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The 2017 version of The Gentlemen’s Expo is in the books. We sampled drinks. We tasted food. We learned something from The Culinary Stage and we were entertained by the Main Stage. Friday Night Fights To End Cancer presented by Tweed Inc was a huge success. Oh and Congrats to Ashley F. for winning the Fight To End Cancer 50/50 draw. That’s $1500+ in his pocket! Not bad at all. Overall, there was lots to learn about this year’s event. We switched locations to the North Building and some feedback was that we need to go bigger. We heard you. We’re looking. We heard some great feedback about the selection of food and drink. Thanks for that. We really put effort in to curating the list of offerings at TGE.  We also heard the frustration from Baseball fans that the Carter & Alomar signing was cut a bit short. We wish we had control over our guests to squeeze in those last autographs, but we don’t we respect their time and the fact that they have to shuffle off to the next event. Cheers to all those fans that stuck it out.

Finally, we heard some super positive feedback about The Culinary Stage and the live Boxing. First, The Culinary Stage: Live demos that entertain and inform was the goal, and based on the buzz around the room and the audiences we met that goal. Next, the Boxing. Adding Friday Night Fights was an incredible experience. Jen, Virgil and the crew really know how to ‘throw down’. (We hope we’re using that in the right context) Lots of good energy in the room, with fighters that left everything in the ring. Hope to bring Boxing back next time and do it every night of our event. Cheers to Rebecca Freeman Photography for the boxing photos!

Please reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with your feedback.

The Gentlemen’s Expo Team.

 

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5 Takeaways From #TGE2017

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First things first. We hope you had good time. We try and bring many worlds together under one roof. Style, grooming, tech, sports, food, wine, spirits, beer, cocktails, chefs, footwear, custom clothing and more. Here are the 5 big takeaways from the 2017 edition of The Gentlemen’s Expo.

5) Shopping

This was Black Friday after all. Those beautiful jackets from Wully Outerwear. Those plaid sherpa shirts from Honorable Beasts. Those gorgeous winter boots from Altorosto. The message behind TenFed clothing (buy a piece, fed 10 kids). That incredible selection of Parc City Boots. Those game-changing socks from Voxx Life. The cool factor of Brave & Bearded. The variety and styles of socks from Hot Sox. Those form fitting boxer briefs from Topik Wear. Those shoe saving products from Urad. The custom selection from Surmesur. The garment saving offerings from Park Lane Cleaners. The class of King & Bay Custom Clothing. The Canadian-inspired pieces from Gentlemen Of The North. The botanicals from False Ox. The vast product line from Elegance Gel.  The grooming essentials from 6ixMan.

4) Wine

Let’s be real here for a minute. Wine & Cheese is a crowd pleaser. Raven for Ravenswood was a collaboration between Ravenswood Wines and Cheese Boutique. Side note: this is what we are hoping the menu in heaven looks like. Eugene, Ravenswood’s Master Of Wine, weaved a delicious story of wine into his Culinary Stage presentation. It was magic. Glasses raised for Eugene and the entire crew at Ravenswood. Happy people all around.

3) Tweed

Every day there’s a story on the interwebz about Cannabis. It’s a hot topic from an incredibly fast-growing industry. We wanted to share knowledge on this emerging and ever-changing sector with our audience, so we enlisted the best. That’s Tweed Inc. Tweed brought their experts: Shega, Jonathan, Daniel, Adam – and hosted two panels packed full of Cannabis content. Totally engaging stuff.

2) Culinary Stage

Honestly, how great was Lindsey Greflund as host of The Culinary Stage. She was awesome. Also awesome… was live demo after live demo from the stage. Ted Reader and his grilling skills, Mark Bylok and his whisky knowledge, Rachel Bies and her healthy food inspiration, Tonia Wilson and her flavour combinations, Michelle Tham and her beer expertise, and Jason Nolan and his culinary creativeness. It was epic. The samples were epic. What an absolute treat.

1) Boxing

When we were talking about about adding a live boxing element to #TGE2017, we had no idea how incredible it was going to be. The headlining event of of #TGE2017 Day 1 was Friday Night Fights To End Cancer presented by Tweed. Proper pugilists aiming for Olympic spots were hungry and ready to put on a show. And boy did they. 5 exciting fights held the audience captive for the better part of Friday Night, and some money was raised for Fight To End Cancer. Special shout out to Jennifer, Virgil and the FTEC crew, along with Showdown Joe Ferraro for lending his talents. Could not have been possible with the support of Tweed and last but not least, the referees, judges and fighters. We will definitely do this again!

