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Cuisine-Art Festival 2015

  • Sat Jun 20, noon - 5 p.m.
  • Sun Jun 21, noon - 5 p.m.

Alton Mill Arts Centre

Thank you for joining us last June to discover the Headwaters Region's best artisanal food, drink and creativity. Local chefs, Alton Mill studio artists, and wine, beer and cider makers combined to offer one delicious weekend, where guests watched chefs in action and artists in action on June 20 – 21, 2015, noon to 5 pm each day.

Click here for a full schedule of events. Rain or Shine. All sampling stations are indoors and oudoor activities are under tents.

Throughout the Mill's studios and art galleries there will be food & beverage tasting stations and special art activities.

The Main Stage features chef demos, live music, a daily cook-off and on Saturday, a paint-off. For the cook-offs, two duelling chefs will be presented with identical "Black Boxes" of local food ingredients out of which they will have 45 minutes to create a culinary masterpiece, vying for the coveted "This Chef is Hot" Award!

Immediately following Saturday's cook-off, a half dozen artists will be given another artfully-arranged set of the same foods, which they will interpret using paint on canvas.

For a sneak peek of the event, have a look at this 3-minute Cuisine-Art video.

Cuisine-Art is honoured to have been designated a finalist for Culinary Tourism Event of the Year at the Ontario Tourism 2014 Awards of Excellence, a Top 100 Festival for 2015 by Festivals & Events Ontario and Best Culinary Tourism Experience in 2013 by Hills of Headwaters Tourism.

Cuisine-Art is a fundraiser for the Alton Millpond Rehabilitation Fund.

Cuisine-Art Tastings Pass includes unlimited food samples and three beverage sampling tickets, plus access to the Main Stage entertainment venue. $35 at the gate. Sorry, advance tickets no longer available. (Additional drink sampling tickets can be purchased on site for $2.50 each or 5 for $10). A cash bar and cash BBQ menu will be available all weekend. Click here for a full schedule of events.

Cuisine-Art Participants -  a tasting experience tastings, wine tastings, cider tastings & beer tastings.

Food: Local Chefs on the Cutting Edge of Taste

Shaw's Creek Cafe  : The Alton Mill's in-house eatery is now owned and operated by Owen & Amanda Vulpe, who continue the cafe's tradition of light lunches and decadent desserts. 

Soulyve Caribbean Kitchen  : As featured on "You Gotta Eat Here" on the Food Network, Soulyve serves up hot and spicy authentic Caribbean Cuisine. An Orangeville favourite, Soulyve is fast becoming a hot spot in the Ontario restaurant scene.  

Lavender Blue Catering : Featuring fresh and frozen gourmet foods, Lavender Blue Catering features entrees, soups and desserts for any occasion. 

The Millcroft Inn & Spa 
: This 100 acre estate is nestled in the rolling countryside of Southern Ontario's Hills of Headwaters, a region rich with cultural, artistic and rural activities. Enjoy award winning spa services or a tasty delight in the Headwaters Restaurant.

Black Wolf Smoke House: The Blackwolf smokehouse is an authentic southern styled smokehouse. Using the tried and tested Hot Smoking method. The prolonged smoking process yields a complex flavor development, but it also requires careful work to do correctly.

Black Birch 
: A wonderful dining experience on in the Hockley Vallery. Chef Mark Mogensen creates an exciting and constantly evolving seasonal menu that is sure to delight.   

Olivar Corp. : Meet the olive oil experts! Olivar Corp. offers clean, fresh tasting, olive oils and vinegars that are sure to astound you. Ad incredible fresh flavours and vitality to your meals with Olivar Corp.

Woolwich Dairy : Among the very best cheese makers in North America, Woolwich Dairy Inc. is a quality and innovation-driven manufacturer, committed to outstanding goat cheese and ice cream products for its customers.   

