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American Express Canada sponsors Taste of Toronto's fourth annual foodie festival

(CNW) TORONTO - American Express Canada announced today that it is proud to be a Major Sponsor of the Taste of Toronto Festival for the fourth year in a row. Cardmembers will once again have exclusive access to mouthwatering benefits through American Express Invites across the four day festival at Garrison Common at Fort York, including Front Of The Line access to tickets and a special Cardmember bundle package.

"Our Cardmembers are always on the lookout for elevated food and dining experiences, so sponsoring Taste of Toronto for the fourth year in a row was a clear fit," says David Barnes, Vice President of Advertising and Communications at American Express Canada. "We're offering our Cardmembers exclusive access at the festival from beginning to end, from advanced presale and lounge access to an exclusive Cardmember offer, and much more."

Taste launched in London, England in 2004, and has since grown into an international foodie phenomenon hosting these festivals in cities across the globe including Amsterdam, Dubai, Milan and Sydney. Toronto is currently the only North American destination of this tour.

Toronto's take on the fourth annual festival runs from June 15th to June 18th and offers food lovers the opportunity to taste top-rated dishes, attend hands on cooking classes and wine tastings, and interact with top chefs including, Aarón Sánchez, Rob Gentile, Victor Barry and many more.  Eighteen of the city's top restaurants will be dishing up their hottest fare over six half-day sessions.  Guests will also be able to participate in live food demonstrations, sample unique offerings, gain tips and tricks from the best chefs in the city, attend interactive wine tastings, and enjoy live music.

Through American Express Invites, Cardmembers not only enjoy access to Front Of The Line tickets and a special Cardmember package, they, along with their guests, can also take advantage of exclusive access to the following onsite benefits:

  • American Express Priority Line1: Cardmembers can enjoy a dedicated priority line for faster entry into the festival
  • American Express Lounge Access2: Cardmembers can take advantage of the exclusive onsite lounge where they can enjoy complimentary water and snacks available throughout the event, along with a private bar area
  • Reserved Seating3: There will be reserved seating available on a first come, first served basis for American Express Cardmembers at the special events for the Taste Theatre, Tasting Room and Metro Master Class events.

American Express Cardmembers can also purchase various bundle offers available through American Express Invites for any of the six (6) half-day sessions.  The packages each include two General Admission entrances into the festival, fast-track entry to a Taste of Toronto session, access into the American Express Lounge, two drink vouchers that can be redeemed in the American Express Lounge, and a $50 gift card to one of the following restaurants: Bar Buca, Buca Osteria & Enoteca (King St. West) or Buca Osteria & Bar (Yorkville). On top of that, additional Amex exclusive events will be announced in the coming month for select Cardmembers.

"We are thrilled to announce the stellar 2017 line up of Toronto's world class chefs for this year's Taste of Toronto", said Judy Merry, Taste of Toronto Event Director at IMG, "The culinary scene in Toronto is one of the most influential in the world, and we're excited to once again bring the world's greatest restaurant festival to Garrison Common at Fort York".

Beyond Taste of Toronto, American Express Invites unlocks other memorable moments for its Cardmembers through advanced ticket presales, reserved ticket allotments, priority seating and unforgettable experiences. With a wide line-up of upcoming events, Cardmembers can look forward to more exclusive experiences. Go to to learn more.

1Admittance granted with an American Express Card.

2 Lounge access subject to capacity.

3Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. These seats will be held up to 15 minutes before the sessions begin.

About American Express Canada

American Express in Canada operates as Amex Bank of Canada and Amex Canada Inc. Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of the New York based American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., the largest operating unit of the American Express Company. Amex Bank of Canada is the issuer of American Express charge and credit cards, with outstanding products like The SimplyCash Card from American Express©, The American Express® Gold Rewards Card, and the American Express® AeroplanPlus® Gold Card. American Express opened its first offices in Toronto and Hamilton in 1853. For more information, visit or connect with us at and

SOURCE American Express Canada

For further information: Erica Tiangco, American Express Canada, 416-320-3049,