TORONTO — Food & Wine — the U.S. consumer magazine that educates readers about all things food — will be the official media partner of Toronto’s new Food & Wine festival, which is set to launch in September. The Toronto Food & Wine Festival is the new name and format for Informa Canada’s Delicious Food Show, which just wrapped with three days of sampling and food demos at the city’s Direct Energy Centre.
Joe Messer, associate publisher of Food & Wine, made the announcement at a press conference attended by Mario Batali, Tyler Florence and Rob Gentile — three of the celebrity chefs featured at this weekend’s show. “We will be celebrating great food, great wine and great talent,” said Messer. “Toronto is a prime destination and is an accessible city from other parts of Canada and the world.” The magazine team will partner with the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation for the project, as well as Informa Canada, which owns and runs the Delicious Food Show.
The festival will attract a collection of international culinary stars to the Toronto stage as well as feature workshops and panels. The Grand Tasting Pavilion will be centrally located downtown. “With Food & Wine on board, we’re able to continue to build upon the foundation Delicious Food Show has created and will offer guests the chance to see previously inaccessible talent, purveyors and so much more,” said Judy Merry, VP of Informa Canada. “Toronto is the fourth-largest city in North America and deserves to have a festival that will offer culinary personalities and merchants that only the Toronto Food & Wine Festival can bring.”
During the three years Delicious Food Show has taken place in Toronto, it has attracted top culinary talent, such as Martha Stewart, Tyler Florence and Chuck Hughes.
Meanwhile, Food & Wine is associated with similar festivals in marquee cities and destinations, such as New York, Austin, L.A., Hawaii, Atlanta, Barbados and Aspen (home of the celebrated Food & Wine Classic, which launched more than 30 years ago).
The three-day 2015 Toronto Food & Wine Festival will showcase the expertise, creativity and excellence of the world’s most renowned culinary, wine and spirit leaders.