Taste of Savour Stratford is a sneak peek of Savour Stratford, an event held in Stratford, Ontario that showcases wine, spirits, and culinary talent in the Stratford area. The main event on the weekend of July 19–20 features the top culinary talent from the region. Some of the chefs have appeared on Top Chef Canada. Artisans teach about their craft and give a bit of a taste of what they have to offer.
The Beer Hall at the Mill Street Brewery in Toronto’s Distillery District was hosting the event, and their in-house chef was preparing the tasty appetizers made from locally sourced ingredients.
Rosewood Estates winery, from Beamsville, is a family-owned winery specializing in mead. They offer two types of mead—a dry mead, as well as a sweeter, French oak barrel-aged mead.
Dillon’s, from Beamsville, was offering their small-batch, artisan-crafted spirits, including white rye, vodka, and gin. They also offer a vast assortment of bitters like ginger, orange, and rhubarb. They were serving up gin and tonics, as well as a strawberry lemonade with your choice of white rye or vodka, both with a couple of splashes of bitters.
Reif Winery is the official sponsor of Savour Stratford, and was showcasing two private label wines—a nice, sweet Riesling for the white, and a lightly-oaked Cabernet Merlot for the red.
Perth County Pork was the meaty highlight of the evening, offering a spicy pulled pork slider with crispy fried onions on a mini onion bun. A delicious, “I can’t believe it’s not (all) pork” item was the pheasant in a blanket appetizer—a savoury Applewood smoked sausage, wrapped in bacon, and rolled up in a flaky pastry.
The vegetarian offering was a wild mushroom tart with portobello and shiitake mushrooms and a sheep’s milk cheddar.
Smoked trout with lemon dill cream cheese was available as well, and served up on a thin crostini with a small lemon twist.
All food items were delicious and were the perfect complement to all of the local brews.
You can learn more about Savour Stratford on their website<\a> or on Twitter by following them @savourstratford or #savourstratford
Tina is a web developer and foodie in Toronto, Canada, and can be reached at ChristinaHolly.com.