Win Pilsner Urquell’s Ultimate Taste of Toronto Contest

171 years ago a brewing revolution took place in the ancient Czech town of Plzen, a revolution that changed the world of beer forever. A group of dedicated brewers put their skills and their ambition together to create the world’s first ever golden beer, the original Pilsner lager, Pilsner Urquell. A beer that still sets and defines the standard for 70% of the worlds brewing output today. 

I had the pleasure of travelling to Pilsen and Prague with Pilsner Urquell in the Fall of 2013. The trip included a private tour of the Pilsner Urquell brewery and a culinary tour of Prague, the nations jaw dropping capital. This incredible experience taught me firsthand how the world’s original pilsner is crafted and what makes this beer so special. I’m thrilled to be an Ambassador for Pilsner Urquell, the official beer sponsor at Taste of Toronto, taking place at Fort York from July 2nd to 5th 2015.

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Last summer at Taste of Toronto’s inaugural event an intimate group of VIPs were invited to adventure through a Keepers of the Craft Workshop exploring Bar Isabel’s Chef Grant van Gameren’s love for the petite pintxo, a small snack, typically eaten in bars in northern Spain and Basque country. 

Chef Grant challenged the group to a culinary competition, fractioning us into groups where we were tasked at producing the perfect pintxo. Over the next hour my team banded together, sipping and nibbling our way through a parade of plates inspired by Spain. Our delicious action packed afternoon would offer a glimpse into the project Chef Grant was developing at the time, the now much buzzed about Bar Raval on College Street.

This year, Pilsner Urquell will be back at Taste of Toronto, returning as the official beer of the event. To continue celebrating it’s 171 years of craftsmanship and brewing tradition, the brand is once again flying in unfiltered Pilsner Urquell draught directly from their brewery in Pilsen. Last year Taste of Toronto fans enjoyed a unique opportunity to sip this special brew, a fresh beer that offers extra mouthfeel, greater head retention and more body with an enhanced hoppy bitterness. Unfiltered Pilsner Urquell will also be available on tap at Bar Raval and Bar Isabel on Taste weekend for Toronto beer fans to enjoy to their hearts delight. Hip, hip, hooray!


This years 2015 Taste of Toronto restaurant lineup looks finger-licking-good:


This years Taste of Toronto Contest is better than ever as we’ve created an awesome experience that allows you to enjoy the ultimate weekend away in Toronto. Whether you are driving in from Oshawa, Oakville or Ottawa, or playing the staycation game as a local food lover, this may just be the summer’s most talked about contest, valued at over $1,000!


On Friday July 3rd check in to a suite at the Windsor Arms Hotelincluding 24hr access to the hotel’s indoor salt water pool & fitness centre + free WIFI. Located in Toronto’s fancy-pants Yorkville neighbourhood, over the years the hotel’s 28 perfectly appointed suits have played home to visiting A-listers, big-ticket musicians and prestigious jet-setters. Valued at $400


That Friday evening enjoy dinner for two at Bar Isabel, a “Chef’s Tasting Menu” by Grant van Gameren. Valued at $250.

Receive 2 VIP Passes to Saturday July 4th’s AM or PM session at Taste of Toronto (your choice). VIP tickets offer unlimited access to the festivals VIP lounge, $20 Crowns, one complimentary Pilsner Urquell Beer and fast track festival entry with access to all the features: Taste Theatre, Metro Master Class, and Music Stage. Valued at $220

$40.00 in additional crowns, to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable culinary adventure during your visit to Taste of Toronto.

Pilsner Urquell Swag featuring full set of traditional Pilsner Urquell Glassware + 4 x 6 Pilsner Urquell bottle vouchers redeemable at the Beer Store. Valued at $200

The total value of this contest is $1,110!


Open to Canadian addresses only. Must be legal drinking age to participate. Contest closes on Tuesday June 30th @ 10:00 amWinner will be contacted directly and will have their prize delivered to address provided. Good Luck!

