TORONTO — Saltscapes, a celebration of Atlantic Canada, makes its Toronto debut at the Redpath Waterfront Festival, along the city’s Queen’s Quay from June 21 to 24.
Alain Bossé, Atlantic Canada’s culinary ambassador, will host the culinary stage with a team of celebrity chefs from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Atlantic Canada-inspired food, created using East Coast ingredients, will be presented by seven chefs from the spotlighted region, including Chris Aerni of The Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews, N.B., and Martin Ruiz Salvador of Fleur de Sel restaurant in Lunenburg, N.S.
Louis Arsenault, of the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, says the festival will educate southern Ontarians about the East Coast and its foods. “People can identify better with a tourist destination once they have a taste memory of it. There’s a big push for consumers [to know] where their food comes from,” he says. “For example you can buy farmed shrimp from Asia, or coldwater wild shrimp from the Maritimes — the real stuff. Ask your suppliers about it.”