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Taste of Burlington or That Time I Visited 20 Restaurants for Dinner

by Guest Writer

Well, almost 20. One can only have so many samples in one night considering the samples at last night’s Taste of Burlington launch were pretty generous portions of flavourful dishes!

When I first heard about A Taste of Burlington, the foodie in me demanded I go and the roadtripper in me agreed since Burlington is one of my favourite cities not too far from Toronto.

Taste of Burlington - crowd

This was my first time and I was excited to experience Burlington’s most popular restaurants all under one roof! The sold out event drew over 300 people and the ticket price included sampling 19 of the 26 participating restaurants of this fantastic foodie fest that runs from June 20th to August 3rd.

Here’s a highlight from last night’s yum-tastic Taste of Burlington launch!

My fave salad of the night:

Taste of Burlington - Salad

Emma’s Back Porch / The Water St. Cooker – Seasonal salad from locally grown veggies and made-from-scratch dressing : ) You can really taste the freshness in this salad! They also had a pretty lush and green display of their fresh produce!

My two fave plates of the night:

Taste of Burlington - Stone House Taste of Burlington - RibEye Jacks

Left: Stone House Restaurant – Pecan crusted salmon with sweet potato hash and honey Dijon cream sauce. MMMM!

Right: Rib Eye Jack’s Ale House – Gyoza beef dumpling with sweet soya vinaigrette, sesame, green onion and crispy garlic. I SO wanted more of these!

I could not decide between the two because I love salmon and I love crunchy dumpling-type goodies and they BOTH had really great sauces that brought out the flavor of the main ingredient.

My two fave desserts of the night:

Taste of Burlington - Queen's Head Taste of Burlington - Ye Olde Squire

Left: Queens Head Pub – Caramel pretzel and peanut butter ice cream cake with bruléed peaches. Um, I love ALL the ingredients here!

Right: Ye Olde Squire – Chocolate brownie with Guinness chocolate sauce. Not too chocolatey but just PERFECT! Did I also mention that the brownie was warm and soft? *Drool*

Choosing my fave dessert of the night was also tough. I’m a sucker for anything bruléed and since Burlingon is also known for their Chocolate Trail, I knew the chocolate brownie was not going to be a let-down. SO GOOD.

Well, there you have it!

For those of you who were there, what was your favourite dish of the night? Did you try any of these dishes?

   Taste of Burlington - Collage

Feeling overwhelmed with all the different options? Check out what other people are raving about with the hashtag #TOBSum14!

Diana LeeDiana Lee enjoys outdoor adventure, being active and food (lots of all the above please!) She is also an Oakley Womens Ambassador, a race reporter for Get Out There Magazine and a librarian (yes, a librarian).

Find out what she’s up to on Twitter & Instagram – @only1phoenixx

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