Photo: Rebecca Freeman Photography

 

 

 

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Thank You For Coming To #TGE2017

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The 2017 version of The Gentlemen’s Expo is in the books. We sampled drinks. We tasted food. We learned something from The Culinary Stage and we were entertained by the Main Stage. Friday Night Fights To End Cancer presented by Tweed Inc was a huge success. Oh and Congrats to Ashley F. for winning the Fight To End Cancer 50/50 draw. That’s $1500+ in his pocket! Not bad at all. Overall, there was lots to learn about this year’s event. We switched locations to the North Building and some feedback was that we need to go bigger. We heard you. We’re looking. We heard some great feedback about the selection of food and drink. Thanks for that. We really put effort in to curating the list of offerings at TGE.  We also heard the frustration from Baseball fans that the Carter & Alomar signing was cut a bit short. We wish we had control over our guests to squeeze in those last autographs, but we don’t we respect their time and the fact that they have to shuffle off to the next event. Cheers to all those fans that stuck it out.

Finally, we heard some super positive feedback about The Culinary Stage and the live Boxing. First, The Culinary Stage: Live demos that entertain and inform was the goal, and based on the buzz around the room and the audiences we met that goal. Next, the Boxing. Adding Friday Night Fights was an incredible experience. Jen, Virgil and the crew really know how to ‘throw down’. (We hope we’re using that in the right context) Lots of good energy in the room, with fighters that left everything in the ring. Hope to bring Boxing back next time and do it every night of our event. Cheers to Rebecca Freeman Photography for the boxing photos!

Please reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with your feedback.

The Gentlemen’s Expo Team.

 

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10 Things You Need To Know About Attending #TGE2017

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Here we are friends. The Gentlemen’s Expo is this weekend and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring it to you. Here are 10 things you need to know about #TGE2017

10) We Welcome Gentlewomen or Gentlemen:

Sure, our show name has ‘Gentlemen’ in it, but our event is for everyone. #TGE2017 is open to anyone who is 19+ and enjoys great experiences, watching engaging speakers and acquiring knowledge.  Seriously, if you like great food, whisky/beer/wine/spirits, sports, tech, style, fashion… then #TGE2017 is for you.

9) Tickets At The Door:

Yes, tickets will be available at door! They are $35. We are in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. Still looking for online tickets… Tickets are available online up to 7:30pm on both days.

8) Hours & Location:

  • Friday, Nov 24 – 4pm to 10pm. Last call at 9:30pm. Taps off at 9:45pm.
  • Saturday, Nov 25 – Noon to 10pm. Last call at 9:30pm. Taps off at 9:45pm.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building is at 255 Front Street West.

7) Schedule Your Time:

Between The Culinary Stage, The Main Stage and the Boxing ring, there’s plenty to see. Click on the day you’re coming for the times and locations of stage programming:

6) So Many Attractions:

There is plenty to do once you get inside the MTCC North Building. Here is the full list of 2027 Attractions. We recommend that you do a ‘once around’ and see what attractions catch your eye. Talk to the people working there. See if you need to book time with them. (like you’ll need to do with the barbers) See if there is an additional cost. Ask them about the experience. Archery tag, shuffleboard, race simulators, Virtual Reality playground, The Culinary Stage, shopping, and more.

5) Food and Food and Food:

We curated a list of food purveyors that you’re gonna love. Poke, Burgers, BBQ, and more. We’ve also recruited some top culinary talent to showcase on The Culinary Stage. Check out the SCHEDULE.

4) Fancy An Old Fashioned?

Whether it’s a cocktail, wine, spirits or beer, we got your covered. Check out our Drinks Menu. It’s the perfect time to sample something new or revisit an old favourite. Please know that this is a 19+ show. We strongly

3) Tokens & Cash

Tokens are the currency on site for all alcohol and food. Tokens can be purchased from Token Booths. You’ll be able to use Debit/Credit/Cash at pretty much every other vendor.

  • 1 Token = $1. (Tokens are sold in 10 packs)

2) Directions:

  • TTC

Yonge-University-Spadina Line: Exit at Union station and proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to the MTCC North Building.

Bloor-Danthforth Line: When travelling west or east, you will need to transfer to the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway Line at either Bloor-Yonge Station, St. George Station or Spadina Station. Then continue until you reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to the MTCC North Building.

Scarborough RT Line: Travel west to Kennedy Station. From Kennedy Station transfer to the Bloor-Yonge Line. Continue on the Bloor-Yonge Line until your reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to the MTCC North Building.

