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How to Work a Foodie Festival

I love to cook, to eat and I dig a great festival, so it goes without saying that Taste of Toronto is one of my favourite experiences of summer.  When I received the Access Alert from American Express that it was coming up, I literally started planning my route. What would I try?  When would I try it?  Would I have savoury first or sweet?

Amex Access Alerts is available to all Amex Cardmembers. They go straight to your phone and give you a heads up on some of the best events going on in the city, well before they happen. I love Access Alerts because it gives me the opportunity to get tickets, get organized and figure out the best time to go. I’m a big planner so I get very excited about how easy the Amex App and these little perks make my life easier. It’s no doubt that summer is a busy time and Access Alerts help me stay on top of all the experiences I want to cross off on my bucket list. Plus, being able to get tickets before anyone else is always a win in my books.

Now, back to the festival… Since there were so many chefs and restaurants that I wanted to check out at Taste of Toronto this year, I geeked out discovering all the Master Classes and special features that were coming up and made sure there not to miss anything.

I kicked off the weekend with a Master Class taught by Antler owner and Executive Chef, Michael Hunter, where we learned how to make rainbow trout with rosemary, garlic and a nice crispy skin, laid on a bed of strawberry salad with a fresh shallot dressing.  Amex provided reserved seating for all Cardmembers at all the coolest events, including Taste Theatre, Tasting Room and Master Class events during the four-day event.  These events are one of my favourite parts about Taste because they let you get up close and personal with our local heroes.  And seriously, how cute is Michael Hunter?!

My other favourite part of Taste of Toronto (other than the food, of course) is the sweet Amex lounge free to all Cardmembers.  It’s not only an awesome place to chill, regroup and grab some beverages (water and soft drinks are complimentary), it was also basically designed for me this year.  From the black and white décor to the PINEAPPLES, I was sold from the second I spotted it from the other end of the festival grounds.

Oh and the food….This year Buca, Café Boulud, Bar Isabel and Miku killed the savoury categories. Woofles & Cream seriously shut down the sweet!

Taste of Toronto is just another example of how American Express works hard to forever elevate their Cardmember’s experiences all year long.  From the priority line that helps you get into the event faster, the reserved seating and the kitted out lounge, having an Amex Card made the festival top notch for this foodie, without any added expense.

This post was sponsored by American Express Canada.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

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