Taste of Burlington 2016 – Winter Launch

Taste of Burlington Launch
The hungry (but excited) crowd at the Taste of Burlington 2016 Launch

You’ve probably heard of Taste of Chicago, aka the largest food festival in North America.  And if you’re like me and from the Greater Toronto Area, you’ve probably heard of Taste of Toronto.  But now, the Taste of amazing food brings you to the western edge of the golden horseshoe- Taste of Burlington!

Taste of Burlington is organized by Tourism Burlington, who’ve been running their prix fixe restaurant events every winter and summer since 2008!

The winter launch event hosted 14 restaurants participating in a relaxed and interactive evening full of great food, music and company. Guests can purchase tickets to this event and can sample a dish from each of the participating restaurant and enjoy some drinks as well.

Restaurants participating in this year’s winter’s launch featured everything from appetizers to desserts. The event was held at the elegant Burlington Performing Arts Centre with live music from Bianca Bernardi. One of my favourite detail was the event paired up with Burlington Green who whisked away every bit of recycling and bio-degradable waste throughout the evening, like a SWAT team for recoverable materials.  While it’s good to see and experience great food, it’s equally good to see an event paying attention to our environment. Many of the restaurants also serve local foods and you can identify them by the “Eat Local” icon on their menus.

Here are the highlights from the winter launch event!

Taste of Burlington!
Taste of Burlington!
Ticket booklet
Ticket booklet

Every guest was given a ticket booklet to get a sample from each of the restaurant. Loved this idea but it was a little hard to rip the tickets out when you are holding a drink and food, need a third hand!

Lovely live music
Lovely live music

Bianca Bernardi serenaded the crowd throughout the evening, covering every Top 40 hit. Great pipes, Bianca.

Ivy Bar & Kitchen
Ivy Bar & Kitchen

The Ivy Bar & Kitchen served up some delicious crab and lobster cake with key lime creme fraiche and sundried cranberry and napa slaw. The slaw was a great compliment with the delicate crab cakes.

Rayhoon Perisan Eatery
Rayhoon Perisan Eatery

Rayhoon Persian Eatery served a shrimp, tamarind and herb stew. The shrimp was a little over cooked but the sauce was still full of flavours.

Cooks from Fraticelli's
Cooks from Fraticelli’s
Butternut squash ravioli
Butternut squash ravioli

Fraticelli’s Italian Bar and Grill served bruschetta as well as a butternut squash ravioli.

West Plains Bistro
West Plains Bistro

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West Plains Bistro served a wonderful potato crusted salmon with lemon basil aioli and sundried tomato and green olive tapenade and lemon dressed arugula.

Beaver & Bulldog
Beaver & Bulldog

Beaver and Bulldog served a citrus and almond quinoa salad. The portion could of been a little smaller, after eating the first few bites, it was a lot of quinoa and no more toppings!

Alloro at the Holiday Inn
Alloro at the Holiday Inn

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Alloro served a delicious stuffed herb crusted veal tenderloin and red roasted garlic mash with a merlot demi. This was definitely one of my favourite of the night!

Stone House
Stone House

Another highlight was from Stone House, they served an apple braised pork shank with chorizo and smoked cheddar cornbread, with a morel mushroom cream sauce. The pork was full of flavour!

Water St. Cooker
Water St. Cooker

Water St. Cooker served a vegetarian curry with naan.

Cameron's Brewing Company
Cameron’s Brewing Company

Delicious refreshments were served by Cameron’s Brewing Company, Bodhi Bar, Lakeshore Coffee House and the open bar from Burlington Performance Arts Centre.

Queen's Head Pub
Queen’s Head Pub

The People’s Choice and Best Taste Award goes to Queen’s Head Pub’s dish! They served a mouth watering steak and wild mushroom wellington drizzled with a Gorgonzola and double smoked bacon cream sauce.

Paradiso
Paradiso

Paradiso served a simple yet delicious maple bacon with three bean cassoulet with house cured pork tenderloin.

Pepperwood Bistro
Pepperwood Bistro
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Wendel Clark’s

Delicious desserts were served by Pepperwood Bistro – sticky toffee pudding, brioche and french bread baked with bananas and caramel custard topped with candied bacon and Wendel Clark’s – Chocolate mousse.

I was very impressed by the restaurants that attended the Taste of Burlington Winter Launch.  It was a great showcase of Burlington’s finest restaurants.  You know how food festivals usually have great dishes, then not-so-great dishes?  Taste of Burlington 2016 did something truly special- everything I tasted was good.  Yes, that happened.

Taste of Burlington 2016 will be running from February 21 to March 13, 2016. Twenty three restaurants will be serving three-course prix fixe menus. Lunch will be offered at $15 or $20 and dinners will be offered at $30, $35, or $40.

Which restaurant will you be checking out? Comment below and share your experience!

Thank you Linda Cvetanovic from Tourism Burlington for having us at this great event!

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