Attending the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show is a flavourful way to celebrate the coming of spring to the GTA. From Friday March 19 to Sunday March 21, 2010, this annual event will be held once again at the International Centre, Hall 5, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.
Doors open at noon on all three days and close at 10 p.m. on Friday 9 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $18 per person and attendees must be 19 years or older. A complete list of seminars and events can be found at the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show website.
Do beware, however, of having unrealistic expectations regarding what the show has to offer. Just as vendors in the Food Building at the Canadian National Exhibition no longer offer the myriad of free samples they did back in the baby-booming early 1960’s, the same is true of those exhibiting cheeses at the Toronto Wine and Cheese Show.
Probably the biggest criticism made by visitors to the 2009 show was the scarcity of free cheese samples. To be fair, however, it is rather unfeasible in these difficult economic times to provide “freebies” to thousands of people unless you are an exhibitor like Kraft Foods that has a Philadelphia Cream Cheese angel watching over your bottom line.
Nevertheless, this spring’s “sip and savour” event has lots to offer. There will be ongoing demonstrations hosted by world-renowned chef David Adjey who regularly consults with many Toronto restaurants. When you tire of browsing exhibitors’ booths, relax and enjoy live performances at 94.7 FM’s Smooth Jazz Garden or take in a class at Mott’s Clamato Caesar School.
No, vodka is not a wine, but, this is after all a trade show and wine and vodka are LCBO cousins.
Also keep your ears open for wine and cheese tips, for example
- cheese is always best served at or below room temperature
- white wines go best with softer cheeses and stronger flavours
- red wines go best with harder cheeses and milder flavours
- Velveeta is not recognized as a goumet cheese
Hope you enjoy the show. And remember: don’t drink and drive! Attend with someone who only takes apple pie, macaroni or crackers with their cheese or sip moderately or take public transport.
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