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Taste of Burlington

by Guest Writer

You Can’t Call Yourself A Foodie If You’ve Never Been To This Event

If you haven’t heard of A Taste of Burlington, then you can’t call yourself a foodie.

At least not an Ontario foodie since their winter launch event HAS to be the event that gets foodies out of hibernation!

A Taste of Burlington is a culinary event where Burlington’s most popular restaurants offer a three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menu. The winter 2015 edition runs from February 22nd to March 15th with 28 participating restaurants.

The launch event took place last night at the beautiful Burlington Performing Arts Centre where 300 people savoured the delicious dishes of 18 restaurants!

Here are some highlights of the sold out event:

My top three faves of the night (there was no way I could choose just one)!

stonehouse - taste of burlington

Stone House  – Maple and Bourbon glazed beef ribs with a loaded Yukon potato foam, bacon jam and chives. Simply unforgettable. Yum.

pepperwood - taste of burlington

Pepperwood Bistro – Smoked bacon veal, pork and beef meatloaf with Yukon Gold butter potato puree, stout BBQ demi-glace and truffle crispy onions. All on a spoon. Impressive eh?

SB Prime - taste of burlington

SB Prime – Butternut squash gnocchi with rabbit confit.

Best seafood dish goes to:

westplainsbistro - taste of burlington

West Plains Bistro – Salmon en Croute: lemon brushed salmon wrapped in a puff pastry with goat cheese, asparagus and sundried tomato, finished with a vodka cream reduction.

I’m hard to please when it comes to salad, but my Best Salad of #TOBWin15 Launch award goes to The Water St. Cooker

water st cooker - taste of burlington

Roasted root vegetable & baby kale salad. Mmm…made from local ingredients too (majority of the restaurants participating in the launch use Ontario ingredients, yay)!

Most colourful dish award goes to:

ivybar - taste of burlington garden cafe - taste of burlington

Ivy Bar and Kitchen for their grilled grouper gyros with tomato and red pepper martini relish and spicy herbed tzatziki (left) and The Garden Café at the Royal Botanical Gardens (right) for their locally grown peppers on herb crusted salmon!

And as for dessert (dessert is ALWAYS good btw):

queens head - taste of burlington wendel clarks - taste of burlington

Left: Queens Head Pub – Sous vida banana cream pie with homemade chai marscapone. If you’re a banana fan, you’d fall in love with this.

Right: And for the chocolate lovers, Wendel Clark’s – Chocolate brownie parfait.

 To sum it up, how can you say no to an event where one admission lets you taste all of the following (and more!):

TOBWin15 Collage

Did I also mention that there’s live music

Live & Local - taste of burlington

…great coffee (thank you Lakeshore Coffee House for not letting food comas happen)

Lakeshore Coffee House - taste of burlington

…and beer provided by Cameron’s Brewing Company all included with your admission?!  Yup. All that for $30.

Again, you can’t call yourself a foodie if you’ve never checked out A Taste of Burlington. Make your reservation today!

These people are most definitely foodies. Real foodies. Just look at the plates they brought to the launch! So smart!

 Foodies - taste of burlington

Can’t decide on what restaurant to go to for A Taste of Burlington Winter 2015?  Check out where the true foodies are at with hashtag #TOBWin15!

Diana Lee Diana Lee enjoys outdoor adventure, being active (on land, in water on snow) and food J! She is also an Oakley Womens Ambassador, a race reporter for Get Out There Magazine and a librarian (yes, a librarian)  Find out where she’s exploring, how she’s bustin’ a sweat and what she’s eating on Twitter & Instagram – @only1phoenixx

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