect place for reaching clients and interested investors or potential partners from all over the world. This not only ensures the culinary vitality of the Ottawa area, but this gives you a chance to broadcast your culinary genius to other cultures and effectively increase your chances of gaining heavy tourist traffic in years to come.