Hit the road for a "One-Tank Trip" around Southern Ontario.
Adventures worth the drive from the syndicated newspaper/web column by Jim Fox
Greetings to the many thousands of readers over the past month from across Canada and the United States, as well as countries including the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, India, Australia, Japan, the Ukraine, Mexico, Romania and the Netherlands.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival celebrates Canadian cuisine “From Coast to Coast to Coast”
of Canada’s most exciting chefs from across the country will join more than 100
producers, vintners, craft brewers and culinary personalities to share their
passion, knowledge and love of local food in Stratford, Canada’s award-winning
in the garden district along the Avon River meet producers, engage with chefs,
savour Ontario foods, wines and craft brews and enjoy the free music during two
days celebrating summer food.
The Toronto Star Culinary Stage hosts Top Chef Canada winners and
Stratford Chefs School graduates from across Canada, including:
Current competitor on Top Chef
Canada, Rich Francis is one Canada’s leading chefs of modern aboriginal
cuisine and brings Northern Canadian cuisine to the stage
Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station
and Top Chef Canada winner promotes nose to tail pork cooking (Ontario)
Todd Perrin, star of Todd Perrin
– The Making of Mallard Cottage, demonstrates sea to table philosophy
Dale Mackay of Ayden Kitchen and
Bar and protégé of Gordon Ramsay pairs Saskatchewan lake fish with Perth
County produce (Saskatchewan)
Doug McNish, international
award-winning vegan cookbook author and plant activist, offers organic
vegan cuisine (Ontario)
Derek Dammann of Montreal’s
award-winning Maison Publique and Jamie Oliver’s Canadian partner presents
the new trends in heritage cuisine (Quebec)
Paul Rogalski, of Calgary’s Rouge
and an Iron Chef America contestant, offers a modern twist on the classic
James Walt of Whistler’s Araxi,
certified Ocean Wise chef and Stratford Chefs School graduate, presents
sustainable west coast seafood (British Columbia)
presenter brings their unique approach creating original Canadian cuisine,
sourced from local Perth County farmers and producers.
Intimate Tutored Talks and Tastings connect a range of culinary experts
on the latest food trends from foraged wild edibles to fermentation, preserving
seafood, the pairing of craft beers or sampling Ontario wines from the Great
Lakes. These entertaining workshops are sure to enlighten.
The Taste of Ontario Artisan Alley, a lively open-air gathering set
along Stratford’s historic York Street offers free admission for an afternoon
of ticketed tastings including a wide selection of wines, craft beers and
Ontario cheese from across the province.
The Perth County Hoot, presented by Mill Street Brewery promises a night
of swingin’ and rockin’ as country meets ‘celtibilly’ with Steel City Rovers and
the country rhythms of the River Junction Band. A great night to share
with friends under the summer sky.
The Grand Tasting, the signature culinary event of the Festival is an
elegant garden party pairing 30 local chefs with producers creating an array of
seasonal delicacies complemented by VQA wines and craft brews. Awards are
bestowed on the best, and revelers vote for the much-anticipated GE Café
People’s Choice award, as the music of 2014 Juno nominee Alysha Brilla Quartet
Not just for gownups, JENN and Larry’s Emporium of Wonders amuses
children with interactive, educational culinary fun. From watercolour
juice painting to high-energy entertainers, to veggies for dessert and for the
more adventurous, a Bug Fest Feast teaching nutrition facts and samples if you
dare! Three venues mesmerize, delight and humour young gourmands.
Our culinary festival celebrates Women in Food at Sunday Breakfast as a
panel of women farmers engage in contemporary issues sharing their stories and
Reflect and digest after an exciting culinary weekend at the Sunday Sunset
Party, new this year. Meet Trent Severn – the Canadiana super group,
whose lyrics pay tribute to Canadian legends.