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An interview with celebrity chef Lynn Crawford

1:02 pm in Industry News, Ottawa News

Ron Eade, The Ottawa Citizen

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Source: The Ottawa Citizen

By now Ottawa wine and food lovers — and they are legion — should be getting excited about some of the celebrities being flown in next week for the expanded Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, which opens Nov. 9 at the new Ottawa Convention Centre.

Among them, Toronto chef Lynn Crawford of TV’s Pitchin’ In fame is the star on opening night in the main Canada Hall. Ottawa oenophiles Rob Phillips and Janet Dorozynski begin with a blind tasting of award-winning wines before introducing Lynn who will demonstrate (and you can taste) a four-course holiday menu paired with sponsoring Inniskillin wines.

I had a chance to speak with Lynn over the phone, and what follows is a more full version of our chat than what will appear Thursday in the Citizen‘s Food pages.

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: An interview with celebrity chef Lynn Crawford

Small, local wonders: Wine and food festival treats locavores with farm tours, special canapés

9:19 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

Laura Robin, The Ottawa Citizen

THE OTTAWA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

When: Nov. 11 to 13

Where: Ottawa Convention Centre

Cost: Advance tickets are $21 per day. At the door, admission is $28 on the Friday and Sunday, $35 on the Saturday.

More: ottawawineandfoodfestival.com

OTTAWA — Look at the evolution of The Ottawa Wine & Food Festival — the longest running show of its kind in Canada — and you get a taste of just how much the local food scene has changed.

When the show started 26 years ago, it seemed that the farther away a chef, a wine or a food came from, the more exotic — and more exciting — it was.

I remember having my first nibble of genuine, three-year-old Parmigiana Reggiano at one of the Ottawa shows a couple of decades ago and being wowed by how, well, authentically Italian it seemed.

Now people are being wowed by what’s growing and being raised in our own backyard.

For the last four years, Savour Ottawa has had a booth showcasing local products. This year, the distance between producer and consumer is really shrinking, with farmers coming to the show and show visitors going to farms.

“Twenty-six years ago, people didn’t think of Ottawa as a foodie destination,” says Sharon Holzman, who does public relations for the show. “It certainly is now.”

Primed for a festive time

1:52 pm in Festival News

More than 20 tastings at next month\’s Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

Rod Philips, The Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa\’s annual wine fair, this year renamed the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, takes place in a matter of weeks at the new Ottawa Convention Centre.

It\’s now five days long, but the core of it is still the three days (Friday to Sunday, Nov. 11-13) that many thousands of us spend hours sampling wine and food at scores of booths. This year, about 1,400 different wines (and beers and spirits) will be poured, ranging from the ordinary and inexpensive to the luxury and luxury-priced. If you can\’t find enough wines for a few enjoyable hours, there\’s something wrong with you.

Off the main floor there are several other events. One is the Tasting Alley (a feature of the last two years), which runs for a couple of hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. The wines here are generally higher in quality than most on the main floor, and there\’s food to go along with them. (See ottawawineandfoodfestival.com for additional information on all the events I mention today, as well as others.)

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Primed for a festive time

What\’s next for Ottawa Fashion Week?

10:38 am in Festival News

Leather, fur, avante-garde and couture with a dose of real life

Joanne Laucius, The Ottawa Citizen

Yes, Fashion Week can be a bit disorienting, even for those who plan the three-day event.

Last weekend, Ottawa fashionistas got a peek at the colours, shapes and inspirations that will tickle our fancy next spring when the sun comes out and it\’s time to shuck the winter woollies.

But working six months ahead of the calendar is double-disorienting for Ottawa Fashion Week organizers. Just days after Fashion Week wrapped up, they\’re already looking forward to the next edition, which will present fashions for fall and winter 2012.

It looks like the next Ottawa Fashion Week will be in late February. We\’ll still be in our woollies when it time to see next fall\’s woollies.

Fashion Week attracted about 6,000 last week. And it appears that the event had hit on the right formula of fashion, beauty and entertainment, and a solid mix of local, national and international designers. Attendees could see hair and makeup demonstrations, visit VIP lounges at the Ottawa Convention Centre venue and attend after-parties at Ottawa clubs.

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: What\’s next for Ottawa Fashion Week?

Ottawa Wine and Food Festival beckons with stellar lineup

11:29 am in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

SEP 28 11 - 10 AM — This year’s rebranded Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, expanded to five days in November, promises its most ambitious and impressive lineup in its popular 25-year history. In fact, there’ll be lots more this year for oenophiles, gastronomes, and even curious foodies who want to visit farms that goes beyond the usual tutoured tastings, seminars and finger munchies.

