Everyone in Toronto knows that we are heavy hitters when it comes to our food scene. Great restaurants, talented chefs, and delicious food are available pretty much in every corner of the city, every night of the week. But did anyone else notice......and does it matter? Do we need the nod of approval from the rest of the world that yes, indeed, we know awesome when we taste it? Maybe we don't need it. But it's a "nice to have", and to be honest, the more people that arrive hungry at our doorstep, the better for our hardworking hospitality industry folks. Right?
The arrival of Taste of Toronto in 2014 as an annual event celebrating all things edible Toronto was a big tip of the hat, and now FOOD & WINE Magazine has their sights set on Hogtown. Toronto's first FOOD & WINE Festival will continue the legacy of quality festivals that have taken place across North America for years. They're bringing some impressive names and of course, all sorts of delectable edibles (and drinkables) to one of my favourite venues, Evergreen Brickworks.
5 Reasons You Need to Visit Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival 2015
1. Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Gail Simmons, Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Mark McEwan, Antonio Park and many more will be taking to the stages for demos, talks and workshops throughout the three-day event.
2. You’ll be able to sample, sip and savour all the flavours from 130 purveyors of premium products, fine foods and beverages from Ontario, Canada and around the world in the Grand Tasting Pavilion – presented by PC Black Label.
3. For the first time ever, Cochon 555 is bringing its flavour-packed marquee events series to Canada allowing guests to sink their teeth into over 1400 pounds of expertly prepared pork dishes by the hottest chefs including Chuck Hughes, Matty Matheson and more. Ummmmmm TRUST ME you do not want to miss THIS. Trust.
4. Expert-level educational workshops welcome legendary masters like Kevin Kent (Knifewear), Tetsuya "Ted" Iizuka (Soba Canada), and Antonio Park (Park Restaurant) to share their knowledge regarding time-held traditions like knife skills and soba noodle making.
5. Canada’s Best New Student Chef will be crowned after an exciting and unique cooking competition called Taste Canada Cooks the Books. Some of the brightest up-and-coming culinary talents from schools across Canada will gather in front of a live audience in the Miele Kitchen to make a dish from a well-known Canadian cookbook, with the author on stage!
So do you want to win tickets? YEAH YOU DO! Well, I just happen to have a pair of tickets for Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival to give away to one lucky lucky reader. Just follow me on twitter (@michellejobin) and tweet at me "I want to win tickets to @TOFoodandWine #TFWW15." I'll do a random draw for one winner. Enjoy! Of course, tickets are also still available at