La Semana de Chile highlights Chilean food, arts and business at week-long festival in Toronto

    The Week of Chile will run October 1-6

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Week of Chile / La Semana de Chile, a
week-long series of diverse events in and around Metro Toronto, will take
place October 1-6 to highlight the growing relationship and partnership
between two of the most diverse countries of the Americas, Canada and Chile.
The 10th anniversary of the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) serves
as the backdrop for The Week of Chile / La Semana de Chile. The scheduled
activities include:

    -   An exclusive food and wine pairing event for Toronto media at reds
        bistro and bar on Monday, Oct. 1;

    -   A fixed-price Chilean menu available to the public throughout the
        week - Tuesday Oct. 2 - Friday, Oct. 5 - culminating in a special
        Grande Finale Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 6, at reds bistro and bar;

    -   A networking breakfast/business seminar on "Expand your Business with
        Chile by Leveraging Ten Years of Canada-Chile Free Trade,"
        Tuesday, Oct. 2;

    -   A Wines of Chile festival in the Distillery District,
        Wednesday, Oct. 3;

    -   An exclusive audio-visual trade event, Mixer Party: Shoot in Chile,
        Thursday, Oct. 4;

    -   A Trade Mission event featuring Chilean companies and Canadian
        importers, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5;

    -   A concert at the Glenn Gould Studio featuring a revered Chilean
        artiste on Friday, Oct. 5.

    A trio of prominent Chilean women will share the limelight during La
Semana de Chile.
    Pilar Rodriguez, a prominent Chilean chef trained at the famed Ecole
Cordon-Bleu in Paris, specializes in catering extravagant meals that highlight
Chilean wines in Chile's verdant Colchagua Valley, two hours south of the
capital city, Santiago. She will play host to the food press in Toronto on
Monday, Oct. 1, as well as prepare a week-long, four-course Flavours of Chile
menu, available Oct. 2-5 at reds bistro and bar, 77 Adelaide St. W. And, in
conjunction with reds' Executive Chef Michael Steh, Ms. Rodriguez will also
prepare a special six-course Grande Finale dinner (Saturday, Oct. 6). Both
menus include Chilean wines; the four-course menu is priced at $65 per diner
($45 without wine), while the six-course menu has a fixed price of $100 a
    The Trade Commissioner of Chile, Ignacio Recart, announced that two other
prominent Chilean women will be front and centre in the week's activities.
"While Ms. Rodriguez will impress everyone with her stellar talents in Haute
Cuisine, contemporary Chilean singer, Isabel Aldunate, one of our most beloved
performing artists, will sing the poetry of the late, great Gabriela Mistral
in a special concert at the Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC on Friday, Oct. 5.
Ms. Mistral was the first Chilean to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
(1945), and her verse speaks to the Chilean soul. This repertoire will feature
the young Ms. Mistral's passionate verse, full of love and passion."
    While Chile and Canada have many natural trade connections in the
international marketplace, the distinct nature of these two countries lends
itself to a much deeper relationship on many levels. The Canada Chile Free
Trade Agreement (CCFTA) was the first such international trade pact for Chile,
and the first with a G-8 country, as well.
    "The connections between Canada and Chile are becoming more important and
vital with each passing year. Our relationship with Canada affirmed Chile's
economy internationally with a very special stamp of approval, and so it
benefits all of us to work hard at cementing this special relationship. With
that in mind, the Trade Commission of Chile is sponsoring La Semana de Chile /
The Week of Chile to highlight our country and its people to Canadians in the
greater Toronto area," Mr. Recart added.
    During a June visit to Chile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper outlined
three key objectives of the CCFTA:

    -   To build relationships on a foundation of the democratic values of
        freedom, respect of human rights, and the rule of law;
    -   To build strong economies through growing trade and investments;
    -   To share and work toward overcoming all security and public health
        care concerns.

    "These ten years have shown that the Canada-Chile relationship is a
Made-in-the-Americas success story," said Mr. Recart. "I believe that this is
viewed in a very positive light back home in Santiago and throughout my
country, as well as here in Toronto and across Canada. This special week will
make a point of bringing that sentiment to our Canadian neighbours and
partners in Metro Toronto."

    Contact the Trade Commission of Chile (ProChile) at 416-924-0176 for more

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