The Toronto Food and Wine Expo is an annual foodie event held at the Metro Toronto Convention centre. The Event mixes gourmet food from our beautiful city with wines, beers and liqueurs from all over the world! A little-united nations of boozing all in one building.
We teamed up with some friends for our food and wine adventure and headed off on Saturday to indulge in whatever the event had in store for us. The Food and Wine Expo works almost like a tiny gourmet carnival. You buy tickets, each costing $1, and once inside the expo you pay for all your tasty treats with your tickets. Some of the finer wines can be 5-6 tickets but for the most part we stuck to wine costing a meagre 1, 2 or, when we want to splurge, three tickets! The food was pretty reasonable as expo fair prices goes but was extremely delicious, and there was something for everyone! Music played amongst the attendees and every so often you would come upon a small sitting area where you could snag a table and relax with friends.
The lines were long at times but for the most part coming earlier in the day resulted in wine by the glass in no time. Since we are not wine connoisseurs by any means, we decided that a good way to select from the hundreds of wine choices available was to choose different areas of the world and then pick our favourite bottle designs and drink that. I think we sampled over 10 varieties of wine (I didn't get all their pictures, but I assure you they were all delicious). My favourite was probably the Villa Ponciago from France. It was a red wine with an (and I know this sounds strange) creamy taste. It was one of the nicest red wines I've ever had so I'll be trying to track that baby down at the LCBO soon.
Buick was one of the sponsors of the event and them had rows of model cars set up at the back of the convention centre. It was a strange addition to the game but provided a much needed, albeit slightly awkward, place to hang out after the dense crowds became overwhelming. Dan was kind enough to fill out a survey for these guys and came out with a free coffee mug which changes colour and reveals a Buick logo and slogan. It's pretty neat, and we were thankful that they let us play in the back seats of their cars. Thanks, Buick!
But, it wasn't just wine that we were lucky enough to dive into at the expo. Amazing and delicious food was found all over the floor. Hidden between the booths were lobster rolls, delicious Swiss melted Raclette, meatballs, cranberry brie grilled cheese, churros, oysters and more.
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Before we left, I was determined to find a sample from the Ukraine. Luckily the nice guys who manned the country of Georgia booth directed us towards the Ukrainian vodka booth we missed throughout our travels. We had two amazingly scrumptious drinks - a Kiev mule and a Ukie Caesar. Of all the Caesars I had that night, this one was the best. The Vodka was flavoured with " Honey Hot Pepper" and that kick of sweet and spicy from the liquor added a whole other dimension to the drink. Our second drink was the Kiev Mule (more commonly known as the Moscow Mule) and is now officially Dan, and I's new favourite drink!
As the crowds got pretty intense towards the later part of the evening and our tickets were running low we decided to call it a night and head home. Next year I'd be sure to go extra early to avoid the crowds all together but for most certain, we shall be there again, to taste and try it all once more. 'Till next time Food and Wine Expo. 'Till next time.