We are bouncing off the walls with excitement and the weekend can’t come fast enough. 8 of us are piling into cars and heading to Picton to attend Taste! Taste is one of the premiere festivals in Toronto (it was named one of the top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario). There are 16 restaurants, almost 20 wineries sharing their wares as well as several farms and specialty food producers (a full list is here).
We enjoyed a sneak peak a few weeks ago – Rosehall Run, The Grange of Prince Edward, Black Prince Winery joined Fifth Town Cheese and the Milford Bistro at a quiet press event in Toronto a few weeks back. All of them are attending the event this year and we were excited to meet their teams and taste some of their wares.
Rosehall run also announced that they worked with Chef Jamie Kennedy to produce a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that will be uncorked for the first time this weekend. The wine is a 2007 vintage and only 100 cases were created. For more info, check their release here. For a Taste, drive the 2.5 hours to Picton to enjoy a wonderful fall day and great tastes of the season.
We spent a lot of time speaking with Veronica and Chris from the Milford Bistro. This charming couple adores the county and loves what they do. We hadn’t visited the Bistro yet but it was on our list of places to check out – after trying their food, we will definitely prioritize our visit!
The Milford Bistro has a focus on local. Their offerings included multi-colored beets topped with local cheese and lamb from 3km away from the restaurant. Chris is serving up lamb tartare at Taste this weekend. I had never tried raw lamb and couldn’t resist a try. I was surprised to find out how mild it was – milder than beef tartare and a definitive contrast from it’s flavor when cooked. Dana almost melted at their beet dish and if you are attending the event, make sure not to miss their apple pannacotta that cleverly hides a buckwheat gingerbread crumble in it’s depths.
Chris has also prepared a cheese sampling and paired some of Fifth Town and Black River’s cheeses with homemade breads that were simply exceptional.
It’s been a rough summer. If you don’t have plans on Saturday, head to Picton for a wonderful fall drive and head to Taste! (you can buy tickets at the door). If you’re there look for us and say hey – we’ll be wearing small WellPreserved Buttons and be with a gaggle of people.