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Aug 22, 2011 12:06 PM

Promising Toronto food event

So far the following restaurants will be represented: Ame, Ultra and Spice Route.
Lot's of the "who's who" from the local scene going to be there.
Looks to be something for everyone.
Unless I am mistaken, this looks to be the first time they are holding this event?
Delicious Food Show - Oct 20 - 23/11

This is one I am going to check out.

Spice Route
499 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, CA

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  1. Yeah, it is the first time they are doing it but it is run by the same people who run the One of a Kind Show so they have plenty of experience running events and Food Network came on board recently as a major sponsor of it. If you are looking to go I suggest you wait closer to the date as I am sure there will be a 2 for 1 coupon available either through a deal site or through their newsletter. If I see anything posted up I will post about it here.

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    1. re: ylsf

      Does this show replace the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo (perennially panned on this board as a major ripoff)? Food Network used to back that show heavily.

      At any rate, any show/festival/whatever that gets a captive audience into a small area is bound to disappoint with small portions and high prices. Shall we count all the examples: Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, Good Food Festival (used to be OK), Toronto Wine and Cheese Show, Rotary Ribfests, Taste of the Danforth, the CNE food building, the food truck festival, Night Market, most of the SLM, etc etc etc....

      Has there ever been such a show that got unanimous support on this board? I doubt it. There's always the same refrain - small portions, high prices, long lineups.

    2. Didn't Ame just go out of business??

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      1. re: iMarilyn

        You may be correct on that one about AME
        Odd, the promoters shuold update their site.

        Some of the folks announced so far:
        Bal Arneson _ Food Network
        Michael Bashaw - Whole Foods
        Ray Bear - Mix Restaurant
        David Rocco
        Corbin Tomaszeski to name a few.
        Mike Chalut - “The Mike Chalut Show”
        Lynn Crawford - Ruby Watchco
        Mark McEwan - Food Network

        Ruby Watchco
        730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON , CA

        1. re: iMarilyn

          Yes they are closed and there are rumblings that Charles is experiencing from financial issues due to his investments in Bisha so the others may not be far behind.

          1. re: JennaBean

            Will La Societe be next? Down with over-priced, glitzy, mediocre food emporiums!

            (Actually Ame's food was decent but terrible value for money)

        2. Spice Route and Ultra? Those are just "clubs". Who has had a good meal at Spice Route?

          Spice Route
          499 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, CA

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          1. re: foodyDudey

            Yes, they are clubs, and they appear tied in somehow to all of it.

            1. re: Poorboy

              Those sorts of "clubs" are not known for great food. What next, Local and DAVOS/LEGION from Danforth will be there also? I'll pass...

            2. They killed "One of a KInd" and this looks over-produced and underwhelming even from this distance. Why would I pay twice to see the same old TV faces. ZZZzzz.

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              1. re: Kagemusha

                Going offtopic here but my only complain about One of a Kind Show is the very low turnover in vendors. We went every Easter and Christmas for maybe 4 years in a row and then realized we were finishing the show in 90 minutes because we'd bypass the same vendors we didn't care for the last 7 times we attended. We cut down our attendance to Christmas only, and then totally skipped 2010 and Easter 2011. We might try them again in November this year, give them 2 years to hopefully turn over some vendors and bring in some new blood.

                But to their credit, at least One of a Kind allows the food vendors to give out free samples and charge reasonable prices for their product, which you can't say about Gourmet Food and Wine Expo.

                1. re: TexSquared

                  One of a KInd got greedy and priced out many of the smaller, more interesting craftspeople, replacing them with retailers selling schlock. I've no reason to think they'll do it differently with food based on their pitch.

                  1. re: TexSquared

                    Give it another chance in December. I go every time with a friend and we were pleasantly surprised at the changeover this Easter. They seemed to have made a particular effort this last time.

                    1. re: FrenchSoda

                      Spots got too pricey and many seem to be doing better online anyway.

                      1. re: Kagemusha

                        I'm with you Kagemusha. They once had a person that acted more like a curator and brought in the most amazing arts and crafts. Let's just say their name rhymed with Vista. Now its pretty much the same junk as you find at any yard sale or flea market.

                        And this food event looks like a home for the struggling. There is no safety in numbers!

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