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 Book Expo 2020: A Literary and Literal Feast Awaits


The Ottawa Book Expo and the Smoque Shack come together this 2020 to bring you the perfect marriage of Canadian cuisine and literary culture. There is nothing better than spending the day amongst books while indulging in comfort food. Spoil your eyes on a literary feast while enjoying a literal feast in celebration of Canadian cuisine and culture.

Ottawa Book Expo 2020 is getting ready to bring you a local literary experience like no other. A partnership between the book expo and Smoque Shack promises a physically and intellectually satiating experience.

To celebrate the brilliance of Canadian cuisine and the local literary culture, the Great Canadian Barbecue™ will be launched alongside the expo. Ottawa Book Expo this 2019 was an incredible success. One can only assume that 2020’s book expo will be an even more significant event.

It’s no secret that books and food are essential to life. Having an expo that not only encourages you to immerse yourself in between pages of hundreds of books but also to eat your heart out is a recipe for a day well spent. What’s even better is, the book expo and the barbecue will be around for a total of four days!

Contacting to get tickets early will entitle you to an early bird rate of only $89.00 per day. The tickets not only ensure you’re well-fed and able to sample all the different food served each day but allow you to peruse the expo at no additional cost as well.

There are four days you could choose from, which means there’s enough for everyone. The Great Canadian Barbecue™ will be serving food from 11:00 AM until 5 PM on June 7, 2020, and July 24-26, 2020.

The Great Canadian Barbecue™ boasts a wide array of tapas-style barbecue options in addition to the variety of other Canadian food being served.

Each ticket holder will be entitled to one serving of each dish. However, according to the discretion of Smoque Shack, additional meal servings may be claimed.

The extensive menu includes Canadian favourites and mystery featured items. Among the food being served, you can also see non-barbecue things like jerk chicken egg rolls. The egg rolls are perfect for snacking while you walk down the line of booths showcasing different books.

You will also be entitled to a serving of pulled pork sliders. Sliders are a classic barbecue staple. Speaking of barbecue staples, the Great Canadian Barbecue™ will also bombard you with smoked dishes in Smoque Shack’s signature style.

Smoque Shack will provide stunning options including their signature Smoqued Andouille sausage corn dogs and skewered Smoqued shrimp served alongside timeless favourites like two bones of pork ribs and the all-time favourite brisket served on a crustini with horseradish mayonnaise.

The main dish and appetizer selection alone is enough to leave your mouth watering. However, that’s not all the Great Canadian Barbecue™ has to offer. You’ll also have multiple side options like mini mac and cheeses. Smoque Shack has outdone itself by elevating cornbread to mouth-watering standards by serving cornbread slathered with jalapeno and cheddar infused butter.

The Ottawa Book Expo is not the only book event you could attend this 2020. However, in the midst of all the book fairs and expos you could choose from, the Ottawa Book Expo is unique in exploring and celebrating local talent.

Support local grassroots-oriented authors, publishers and literary vendors by buying a ticket and exploring the vast pool of literary talent Canada has to offer.

The Ottawa Book Expo will be showcasing a wide selection of local authors. The ultimate goal of the Book Expo is to help authors and local publishers become successful in the industry and cultivate the literary culture in Canada.

It’s fantastic to see events that encourage the local love for literary genius while celebrating some of Canada’s favourite food. If your mouth isn’t watering by now, I guarantee your bookworm heart is swelling at the thought of a locally-grown book expo.

What else is there to look for? Immerse yourself in a whole day (or four) of literary and edible greatness. Perhaps the most remarkable takeaway from the event is that it will cultivate a stronger and larger culture for literary and Canadian love and support.