Food and Wine Expo 2012 – review

Last Sunday we met up with a friend and fellow blogger Krista Lamb and her husband and went to the Food and Wine Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Since I’m not a wine drinker I suggest you head over to her site to get the low down on what the wine offerings were. I was there more for the vodka and food.

We made it there just before noon and grabbed a Caesar – what a great way to start off the day. The entry fee was $20 per person plus on top of that you had to buy tickets for sampling. We got $60 worth of sampling tickets ($20 for 20 tickets). Items may range from 1 to 8 tickets. The average though was 2-3 for drinks and 4-6 for food.

During the expo we saw a few familiar faces, who I wrote about in my past posts. It was great seeing Mark and Christian from Fire in the Kitchen. The constant line up at their booth is true testament on the stellar product they have. Read past review here.

Fire in the Kitchen

Mark from Fire in the Kitchen

We also got to meet the great folks who run Hrvati Bar. Can’t wait to get back to their place for a burger and chevapi! Read past review here.

Below are some of the things we tried:

Food

  1. Chorizo on a bun
  2. Ginger veal
  3. Roast pork belly with coleslaw
  4. Lobster risotto
  5. Blueberry chocolates
  6. Paella
  7. Gelato
  8. Green beans
  9. Oysters
  10. Swiss Melted Cheese
Melted Swiss Cheese

This melted Swiss cheese was to diet for!

Lobster

Biggest lobster I have ever seen!

Oysters

Shawn and Anthony trying oysters from Rodney’s

Drinks

  1. Caesars
  2. Forty Creek Whisky
  3. Various beers
  4. Ice Wine Vodka
  5. Tag Vodka
  6. Cappuccinos
  7. Rum Smoothies
  8. Caipirinha
Caipirinha

Caipirinha – a traditional Brazilian drink. Delicious!

By the time we decided to head out, the infamous crowd was heading in. We were there for about 2.5 hours and the last half hour we felt like zombies walking around in a food coma. We had our fill…..pun intended.

Can’t wait for next year and heed the advice: go hungry and go early!

4 thoughts on “Food and Wine Expo 2012 – review

  1. Don’t like wine??? My gosh… Actually used to like white wine, hated red, now love red, don’t like white (Rose is just fine). Anyway, enjoying reading the blog, if I get back to Toronto, I now have a huge amount of places I want to eat at! I’d review Portlands scene, but after a few beers I just stop caring how the food tasted… ?:OP

  2. Thanks so much for the awesome shout-out! What a great post – and so fun that we reviewed pretty much completely different things at the same show. :) We picked up a bunch of stuff from Fire in the Kitchen – can’t wait to try it.

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