Quick bites What’s happening in Ottawa’s culinary scene?
- The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival – Fall Edition is an important event in the local foodie calendar. Running October 30-November 3, 2013, the Ottawa Convention Centre is filled with great wine from around the world and delicious food to accompany it! Themed seminars focus on tasting notes and techniques and special activities abound! New! The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival - Spring Edition is coming in 2014. Watch for more details.
- Stock Pot Ales: Local watering hole The Wellington Gastropub has started brewing its own beer, available only at the pub! Delicious stuff!
- Known for its raucous Oktoberfest celebration (October 4-5), local brewer Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company took a page from the recording industry for its latest innovation. B-Side Brewing Label will allow craft brewers from around the world to use Beau’s facilities to brew their beer here in Ontario. First up: Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale from Denmark. Stay tuned for more!
- More beer news? Toronto-based the Bier Markt has announced it will take over a large space on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa in 2014 and the former Hard Rock Café in the ByWard Market area will become the home of the Lowertown brewpub early in the year as well.
- Three Ottawa restaurants appeared on the “long list” leading to enRoute magazine’s prestigious Top 10 New Restaurants Across Canada list: Gezellig in the Westboro neighbourhood; Supply and Demand in Wellington West; and Union Local 613 in Centretown.
- The Novotel Ottawa has opened The Albion Rooms, a sleek new restaurant and bar. Charcuterie, cheeses and fresh ingredients combine for a tempting treat.
- In spring 2013, the Canada Agriculture Museum changed its name to the Canada Agriculture & Food Museum and launched a new Learning Centre in a converted heritage barn. Ottawa is the only world capital with a working farm at its heart—enjoy the dairy cows, pigs, goats, horses and more!
- Street food: 17 new on-street food trucks and food carts rolled out earlier this year under a new City of Ottawa program. Most are downtown, but some are in neighbourhoods just outside downtown. Watch for Ottawa Streat Gourmet (on Queen St. near O’Connor St.); Ad Mare (on Slater St. at O’Connor St.); and Gongfu Bao (on Elgin St. near Slater St.), among others.
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