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What is TASTE community grown?

Eastern Ontario’s most anticipated culinary event of 2013!

TASTE community grown is the region’s premier epicurean experience. A Festivals & Events Ontario Top 100 event, TASTE community grown is expanding to a weekend long event incorporating regional history, film, music and art.

Discover the magic of our island community.

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Would you like to get involved with this amazing event? We are always looking for volunteers to help. We can’t do it without you!

Check out our Volunteer information page and drop us a line!

Thank You

Taste the County is proud to partner with The Great Waterway to present this great event.


Program Schedule
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September 27 - 29, 2013

Friday Night – Movie in the Mess

Camp PictonStep back in time as you visit historic Camp Picton. Start the evening with a glass of regional wine or beer in the historic bar, explore the WW2 sergeant’s mess hall and kick up your heels to a live era band. Enjoy dinner prepared by a regional chef and finish off the evening relaxing under the stars to a movie presented by the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. More info…

Saturday – TASTE community grown

TASTE community grownMeet our tightly knit community of chefs, winemakers, beer and cider masters, artisanal food producers and farmers and indulge in the fine food and drink our region has to offer. Take in a guest speaker, enjoy a seminar and don’t miss County Chopped Live, where reigning champion Matt DeMille has just 30 minutes to defend his title from two of the regions best chefs in front of celebrity judges and a member of the local culinary community. More info…


Saturday Night – Back40Bash

High ValleyGet ready to party at the first Back40Bash – A County Kind of Concert, an all ages, licensed event headlined by Juno Award nominees High Valley. Don’t miss the very first concert of this caliber right here in our own back forty on the grounds of the Crystal Palace. Don’t worry, we haven’t left out the food – there will be gourmet food trucks on hand to keep you fueled up! More info…

Sunday – Kiwanis Cribbage Ride

kiwanis1Join hundreds of cyclists on a 25, 50 or 100 km ride through our pastoral backroads and discover the magic of our island community. You’ll stop at refreshment stations set up along the route and witness our rural community in action. We are proud to promote this annual Kiwanis event that supports so many causes in our community. What better way to end your weekend in the County? More info…

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Pasta Making

11:15 am with Paula Watts

Immerse yourself in the authentic Italian experience! Chef Paula of Pasta Tavola calls you to the pasta table (the Pasta Tavola) for a traditional, handmade pasta making class.  Learn the art of making fresh pasta from scratch using fresh ingredients from Prince Edward County and the surrounding region. Chef Paula is co-owner and head of…

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Joshna Maharaj
Spice Up The County

12: 15 pm with Joshna Maharaj

Learn how to play with spice confidently in the kitchen! Our culinary expert, Joshna Maharaj, will talk about spice blends, working with lots of bold flavour, and a variety of uses for spices (rubs, infusions, masala, etc.). Joshna Maharaj is passionately committed to good food and ideas of sustainability. A dedicated food activist, she works to…

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Scott Walcott
Fish to Fork

1:15 pm with Scott Walcott

Experience the full fish to fork concept. Learn from the professionals how to catch the fish, fillet the fish and, most importantly, cook the fish! Our expert charter fisherman, Scott Walcott, and regional chef, Dale Jones, are here to give you all the tips and tricks. Dale Jones is the chef at Kingston’s Dianne’s Fishbar…

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Vicki Samaras
Bubbles! Sparkling Wine

2:15 pm with Vicki Samaras

Sparkling wine is considered by many to be the last domain of wine knowledge. Is that flute of sparkling wine you’re sipping from made in the Traditional Method? Charmat Method? Ancestral Method? What is the difference between the three? Do the methods impact flavour and aromatics? Everyone knows sparkling wine grapes are picked earlier or…

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County Chopped
County Chopped

3:00 pm

Don’t miss County Chopped, our live version of the popular Food Network TV show.  

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