Sunday, October 2, 2011

Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival

last weekend, my wife and i went to the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival in Stratford, Ontario. we had a great time. The weather was perfect; it was a warm and sunny fall day with blue skies and few clouds. we arrived about mid morning and parked across the Thames river then walked passed the Stratford Festival theater. On the way to the festival we stopped to look at the art festival that was also going on.

There were painters, and potters and jewellary makers exhibiting and selling their works.

These unusual wooden designs by Paul Szewc caught my eye for their unique forms and colors. Paul also makes tables and cutting boards that are also unusual in their design.

I did not catch the name of the wood turner who makes these lovely bowls but they are first rate work. I understand that these artists and artisans are often exhibiting in the part in Stratford, not only during the food festival so if your interested they will probably be there most weekends until it is too cold to exhibit.

 I just had to take a picture of this beautiful black swan that I spotted as we were walking along the Thames river on our way to the food festival. Apparently, the black swans are from Australia! It is an amazing looking bird.

So finally, we made it to the food festival. We spent most of our time in the Farmer's and Artisan Market where there were innumerable stalls and kiosks of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods and refreshments. The musicians pictured above were playing as we walked by so I snapped a picture. There was entertainment all along the street where the festival was being held. My wife stopped to buy two butternut squash for $1.00 a piece. We later stopped by the same stall and bought two more for a total of $4.00. We stopped for ice cream and we bought fresh buns to eat with our lunch. Most of the food that was being offered was either organically grown or the food was made with organic ingredients. 

We stopped to have a discussion with a person who was promoting Community Supported Agriculture. We told her that we really supported the idea but we did not like the way that Plan B Farm was running the program in our area, they did not give us any choice in what we bought. At any rate, we had a good discussion.

You can see that there were lots of people at the festival and there were a lot of things to see and do and most of all taste!
There were also many things for children to enjoy. Even Jack Sprat and his wife showed up for the event.

This puppet show featuring professor GMO kept the children entertained but it was probably as much for the education of adults on genetically modified organisms. Whether or not you agree with their message it was entertaining.

My wife and I enjoyed ourselves immensely so much that we both agreed that we will probably go again next year.

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