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Taste of Burlington 2016

by Guest Writer

At this year’s A Taste of Burlington Winter launch, thirteen of the finest Burlington restauranteurs served up some of the best winter comfort foods, all under one roof!

If you weren’t there for the feast, here is a highlight of the night’s delicious dishes:

Taste launch -  photocredit JCK Photography

To start, I had to have this super colourful and yummy citrus & almond quinoa salad from Beaver and Bulldog!

Alloro - photocredit JCK Photography

I went right to entrée after salad because well, just look at that Herb Crusted Angus Beef Tenderloin stuffed with Wild Mushrooms & Prosciutto. Complimented by Yorkshire Pudding, Redskin Potato & Roasted Garlic Mash. Finished with a Brandy Demi!


This was presented by Alloro restaurant, a new restaurant to participate at the TOB launch.

What also attracted the attention of many attendees was the full-sized plate, showing what would be served at their restaurant, located in the Burlington Holiday Inn.

Queens Head - photocredit JCK Photography

Another amazing dish that’s sure to warm you up on any wintry day is this steak and wild mushroom Wellington, drizzled with a Gorgonzola and double smoked bacon cream sauce.  I’ve attended a couple TOB launches and I have to say that Queen’s Head Pub never disappoints.


Ivy Bar, 1st place winner of the People’s Choice Award at the TOB Summer 2015 launch and winner of the Best Taste Award at the TOB Winter 2015 launch served up crab and lobster cakes with key lime crème fraîche and sundried cranberry and Napa slaw.


Winner of the “farthest travelled vendor” award goes to the Visit Myrtle Beach booth!

Although this award doesn’t really exist ;), the folks at Myrtle Beach not only brought some local goodies (Southern Pimento Cheese with crackers, butter roasted & salted pecans, double chocolate covered pecans), but they also are running a contest for TOB-goers to win a 5-day/4-night trip for two to Myrtle Beach!  And did you know that they are also one of Burlington’s sister cities?!


No winter feast is complete without soup! Made with green curry and coconut milk, Water St. Cooker’s vegetarian curry was perfectly paired with a warm slice of naan.


Big thanks to TOB Winter 2016 launch sponsors Cameron’s Brewing Company and the hardworking Burlington Green volunteers.


Share your 2016 A Taste of Burlington Winter launch highlights on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #TOBWin16

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And don’t worry if you missed out on the launch night!

You can check out the full-sized versions of what was offered at the launch night and more by dining at the 23 participating restaurants from February 21st to March 13th, 2016.

Happy feasting!

TOB02082016-122Diana 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







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