TORONTO — The Authentic Italian Table food festival will be making appearances in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Prince Edward County, Ont. from April 25 to May 2.
Hosted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO), the week-long series of events will feature opportunities to experience authentic, regional cuisine created by Italian chef Ugo Mura and prominent local chefs, including Roberto Fracchioni, Matthew DeMille, Michael Wilson and Ross Midgley.
Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts in Toronto and IFSE Culinary School in Torino, Italy launched a partnership in 2017, offering students a culinary program exchange to Italy. As a result, Centennial students will help the group of chefs prepare meals as part of a hands-on learning experience. Led by chef Fracchioni, students will have the opportunity to collaborate in the classroom with some of Toronto and Italy’s most widely respected chefs as part of The Extraordinary Italian Taste and The Authentic Italian Table programs. Chef Mura will participate in the events and join the students directly from Italy to share his culinary expertise.
The program, which is mandated and supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, is also set to make stops Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York, Vancouver, Montreal and Mexico City.
“Our aim is to help Canadians identify authentic Italian products, as well as experience the very best expressions of how to use them,” says Corrado Paina, executive director, ICCO. “True Italian taste is about awakening your palate to the heritage flavours of Italy.”
Members of the public can taste and experience The Authentic Italian Table at the following tasting events:
• April 25 — The Local at Centennial College, Toronto
• April 27 — Ravine Restaurant, Barrel Cellar, St. Davids, Ont.
• April 30 — Wellington Lake House, Wellington, Ont.
• May 2 — Luma Restaurant, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto
Additional details about the festival and events can be found on The Authentic Italian Table Facebook page.