It’s that time of year again folks — time for the winter edition of Taste of Burlington!
I’m thrilled to announce that Burlington’s uber successful and wickedly delicious dining series: ?A Taste of Burlington? will be running again this winter from February 16-March 6.
To kick things off and provide hungry diners an opportunity to experience a taste of what to expect, the Taste of Burlington held it’s now annually sold-out launch event at theA�Burlington Performing Arts CentreA�last week.
Over 300 guests and media–including myself–had an opportunity to meet participating restaurateurs and try amazing cuisine.
Once again, they ToB team decided to continue the ?Best Taste? and ?People�s Choice? awards. A�It was so hard to choose that my vote for best taste wasA�our friends fromA�Cameron�s Brewing Co.A�with their award craft beers — but that’s not playing by the rules!
All guests were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite restaurant based on the cuisine they were serving.A� The popular vote would be crowned ?People�s Choice?.A� The competition was fierce and the restaurants really stepped it up again wowing everyone in attendance. With the best of the best being dished out we are not surprised that for the first time ever we had a tie for ?People�s Choice?.
Congratulations to defending championsA�West Plains BistroA�who along withA�Stone House RestaurantA�captured the title.A� West Plains Bistro served up their curried cauliflower soup with a dried mango, raisin and almond garnish; while Stone House went with a perfectly cooked beer braised short rib with truffled turnip puree–my “real” pick as based taste!
Alongside, Andrew Gerrior & Colleen Rusholme fromA�95.3 Fresh FM, and returning judge Jaclyn Colville fromA�CHCH TVA�I had the pleasure ofA�sampling 25 dishes and scoring them based on taste, creativity and presentation.
It was a hard choice — but ultimately, we chose reigning champion Chef Will Edsell of theA�Queen�s Head PubA�as the winner of the title of ?Best Taste? with his house made sweet potato donuts filled with Ontario maple cream and rolled in pralines.A� Only a quarter point separated the two runner ups with honourable mentions going toA�Stone HouseA�for their beer braised short rib andA�Spencer�s at the WaterfrontA�for their s’mores made with an Icewine marshmallow, Ontario honey chocolate ganache and quinoa graham cracker.
If you want to experience all the great tastes of Burlington be sure to visitA�tasteofburlington.caA�for all restaurants, prix fixe menus and pricing.