Sheppard Line: Travel west to the Sheppard-Yonge Station and transfer to the Yonge-University Spadina Line. Travel south until you reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to the MTCC North Building.

  • GO Transit

From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building , where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to the MTCC North Building.

  • UP Express

From the Union Station UP platform, exit and proceed west through the Skywalk corridor. Take the elevator (or staircase) to street level, Lower Simcoe Street. Proceed west on Front Street, and arrive at the MTCC North Building main entrance.

  • Driving Directions & Parking: 

Driving directions can be found HERE. There is pay parking available on site.  Even though we are posting info about driving, we strongly encourage you to take public transit. You see, there is a wide array of spirits, beer and such available on site and we are strongly against drinking & driving.

1) #BeBetter

The entire event revolves around this #BeBetter message. Soak it in. Share your thoughts with friends, with us. There are plenty of things to do and see at #TGE2017 but let’s never lose site of the ultimate goals: To be better human beings. Tag your photos, your tweets, your posts, your snaps with #TGE2017 and #BeBetter

 

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#TGE2017 FRIDAY SCHEDULE

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is THIS WEEKEND, Nov 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. See you soon. Doors open at 4pm. The Culinary Stage kicks off at 5pm and Friday Night Fights starts at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door for $35. Online tickets can be purchased right up until 7:30pm on Friday.

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SHOW SCHEDULEEventLocation
4:00PMDoors Open
5:30PMChef Ted ReaderCulinary Stage
6:30PMRavenswood Wine & Cheese Demo Culinary Stage
6:30PMTweed Harvest StoriesMain Stage
7:30PMMark Bylok of The Whisky TopicCulinary Stage
8:00PMFriday Night Fights To End Cancer Boxing Ring
9:30PMLast Call
9:45PMTaps Off
10:00PMDoors Close
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#TGE2017 SATURDAY SCHEDULE

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is THIS WEEKEND, Nov 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Doors open at Noon. At 2pm, The Culinary Stage kicks off at 2pm and the Main Stage kicks off at 2pm with In Conversation with Joe Carter and Robbie Alomar. Tickets available at the door for $35. Online tickets can be purchased right up until 7:30pm on Saturday.

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Show ScheduleMain Stagelocation
12:00PMDoors Open
2:00PMChef Tonia WilsonCulinary Stage
2:00PMIn Conversation with Joe Carter & Robbie AlomarMain Stage
3:00PMChef Lindsey Greflund: Culinary instructor and Pastry Chef.Culinary Stage
3:00PMMeet & Greet with Joe Carter & Robbie AlomarThe Gentlemen's Lounge
4:00PMMark Bylok of The Whisky TopicCulinary Stage
4:30PMTweed: Know Your CannabisMain Stage
6:00PMRachel Bies: Real Food Chef & NutritionistCulinary Stage
6:00PMIn Conversation with Darcy Tucker & Curtis JosephMain Stage
7:00PMMeet & Greet with Darcy Tucker & Curtis JosephThe Gentlemen's Lounge
7:00PMMichelle Tham: Head of Education at Labatt Breweries of CanadaCulinary Stage
8:00PMChef Jason Nolan of Cheese BoutiqueCulinary Stage
9:30PMLast Call
9:45PMTaps Off
10:00PMDoors Close
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Let There Be Wine!

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is proud to announce a series of special guests & experiences to help educate and entertain audiences. The Gentlemen’s Expo is Nov 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Please welcome Eugene Mlynczyk of Ravenswood Wines. There will be samples of wine and cheese for the first 50 people seated at the Culinary Stage at 6:30pm.

  • WHO: Eugene Mlynczyk of Ravenswood Wines
  • WHAT: Ravenswood Wine & Cheese Demo
  • WHEN: FRIDAY, NOV. 24th
    • 6:30pm-7:30pm – Ravin’ for Ravenswood

Ravin For Ravenswood

It’s all about big, bold Zinfandel wines in this detailed Wine 101 session with Ravenswood. Ravenswood helped relaunch Zinfandel in California – the big, red stuff, not the wimpy “white” version! Hear (and taste) all about it with Eugene Mlynczyk, Master of Wine, one of only five in Canada. Eugene will tell the story of Zin through four hand-selected Ravenswood wines including one of their top-gun single vineyard bottlings, matched with several cheeses courtesy of our friends at the Cheese Boutique.

