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This morning I was lucky enough to attend the media preview for the first ever Toronto Food and Wine Festival. I ate so much amazing food at the festival, I think I’m still stuffed!

The Toronto Food and Wine Festival is on until Sunday, September 20th at Evergreen Brick Works, and it pairs two of the things I love the most – food and wine!

Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Gail Simmons, Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Mark McEwan, Antonio Park and many more will be taking to the stages for demos, talks and workshops throughout the three-day event.

I was lucky enough to meet Roger Mooking today (he said he loved my sandals!), and Mark McEwan (I totally fan-girled him), and even took in a seminar about knives from chef Kevin Kent of Knifeware. He convinced me I need new knives. ASAP.

The show was jam-packed with all kinds of beverages from wine, cocktails and craft beers. The food selection was out of this world with some of my favourite restaurants offering some of their best dishes, to all kinds of foods from cupcakes to ice cream!

Here are a few of my favourite snaps from the day so you can preview what to expect this weekend.

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Toronto food and wine festival sparkleshinylove

 
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I was so excited that I couldn't actually provide a cute smile!

I was so excited that I couldn’t actually provide a cute smile!

 

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Anet Gesualdi Macarons - I bought large box of these!

Anet Gesualdi Macarons – I bought large box of these!

Lily Sparkling VQA - their sparkling wine was so good!

Lily Sparkling VQA – their sparkling wine was so good!

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Toronto food and wine festival sparkleshinylove

High Park Brewery - my husband said this beer was so good he wanted to buy a case right there!
 

Hawthorne Food and Drink - this Richmond Street restaurant was serving up this interesting dish with green beans and pop corn. It was made with their own smoked butter!

Hawthorne Food and Drink – this Richmond Street restaurant was serving up this interesting dish with green beans and pop corn. It was made with their own smoked butter!

 

Split Tree Cocktail Co - created in Ottawa, they made a mean Dark and Stormy! They will be on Dragons Den in October!

Split Tree Cocktail Co – created in Ottawa, they made a mean Dark and Stormy! They will be on Dragons Den in October!

 

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Stop by the Toronto Food and Wine Festival yourself and sample, sip and savour all the flavours from 130 purveyors of premium products, fine foods and beverages from Ontario, Canada and around the world in the Grand Tasting Pavilion – presented by PC Black Label.

I had an awesome time today – if you are hungry, you must go there this weekend!

For more on the Toronto Food and Wine Festival, visit them at www.torontofoodandwine.com, and on social media here:

Facebook: /Toronto FOOD & WINE
Twitter: @TOfoodandwine
Instagram: @tofoodandwine

Mandy Furnis

This is an excerpt from the article What to Expect at This Weekend’s Toronto Food and Wine Festival which originally appeared on http://sparkleshinylove.com.