Getting a weekend taste of Appetite for Words
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. firstname.lastname@example.org