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Nov 16, 2010 09:24 AM

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!

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