Food Lovers' Field Days
Saturday & Sunday August 20 & 21, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Food lovers will have a “field day” shopping, dining and sampling local and traditional cuisine in the historic setting of Upper Canada Village! Step back and discover the region’s original 100-mile diet; as a special treat this weekend, you will be able to sample 19th century fare cooked up using old recipes on the woodstoves and hearths of the Village’s period kitchens, and savour heirloom harvest tastings picked fresh from the Village’s own gardens.
In the Village fairgrounds, time moves forward with an eclectic farmers’ market of regional food, wine & beer vendors, who will be serving up the flavours, aromas and medleys of nature’s bounty from across Ontario!
Check out this year's lineup of food and beverage artisans here!
Willard’s Hotel Restaurant, Upper Canada Village’s oldest establishment on site, will be featuring a Food Lovers’ Special over the weekend: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie, Side Salad in a Sweet Cider Vinaigrette Dressing, Village Bread, Strawberry Shortcake & Beverage - $20 per person. (Reservations for Willard’s recommended at 613-543-0660. Other regular items will also be offered.)
On Saturday, Returning this Year by Popular Demand...
Food Lovers Field Days will be home to the third annual IRON PAN COMPETITION on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., where four chefs from across the region will vie for the judges’ favour as they create a dish using a box of local mystery ingredients, each using a single cast iron skillet! Executive Chef Luc McCabe from NAV Centre Cornwall (sponsor of the competition) and past competitor on the Food Network’s Chopped Canada, will lead the judging panel together with a couple of new judges: 2014's champion Chef John Leung of Steak & Sushi in Ottawa, and 2015's champion Chef Derek MacGregor of Seed to Sausage near Sharbot Lake. Local former broadcast personality Sue Stewart from Cornwall Ontario will again emcee the event. It’s all in front of a live audience, where you can join the fun and cheer on your favourite chef!
Meet this year's 2016 Lineup of Competing Chefs, hailing from Cornwall, Kingston, Ottawa and the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory!
On Sunday - COOKING WITH IRON – THREE “COURSES”
Gather ‘round as special guest Chef Tony Lacroix of Love Love Food Cafe, Bistro & Bakery in Cornwall Ontario, shares his culinary expertise. Love Love Food specializes in gourmet comfort food such as sandwiches, soups and salads, along with a special of the day. Mr. Lacroix has also built up a strong and loyal fan base for his cakes, cupcakes and old fashion desserts. At Food Lovers, he will be preparing three tantalizing dishes at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. Appetizer Course: Baked goat cheese with harissa.
1:00 p.m. Main Course: Sausage Ratatouille with harvest vegetables.
2:30 p.m. Dessert Course: Amaretto peach cobbler. All prepared in a cast iron skillet!
THE ORIGINAL 100 MILE DIET SATURDAY & SUNDAY – Throughout the Village
At Cook’s Tavern from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy Sarsaparilla and Ginger Beer ($4 a bottle, non alcoholic) from the bar. Don’t miss the Travelling Tiltons performing on the front porch each day at 12:30!
In the shady treed courtyard behind Willard’s Hotel, tea historian and sommelier Susan Peters will present a talk on “The History of Tea in the Victorian Era” each day at 3:00 p.m.
In Upper Canada Village’s own Loucks and Tenant Farm Kitchens: Sample fresh-baked 19th century cookies, shaped using tin cookie cutters fashioned in our own Tinsmith shop! From 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“Tasting the Garden” at Loucks Kitchen Garden will feature heirloom vegetable taste-testing, and tours of the garden, from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.
Stop in at Crysler Hall to see "Fire in the Kitchen", a special exhibit showing technological change in the kitchen in the 19th century.
Watch a large bake of bread come out of a brick oven in the Village Bakery each morning and afternoon.
See the process of cheddaring or cutting into curds at Union Cheese Factory around 1:30 p.m. Try your hand at milking cows at 3:30 p.m. in Loucks Barn.
And there’s more ALL WEEKEND LONG ...
The Village will be rich with heritage experiences, offering all of its regular daily historical activities such as horse-drawn carry-all rides and horse-drawn tow scow rides along the canal, historical interpretation in its over 40 heritage homes, mills, trades shops, farms and other places of interest, along with a taste of period street entertainment each day.
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Access to food presentations and activities are all included in your admission to Upper Canada Village.
Parks of the St. Lawrence campers who have received general admission tickets to Upper Canada Village as part of their camping fee can present the reciprocal passes they received upon arrival at their campsite, to gain free admission to the Village on one of the days during Food Lovers.