We are okay with living in a world where celebrity chefs rival the fame of reality stars. Luckily, there will be no shortage of celeb chef sightings at the festival: Curtis Stone, Tyler Florence, Gail Simmons, Chuck Hughes, Roger Mooking, Mark McEwan, Antonio Park and more will be taking to the stages for demos, talks and workshops throughout the three-day event. Want to get closer to these famed food fanatics? Get your ticket for the Exclusive Chef Series where attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to cook alongside one of these culinary masters. You won’t want to miss any of your favorites, so check the schedule in advance.
You’ll be able to sample, sip and savor all the flavors from 130 purveyors of premium products, fine foods and beverages from Ontario and around the world in the Grand Tasting Pavilion – presented by PC Black Label. Walk the open-air venue and see what the culinary world has to offer with signature dishes from local restaurants. TFWF (is that the acronym?) brings the best in the foodie scene to guests’ fingertips, and all in one spot. Need something to go with your samples? Don’t miss the expert wine tasting lead by wine enthusiasts Anthony Giglio and Mark Oldman.
Looking to try all things pork? Don’t miss the famed EPIC Cochon 555 — known for its incredible pork dinners that have swept the US during their nation-wide tour. This high-profile event is bringing its flavor-packed series of events to Canada for its first appearance. Make sure you arrive hungry: guests will sink their teeth into over 1,400 pounds of expertly prepared pork dishes by the hottest chefs including Chuck Hughes, Matty Matheson and more. Cochon 555 champions the ‘good food movement’ using whole heritage breed pigs to create authentic culinary events, educate influencers, and strengthen the link among local farmers, chefs, and guests. Each tasting is paired with wine, or a spirit, making this experience unlike any other. Join notable local and international chefs at the EPIC Cochon dinner on Thursday, September 17th including Emma Cardarelli, Jose Mendin, John Sundstrom. Can’t make the dinner? Head to Heritage BBQ on Friday, September 18th to see a bacon showdown.
Once you’ve indulged in and imbibed the samples, you can get your learning on. Food & Wine Festival 2015 welcomes legendary masters such as Kevin Kent (Knifewear), Tetsuya “Ted” Iizuka (Soba Canada), and Antonio Park (Park Restaurant) to share their knowledge regarding time-held traditions like knife skills and soba noodle making.
In a world plagued by subpar reality television, cooking competition shows have become a welcome, educational, and relatable reprieve. So why not catch a live competition? Canada’s Best New Student Chef will be crowned after an exciting and unique cooking competition called Taste Canada Cooks the Books. Some of the brightest up-and-coming culinary talents from schools across Canada will gather in front of a live audience in the Miele Kitchen to make a dish from a well-known Canadian cookbook, with the author on stage! Judges Mairlyn Smith, Annabelle Waugh, and Joshna Maharaj will choose a winner.