Opening night attraction on Nov. 9 in the sparkling new Ottawa Convention Centre is celebrated TV chef Lynn Crawford, who will join Citizen wine columnist Rod Phillips with expert Janet Dorozynski for tastings of gold-medal vintages and a cooking demonstration featuring Lynn’s delicious four-course holiday food and wine menu.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there: Thursday will unveil the new Canadian Wine Awards and personalities from outstanding Canadian wineries tasting eight winners with commentators Tony Gismondi and David Lawrason. Also on Thursday, barley lovers can anticipate a beer tasting featuring local microbreweries and  TV’s star chef Anthony Sedlak of Vancouver at the National Irish Canadian Cultre Centre (Saint Brigid’s Centre, Patrick Street).

Read more on the Ottawa Citizen website: Ottawa Wine and Food Festival beckons with stellar lineup

Ottawa could be ‘one of the great conference centres of the world’

9:50 am in Community News, Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Ottawa should shape its destiny as a great city and capital by becoming the centrepiece of international gatherings where the world comes to debate, argue, learn and find solutions to global problems, former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis said Tuesday.

Speaking on the first day of the National Capital Commission’s national conversation on a new plan for the capital, Lewis said some of the world’s iconic cities like New York, Barcelona and Berlin, have fashioned their own unique place in the world, and Ottawa can do the same. But he said Ottawa can find its own greatness not by copying others, but by carving its own niche by using its unique attributes as the heart of Canadian politics and democracy.

“One of the ways to enhance Ottawa-Gatineau is to make it one of the great conference centres of the world … a centrepiece of international gatherings,” Lewis told about 300 people at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

Ottawa Fashion Week Unveils Spring/Summer 2012 Calendar

9:40 am in Festival News, News Release

New and old faces to grace the runway this season

[Source: Ottawa Fashion Week press release]

Ottawa, Canada - Ottawa Fashion Week is pleased to unveil the list of participating designers and event calendar for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2012 season taking place from September 28th to October 2nd, 2011 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The list, which can be found on our website, includes previously announced UK-based designer Simon Ekrelius, Ottawa native Amber Watkins and Spanish designer Alexis Reyna. It also includes young Canadian design talent Travis Taddeo and Canadian luxury label Rud Styled by Rudsak.

\”We\’re slowly managing to incorporate amazing talent from across Canada and around the world,\” said executive producer Hussein Rashid. \”In addition to all of the talent Ottawa has to offer, we\’ve got some big Canadian names this season, and this is just the beginning!\”

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Ottawa Fashion Week Tickets on Sale Soon Through Ottawa Festivals

12:23 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

Tickets for Ottawa Fashion Week\’s (OFW) sixth season taking place at the Ottawa Convention Centre from September 29, 2011 to October 1, 2011 will be on sale tomorrow starting at 7:30 a.m. You can purchase tickets online through Ottawa Festivals by going to www. ottawafestivalsticketing.ca

OFW has become a platform for national and international designers and artists to showcase their work while uniting the community with the latest trends in art and design.  It has also become a means  for arts and fashion industry members to grow and gain opportunities. The overall philosphy has been to promote the arts such as photography, music ad film and allow for artistic expression.

Watson Heading to China to Encourage Ottawa Tourism

11:04 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News, Tourism Industry

Josh Pringle, CFRA

Mayor Jim Watson is set to leave on a trade mission to Beijing.

Watson is leading a Tourism-focused Business Mission to promote Ottawa tourism, encourage economic growth and promote the Capital\’s tourism assets.

The Trade Mission has three goals: to work with Ottawa Tourism to promote the Nation\’s Capital, highlight the Ottawa Airport\’s goal of strengthening its relationship with the China-Canada Market and direct foreign investment from China to Ottawa.

The Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association, Ottawa Tourism, the Ottawa Convention Centre and several hotels will be among the organizations and companies on the trade mission.

The delegation will visit the Beijing International Tourism Festival which runs from Wednesday to Sunday.

China trade mission to drive \’multiplier\’ tourism effect in Ottawa: officials

12:29 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

Delegates will stress need for direct flight during June trip to Beijing

Leo Valiquette, Ottawa Business Journal

When asked about Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson’s decision to lead a delegation of tourism officials to China in June, Jim Durrell was quick to offer his praise and dismiss the naysayers.

“A key job for a mayor is to show this kind of leadership initiative,” said Mr. Durrell, a former mayor of Ottawa and now sitting chair of the Ottawa Convention Centre. “We’re in competition with other countries, with other cities within Canada. When you’re stuck between two cities like Montreal and Toronto, you have to compete even harder.”

A recent trip to Spain reaffirmed for Mr. Durrell just how important a robust tourism sector can be to a local or regional economy.

“The multiplier effect is enormous,” he said, in terms of the impact that full hotels have on local bars, restaurants, culture venues and service industries that are supported by hospitality and tourism.

Read more on the OBJ website: China trade mission to drive \’multiplier\’ tourism effect in Ottawa: officials