SwirLTO, Toronto


The countdown is on!

With September 30th comes the do not miss event of Fall, SwirlTO.  Described as “an elevated beverage experience”, this is sure to top the beverage and culinary events for 2016.

Being held at the Carlu in the heart of Toronto, this venue alone will lay the perfect backdrop for an elegant and refined experience.

When it comes to culinary and beverage events, I probably share the same frustration as other participants, and that is I always end up spending a bundle by the end of the night.  First you need to buy your entrance ticket, often offered at different price levels depending on access priority access or not.  Then you need to buy tokens or tickets to even be able to sample anything…. by the end of the night you’re bound to be topping a minimum spend of $200 without even realizing it.

SwirlTO will not only provide a more elevated experience in presentation but, they also do away with the whole concept of tokens and tickets for your sampling.  Your ticket to this event gives you all inclusive access to tastings of wine, spirits, and beers in addition to entertainment.  To top it all off Oliver & Bonacini will be offering distinctive food pairings throughout the evening.

Oliver & Bonacini is the culinary empire created by Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini who first partnered in 1993 with the debut of Jump restaurant.  Their company now encompasses a portfolio of unique restaurants along with a division dedicated solely to private dining, events, and catering.

SwirlTO will feature an amazing 80 vendors offering a total of 320 different types of wine, spirits, and beer, all at your disposal for 3.5 hours.  This is a one shot deal, there are not different time slots or dates on offer.  You MUST be at the Carlu on September 30th at 6:30pm to not miss out on this incredible opportunity.

I have my ticket in hand (well at least its on my mobile… it is 2016 after all) and decided I had to go through SwirlTO’s website to be prepared maximize my time! I’ve created a little wish list of the 80 vendors that I really want to make a bee line for.  Here is just a sample from my list… send me a comment with which vendors you feel are “do not miss” for the event.

Brown Forman Canada, with a variety of whiskeys to sample.  Collective Arts Brewing, love the names of their brews such as “Ransack the Universe”.  Tandem Selections (now Univins) which represents a variety of wines including an intriguing one named “The Chocolate Block”. How about B&W wines who have a shiraz available named ‘Two Hands Gnarly Dudes”.

Help me chose and maximize my event time!

As if your night doesn’t already sound complete SwirlTO will also be featuring the Canadian Whiskey Tour presented by the LCBO.  This is a one day only feature that will take place in the Round Room of the Carlu.

There will also be 2 master classes available for sign up (for an additional fee).  One class titled “California Cabernet Road Trip” and is sponsored by The California Wine Institute.  The second titled “Bruichladdich: Meet the Terroir of Islay Whiskey” which is sponsored by Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits.

During the media preview I will be posting to Instagram and Twitter all my favourite samples so that you can maximize your event time as well….. but remember you have to buy your ticket now to partake in this amazing event.  Come on, you don’t want to be drooling over my instagram all evening kicking yourself that you aren’t sampling the night away with me.

All event information HERE.

Note: Image from @swirlto on Instagram