CONTEST: Win 1 of 6 pairs of passes to the Gentlemen's Expo

Philosopher John Locke has a great description about gentlemen: “Education begins the gentlemen, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”

Despite being deceased for centuries, how could the Father of Liberalism fathom that one day The Gentlemen’s Expo, an annual Toronto show, will attempt to educate while entertaining men (and women) on subjects related to a gentlemen’s lifestyle. Guests bring their friends and loved ones and by the end can reflect on the good life.

Set in the cavernous Metro Convention Centre, there’s something for everyone. What has me the most intrigued is the Underground Chef Co. Battle! This year’s “O.G. Addition” brings in the big guns including chef’s Ted Reader (Ted's World Famous BBQ) and Jeff Dueck (2ndFloor Events) where they’ll have one-hour to create several dishes from secret ingredients. Hosted by Joe Friday along with comedian Mike Ward, I’m sure there will be some laughs as well. 

On their main stage, discussion panels will bring together Krista Faist (editor of the new Foodism TO), Kevin Brauch from the Thirsty Traveller, and Chef Amanda Ray from Biff''s Bistro. Here’s hoping Robert Rainford will be demonstrating his barbequing techniques live - bonus points to The Gentlemen’s Expo if they’re able to re-create the slow-motion food shots highlighted with porn music that’s so famously used in his show License to Grill.

For those who are preparing for Movember or sport the trendy beards, grooming companies such as 19 Fifties, Always Bearded, Hairy Face Beard Oils will be offering plenty of products to make your hairy feature look presentable for work.

Cosmetic giants Clinique For Men and Lab Series will be creating a spa so you get the full experience of their products (all capped off with a drink after you’re finished). Maybe they can expand my husband’s skin care routine past washing with water and applying a face cream.

With the holidays around the corner, there’s plenty of retail therapy – I’m sure you can guess what the following companies sell: Shirt Studs, Lord of Ties and Just White Shirts. Somehow I’ll need to sneak away and get my husband some Christmas socks from the wacky Hot Sox.

Of course, you have to be well fed and hydrated to really take in all the information. Dixon’s Distilled Spirits, Treasury Wine Estates, and Samuel Adams are just some of the companies that will make sure you have your fill of cocktails, wines, and beer. Meanwhile, there are tons of nibbles from Oyster Boy, Hank Daddy’s BBQ, and Caplansky’s Delicatessen (just to name a few).

If you prefer to get active, the Expo has an array of activities to keep guests entertained - from sports simulators, Yamaha Music's garage band (where there will be instruments for you to jam on), and their Den that will house ping pong, pool tables, and foosball. My sights are set on the Bag Jump, a 30 foot scaffold that you take a leap of faith from into the giant inflatable bag. Something I’ll have to try after a few drinks… but before plates of food.

How To Find Them
 Date: November 10 to 12, 2016
 Address: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
                 South Building
                 222 Bremner Boulevard


The Gentlemen's Expo has given me SIX pairs of tickets to giveaway to Gastro World readers, where you and a guest will receive FREE admission to the show. There are two pairs of tickets available for each day the show is running (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). Enter below for a specific day or for all three for a greater chance in winning! 

Entries will be accepted until October 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM. Sometime the following day, I will contact winners through email to distribute prizes. Accordingly, please make sure you enter a valid email address in Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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