Toronto Food and Wine Festival September 18 – 20, 2015 at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto
You need to go. That is what you need to know to begin with. It is a festival of food, wine and great company.
You need to use public transport to Broadview station or use the FREE shuttle bus from 429 Lakeshore EAST. It’s much easier than thinking you’re going to get parking. You.are.not. I’m telling you that right now so you won’t waste time. Trust me on this. I speak from experience.
That is the most important logistical point you need to know. The other more tantalizing points you need to know are below:
- Buy a three day pass if you are interested in seeing and participating in the Chef Talks or seminars. This lets you access to the tasting ares and Chef’s Talk. You can also try a wine sampling class for a mere 5 tickets. The bargain of the whole day. At $90 for three days this is not cheap. If you want a day pass it will run you about $32-36 depending on when you buy the ticket.
- Take a class with David Rocco or Curtis Stone or Chuck Hughes. For $125 you can learn how to make a meal with one of your favourite chefs. It is a small intimate class with about 20 other chef wannabes or Food Network fans.
- Make sure and bring money because you will be loading your wristband with credits. These credits will let you pay for food and wine samples. They are $1 each and samples range from 1 to 8 tickets. There is plenty to sample so load up your card and come hungry.
Know that you can have a variety of dishes throughout the day. They can be simple to complex. You can savour fresh seafo0d and oysters – right there…on site. Drop by Peal Diver for a taste. We just loved the oysters with the different sauces that you could add.
- Visit the Farm to Table section. This is where you will find local vendors from the Brick Works Farmer’s Market. They only use ingredients that they can source from local farmers. It’s worth the trip to return here another weekend to see what goodies you will find. Maybe it’s vegan fair from Doug McNish or savory samosas from the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Community.
- Take the time to walk around the complex. It is situated in an old brick making factory. Through time it had clearly been abandoned so there is plenty of graffiti to see. For me having graffiti and street art gives a place character. Go to the Chef’s Talk and in that area you will see the actual brick works area. It is spectacular and full after great picture taking opportunities.
Overall the experience was wonderful and with an expected attendance of over 60,000 people over three days, I’m sure it will continue to draw crowds for years to come. Make this a weekend event and treat yourself to special VIP dinners or maybe even brunch at the Ritz Carlton.
I will leave you with a few more tasty treats to tempt you.