The red carpets getting ready and so are we! See the shot of me chatting away with Alexander Skarsgard at a TIFF party last year? Yep, insert silly big grin and school girl squeals here.
The celebrities, the industry movers & shakers, paparazzi, and film lovers are all buzzing in preparation for this year's THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) set to take place from September 6 to 16.
So, to get "into the spirit" of the festival why not host your own TIFF REV UP PARTY! And check out the awesome prize we're giving away from WOLF BLASS WINES
Here are some ideas on how to host your own!
CELEBRITY THEME: Want to show a movie at your party? Check out who will be attending this year's festival. See Katya's list of TIFF celebrities confirmed and "screen" a previous film starring your favourite actor or director at your party. A Ryan Gosling themed night would be fun complete with sexy food and wine! HELLOooooooo!
Or maybe you'd be interested in a Festival theme tie-in:
JEWELS OF INDIA: This year TIFF's city-to-city partnership is with MUMBAI. Think
Hollywood Bollywood! There are so many ways to keep with this theme. From gloriously rich colour sheer fabrics or throw pillows you can pick up affordably from the shops in Little India in bright jewel tones.
Food: If you're hosting a sit down meal many grocers carry all the great elements to make your own daal or butter chicken. Naan can be used instead of pita breads in dips. Or heck, just order in! Samosas are great to pick up frozen or fresh at local indian restaurants. Fresh fruits are a must. Right now, the Alfonso mangos are perfectly ripe and great in salads or lassi's.
Wine Pairing Suggestions: Indian food is rich in flavours and spices. You won't want your wine to "fight" with the food. Instead go for a lighter or slightly sweeter to balance the meal. A Riesling, Gewarztraminer are good choices for their crisp and refreshing characteristics. Both are easy to drink with a hint of sweetness. Pinot Noir is also an interesting selection and a smooth compliment to spices.
ASIAN LEGENDS: Jackie Chan is confirmed to be attending the ASIAN FILM SUMMIT - one of the industry features at this year's TIFF. And a number of asian films are gaining attention including Peter Webber's EMPEROR - a period piece set in Japan just after the Japanese surrender at war; DANGEROUS LIAISON is a sensual adaptation of the classic French novel but takes place in 1930's Shanghai.
Food: Take out is simple enough these days with availability in every city. If you're hosting a
cocktail party, include spring rolls or dim sum selections for guests to easily pick up and mingle with. If you're close to a T&T Asian Supermarket you'll love the prepared food aisles with zillions of appetizer sized portions! Serve dumplings, spring rolls, and buns. Or perhaps you want to serve Japanese food. Bring in sushi platters or host your own sushi rolling party. My good friend Jimmy Morry aka "Dr. Sushi" at The Sushi Bar restaurant will even come to your home and get your party ROLLING...heh, heh. He's the best. And don't forget about the chopsticks!
Wine Pairing Suggestions: Because Chinese foods vary from region to region wine pairings can be tricky. The food can be spicy or wonderfully simple. Go for variety and have Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernets. With Japanese fare, sake is great but sometimes fiddly for a party. Unless you're serving the cold kind, you'll need be standing at the kitchen warming up the sake to the right temperature. But if you're interested in serving wine, according to Wine Spectator magazine (April 5, 2007), you don't want it to overpower foods like sushi. Choose whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnays.
CANADIANA: Sarah Polley is just one of the home grown filmmakers returning to the festival this year with a documentary that is already creating buzz. Bring your festival party theme home with some comfort favourites!
Food: Host a Poutine Bar at your party by having different toppings ready. Think beyond the gravy and cheese curds and include bacon bits, cooked ground beef, salsa, shredded cooked chicken or pork, you get the picture. Let your guests do-it-themselves. Smoked meat and other deli favourites are easy too! For fun, call up a food truck to park outside your house like Caplansky's Deli Truck "Thundering Thelma" or Fidel Gastro's Extremo Sandwiches.
Wine Pairing Suggestions: We're talking comfort foods here and while beer comes to mind but when it comes to wine you'll want to serve fuller bodied ones that compliment what you're serving. Full and flavourful wines in reds are definitely good choices!
HERE'S THE CONTEST!
Official wine sponsor WOLF BLASS WINES wants you to Enjoy The View at this year's TIFF Festival with a prize pack for lovers of film and fine Australian wine.
The Prize includes...
2 TIFF Priority Tickets (hey, because they're a sponsor)
2 bottles (may be in the form of gift cards to be redeem at the LCBO)
2 wine glasses
2 Wolf Blass Jackets
Valued at $250 Cdn.
**Due to the nature of where TIFF is located, this contest is open to Toronto only.
TO ENTER: Comment below and tell us, if you could invite a celebrity to YOUR party, who would it be? One winner will be selected at random from all eligible entrants. One entry per person!
Keep an eye out for us, Sonya and Katya, as we rev up our coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival and other reciting events in the weeks to come! Follow us on Twitter @gossipdish and @theculturepearl as well as @urbanmomsca as we bring you everything from the film screenings to the celebrity sightings and everything in between!