Win Tickets to the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo 2013

Win Tickets to the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo 2013

The highly popular Gourmet Food and Wine Expo returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in November. We're giving away some VIP Passes.

The immensely popular show returns to the MTCC for the 19th year with over 1,500 local and international alcoholic beverages available for tasting, along with a number of tutored tastings and cooking demos. This year Food Network chef Roger Mooking, who will be a judge on Chopped Canada, will be at the event all weekend hosting a variety of events including a taping of the show. 

Full programming for this year's show was recently released, which includes the 'All you need is cheese' stage, The InterVin tasting lounge, and the Spiritology pavillion. Consumers can also vote on what they think is the hottest trend in beverages — choosing from categories like cider, British beer, Champagne, and Caesars.

As with previous years, we think the best time to check out the show is on the Thursday during the VIP preview. No line ups and a smaller crowd mean you have more opportunities to mingle with winemakers and producers as you taste your way through.

We're giving away a small number of VIP passes. Tell us about a new wine or grape variety you discovered this year in the comments below, to win a pair of VIP passes to the Thursday show (November 14th).

Note: VIP passes are only valid on the Thursday and do not include drink/food tickets. (Comments will close Friday, November 8th at 5pm. We will draw winners after that).

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo Event Details:
November 14th to 17th, 2013

Thursday, November 14th – 6pm to 10pm
Friday, November 15th – 2pm to 10pm
Saturday, November 16th – 12pm to 10pm
Sunday, November 17th – 12pm to 6pm

VIP Preview $40 (Thursday only)
General Admission $20 (Friday to Sunday)

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  1. Reena says

    Just discovered Southbrook’s Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon… medium-bodied and fruity… goes well with steak or just have a glass (or two) on it’s own

  2. Vanessa Charlebois says

    I recently discovered Portugal’s Vinho Verde this past year – and even featured it as our table white wine at our wedding this past weekend. It’s semi-dry, with just a hint of effervescence. It’s perfect with all sorts of foods (fish, chicken, cheese, finger foods and even holds up well to steak!) and just as good on its own. Bonus – it’s $8 a bottle!

  3. Nicole S says

    Ice wine syrup. Great for after dinner on icecream to enhance the whole experience or as a after dinner drink. Either ways its delicious.

  4. Marcus Pyo says

    I am fairly new to wine, and my friend recently introduced me to Sauternes, which won me over instantly. Funny story: He had been aging a 2003 Chateau Suduiraut for several years, and earlier this year his father opened it up without his knowledge, and used most of it to cook a chicken dish. He was not the happiest person when he found out haha.

  5. Emma says

    This year I have discovered Apothic red wine! It is so amazing and my current choice of wine for myself and for gifts!! My sister introduced me to it and I am hooked! I have never been to the food and wine expo, but it looks amazing and I was happy to see Apothic on the list of exhibitors!! Would love to win a VIP pass! Thanks :)

  6. John Zuber says

    Fat Bastard Shiraz, France

    Deep ruby red in colour, with cherry, raspberry and herbal aromas, this full bodied Shiraz has a sweet fruit core, notes of white and black pepper spice and a long lingering finish.

  7. Angie says

    I just tried Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2009. Since I missed Sardegna on my Sicilian holiday last summer, a friend gave me this wine to try. Sooooo good!!!

  8. Jan Dempsey says

    I tried Henry of Pelham 2010 Estate Cabernet Merlot and really enjoyed it.
    Perfect with my lamb roast from a local farmer ! ( J. Dempsey)

  9. Linda says

    This year, I discovered Chardonney and I absolutely am in love! It’s full of flavours and pairs very nicely with lobster – yum!

  10. Kenneth Ly says

    Just this past Sept I went to Hungary and discovered Evolúció, coming from one of the oldest and well known wine regions, Tokaj. They specialize in producing world class wines of dry aromatic scent of green apple and apricot coming from the Furmint and Harslevelu grapes. It is medium bodied with a crisp green apple taste with spice and apricot. I would compare this between an unoaked chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. I would recommend trying this wine during the summer to fall season.

  11. Russ says

    Went to visit some new Niagara Wineries, and recently picked up a dark, ruby red, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Pondview Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it’s full-bodied with notes of dark chocolate and nutmeg!

  12. Feena says

    It’s great to see that Toronto is holding the Wine and Food expo for yet another year. I have visited a few restaurants and vinyards that have done some wine and food pairing as well as some wine and cheese pairings. It would be great to taste and compare the local wines to those around the world. I can’t wait for this event!

  13. Shannon says

    I’m VERY new to wine drinking (actually just started this year in February) but I’ve found that Inniskillin Winery Cabernet Franc is so sweet and lovely. I find some wines to be a touch overbearing as I’m a newbie. I can’t wait to try more, though!! Figure out exactly what my wine palate needs :)

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