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Chef's Series showcases top chef's and homegrown foods at a Taste of Saskatchewan


(SASKATOON, SK) Some of the most popular shows on television today showcase top chefs going head to head to create gourmet dishes from mystery ingredients. This year at Taste of Saskatchewan, festival-goers will have the chance to watch our own outstanding chefs face off in competitions that feature foods grown right here in Saskatchewan!

Each year, more than 100,000 people come to Kiwanis Memorial Park along the South Saskatchewan River to enjoy house favourites served up from almost thirty Saskatoon restaurants. This year, 'A Taste of Saskatchewan', presented by Conexus Credit Union, will run from July 11-16.

For the third year, Taste of Saskatchewan organizer SaskTel Centre has 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, to present the Farm & Food Care Chef's Series.

Similar to Chopped! chefs will compete throughout the week using 'black boxes' filled with mystery ingredients grown in Saskatchewan. The winner moves onto the next round, with the final match-up for the title of "Top Chef Saskatchewan" on Sunday, July 16 at 12:30pm.

The Chef's Series Stage will also feature some special shows during the week:

  • Chef Anthony McCarthy, Executive Chef of The Saskatoon Club will kick off the Chef's Series with an amazing cooking demonstration at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 11. Samples will be available in return for donations of cash or food tickets which will be presented to the Saskatoon Food Bank.
  • We will have a special celebrity cookoff on Tuesday, July 11 at 4:00PM. Watch for more details next week!
  • Don't miss the 4:00 pm demonstration on Thursday, July 13 when Chef Graham Hayes, Corporate Chef with FRENCH'S® Food Company, will present some fresh ideas for cooking with mustard! Again, the audience will have the opportunity to sample the food in return for donations to the Food Bank.

Shows run every day on the Chef's Series stage at 12:15, 4:00 and 6:30 pm. Every show will include chances to win prizes, audience contests and lots of onstage excitement. Even better, patrons that purchase dishes featuring Saskatchewan-grown ingredients from participating vendors will be eligible to enter the onsite draw for a new barbeque!

Organizers would like to thank all the sponsors of the Chef's Series. All of these products-including many other Saskatchewan-grown foods-will be featured at the festival.

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For more information, contact:

John Howden
Director of Business Development
SaskTel Centre

Adele Buettner
Project Manager
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan
306.477.FOOD (3663)

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 11-16, 2017. The extensive menu offers everything from succulent entrées to delicious desserts to specialty items.

Farm & Food Care SaskatchewanFarm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK) is a non-profit coalition of farm families, agribusinesses, food processors, restaurants, retailers, food companies and individuals. FFC SK seeks to build confidence in Saskatchewan food production - to let consumers know that the food we produce is healthy, safe and responsibly grown; that farmers and ranchers are innovative, technologically advanced and care deeply about the animals and land they work with. Today, less than 3% of Canadians have a direct link to the farm, so it is not surprising that many people want to know more about food and farming. FFC SK administers several programs to help address consumer questions and build trust in our farmers and in Saskatchewan-grown foods.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan      The French's Food Company    Great Western Brewing         Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission   Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association   Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission   Saskatchewan Egg Producers SaskMustard   Saskatchewan Pulse Growers      SaskTurkey