Taste of Burlington crowns “Best Taste” & “People’s Choice” at the Summer Launch

Burlington: Burlington restaurateurs are proud to announce “A Taste of Burlington” will be running again this summer from July 20 – August 3.  To kick things off and provide diners an opportunity to experience a taste of what to expect, the Taste of Burlington held our launch event at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on June 25.  

Over 350 guests and media had an opportunity to meet many of our participating restaurateurs at their interactive food stations and try amazing cuisine as well our friends from Cameron’s Brewing Co. sampled their award winning craft beers and Lakehouse Coffee House kept the crowd caffeinated with their amazing fair-trade coffee.

Crispy skin pork belly on house made salt & vinegar chip with a chipotle glaze and mango corn sauce. Photo: Becky Dumais

We had so much fun with our friendly competition between the restaurants at our previous launch we decided to continue the “Best Taste” and “People’s Choice” awards.  All guests were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite restaurant based on the cuisine they were serving.  The popular vote would be crowned “People’s Choice”.  The competition was fierce and some would argue this was the best cuisine yet with the restaurants wowing everyone in attendance. The voting was incredibly close but in the end a “People’s Choice” winner would be chosen. Congratulations to defending champion Chef Mitchell Lamb from Stone House Restaurant who captured the title with his Pecan crusted salmon with sweet potato hash and honey Dijon cream sauce.  Runners up were Queen’s Head Pub with their Caramel pretzel and peanut butter ice cream with  bruleed peaches and Pepperwood Bistro with their Crispy skin pork belly on house made salt & vinegar chip with a chipotle glaze and mango corn sauce.   It was a tight race and we’d like to congratulate all the Chefs on their outstanding cuisine. 

Queen’s Head: Caramel pretzel and peanut butter ice cream with bruleed peaches. Photo: Becky Dumais

The talents of some local celebrities where tapped to judge the “Best Taste”.  We challenged Julia Gilmore (Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance), Darrin Laidman, Colleen Rusholme & Samantha Payne (95.3 Fresh FM), and Jaclyn Colville (CHCH TV) to sample the fare of the 20 restaurants in attendance and score them based on taste, creativity and presentation.  In this category the combined judge’s scores were used to determine the winner and it seems our judges and the public saw eye to eye as the same three restaurants grabbed the title and runner up positions. Chef Will Edsell of the Queen’s Head Pub retained his title of “Best Taste” with his Caramel pretzel and peanut butter ice cream with bruleed peaches.  Runners up were Stone House Restaurant with their Pecan crusted salmon with sweet potato hash and honey Dijon cream sauce and Pepperwood Bistro with their Crispy skin pork belly on house made salt & vinegar chip with a chipotle glaze and mango corn sauce.

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The Stone House: Pecan Crusted Salmon

If you want to experience all the great tastes of Burlington be sure to visit  tasteofburlington.ca for all restaurants, prix fixe menus and pricing.

 

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