Story by Rod Charles
Vacay.ca Deputy Editor
STRATFORD, ONTARIO — The Savour Stratford Culinary Festival wrapped up another oustanding year with approximately 30,000 visitors coming to southern Ontario city’s main foodie event.
After a damp start, the event took off with dozens of presentations, book signings, exhibits and celebrities showcasing locally grown food. Among some of the celebrated chefs and highlights:
- Vikram Vij of Vij’s, one of Vacay.ca’s Top 50 Restaurants in Canada, who put on a curry bonanza of modern Indian cuisine with a demonstration-style class for 40 participants
- Food Network TV host, musician, and philanthropist Roger Mooking showed off his knife and garlic-crushing skills
- Local chef Tim Larsen of Mercer Hall served up pork cheeks
- And chef Wing Li was in attendance. Lee is a chef trained in Cantonese, French, and Thai cooking. Originally from Hong Kong, he has learned Thai cooking from Linda Liu, owner of Toronto’s Linda Modern Thai and Salad King.
The event ended with the Savour Stratford Tasting, the highlight of the festival and an opportunity for everyone to sample the best food that the region offers.
Stratford Tourism Alliance executive director Eugene Zakreski was thrilled with the event, and the turnout.
“What we’re really happy about is that the theme of ‘globally inspired, locally grown’ really did capture a lot of imaginations and brought a lot of people out,” said Zakreski. “This puts Stratford on the map as being much more than a theatre town.”