Get­ting a week­end taste of Ap­petite for Words

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - GALEN SIMMONS STAFF RE­PORTER

The hype for this year’s sec­ond an­nual Ap­petite for Words Fes­ti­val in Strat­ford is about to be­gin.

On Satur­day, the Strat­ford Chefs School and the Strat­ford Writ­ers Fes­ti­val will host a launch event, free of charge, at the chefs school kitchens at 136 On­tario St. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to an­nounce this fall’s lineup of guest speak­ers.

“The Ap­petite for Words Fes­ti­val hap­pens the week­end af­ter the Strat­ford Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, so it’s a bit of a con­tin­u­a­tion of that,” said Ta­mara Kucheran, a spe­cial events co-or­di­na­tor with the Strat­ford Chefs School. “… This was just an­other op­por­tu­nity to bring in a culi­nary as­pect to that as well.”

In its in­au­gu­ral year, Ap­petite for Words cel­e­brated Cana­dian culi­nary writ­ing with lit­er­ary­themed din­ners, farm lunches, tast­ings, read­ings, book sign­ings, culi­nary writ­ing, food photography workshops, and more.

This year, to help spread word of the event to both lo­cals and those vis­it­ing from out of town, or­ga­niz­ers se­cured a grant from the Re­gional Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion Four Inc. Des­ti­na­tion An­i­ma­tion pro­ject to host a free launch event in the sum­mer be­fore lo­cals leave town on hol­i­day.

“One of our goals for this year was broad­en­ing our reach, and that’s one of the rea­sons we’re do­ing this launch event in July,” Kucheran said. “We fig­ured it’s a time of year when there’s still a lot of lo­cals in town … and it’s also a re­ally busy tourist time – there’s lots of vis­i­tors in town – so we can spread the word and en­cour­age peo­ple to come back, out­side of the reg­u­lar tourist sea­son.”

As a sam­ple of what can be ex­pected dur­ing the Oct. 25 to Oct. 28 Ap­petite for Words Fes­ti­val, Strat­ford Chefs School alumni and cook book au­thors Cameron Stauch and Jeff Crump will be on hand to chat about their books, pre­pare some tast­ing dishes, and an­swer ques­tions. Sam­ples of Cave Spring Cel­lars wine and Black Swan Brew­ing Co. beer will also be pro­vided to com­ple­ment the chefs’ tast­ing menus.

The event will also serve as the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment of the Strat­ford Chefs School’s 2018 Joseph Hoare gas­tro­nomic writer in res­i­dence, the re­cip­i­ent of which will lead food-writ­ing workshops, pro­vide one-on-one con­sul­ta­tions with stu­dents in­ter­ested in food writ­ing, and present read­ings of their work to both stu­dents and the pub­lic over the course of the school year.

Though the event is free and drop-ins are wel­come, Kucheran is en­cour­ag­ing those who would like to at­tend Satur­day’s launch event to RSVP by vis­it­inghttps:// bit.ly/2L1eKyd, or by con­tact­ing the Strat­ford Chefs School at ei­ther­ad­min@strat­ford­chef. com or 519-271-1414.

Tick­ets for the Ap­petite for Words Fes­ti­val will be­come avail­able for pur­chase at the launch event. gsim­mons@post­media.com

Stauch

Crump

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