Do you love food and drink festivals as much as I do? They are always a great place to try new foods and sample chef’s creations, as well as sample different wines and beers. You’ll be able to do all of this at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 2018 returning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto from November 22-25, 2018. (We’re giving away three pairs of Elite passes to the expo…see giveaway details below.)
The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 2018 gives you the opportunity to taste and sample wines, spirits, beer and food from a wide selection of vendors. Some of the vendors at the expo include Toki Whisky, Murphy’s Law Moonshine, Dover Distilleries, Tequila Tromba, Rheault Distillery, Kavi Reserve, Crafty Elk, ZaZa Espresso Bar, Nickel Brook Brewing, BrewDog, Kings Lock Distillery, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, McClelland Premium Imports, Muskoka Brewery, Cowbell Brewing Co., Muskoka Lakes Winery, Vonterra Wines, Dark Horse Winery, Creekside Estate Winery, Wines of South Africa, Pelee Island Winery, Oyster Boy, Moxie’s Grill & Bar, Switzerland Cheese Marketing Inc., Galerie au Chocolat, Fancy Franks, Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce, Cool Runnings Food, Thiru’s Gourmet, Magic Oven, Lorissa’s Kitchen, The Pie Guyz, Century Delight Catering, Mad Mexican, EDO Sushi, Kappa Foods and Stonetown Artisan Cheese.
You’ll learn new ways to pair food and wines at your next holiday party. For more specific knowledge about various wines, beers and spirits, you can sign up for a Tutored Tasting class. You’ll also learn tips from celebrity chefs hosting culinary demonstrations on the Chef Stage.
Fine Wine Tasting Lounge 2018
If you are a wine collector, elite visitor or private buyer, you’ll want to stop by the Fine Wine Tasting Lounge where you’ll be able to sample some of the world’s finest wines, as well as order vintages or limited release selections.
Tutored Tastings are small classes that focus on a particular wine or topic. Offered by Canadian experts including Master Sommeliers John Szabo and Scott Zebarth, tutored tastings are your opportunity to learn and taste new wines and spirits. Some of the tutored tastings are listed below:
Thurs., Nov. 24, 2018
Discover Garnacha, $65
Scott Zebarth, Wines of Argentina
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Learn about Garnacha aka Grenache, one of the oldest grape varieties. You have probably tasted wine made from garnacha since it is one of the most planted grapes in the world. New innovative wines are featuring Garnacha. Here’s your chance to sample it and learn more.
Fri., Nov. 23, 2018
Friday Night Flights, $65
Christopher Waters, DipWSET
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
This introductory session will showcase wine samples from The Gourmet Food & WIne Expo’s Fine WIne Tasting Lounge. Christopher Waters will guide you through a wide range of aromas and flavours of various wines where you’ll learn to appreciate their subtle differences. This is a great class to take before you head out onto the tasting room floor.
Sat., Nov. 24, 2018
Thirsty with a Twist, $90
Kevin Brauch, The Thirsty Traveler
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Kevin Brauch, host of TV’s The Thirsty Traveler, shares his discovery of unique beverages from his global travels. With surprise guests. Brauch will showcase his favourite wine, beer, and spirits while sharing hilarious anecdotes from his travels.
The Marriage of Food and Wine WSET Tasting, $55
Michelle Paris, DipWSET
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
If you are unsure about which wine to pair with seafood, meat or pasta, this is the class for you. You’ll learn how the main flavour profiles in food – acidity, saltiness, and sweetness – affect the perception of various wines.
The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 2018 takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West. Expo hours are:
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23, 2018; 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018; 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25; 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets for the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 2018
Thursday, Nov 22, 2018 (VIP Preview Evening, no re-entry, 19+) $35
Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, (no re-entry, 19+) $30
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, $30 (no re-entry, 19+) $30
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, $20 (no re-entry, 19+) $20
Expo Elite Pass (valid any one day of the expo with front of the line privileges; 19+) $50
Expo Weekender Pass (valid all four days; non-transferable and requires registration with photo ID; 19+) $85
Enter Our Giveaway To Win 1 of 3 Pairs of Elite Passes, $100 value. Must be 19+. Canada only.
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