Monday, September 16, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, September 16, 2013

Thank Ewes Festival, Sept. 21 
If you’ve never tried The Cheesiry’s cheese, this is your chance – it’s great! Head over to the Cheesiry (Highway 16 between Kitscotty and Lloydminster, south ¼ mile on Range Road 24 to the farm with three silos on September 21 for two different events.

They’re hosting a family festival in the afternoon with lots of fun family activities, including riding a sheep, craft, milking and tours. In the evening, there will be a four-course meal and wine pairing.

Chilean Winemaker & Riedel Glass Seminar, Sept. 26
 Join Doug Reichel and Alvaro Paredes, Winemaker for Torreon de Paredes at 6 pm, September 26 for a winetasting and demonstration of the Riedel glassware. The event is part of Premier. I’ve attended in the past and have thoroughly enjoyed the quiet, relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to meet and talk with a leading winemaker.

Choose Your Favorite, Sept. 28 
There are so many Saskatoon berry products now available. Come sample the full line-up at SaskMade Marketplace's Fans' Choice Open House on September 28 and cast a vote for your favorite. The top picks will be announced on Facebook and featured in the store.

Novel-licious, Nov. 5 
McNally Robinson Booksellers is hosting a 3-course, locally-themed fundraiser dinner to benefit the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre on November 5.

Mary Harelkin Bishop, Beverley Brenna, Carey Rigby-Wilcox, Craig Silliphant and Cassie Stocks will read from their work.

Sea Cider
Ingredients Artisan Market is now selling cider from Vancouver Island’s Sea Cider Farm. Sea Cider makes wonderful cider from organic, heritage apples – from fresh and fruity Pippin and Wild English to darker, sweeter Rumrunner that has been fermented in Kentucky bourbon barrels that have been soaked in Newfoundland screech.

Ayden Kitchen and Bar 
Ayden Kitchen and Bar hopes to open mid-October to early November.

Alberta’s Bean-to-Bar Chocolate
I was pleased to read about Choklat, an Alberta company that makes chocolate directly from the cacao beans. There are very few Canadian companies that do this. The only other one that I’m aware of is Beanpod in Fernie, BC, and they make awesome chocolate (and gelato).

Choklat has a menu of over 1000 flavour combinations. You choose and they make it on the spot. I confess to being intrigued and look forward to visiting one of their stores (Calgary, Edmonton).

Wanderlust and Words is taking a short break as I’m having hip replacement surgery on September 20. Talk to you again soon!

Photos: Les Hortillonages, Amiens, France

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Joanne and Pat Halter said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery Penny. Take care.

Penny McKinlay said...

Thank you, Joanne.