Foodie news and events in and around Saskatoon – cheese, beer, oil, melons – and it’s all local
Three Farmers Camelina Oil Tasting
Drop by Souleio Foods at 265 3rd Avenue South on Saturday, August 6 to taste Three Farmers Camelina Oil.
Camelina is an ancient seed that used to be grown extensively in Europe. It is now being grown in southeast Saskatchewan. The oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well vitamin E. It keeps well and can be used for everything from marinades to frying and baking.
Saskatoon Farmers’ Market: Local chefs will be preparing local food at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Sunday, August 7 from noon to 3 pm. The appetizer samples will sell for $2 each.
Prince Albert: Two events at the Forest Centre on September 9 and 10. On Friday evening, CJ Katz and Doug Reichel will be hosting a food and wine pairing. There will be a dinner on Saturday featuring the “Best of Local Cuisine.” $40 per event or $75 for both. Call 1-800-868-7470 for tickets.
Paddockwood Brewing Company
Paddockwood has just released the first in a series of 12 beers dedicated to 12 gods. It’s called Ragutienne after the Slavic goddess of beer and is available at the brewery in Sutherland.
Flint (259 2nd Avenue South) last week. The selection of cheese as well as the accompaniments (relish, chutney, etc. – many from Fruition Orchards) is outstanding. I’ve heard that their martinis are well worth sampling, but I stuck to wine.
Hot Racks Bakery
Hot Racks Bakery at #50 – 304 Stonebridge Boulevard will be opening shortly. They’re planning to use social media (Groupon, Foursquare, Smartphone apps, Facebook, Google Places, QR codes) to spread the word. I’m looking forward to visiting.
I’m always delighted to find Canadian-made cheeses that rival the best that Europe has to offer. I’m currently enjoying Baluchon, an organic cheese from Quebec, which is mild and creamy but with a tangy nip, and Geai Blue, a blue cheese that is made in New Brunswick and aged in Quebec. Both cheeses are available from Souleio Foods.
But it’s still fabulous! The greenhouse walls are lined with strawberries, and the plants are grown on wires so they stretch up towards the ceiling, way over my head. There are a half dozen varieties of tomatoes, three kinds of eggplant, and at least three kinds of melon. The French Charentais melon (orange flesh) is so sweet and delicious.
They plan to grow year-round so we can look forward to fresh spinach and lettuce even in the coldest months of winter. More to come in a blog profile – in the meantime, be sure to buy some of their lovely produce at the Wednesday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets.
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Flavourful Saskatoon July 25, 2011