Treeline Catering: World-class cuisine, innovative presentation and first-rate professionalism have made Treeline Events Catering the preferred caterer to Toronto & Southern Ontario‘s most discerning clientele

Landman Gardens & Bakery:
Located just north of Grand Valley, Ontario Landman Gardens & Bakery is commited to growing and producing the best quality food for you and your family. Currently milking 300 dairy goats but also raising pigs, beef calves, chickens, turkeys and sheep. Landman grows over two acres of ogranically grown produce that is sure to delight your tastebuds. 

Fire in the Kitchen: Specialty seasonings developed by Christian Horner offering flavours you've never experience before. Made with the freshest ingredients all of the spice blends have been tested, developed and perfected, made to be MSG and Gluten Free. 

The Friendly Chef Adventures Inc. : Pam Fanjoy, a.k.a The Friendly Chef believes that nothing is more important than creating an extrodinary culinary adventure for you!  

The Mill Run Eatery: At the Mill Run Eatery, food entheusiasts will find everything they need. From delicious daily breakfasts, gourmet lunches and specialty coffees in our cafe. Using a farm to table approach Chef Pam Fanjoy sources only the best ingredients for their ever changing menu. 

The Edge Wine Bar and Grille: Located inside the Headwaters Raquet Club in Orangeville West The Edge Wine Bar and Grille is where great food and music meet.

Fromage Cheese Shop: Local food connoisseurs who’ve been leaving town to satisfy their taste for the finer things needn’t look any futher than downtown Orangeville. Serving a variety of gourmet foods from area growers and producers, like breads, gluten-free meals, honey and soups created using cheese sold in the store. Fromage carries up to 60 different types of cheese from across Canada and around the world.

Mayfield Secondary School Culinary Club: Students of the Mayfiled Culinary Club are united by their love of cuisine.

Wagrams Springs Birch Syrup and Sap: At Wagram Springs, we are focused on providing  the best quality of birch products with the highest levels of customer satisfaction & we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. 

Beverages: Quench your thirst with Ontario Super Stars 

Downey's Estate Winery : Established in 2001, winner of 11 top awards at the Canadian International Wine Challenge in the first year, Downey's continues to please customers with the high-quality and fine taste of their signature wines.  

Wellington Brewery : Based in Guelph, ON, Wellington Brewery is Canada's oldest independantly owned microbrewery. Their award-winning beers are made in small batches using only the freshest all-natural ingredients. Enjoy a sample at their beer tasting table. Also available in the ber tent.

Hockley Valley Brewing Company : Not just a flash in a can, Hockley Beer is delicious, award winning, and innovative. Brewed locally in Orangeville, Hockley Beer comes in a flavour for everyone.  Come taste a Hockely beer this weekend.

Beau's All Natural Brewing Company 
: Family run and totally D.I.Y, Beau's brews tasty, award-winning beers using certified organic hops and malts , plus equal parts art and science!  Enjoy a beer tasting at Cuisine-Art or partake of a full measure in the beer tent.

Millstreet Brewing Company:
 Proud producers of bodacious, batchcrafted beers! East Toronto's first commercial brewery to open in 100 years, Millstreet produces 13 different beers that can be found at their brew pub and on tap at your favourite restaurant or bar. 

Pommie's Dry Cider  : Pommies Dry Cider is a refreshing, dry and light bodied cider with a crisp, lasting finish. It is a premium brand of hard cider made from a blend of five varieties of Ontario heritage apples. At five percent alchohol, Pommies is produced in Caledon, Ontario and is made from 100 percent juice containing no added artificial flavourings, colourings or concentrate. 

Live Kombucha : Live Kombucha is a small family business based out of Guelph. Comitted to brewing the highest quality tea with the most delicious flavours Live Kombucha values health and environmentally sustainable methods

The Vine Agency/Cave Spring Cellars Winery: The Vine Agency selects only the best wines from around the world. Carefuly curating a wine list sellected by the finest restuarants in Ontario. Representing a variety of winery owners, the Vine Agency promises to deliver an outstanding portfolio of remarkable wines from across our great province. 

