Last week, I took another lovely drive to Burlington to enjoy the Taste of Burlington 2017 launch.  It’s hard to believe that the Taste of Burlington has been running for 8 years! It’s been pretty amazing to participate in these amazing launches for at least a few of those years. Here’s a look back at some of my posts:

Taste of Burlington 2016

Taste of Burlington Summer 2014

Taste of Burlington – WInter 2014

The Taste of Burlington 2017

#ToB2017, started with 12 restaurants and has grown to include more than 30 of Burlington’s best known restaurants, eateries, and fine dining institutions.

This program has been incredibly successful in both it’s Winter and Summer editions. Moving forward however The Taste of Burlington will only run once per year.

Burlington is quickly becoming known as a destination for foodies. Food tourism is a good thing and as far as I’m concerned helps to elevate the city’s brand. Toronto isn’t the only city in Ontario to offer good food experienes. It’s been a long time coming but, you can’t deny it any longer. There are amazing dininge experiences to be had all over Ontario.

Types of food offered at the Taste of Burlington 2017

I’ve never been disappointed with the sheer amount of options available in Burlington. Everything from fine dining to casual and vegan, gluten free to locally sourced. You can filter through the choices by clicking on any of the badges located on the ToB Restaurants Page.

Taste of Burlington Dates and Prices

  • This event is running until March 12
  • Lunch prices range from $15 to $20
  • Dinners rage from $30 to $40 depending on restaurant.

Time to Sample the Samples

As soon as I arrived at the Burlington Preforming Arts Centre, I new I needed to find my way around and get to sampling all the amazing food that had been prepared for us. I had my favourites and there were somethings that I couldn’t try because of my seafood and shellfish allergy but, overall this was a wonderful experience AGAIN.

  • Alloro at Holiday Inn Burlington – Maple glazed slow roasted pork belly, served in a steamed Bao bun and garnished with, green onion, fresh coriander, pickled jiuliene carrots and pickled cucumber. Choice of siracha sauce or garlic hoisin sauce.
  • Barra Fion – Moorish braised beef with fresh cornbread, piri piri sauce and potato frites
  • Beaver & Bulldog – Beef tenderloin Kabobs
  • Celli’s Osteria – Braised beef over polenta fisnished with gremolata
  • Downtown Bistro – Crispy jambalaya with a creole tomato sauce
  • Fraticelli’s – Butternut squash risotto, with burrata cheese, micro basil and shaved grana padeano
  • Greenhouse Cafe at the Royal Botanical Gardens – Roasted red pepper and red lentil soup & curried chickpea salad with minted yogurt on flat bread
  • Ivy Bar and Kitchen – Crab and bluecheese crusted steak – locally raised flat iron steak, honey glazed brussel sprouts, grilled pepper, duck fat fried fingerling potatoes, roasted garlic and rosemary jus
  • Naroma Pizza – a variety of authentic Italian house made pizza
  • Paradiso – House made whey bread with ricotta and cured salmon
  • Pepperwood – Salmon and cassoulet – roasted Atlantic salmon over smoked bacon white bean cassoulet with sautéed baby kale, charred corn and roasted red pepper white wine pan jus
  • Pintoh Cuisine – Stuffed massaman curry roti with chicken and sweet potato served with carrot slaw
  • Rayhoon – Pomegranate hummus served on top of a Persian flat bread
  • Stone House – Moroccan lamb shank, slowly braised with dates and apricots, pearl couscous and a honey vanilla yogurt
  • The Purple Heather – Guiness + beef pocket with caramelized onions and mushrooms, arugula salad with ginger lime dressing, goad cheese and spiced nuts
  • The Queens Head Pub – Salted caramel cannoli, chai tea late
  • Turtle Jacks – Lake Rousseau butter tart – Fresh, flaky melt in your mouth pastry surrounding a deliciously rich filling of pure butter and sweet brown sugar
  • Water Street Cooker – Roasted apple & pear borscht wtih cabbage beet, venison salami and dill crema
  • Wendel Clarks- Chocolate Cheese Cake Parfait
  • West Plains Bistro – White bean cassoulet and curried lamb ragout with cilantro lime yogurt
  • Bodhi Bar – I don’t remember what the cold pressed drink was but I really liked it.
  • Nickel Brook

My Faves

Before I divulge my favourite samples, I have to say that this event is always so well organized and I appreciate all the hard work Tourism Burlington puts into ToB.

Here it is, my top 5 (not in any particular order): Greenhouse Cafe at the Royal Botanical Gardens, IVY Bar and Kitchen, The Stone House, Fraticelli’s and Turtle Jack’s. If I could have all of those things today for lunch I would.

Taste of Burlington “Best Taste” Winners:

  1. Ivy Bar and Kitchen
  2. Queen’s Head Pub
  3. Downtown Bistro

Taste of Burlington “People’s Choice” Winners:

  1. Ivy Bar and Kitchen
  2. Stone House Restaurant
  3. Purple Heather Pub

I will be heading out to at least one of these restaurants to enjoy lunch with some good friends. I recommend you give some a try!

Also, it was great to see Craig, Sid, Davindra, Wendy, Solmaz and her husband Nick and Linda at the event. Love hanging with these amazing bloggers.