5th Annual Cuisine Art at Alton Mill

Al fresco dining outside the Alton Mill at Cuisine Art
Al fresco dining outside the Alton Mill at Cuisine Art

We’re sharing interesting news from our friends at Alton Mill:
A creative recipe for a perfect weekend: Take one historic mill, combine with an enviable art culture, mix in gifted artists, passionate local chefs, food producers and an array of exciting entertainment and merchants and what do you get? The 5th annual Cuisine–Art festival at the Alton Mill of course!
This weekend is designed to celebrate the Alton Mill’s fabulously diverse resident artists and their work while sampling a range of amazing food and drink from local producers and chefs. Whether you’re a stick-to-what-you-know type or a culinary adventurist, you’ll not only see something thing brilliantly creative but you’ll taste it! Plus, you’ll be helping to revitalize the Mill Pond and improve the water quality of Shaws Creek and the Credit River systems.
Cuisine-Art 2013 gives the perfect opportunity for the curious to roll up their sleeves and enjoy a sample workshop from our resident artists as well as experience a food or drink sample from the nutritional & healthy, to the indulgent naughty but nice while wandering through art studios. Then hang on to your apron during the hourly live cook-offs where chefs are given a black box of secret ingredients and compete against the clock. There is even a chance to get those burning culinary questions answered at the many cooking demos offered.
It begins with a gorgeous gourmet kick-off celebration on Friday Night, July 19. Picture the evening… you’ve just spent a few moments looking over the foot bridge at the rushing Shaw’s Creek and have walked into a stunning restored stone mill. Inside you find an array of artistic talent you’ve not seen all in one place before, after enjoying the interaction with the resident artists and getting that perfect piece you’ve been looking for, you step outside and take a deep breath of the country air. The feast for the eyes continues, the Mill Pond and stone ruins of the Annex in this beautiful park-like setting have you at a standstill before you make your way to the Annex where you’ll spend the evening under the stars enjoying great food, drink and music before the delightful outdoor theatre presentation begins.
Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm:
Spice up your day! Most foodies will know our co-hosts… Theresa Albert, a family-oriented nutritionalist, avid food tweeter, blogger, pinner and TV personality, with appearances on CBC’s Steven & Chris as well as CTV’s Health News.  As well as, Ali Hassan, comedian, actor, self proclaimed kitchen ninja and regular comedic panelist on CBC TV’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight… and that’s just for starters.
With your Sip & Savour Tastings Pass your day includes:
• Samples of fine wines, craft beers, regional premium ciders, and delicious gourmet delights throughout the Mill
• Open Studios, shops and galleries Alton Mill resident artists display their work and demonstrate their technique
• Chef’s Demos hourly in the Annex Courtyard Main Stage both Saturday & Sunday
Daily cook-offs featuring a Black Box of locally sourced ingredients and chefs vying for the “This Chef is Hot” award.
• Good Things Market, you’ll find merchants offering great products for your home, kitchen and your palette or palate, whichever the case may be!
Tastings Passes are $30 each day (or $20 in advance from altonmill.ca).
Friday & Saturday Evenings 5-9pm:
Enjoy the evening outdoors with music, cash bar and chose from the dinner options available and don’t miss out a performance of “As You Like It” by Humber River Shakespeare Co. The  open air theatre performances are held 7pm on both Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets are $20 and available at humberrivershakespeare.ca. Please bring your own chair or for $5 we’ll provide one.
Each day and evening offers something a little different, be sure to keep checking the festival website at www.altonmill.ca for a full list of events.
Cuisine-Art proceeds support the Alton Millpond Rehabilitation Fund, a tributary of the Credit River.

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