Flavours of Ontario is coming up on Aug. 8, offering the chance to experience gourmet food while overlooking the river at Huntsville’s historic waterfront.
Residents are invited to dine al fresco at the Town Dock for six courses that feature food from every region of Ontario. Tickets cost $150. Guests will be seated with their party, but will also get the chance to meet 150 other foodies as local chef Jeff Suddaby prepares the dining experience with the help of Niagara College culinary arts students. Flavours of Ontario is one of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce’s signature events, which were created to attract tourists to help foster economic development and raise the area’s profile as a tourism destination.
“Local accommodation providers, the food service industry as well as retail merchants have seen increases in revenue as a result of these signature events,” said Kelly Haywood, executive director of the chamber. “While the primary goal is to bring new visitors to our community, this event celebrates local businesses and talent and is a true community event. Everyone is welcome to attend!”
The evening will feature Ontario-sourced proteins such as chicken breast and Georgian Bay whitefish along with Ontario-grown ingredients like cranberries and mixed greens. From the sautéed Ontario white shrimp starter to the Niagara cherry torte, the menu features various gourmet dishes with an Ontario spin.
“Preparing a formal meal for 150 guests is a considerable undertaking, and it’s possible because businesses and Ontario Culinary Schools are working together in a way that they never have before in order to treat guests to a memorable dining experience,” said Jeff Suddaby, dinner coordinator and owner of 3 Guys And A Stove. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to really engage with friends and family, meet new people, and taste what Ontario has to offer.”
After dinner, guests are invited to attend “Dancing on the Docks” hosted by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts. Local musician Neil Barlow will front a 10-piece band, playing golden oldies over the Muskoka River as the sun sets.