It’s confession time - I live in the West End of the GTA where there are a phelethora of good family style restaurants, but when I'm in the mood for something else I jump in my car and make the 30-40 minute drive to Toronto. Sometimes I go further west to Niagara-on-the-Lake when I want a bit change from the Toronto scene. Last week I found out that just 20 to 30 minutes away from my house there is a vibrant culinary scene in Burlington, Ontario. Who knew?
From July 21 to August 5, 2013, 24 participating restaurants, in Burlington, will offer 3-course prix fixe lunches for $15 or $20 and dinners for $30, $35 or $40. This year participating restaurants were also been challenged to take part in the Eat Local program and create dishes using locally sourced ingredients for their menus. At the sold out launch event, 19 of the 24 participating restaurants showcased a small sample of the dishes that will be featured.
In preparation for the event, I did some reading about the Burlington food scene, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that Burlington’s local chefs have worked very hard to make the city a dining destination in Southern Ontario. You can find a wide variety of ethnic and Canadian cuisine dining options that rival those found in any major metropolitan city. Voted the best city of its size in Canada, Burlington’s is home to over 300 hundred restaurants that range from casual to fine dining.
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Disclosure: I received a free ticket to attend the event and was asked to write a review as compensation. The opinions/review of the event are entirely my own (Rhonda of Olive & Ruby).
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