 

Eugene Mlynczyk’s love of wine began in California while studying at Stanford University in the 1980s, where he earned his BA in Painting and Drawing (and later his MFA in Painting at Indiana University). Eugene’s interest in wine grew after his return home to Toronto, Canada, with a focus on the local Niagara region. Eugene started studying wine in earnest in the late 1990s and launched a new career in the wine trade in 2001 as he also completed his WSET Diploma.

His current role is Luxury Portfolio Manager atConstellation Brands, where he is responsible for selling a global range of wines to Vintages, the specialty division of the LCBO, and actively supporting Luxury Wine sales across the country. With the support of many, Eugene became a Master of Wine in 2015, one of only five in Canada. His Research Paper topic was on local VQA Sparkling Wines. When not tasting and talking about wine, Eugene focuses on family activities, and can often be found running in the woods competing in his favourite sport, orienteering.

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What’s On The Menu at #TGE2017

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We put our heads together and hand-selected a number of awesome eateries to represent almost every taste we could dream up. Here’s the list of the food purveyors at The Gentlemen’s Expo 2017. We are so ready to fill our bellies and hope you are too!

 

Oyster Boy

When you think fresh seafood in Toronto, you probably think of Oyster Boy. If not, you’re a shucking liar! We kid, we kid.This year at #TGE2017, grab some fresh oysters, a cocktail and browse all that we have on offer. Oyster Boy is as fresh as it gets and they will be at #TGE2017!

Hank Daddy’s BBQ

Do you like your BBQ sticky and tangy and full of flavour? Cool, then Hank Daddy’s is for you. Most of you know that Hank Daddy’s BBQ game is super strong: classics, like pulled pork and brisket with their legendary sauce. Finding it hard to type… getting…. too… hungry… We know you’re gunna love Hank Daddy’s!

Landing Group

You’ve probably been to a Landing Group resto. Truth be told, you’ve probably been to a few of them. Hunters, Williams, Harpers, etc etc… We can’t wait to see what they are bringing to #TGE2017. Fingers crossed for fish tacos, or that crispy cauliflower, or those sweet potato fries, or maybe that sticky toffee pudding??? Anything off their menu would be most welcome. We can’t wait!

ONO Poké

We needed to have Poke at #TGE2017, so why not have the best? ONO serve up healthy Hawaiian Asian-inspired Poke Bowls & Sushi Burritos, loaded with quality ingredients and flavourful sauces. Sign us up! This is one of those places that you’ll definitely go and check out again and again.  

Mustache Burger

These guys do fresh burgers. They keep it simple and super tasty. They know how to make a burger. This is what they do.You may have spotted their food truck out and about in Toronto. We will be parking it inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Nov 24 to 25!

Gangster Cheese

These guys are the Grilled Cheese Bosses. The make many, many varieties of Grilled Cheese sandwiches. so whether you go for their ‘New School’ or ‘Old School’ you’re making the right choice. Always fresh, always tasty and always cheesy. We can’t wait for to experience the Gansters!

Carnivore Club

Cured meat for the soul. Tim and the gang at Carnivore Club operate the world’s first subscription service featuring premium cured meats delivered to your door.
 Every month they feature a new artisan. What samples will they bring to #TGE2017? We can’t wait to find out!

That’s our list! Hope you can come check it out. Also be sure to check out our Culinary Stage Line Up!

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2017 Attractions

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The Gentlemen’s Expo is back on Nov. 24 & 25 and there is no shortage of experiences for patrons to enjoy! It all takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Audiences will be entertained and educated through interesting and exciting activations as part of the #BeBetter lifestyle. Here’s a snapshot of what attractions to expect:

Friday Night Fights To End Cancer

For the first time ever, #TGE2017 will host sanctioned Olympic boxing matches at the Friday Night ‘Fights To End Cancer’ presented by TWEED! On Friday, November 24, enjoy a gentleman’s sport, while raising funds for an incredible cause: 50/50 raffle proceeds from the evening will benefit the Fight To End Cancer. Some of Canada’s best boxers, holding provincial and national titles, will be showcased including the Co-Main Event fights with Mark Smither and Kassandra O’Reilly – who both fought on the inaugural Fight To End Cancer card in 2012. MORE INFO.

