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Posted by : Guest Blogger, Tue, Jun 29 2010

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(Deep-fried poached egg! from Rundles Restaurant)

Stratford, Ontario
: You may know it as home to the annual theatre festival, but did you know it was recently named "Canada's hottest food destination" by AOL.ca?

With a farmers market dating back to 1855, and home to the Stratford Chefs School, the pretty city is now making a name for itself as more than Justin Bieber's hometown (yes, it's true and if you're a fan, you can tour Stratford using the "Bieberiffic map").


(Croissants from Rundles; Nutty Pop)

Recently, I sampled some of the culinary delights on offer in Stratford and met some faces behind the food.  Highlights included: foraging for barn lunch ingredients at a certified organic produce farm, feeding wild boar (that would also end up on our plates!), tasting tea and pies, making candy and touring a dairy - there's something for everyone.

From April through October, the Stratford Tourism Alliance offers specially designed culinary packages with a variety of activities including those I took part in. Stratford will be hosting the third annual Perth County Culinary Week. Starting on September 18th with the Stratford Garlic Festival, followed by a week of tastings, workshops and special dinners, the celebrations culminate in the Savour Stratford Culinary Festival on September 25th and 26th.

Throughout the Festival there will be plenty of free events - a farmers market, artisan stalls and culinary events - along the bank of the Avon River. Local foods and snacks will be available too, so you can relax on the lawn and enjoy musical entertainment.

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Guest Blogger Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher and part-time food blogger based in Toronto.  Her blog, eat.live.travel.write  focuses on culinary adventures both near and far because she travels as often as she can!

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Posted: Tue, Jun 29 2010 by Guest Blogger
Filed under: Ontario, Photos, Stratford

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