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  1. What an awesome prize pack! Would love to indulge in all of the Taste of Toronto restos but especially pumped to finally try @TheFoodDudesTO’s divine treats.

  2. I would go back to Little Sister… 100 times.
    It’s something this international city was missing and a welcome addition to the food dialogue.

  3. The Taste of Toronto restaurant I am most excited to eat at is Patria! Craving some authentic tapas, pinxtos and cava!

  4. I am most excited to try Patria at Taste of Toronto. I’ve heard so much good about the restaurant, but I haven’t had a chance to check it out.

    We had so much fun at Taste last year (the Charlie Burger Champagne & Caviar session was over the top!), we’d love to go again.

    Oh, and what a super romantic weekend that would be too. Swoon!

  5. I am most excited to try Los Colibris and El Caballito! Love me some Mexican Food! 🙂 I never say no to getting a taco either!

    I have never been to this festival although have heard amazing stories/reviews. All the pictures from last year make it seem like the tastiest events in Toronto!

  6. I’m most excited to try Oliver & Bonacini’s Bannock + Biff’s Bistro. I’ve had catering from them at an event at the food was great .

  7. Can’t wait to taste The Drake’s East Coast Fish Fry… Crispy clams & Jail Island Haddock! Oh and the Drake Lobster Roll with avocado & jalapeno sounds yummy too!

  8. This looks like a fantastic weekend. I keep thinking I need to delve deeper into TO’s food scene and this would certainly help!

  9. My husband would truly enjoy this little getaway. Also sampling some fine cuisine would truly make it a wonderful time out.

  10. l live “nowhere” would love to be somewhere enjoying food, fun, drinks! A fab, stay cation!

  11. WOW!! You mean I have to choose???? Well…ummm…that is a hard decision to make. So many great tasting dishes and places to get them at. I would have to say, since I am forced too (hehe) that I am most looking forward to Rasa.

  12. I would love to eat at Bar Isabel with my guy. It looks so quaint and like my kinda place to hang out! Atmosphere is everything 😉 The Drake Hotel is second choice because my daughter lives right in the condo next door! 🙂 ty

  13. I would love to try the Barque Smokehouse the most because in the summertime, there’s nothing better than some delicous barbecue food items Yummy but all these Taste of Toronto restaurants sound so Incredible and I would love to sample any of them!!!

  14. Such a sweet prize.Thanks for the chance 🙂 what I’m most excited to try is definitely Montecito, the harbord room, & Citta ..basically all the foods!!

  15. I love any food that I don’t have to cook. Having said that, I miss Mexico and won’t be back until December so I’ll say El Caballito. The only thing that beats warm corn tortillas is caviar. Enough said.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  16. One of the best things about this contest is that it’s being sponsored by pilsner urquell! I discovered this beer when I backpacked in Prague and its been one of my favorites ever since.

  17. I’ve got to be honest, I live in a bit of a restaurant bubble. I probably don’t even know half the restaurants I want to try, but this would be a great chance to find them!

  18. I am most excited to see Little Sister, and
    Drake Hotel/ Drake One Fifty + Drake Devonshire! Taste is such a wonderful event & gathering of people who have a true love for experiencing Toronto’s food !

  19. Wow, I had no idea that Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto would be coming to Toronto in the heart of the Entertainment District! It’s like a dream come true to finally have someone of his caliber come to our city. I will savour this unique opportunity to taste his signature dishes debuting at Toronto Taste. Morimoto’s the restaurant to watch out for. I’d be thrilled to have this chance, thank you.

  20. heard good buzz about SO many restaurants on your list but not always realistic for the budget, so super excited to try any and all of them!

  21. I am most excited to try Patria Restaurant. I would love to go to a traditional Spanish restaurant. I have heard so many great things about Patria, and am looking forward to going.

  22. I would love to win this as Toronto is one of my favorite Canadian cities and three hours away from me! Thanks for the change.

  23. I’m really excited to see what the drake one-fifty has to offer because they still have the best gourmet burger in Toronto for the past 2 years! (RIP Grindhouse Burger Bar on king west.)