A Taste of Savour Stratford

I have to admit that I’ve never been to Stratford. So when Jason and I were invited to the Toronto launch event for A Taste of Savour Stratford, well we couldn’t pass it up. We headed down to The Mill Street Brew Hall in Toronto for a preview of the Perth County Culinary Festival (which is coming up this July 19-20, 2014) and it was a delicious time!

The event (and the festival theme this year) was a showcase of food From Coast to Coast to Coast created by Chef Jason A. Robin of the Mill St Brew Hall using Perth County ingredients.

We also got to meet the chef presenters and Stratford Chefs School grads who are involved in the Savour Stratford Festival.

  • Rich Francis, chef/owner, Aboriginal Culinary Concepts, current Top Chef Canada competitor and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • Carl Heinrich, chef/co-owner, Richmond Station, Top Chef Canada winner and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • Doug McNish, award-winning vegan cookbook author, Eat Raw, Eat Well
  • Jennifer McLagan, chef and award-winning cookbook author, Odd Bits
  • Yva Santini, chef, Pazzo restaurant, Top 30 Under 30 recipient and Stratford Chefs School graduate
  • The Wine Sisters, sommeliers presenting unexplored Ontario wines

We had drinks from  Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers. I had their Vodka and Jason tried their Rye & we left the Gin for next time 🙂 You can get them in the LCBO or even better, visit their new distillery & sipping room located on the Niagara Wine Route.

They also make a collection of Bitters and Fruit Spirits, but we didn’t try them.


My drink was a Vodka and Lemonade with fresh strawberries. It was so delicious and I love that Dillon’s are a 100% Canadian distillery.


It was such a beautiful, sunny evening that it was hard to get good pictures with my iPhone.

We sampled the 2012 Cabernet Merlot from Reif Estates Winery and we both really liked it. I’m a red wine kind of girl and this is one that I’m adding to my list for home.

There were also beers from Mill Street Brewery – their Organic, Tankhouse (one of Jason’s favourites) and the Lemon Tea Beer, which is one of my all time favourites.

It was an event full of deliciousness and some good learning, because we also got to try Rosewood Estates Winery’s Mead – a femented honey beverage which is the first and oldest version of alcohol. I had never heard of it before and it was delicious. We met Kristina Roman and she is a 3rd Generation Beekeeper and they use a traditional method of taking care of the bees, which means that they don’t move their homes around, but use a permanent structure/location. Honestly, I asked so many questions and I am looking forward to taking a wine tour on our next trip out Beamsville way. Another great reason why we need to SAVE THE BEES.

It was a great preview and we are looking forward to heading down to Stratford for our first time to enjoy the festival.