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Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

I checked the website but it's not set up very well. I see a bunch of wine, but not much food. I see cheese and oysters... and Virgin Radio?

Does anyone have an inside scoop on what food vendors will be there?

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    1. re: TexSquared

      the GFWE is like an abusive relationship. It pops up, says the words I need to hear, never comes through with its promises and leaves me full of regret...

      but maybe....maybe this time.... things will be different :) hahaha

      1. re: Armack

        Ha! The food sucks, the wine sucks, the prices suck, the crowds suck! And I go every year.

        1. re: graydyn

          It's the Ostrich Risotto that keeps you coming back, isn't it....that and the ice cream cones filled with "schmailey's".

          ....i know, i keep going back too....urgh

      2. re: TexSquared

        So who pays and goes to this event? It sounds awful. I went to the very first one and it was a complete waste of time and money.
        Friends of mine went to the Brickworks picknick and really enjoyed it and thought it good value for money - no wine - but good food at a good price.

        1. re: KitchenVoodoo

          Picnic at the Brickworks definitely has wine. And my friend and I had the same conversation about the value of GFWE vs Picnic at the Brickworks.


      3. I don't know how I missed this, but M&M Meat shops is an exhibitor? "gourmet" indeed...

        1. `It's definitely not strong at food and I'd be curious to see what their definition of "gourmet" is because the food vendors tend not to be. I'd say the emphasis at the show is definitely on the alcohol. Food is probably about 1/4 to 1/3 of the show. It's great if you're a wine lover that would like to sample different wines but I wouldn't go for the food.


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          1. re: wontonfm

            I'm a wine lover and like to sample different wines but I won't do it at that show. There are better ways to do that.

            1. re: wontonfm

              Last year they had Lonestar Cafe if you want an indication on gourmet. They also fancy-pants places too, but I'd suggest they knock off the "gourmet" part of the title...

              1. re: wontonfm

                I'm a wine geek and went there many years ago and their wine is on par with the food. You pay $2-5 each for a 2oz shot of a bottle of $10-15 wine. Definitely don't go for the wine selection.

                1. re: syoung

                  My only memory of this forgettable event was that years ago, I paid an obscene $50 for a 1988 Le Pin tasting! As for the food, the mussels from the PEI government booth was pretty tasty. Good portion size for $5 and the morsels were very plump.

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    Must have been some time ago because a 1988 Le Pin if available today at LCBO (which I seriously doubt) would probably be $2,500 bottle of wine if not more.

                    1. re: syoung

                      I just chatted with my foodie brother-in-law, who went with me to the show on that day. Apparently, it was about 10 years ago and we paid $65 not $50 for that 'sip' of over-rated Pomerol!! IMO, I think Screaming Eagle and Le Pin are the two most over-rated wine I have tasted!! Why people will dish out so much money to drink these wines really beats me?!

              2. Complete waste of time and money. My very generous brother and sister in law bought tickets for my birthday last year and I had to be polite and say it was very nice but it was the biggest waste of time ever.

                Take the cash and time you were going to spend and go to a restaurant you've never been to with your significant other.

                I can't say enough bad things about it.

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                1. re: ektoronto

                  Since almost all of the wine at the show can be bought at the LCBO, you could take your cash/time to get some friends together and have your own food and wine show!

                2. I was at the Gourmet Food and Wine Show last night and there was an hour and a half wait to get in. It looks like organizers seriously oversold the advance tickets. Police had to be called in to keep everyone calm. Once inside, samples were seriously overpriced. I mean, five bucks for a two or three bite sample of M&M Meats frozen food. Keep your money and don't go, everybody.

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                  1. re: BitesandNibbles

                    I thought the M&M booth was particularly offensive. The markup was just insane.

                    It was also hilarious that Spring Rolls had a booth.


                    1. re: wontonfm

                      Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is like Tim Horton's. Overpriced crap that sheeple willingly line up for...

                      1. re: wontonfm

                        Why did you and BitesandNibbles even go there? That is what I'd like to know. Did you learn anything from reading people's posts here?

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          I think your answer is in Armack's post above:


                          You vow never to return, then you see the ads on TV/magazines/newspapers/online and get suckered back.

                          Not me, I'm way too disciplined to fall for that. Once was enough. Years ago. They had one chance with me and failed.

                          1. re: TexSquared

                            Same with me. I won't get suckered into something as bad as that show. I'm sure that is the same one that was running back in the 70's, I think i went there about 15 years ago and never again. The people that go are the ones that would go to the CNE, but have to go here since the midway and food building is closed now.

                          2. re: foodyDudey

                            I end up with free tix to the VIP night and I usually know a lot of people going. It's not that crowded and it's a way to catch up with people in a different environment. But every time I go I do ask myself "why am i here again".


                            1. re: wontonfm

                              After I posted I realised you may have gotten free tickets. Will you go next year if you get free tickets again?

                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                I wouldn't clear my schedule for it but I would consider going depending on if I know people going.

                      2. I went on Saturday morning, and as usual at that time there was no crowding at all. Things don't pick up until 5ish.
                        I think the food has actually managed to get worse, which just blows my mind. They had somebody serving paella that made me feel sad. I did spot Littlem's osterich risotto place and had a good laugh at that though.
                        Anyway, I had tonnes of fun, I just try and block out how much money I'm spending while there.
                        The wine wasn't all the typical LCBO selection. Tre Amici was representing as usual, and Private Liquors brought some wonderful mezcals. I'm definitely looking forward to visiting them at the tequila show next month!
                        Georgia had a both setup with some great wines for 1 or 2 bucks per sample.

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                        1. re: graydyn

                          We, like you, shrugged off the idea of gourmet food and decided to go and have some fun anyway!

                          I'm not a sophisticated wine drinker by any stretch of the imagination but I did really enjoy the Montecillo Blanco for $1 a sample ($10 a bottle ). There was also a cranberry wine that stands out in my mind. Not because it was fabulous - it was 10% alcohol but tasted like plain cranberry juice - but because we laughed at how many 15 year old girls would be drinking that and getting hammered. (I'm not judging - I downed quite a few 2L Barbarian coolers in my day).

                          we didn't find there to be too much by way of fancy food, especially since the man doesn't eat pork, but we did spend the $8 for a kobe beef burger and I tried a red snapper ceviche that was quite tasty.

                          I also bought a delectable truffle mustard that I could eat with a spoon so it wasn't all bad...