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Chef’s Series to continue at A Taste of Saskatchewan

Apr-25-2016

(SASKATOON, SK) Each year, more than 100,000 people come down to Kiwanis Memorial Park, nestled along the South Saskatchewan River to enjoy house favourites served up by more than thirty Saskatoon restaurants. This year, ‘A Taste of Saskatchewan’, presented by Conexus Credit Union, will run from July 12-17, 2016.

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Saskatchewan’s favorite food festival, and the first ever Chef’s Series event. SaskTel Centre teamed up with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK), a group that represents thousands of crop and livestock farmers, chefs and agriculture businesses in the province. The exciting live demos and competitions that feature Saskatchewan’s top chefs and local ingredients are back again, bringing more fun, fresh entertainment.

Capitalizing on last year’s success, twice as many chefs will throw down in two daily competitions for the duration of the festival. Each day, at 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm, two chefs will face off in a black box style culinary competition with the winner moving onto the next round, similar to Chopped! Canada. The finalists will battle it out for the title of “Top Chef Saskatchewan” on Sunday, July 17 at 12:00pm. The winner takes home a trophy, a barbeque, and bragging rights.

The Chef’s Series Stage will also host cooking demonstrations, July 12 – 15th, each day at 5:00 pm, featuring local chefs and ingredients. The audience will be invited to sample their creations. FFC SK asks for a small donation of cash or food tickets to be presented to the Saskatoon Food Bank.

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 for two at one of Saskatoon’s top restaurants.

FFC SK would like to express their gastronomic gratitude to their returning partners: The Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, SaskMilk, the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers. This year they would also like to welcome FRENCH’S® Food Company, Prairie Pride Natural Foods, SaskFlax and Prairie Meats  as sponsors of the Chef’s Series competitions. All of those products—including many other Saskatchewan-grown foods—will be featured at the festival.

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

For more information, contact:

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

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

Backgrounder

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 and lacrosse. SaskTel Centre is the home of the Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League and The Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League.

Conexus Credit Union’s 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 12th to 17th, 2016. The extensive menu offers everything from succulent entrées to delicious desserts to specialty items.

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan represents producer groups from livestock to crops and horticulture. We serve to cultivate awareness and appreciation of agriculture in the province with the belief that getting to know farmers equals getting to know food.