Vendors: Find greatness in our marketplace  

Caledon Hills Coffee: Home-made baked goods, Caribbean dishes and more prepared with spice, flavour and excitment. Chef Christine's sginature blend of Caribbean, Trinidadian, Indian and Guyanese cuisine is sure to please the palate. 

Wicked Short Bread: Made fresh in Orangeville Ontario with butter from Alliston Creamery, Wicked Shortbread creates handmade, artisan shortbread from the highest quality local ingredients. 

Amigas Naturals: Spices from Greece, Portugal, Mexico and Cajun Country. Hand blended, natural and heart healthy, Amigas Naturals spices come with recipies to help you spice up your diet. Offering a range of natural products, Amigas is a co-operative of women sharing their talents and friendship to offer natural goods to the community.  

Fairhaven Farms: Fairhaven is a 100 acre family-owned and operated farm in Erin, Ontario, less than an hour from Pearson Airport. "At Fairhaven Farm, we believe that both livestock and crops are best raised as naturally as possible. We do not use pesticides or chemical fertilizers on our fields; and our animals are not given antibiotics or hormones to accelerate their growth."

Gastronome: Gastronome has been the sole importer of Marina Colonna evoo in Canada for the past three years. The product ranges from award-winning extra-virgin olive oil to citrus and infused oils. Available in fine gourmet stores and restaurants, the brand is immediately favoured by the most discerning clients. Once you try Marina Colonna in your cooking, you and your guests will fall in love.

Beignet Boys: New Orleans style Beignet Donuts made fresh. The perfect summer treat.  

Soup Girl: Combining her passions for food and sustainability, Jennifer Clark developed her Dry Soup Medleys with the aim of creating healthy, delicious, natural foods that were also suitable for many people’s busy lifestyles.

Spice Mills: We believe that a well crafted spice mill is the ultimate combination of art and function, and that quality of design, materials, workmanship and service are paramount to our success. With this in mind we promise our best. 

Pure Caledon Hills Honey: With over 30 years in the business Pure Caledon Hills Honey is proud to service the local community with pure homegrown honey.


Olivar Corp. : Meet the olive oil experts! Olivar Corp. offers clean, fresh tasting, olive oils and vinegars that are sure to astound you. Ad incredible fresh flavours and vitality to your meals with Olivar Corp.

macaronZ: A Touch of France in Your Own Backyard macaronZ introduces authentic French Macarons to downtown Brampton. Le Macaron - A french confectionary made with egg whites, sugar and almonds commonly filled with buttercream or ganache sandwiched between two cookies. This melt in your mouth recipe goes back to the 18th century.

Celebrity Judges: Their taste will decide the Winner of the Black Box Challenge

Korby Banner: Korby Banner is an internationally renowned photographer and beauty connoisseur. His A-List fashion resume features layouts for supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, Claudia Schiffer, Iman, Tyra Banks, and Paulina Porizkova. He has photographed the likes of fashion icons Valentino and Oscar de la Renta, as well as celebrated actors and musicians, such as Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, legendary actors Harrison Ford and Sophia Loren, as well as Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake, just to name a few.

Korby has appeared on ET Canada, Breakfast Television, CP24, Canada AM and many Rogers lifestyle programs, speaking as a writer and internationally recognized beauty expert. He excels as a make-up artist, and is featured on the hit makeover TV show Style by Jury, airing globally.

Jody Boynton: Jody Boynton is a fitness expert and lifestyle coach, with a foundation as a Holistic Nutritionist. As an award winning Natural Bodybuilder, he has a great love of food and cooking. When not in the gym helping clients, you will find him happily in the kitchen creating a variety of healthy fare, or foraging in the woods for edible delectables. His favorite way to spend a day is to put on a pot of his legendary soup, while simultaneously juggling making home-made wine, or using his chemistry background to tweak his formula for home-made ginger beer.

