FYI - I just found out about this wonderful event in the beautiful hills of Alton....July 20-22, 2012
Delicious Art, Beautiful Food
Twenty-five Alton Mill artists, 15 area chefs and 11 local producers of wine, beer, cider, lemonade and ginger syrup will be your guides to a delicious weekend of fine art, tastings, demos and cook-offs.
The concept is simple: Watch the chefs in action; watch artists in action. Discover local colour, creativity and flavour!
The Main Stage in the Annex Courtyard will include hourly chef demonstrations, but things really heat up at 2 pm daily when the Eat Local Caledon sponsored cook-offs take place, featuring an entirely local menu before a live audience. Saturday’s match features Philip Dewar from Souylve Caribbean Foods–recently featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here, and Owen Vulpe from What’s Cookin’ Catering. On Sunday Gilles Roche of Gourmandissimo catering steps up against Chef Thorntin Macdonald of the Belfountain Inn and Bistro Riviere.
Throughout the Mill's studios and galleries there will be tasting stations full of cool drinks and fresh fare. In addition to the ever popular Toonie Tastings, this year we are introducing a Passport to Taste, which costs $10 and includes 6 tastings.
Cuisine and canvas make a perfect pairing when artist Paul Morin (Studio 215) and chef Owen Vulpe join forces for "Sound, Sight and Appetite," a demonstration of the creative process. Watch as they each create a masterpiece -- one with paint, the other with food. Meanwhile in the Bartlett Gallery, "Art Song" features artist Lynda Clare Grant who will paint to the music of pianist Lou Pinto.
Cuisine-Art Kick-off: Join us Friday July 20 at 5:30 pm in the Annex Courtyard, prior to Humber River Shakespeare Co's presentation of Macbeth. Dinner options from several participating chefs are availalbe for sale; there will be a cash bar and live music. (Theatre tickets are available in advance here.)
I'll be there to check it out. A good friend tells me you can wander about, checking out various chef demos, etc. complete with cocktail in hand.