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2009 Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

November 19–22, 2009

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo offers 36,000 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 Expo embraces the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas.

Esplêndido Portugal! Discover the vibrant culture and sample spectacular wines in this year's Theme Country Pavilion. 

A wine lover's dream! The Fine Wine Tasting Lounge offers a rare opportunity to stock your cellar and sample premium private order and Vintages selections. The Connoisseurs Corner Stage features informal wine education led by wine experts from the Independent Wine Education Guild. Finally, the pinnacle event for wine enthusiasts is the Tutored Tastings Program: incredible hosts, engaging topics and unrivalled access to the world's best wines. Buy ticket now at

Bring your appetite! Many of Toronto's top restaurants will be sampling their stunning creations. Take a break at the Food Network Stage as celebrity chefs and the Nine of Dine – Chefs of Distinction Award winners demystify, prepare and sample their top recipes.

Beyond the wine glass! The Spiritology Pavilion will educate aspiring mixologists on the hottest trends and serve up some serious libations. Don't miss Mott's Clamato Caesar School for a hands-on class in creating four versions of Canada's National Cocktail.

Thursday, November 19, 6–10 pm (VIP Preview Evening)
Friday, November 20, 2–10 pm
Saturday, November 21, 12–10 pm
Sunday, November 22, 12–6 pm

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto

VIP Evening: $35; General Admission: $15

Must be 19+ years of age to attend; no infants or children are permitted.


Connoisseur's Corner Stage: Exceptional wine education for $5

The Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is proud to continue its long-standing relationship with the world-renowned Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) in presenting the fabulous Connoisseurs Corner Stage.

Priced at only $5.00 each, these 45-minute exciting wine seminars led by IWEG instructors will appeal to everyone from the wine enthusiast to the expert. Connoisseur's Corner is conveniently located on the show floor of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, November 19–22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Connoisseur's Corner Stage schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Nov 19 (Thursday night sessions are intended for hospitality industry professionals)
6:30   Amazing Aperitifs & Appetizers by Aquastar hosted by Jennifer Huether-Vranges & Odel Carity-Yung
7:30   Chef Darryl's Spectacular Seafood & Stunning Dinner Wines hosted by Michelle McCarthy & Mario Gozzi
8:30   The Fortified Finale hosted by Jennifer Huether-Vranges & John Szabo

Friday, Nov 20
2:30   InterVin Wine Awards Best Value Picks hosted by Christopher Waters
3:30   A Round of Riesling hosted by Ramesh Srinivasan
4:30   A Celebration of Ontario's 2007 Vintage hosted by Tony Aspler
5:30   Madeira Madness hosted by John Tait
6:30   Spirits 101 hosted by Dean Campbell
7:30   Exploring Ontario's Cellars
8:30   Patron Fine Tequila Tasting hosted by Chris Spake, Burt Stewart & Craig Fleming

Saturday, Nov 21
12:30   Exploring Ontario's Cellars hosted by David Lawrason
1:30   Seductive Sparklers hosted by Monica Ralphs
2:30   Sweet Sippers hosted by Claudius Fehr
3:30   Best Bargains from France hosted by John Switzer
4:30   Spirits & Savouries hosted by Julia Rogers
5:30   Passionate about Portugal hosted by Sarah Goddard
6:30   California Dreaming hosted by Ramesh Srinivasan
7:30   Great Values from South Africa hosted by JeanAnne Dubois
8:30   Patron Fine Tequila Tasting hosted by Chris Spake, Burt Stewart & Nick Stam

Sunday, Nov 22
12:30   Passionate about Portugal hosted by Robert Miller
1:30   InterVin Wine Awards Best Value Picks hosted by Christopher Waters
2:30   Sensational Sake hosted by Richard Feldkamp
3:30   Best Values from Spain hosted by Derek Kranenborg
4:30   Exploring Ontario's Cellars




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