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Taste of Burlington Winter 2018 Highlights

by Guest Writer

On Tuesday, January 23rd, over 350 guests along with 25 restaurants gathered at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre for the sold-out launch of A Taste of Burlington 2018!

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, A Taste of Burlington runs from February 19th to March 11th with 36 of the best restaurants in the city offering special 3-course prix fixe menu options.

In case you missed the launch, here’s a highlight of what was new this year, who won what, and some of the delicious dishes you could have devoured:

Two floors of dining!

Yup, they extended the dining space to the 2nd floor which included:

Craft Beer sponsors: Nickel Brook Brewing – I loved their Raspberry Berliner!

Milestone’s – California Spring Salad: a refreshing medley of goat cheese, fresh strawberries, red onion, spicy glazed pecans tossed with honey mustard vinaigrette.

Spencer’s At The Waterfront (runner-up for Best Taste winner) – Soya cured salmon roll, bitter greens, apple and daikon salad, horseradish dressing. My fave of the night!

Best Taste WinnerTurtle Jack’s Appleby/Mapleview with their melt-in-your-mouth butter tart made from pure butter and brown sugar.

People’s Choice AwardBarque Smokehouse (new to Burlington!) offered pulled pork tacos with smoked pineapple, hickory sticks and sweet heat BBQ sauce. Barque Smokehouse also tied with Spencer’s for Best Taste!

New this year to A Taste of Burlington:

Table 34 – Kudos to the Table 34 team who shucked fresh oysters all night!


Familia Fine Foods – Latin salad and chicken charras;  Probably the most colourful dish of the night!

And no launch event is complete without sliders…
Jackson’s Landing – Atlantic salmon sliders with dill tartar sauce

Royal Botanical Garden’s Greenhouse Café – Sweet potato and ancho soup with cilantro cream, crispy parsnips, charred sweet corn and cheddar scones.

…and a variety of decadent desserts!
Beaver and Bulldog – Bread pudding dessert

Canyon Creek – Double chocolate brownies and torched lemon cheesecake

Kelly’s Bake Shoppe – Cupcakes!!! An extra treat for the 10th Anniversary celebration!


A Taste of Burlington is a fun event for Burlingtonians and out-of-towners, especially if you enjoy food, new dining experiences, and learning about new restaurants.

High-five to Tourism Burlington for always doing a great job in bringing together local businesses, the community, and in making events like this both fun and environmentally friendly (thank you to all the Burlington Green volunteers!) A toast to celebrating 10 years of great taste (with more to come, I’m sure J Cheers!)

Check out A Taste of Burlington Launch from previous years:

  • Summer 2016 –
  • Winter 2016 –
  • Summer 2015 –
  • Winter 2015 –
  • Summer 2014 –

Diana Lee lives for adventure, the great outdoors, good food and stand-up paddleboarding!  And the best part is Burlington has all of the above! Check out some of the action she’s covered in #BurlON here.

Find out where she’s exploring and how she’s keepin’ active on Twitter & Instagram – @only1phoenixx


P.S. To add to the fun factor of the night – bring a friend who’s not from Burlington! I invited a friend who didn’t know about their food scene and he was blown away! #TasteofBurl launch nights are always a blast J

One Response to “Taste of Burlington Winter 2018 Highlights”

  1. Zig Misiak says:

    Thank you to all who have included us, the new partners at Table 34, in such a gracious and professional way. It is clear that Burlington’s citizens are serious about supporting their community events and this motivates Table 34 to do more as well. Tourism, in particular, has guided us through two events without a hitch and is to be commended. We look forward to partnering on more this year. When our hospitality industry prospers our community prospers and when the least of us does well we all do well.

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