In addition to guiding his clients towards better food choices that focus on a balanced lifestyle to go along with his personally designed workout routines, Jody writes for a variety of health-related publications such as Organic Lifestyle Magazine, and Outlooks, and has appeared as a fitness model in many American workout magazines.

Programming for Cuisine-Art

Saturday and Sunday

Takin’ it to the Plate: Simple Ways to Eat With Your Eyes, with Chef Owen Vulpe. Learn tips and tricks for how to make what you serve a delicious treat both for the eyes and the taste buds.

Kombucha: What? When? How? And Why?, with Live Kombucha’s Lorman Ip: Lorman will offer a brief history of kombucha; what it is; and why we do it, with an emphasis on why people are so passionate about this beverage once they hop on board, as well as why people get so excited over Live Kombucha as a whole.

Millpond Walking Tours Let owner Jeremy Grant talk you on a tour of the beautiful Alton Mill Arts Centre. Learn about its history as a textile mill and latex factory, its architectural features, and the important environmental work being planned to rehabilitate the Mill pond.

Father’s Day weekend Brobeque, hosted by Speers Farms Amaranth, with cash bar and live music by Brent Rowan, the Guelph Youth Jazz Orchestra, Will Devonshire, Murky and songstress Bronwen Olson.

“This Chef is Hot” Watch top chefs go head to head in a fun culinary challenge, working with surprise mystery ingredients. Celebrity judges Jody Boynton and Korby Banner join MC Chef Owen Vulpe in what is one of the most popular programs at the Cuisine-Art festival.

Give it a Whirl with beeswax, at The Hive. Learn about the fascinating world of encaustic. Work with pigmented beeswax and make a beautiful work of art. $15 per person.

A Year in the Life of a Honey Bee, with beekeepers Gillian and Jim Vanderburgh. GillieBee and JimmyBee honey have different flavours and aromas distinctive to the flowers and blossoms in each location. Our artisanal honey is hand extracted in small batches, slow filtered without heat. We hand package the honey in appealing containers for our customers and families. We practice the same professional bee keeping practices in both apiaries to ensure the health of our bees, ‘we call them our girls,’ and the wholesome natural delicacy of 100% Ontario Honey.

Olive Oil Cocktails, Olive Oil, Wine and Chocolate Dressings, with Olivar Corp’s Dolores Smith. Dolores Smith has attended professional olive oil tasting programs in Europe and New York, as well as international events on innovative culinary uses of premium quality olive oils for culinary schools in Europe where top chefs presented state-of-the-art techniques, including molecular gastronomy.   She is the founder and operator of a boutique importing house, the OLIVAR corp. located in Erin, offering highly awarded ultra premium extra virgin olive oils and unique reserve vinegars since 2008.  

C’est What? Making Pottery From Food, with potter Ann Randaraad. Now that's just zany. What do goat cheese, a live goat, and a potter have in common? This is your chance to find out.

Knife Skills 101 Let Chef Owen Vulpe teach you the fundamentals of good knife work in the kitchen.

Spin Art Fun Head upstairs to Paul Morin Gallery and have some dizzying fun with paint.

Saturday Only

Cuisine-Art Paint-Off, with Alton Mill Artists. Witness six artists from the Alton Mill letting the paint fly, as they translate the contents of the black box cook-off into beautiful art, accompanied with live music by Lou Pinto.

Sunday Only

Humber River Shakespeare Company’s musical preview of The Merry Wives of Windsor Always a joy, the HRS Company brings music and laughter to 'the bard's' great plays. Enjoy a musical preview to their upcoming (July 16) production at the Mill of Shakespeare's delightful comedy.

Fly Fishing Demo with Forks Fly Fishing Club. Bring your fishing license (get one easily at Canadian Tire!), and join the Forks Fly Fishing Club at the Mill pond and in Shaw's Creek. Let the fishing line fly!

Sensational Samosas, with Soulyve Carribean Kitchen's chef Phil Dewar. The how to's of making samosas an inspiring appetizer.

Tickets $35 at the gate. Sorry advance tickets no longer available.

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