The #TGE2017 Culinary Stage

The Gentlemen’s Expo will feature demonstrations from some of Toronto’s top Chefs, including: Chef Tonia Wilson, Chef Lindsey Greflund, Chef Ted Reader, Chef Mark Bylok, Health Expert Rachel Bies, Beer Expert Michelle Tham, and Chef Jason Nolan!

diVRge Virtual Reality Playground

diVRge is a Virtual Reality Playground that is making the latest in Virtual Reality technology available to the public. Their location has 18 Virtual Reality stations with 30+ experiences, and truly with something for everyone. DiVRge will be offering free VR demo’s for anyone attending The Gentlemen’s Expo. The demo’s will be 5-10 minutes in length and will give you a taste of the wonders of Virtual Reality. Some of the titles offered will include Richie’s Plank Experience, Hoops VR, Quivr, A-10, Blurtasia and Google Earth.

Archers Arena

Channel your inner Katniss and let the games begin.  Archers Arena will host their now world-famous archery tag at #TGE2017. Experience Toronto’s #1 rated archery tag in almost 3000 square feet right inside the MTCC North Building. You’ll need to bring your ‘A game’. You’ll need focus. You’ll need strength. May the best combat archer in your group win and may the odds be for ever in your favour.

Race Sim 1 Experience

Gentlemen & Gentlewomen, start your engines!

Welcome to your Indoor Racing Paradise! Start your engines and race at Toronto’s first and only Car Racing Simulation Centre! With 5 cars on the virtual track fighting for 1st place, RaceSim1 is the perfect spot for group events, corporate team building, and for friends to hang out while ripping the pavement. Drivers take place in our unique sim racing cockpits equipped with 49” screens, real car racing seats, force feedback steering wheel, pedals and shifter. You’ll race powerful and exotic cars on world-famous laser scanned tracks. This is NOT your “kiddie” arcade! Race ON!

Beer, Spirits, Wine, and Cocktail Sampling

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The Gentlemen’s Expo will feature an incredible offering of some of the world’s best potent potables. Ranging from scotches, bourbons, whisk(e)ys, beers, wines, cocktails and everything in between.

Attendees will have a chance to sample beverages from the likes of: Jim Beam, Toki, Goose Island, Budweiser, Great Lakes Brewery, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, CIROC, Johnny Walker, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. Ten, Don Julio, Zacapa Rum and so much more!

The Gentlemen’s Lounge

The Gentlemen’s Den will be the centre area of The Gentlemen’s Expo and have some of the most popular bar games housed within one massive area for attendees to enjoy. Play ping pong, pool, foosball and even watch sports highlights on screens placed within this area. Attendees can even watch our local Toronto sports teams broadcasted live on game day.

Track & Field / Bangarang

The fine people that brought Track & Field Bar to Toronto just released their latest venture, Bangarang. Both places feature swanky dranks, an incredible staff, but more importantly… GAMES!! (said in the same way Cookie Monster would say COOKIES!) We asked, and they will deliver those games to #TGE2017.  Expect shuffleboard from Track & Field, and cornhole from Bangarang. Should be good times.

Retail Shopping

With the holiday season just around the corner, attendees can shop amongst some of the most popular international and local men’s retailers. With nearly endless options available, gentlemensexpo_pv_28-2The Gentlemen’s Expo will bring top fashion retailers, men’s accessories, and men’s grooming products. It’s a sure bet that attendees will pick up some great gift ideas and who knows… They may also pick something up for themselves while they are there.

 A little more about #TGE2017:

The Gentlemen’s Expo is the premium event for emerging and established men’s lifestyle products, integrated consumer experiences and on-stage programming that will entertain and educate men.  It all happens November 24-25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building.

Come to #TGE2017 if you are interested in: style, tech, music, sports, cars, alcohol, grooming, sex, food, entrepreneurship, whiskey, beer, spirits, gaming, DIY, wellness, health and more.  Come to#TGE2017 if you want to see great speakers and compelling attractions. Come to #TGE2017 if you want to #BeBetter.

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The #TGE2017 Culinary Stage

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Food is an integral part of the TGE experience. That’s why we curate a list of food purveyors so you can eat like a champ. (More on that soon) We also invite some top class chefs to perform their culinary talents live. It’s like watching an artist paint a masterpiece… that you can sample upon completion.  Super proud to share this culinary stage line-up with you:

Friday, November 24
5:30pmChef Ted Reader Ted's World Famous BBQ
6:30pmRavenswoodRavenswood Wine & Cheese Demo
7:30pmMark BylokThe Whisky Topic
Saturday, November 25
2pmTonia WilsonSavour Flavours
3pmLindsey GreflundLe Dolci
4pmMark BylokThe Whisky Topic
6pmRachel BiesRealFood Chef / Nutritionist
7pm Michelle ThamHead of Education | Labatt
8pmJason NolanCheese Boutique

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