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Gourmet Food & Wine Expo returning to T.O.


September 26, 2011
By Canadian Pizza

September 26, 2011, Toronto – It's time to top up your glasses and toast the return of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

From Nov. 17 to 20, the expo will offer guests an unparalleled opportunity to sample over 1,500 fine wines, beers and spirits and savour the culinary stylings of Toronto's best restaurants.

"The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is the event that food and drink lovers across Ontario look forward to every year," said Jennifer Campbell, show manager for the expo. "With over 375 exhibitors, the Expo will offer incredible local and international flavours that appeal to everyone's specific tastes."

This year's show will welcome celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, host of Food Network's Chuck's Day Off. Hughes will be joined by Toronto's top chefs on the expo floor as they prepare their spectacular cuisine to sample at the Food Network stage.

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"Also returning this year will be the popular Tutored Tastings program. As the pinnacle event for wine enthusiasts, the Tutored Tastings program features incredible hosts, engaging topics and unrivaled access to the world's best wines," said Campbell. "This program is perfect for wine enthusiasts looking to learn from the world's experts as well as wine novices looking for advice on how to get started."

The Tutored Tastings events will be hosted by the Thirsty Traveler Kevin Brauch, master sommelier John Szabo, Wolf Blass chief winemaker Chris Hatcher, Winemaker of the Year from Tawse Winery Paul Pender and many more.

Returning to the Tutored Tastings lineup is the second annual Gourmet Gala. This  VIP event runs Nov. 19. Guests will enjoy a six-course meal paired with many award winners from the 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards. Tickets are $195 and include admission to the expo.

The Fine Wine and InterVin Tasting Lounge will allow guest to sample wines rarely available by the glass, and The Dairy Farmers of Canada's Cheese Corner will feature artisan cheese tasting and educational seminars. The Spiritology Pavilion will educate aspiring mixologists on the hottest trends and serve up some libations. Mott's Clamato Caesar School offers a hands-on class in creating Canada's National Cocktail. Finally, add a little "hop" in your night with more delicious craft beers and notable international brews than ever before.