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New Chef's Series at Conexus Credit Union A Taste of Saskatchewan offers spotlight on home-grown food

Jun-30-2015

(SASKATOON, SK)  Each year, more than 100,000 people come down to Kiwanis Park along the river in Saskatoon to enjoy house favourites served up from thirty or so Saskatoon restaurants. This year, Conexus Credit Union A Taste of Saskatchewan will celebrate its twentieth anniversary from July 14-19, 2015.

"We wanted to do something special to celebrate 20 years," said John Howden, Director of Business Development for SaskTel Centre, which promotes and organizes A Taste of Saskatchewan each year. "We thought, what better way to celebrate A Taste of Saskatchewan than by featuring the foods grown right here by our own producers?"

To that end, SaskTel Centre teamed up with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK), a group that represents thousands of crop and livestock producers, chefs and agriculture businesses in the province.

"This is such a great opportunity to celebrate all the foods our producers grow with care here in Saskatchewan that feed people all over the world," said Adele Buettner, CEO of FFC SK. "Plus, who doesn't love a chance to see great food prepared by the best chefs in town?"

Starting on Tuesday, July 14, the Chef's Series Stage will feature demonstrations everyday at noon by a Saskatoon chef who will prepare their own recipe of the day's featured product. Samples will be prepared and available for purchase with proceeds to the Food Bank. Each evening between 6PM and 7PM, "Top Chef Saskatchewan" competitions will present two chefs with a black box of ingredients and a limited amount of time to prepare a dish using those ingredients. Their dishes will be evaluated by a panel of judges and each day, the winning chef will move forward in the competition until two finalists compete in the final on Sunday, July 19.

That's not all. Customers that purchase dishes featuring Saskatchewan-grown products from participating restaurants will be eligible to enter a draw for a new barbeque or a chef-prepared meal at the Saskatoon Club.

"We are so excited to see the level of support and enthusiasm for this event," Buettner said, noting that the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, SaskMilk, the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers have all stepped up to be partners for the Chef's Series at A Taste of Saskatchewan and that all those products-including many other Saskatchewan-grown foods-will be featured at the festival.

"A Taste of Saskatchewan continues to be a fan favourite in Saskatoon," Howden added. "We're pleased to kick things up a notch for our twentieth anniversary."

More information is available on tasteofsaskatchewan.ca or farmfoodcaresk.org/events.

For more information, contact:

John Howden
Director of Business Development, SaskTel Centre
306.975.3151
jhowden@sasktelcentre.com

Adele Buettner
CEO, FFC SK
306.477.FOOD (3663)
office@farmfoodcaresk.org

SaskTel Centre is the largest indoor public assembly facility in Saskatchewan. It is Saskatchewan's number one venue for large-scale musical productions, as well as one of the Canada's busiest entertainment and sports venues. SaskTel Centre hosts more than 500,000 guests annually, with seating capacity of approximately 13,000 for concerts and 15,100 for hockey. SaskTel Centre is the home of the Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League.

Conexus Credit Union A Taste of Saskatchewan is Saskatoon's festival of fabulous food featuring over 30 of Saskatoon's finest restaurants serving their house favorite dishes in beautiful Kiwanis Park from July 14th to 19th, 2015. The extensive menu offers everything from succulent entrées to delicious desserts to specialty items.

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan represents livestock, crops and horticulture farmers across the province, as well as chefs, businesses and researchers-all those who are passionate about the production of food. FFC SK works to cultivate awareness and appreciation of agriculture in the province with the belief that getting to know farmers equals getting to know food. FFC SK strives to find new and innovative ways to introduce producers to their customers and consumers to their food producers.