The folks at Niagara Parks are cooking up something a little different.Once a month in the summer , their culinary crew is celebrating the unique venues along the Parkway – and the producers and artisans they feature on seasonal menus in their five Feast On Certified restaurants. These special, all-inclusive dinners showcase producers from across Ontario, through a Niagara lens.
The idea of this exclusive series of dinners is to feature “flavours” of the Niagara River Corridor, as prepared by the talented Niagara Parks Culinary team. The menus promise you’ll taste things like smoked trout, baco noir vinagers and of course, plenty of VQA wines. Each experience is set in a unique location up and down our extraordinary Niagara Parkway. The first, which we had the pleasure of attending, took over Old Fort Erie. Future pop-ups will happen along equally stunning vistas – there’s even one planned for the Botanical Gardens!
At Old Fort Erie, we indulged in dishes like grape-leaf wrapped pickerel with cranberry aioli on a wild rice cake (pictured above) and greens with preserved wild blueberries. There was barbeque’d ribs and roasted Ontario lamb. To finish it off, chefs offered up local rhubarb strudel and plenty of butter tarts. It was a real celebration of Ontario food. The next dinner in the series is at Legends on the Niagara on July 19th. The grounds feature two championship golf courses on 45 acres with spectacular views. As a bonus: Paul Sawtell from 100KM Foods will be speaking about growing Ontario’s food identity and putting more local food on plates across Southern Ontario.
Keep an eye on their site for the menu!
Find out more about Feast On, and the restaurants who make it tick here.