(Deep-fried poached egg! from Rundles

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
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

(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
, 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!