From The Ex­ec­u­tive Editor

DINE and Destinations - - FROM THE PUBLISHER -

When Max Yas­gur stepped onto the stage at Wood­stock, he greeted the half a mil­lion strong by say­ing, “I’m a farmer,” and re­ceived a more thun­der­ous ova­tion than Jimi Hen­drix drew the fol­low­ing day. To­day, farm­ers are the rock stars. Farm­ers do more than feed our cities; they cul­ti­vate our land. Chefs, the re­ally good ones, are their in­ter­locu­tors. From South­ern Europe to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, from the Ja­pan sea­side to each coast of Canada and ev­ery prov­ince in be­tween, lo­cal culi­nary tra­di­tions and farm­ing prac­tices are defin­ing our cul­tures and our economies like never be­fore. To­day’s savvy restau­ra­teurs are buy­ing lo­cally and sus­tain­ably. We care where our food comes from; we care that it’s ap­pro­pri­ate to the sea­son. When we travel, we want to know where and what to eat that dis­tin­guishes each des­ti­na­tion. Fresh is in. Ex­otic is what­ever grows in our own back­yard. Re­gions across On­tario are brim­ming with au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ences true to our roots. We’ve dis­cov­ered that not only do good things grow in On­tario; but also that ac­claimed chefs have rec­og­nized “we’ve got to get our­selves back to the gar­den.”

So, raise a glass of VQA wine or Cana­dian whisky, and make a toast to our Canada’s 150. We hope you’ll en­joy our sto­ries and rec­om­men­da­tions in this is­sue of DINE and Des­ti­na­tions. À votre santé !

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