Ontario Agriculture week has come and gone, and in celebration of this week, the Culinary Tourism Alliance and Foodland Ontario held a media dinner to showcase the amazing food grown here in Ontario. The theme of the dinner was Celebrating the Diversity of Food Grown in Ontario.
What does that mean exactly? Well, we wanted to highlight some Ontario foods that many might not know are grown and raised here. With the help of our Feast On chefs, we served several courses, each featuring an Ontario ingredient that might surprise you.
The Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture also joined us to discuss the importance of putting local food on the table and how we can do more of it. To quote the Minister himself:
Food is integral to every culture and Ontario’s agri-food sector is working diligently to satisfy the tastes of Ontarians with roots from around the globe. Whether it’s growing bok choy, making goat cheese or preparing small-batch kimchi, World Foods made in Ontario are rapidly gaining momentum across the province.
Well said Minister!
Here are some of the Ontario foods you might not have known you could purchase locally!
First Course by Chef Jose Arato from Pimenton
The Dish: Kohlrabi Salad
Ontario Ingredients: Ontario Goat Yoghurt, Ontario Herbs, Ontario Mascarpone Cheese
Second Course by Chef Harrison Hennick from Nique Restaurant
The Dish: Shrimp Escabeche
Ontario Ingredients: Ontario Shrimp Head Aioli, Pickled Ontario Vegetables, Ontario Flour Sourdough
Main Course by Chef Adam Ryan from Localista and Chef Olivia Simpson from Hawthorne Food & Drink
The Dish: Sumac Rubbed River’s Edge Smoked Goat with Quinoa Fritters
Ontario Ingredients: Ontario Goat, Fried Ontario Quinoa, Ontario Vegetables, Ontario Quail Eggs, Ontario Sunchoke Puree, Ontario Hot Peppers
Dessert by Chef Steffen Marin from Heirloom
The Dish: Goat’s Milk Panna Cotta
Ontario Ingredients: Ontario Walnut Crumble, Ontario Beet Textures
We would like to thank everyone who joined us in celebrating Ontario Agriculture Week, as well as all our partners who supported this event. If you would like to know more about Ontario Agriculture Week, or about what Ontario ingredients are in season right now, click HERE.