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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo kicks off 20th year in Toronto

(News Release)

TORONTO – The biggest food and drink event in Canada is back for its 20th anniversary.

Sip and savour international cuisine, exotic delicacies, incredible wines, cutting-edge cocktails, stunning craft beers and so much more at this year’s Gourmet Food & Wine Expo taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Nov. 20-23.

“Every year we try to exceed expectations by sourcing out new exhibitors and offering a better experience. This year we’re very excited about what we have planned,” said Jennifer Campbell, Show Manager of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.

“For our 20th anniversary we’re bringing Toronto the best in wine, food, cocktails and craft beer. Plans are well underway for makingthis year’s Expo the most appetizing event Canada has ever seen.”

Tutored Tastings, the popular interactive wine and spirit seminars, will be returning once again, giving attendees the chance to samples some of theworld’s finest wines with Canada’s leading experts. In honour of the 20th anniversary, the best presenters are being brought in to deliver in-depth, fun and hands-on tasting experiences. Hosts such as Billy Munnelly, John Szabo and Kevin Brauch, among many others, will be sharing some of their favourite discoveries.

A definite must see at the show includes a show-stopping Caesar contest featuring the best mixologists from across the country. Mott’s Clamato’s Best Caesar in Town National Finals will be hitting the Expo on Sunday, November 23rd on the Trend Central Main stage. It’s only fitting that the largest food and drink festival in the country hosts this unique and entertaining event thatcelebrate’s Canada’s cocktail.

Not to be missed is Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, who will be at the Food Network Stage Friday November 21st at 3 pm and 6 pm. This television star has become a sensation in the culinary world with her 25 years of experience as Executive Chef for the Four Seasons Hotel and the Chef-Owner of Ruby Watchco. Known from hit television shows Pitchin’ In and Restaurant Makeover, Crawford will be showcasing her talents live at the Food Network Stage.

The Expo will also feature a new VIP Area and Sommelier Tasting Bar. Indulge and sample premium wines including consignment and vintage options with the ability toprivate order wines during this intimate tasting. Also returning to the Expo is the always popular #TrendCentral Tasting Stage. Check out the hottest trends in wine, cocktails and beer.

Catch the All You Need is Cheese Stage and sample a wide selection of cheese, take part in cooking demonstrations and learn about cheese pairings hosted by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. For spirits enthusiasts, the Spiritology Pavilion allows you to receive a hands-on lesson in creating cocktails from Toronto’s top mixologists. 

“We have so much in store for our guests at this year’s Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. With hundreds of exhibitors, so many talented chefs, ongoing complimentary stages and the best Tutored Tastings line up yet, a visit to the Expo will surely excite the palate of all those who attend,” said Campbell. “Many of our visitors consider it their favorite event of the year!”
  
Gourmet Food & Wine Expo takes place November 20-23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. For more information and to buy Tutored Tastings or Admission tickets please visit FoodAndWineExpo.ca. Tickets often sell out at the door, so don’t miss out on Canada’s largest celebration of food and drink!

Follow the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo on Twitter at @GFWE, #GFWE and stay up to date with the latest about the Expo.

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 

Dates, times, prices:
Thurs Nov 20, 2014, 6-10pm, $45 VIP Preview Evening
Fri Nov 21, 2014, 2-10pm, $25 | $35 after 5
Sat Nov 22, 2014, 12-10pm, $35 | $45 after 5
Sun Nov 23, 2014, 12-6pm, $20
Elite Pass | Any one day | Elite Entrance $60
Elite Weekend Pass | All 4 days | Elite Entrance $85
Tutored Tastings Classes | $65-$95 | Includes Elite Pass

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Details | Tickets: www.foodandwineexpo.ca | @gfwe
Named one of Canada’s Top food and drink events by Biz Bash.

Must be 19 years of age or older. No children or infants permitted. 

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