The highly popular Gourmet Food and Wine Expo returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre later this month. This year close to 1,800 local and international alcoholic beverages are available for tasting complimented by a number of turoted tastings and cooking demos hosted by celebrity chef Andrea Nicholson.
One of the largest shows of its kind in Canada returns for its 18th year, bringing the party back to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's North Building. This year, there are more exhibitors (food and drink) and more wine, beer, and spirits (1,800 according to organizers) to taste through.
“The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo has always offered tremendous world class artisans, be it from the culinary world, the wine world or anywhere in between,” said Melanie Klie of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. “This year we have Andrea Nicholson, one of Canada’s rising chef stars and as a Pizzaiuoli, a certified Neapolitan pizza maker, we’re very excited to see what she will be creating on the Food Network stage.”
Along with Nicholson, another familiar face from television at this year’s expo is Kevin Brauch. The Thirsty Traveler will be hosting one of the many Tutored Tastings seminars. Brauch’s Saturday session will cover the World of Drinks, a demonstration of how to appreciate a variety of world class beverages selected by Brauch himself. InterVin's Gourmet Gala returns with a six-course dinner hosed by Christopher Waters and fellow InterVin judges. There are two new restaurants that will join the exhibitor floor: Victor and Kultura.
Recently, show organizers announced that Second Harvest will be the expo's charity partner again. Second Harvest will be picking up donated food, and excess food from the show for their delivery program which works with over 200 community agencies.
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.
***PLEASE NOTE; THS CONTESTIS NOW CLOSED, AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN***
Note: VIP passes are only valid on the Thursday and do not include drink/food tickets. (Comments will close Friday, November 9th at 5pm. We will draw winners after that).
Gourmet Food and Wine Expo 2012
November 15th to 18th, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 6pm-10pm VIP Preview Evening
Friday, November 16, 2012, 2pm-10pm
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 12pm-10pm
Sunday, November 18, 2012, 12pm-6pm
VIP Preview $40 (Thursday only)
General Admission $20 (Friday to Sunday)