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2011 People's Choice Award Winners

Peoples Choice Award Winners 2011

Left to right:  Jason Sharpe (Huff Estates), Grant Howes (County Cider Co.), Catherine Langlois & son (Sandbanks Estates Winery), Luis De Sousa (Amelias's at The Waring House), Nel Casson (Merrill Inn), Michael Sullivan (Merrill Inn)

Over 2000 people sampled and sipped their way around the grounds of the historic Crystal Palace in Picton on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at what is being hailed as the best TASTE! event thus far. Favourites were chosen in a variety of categories by TASTE! attendees.

Favourite Savoury Dish
1st   JK Kitchens - Braised Oxtail Poutine with 5 year old Black River Cheddar
2nd  Angelines Restaurant & Inn- Willi’s Lamb Ravioli; Vader’s Lamb with Eggplant on a bed of Lentils and Fifth Town Goats Cheese
3rd(TIE)  Waring House Gourmet - Honey Wagon Farm’s Vegetarian Butternut Squash Soup with cinnamon AND  East & Main Bistro’s Highland Beef Sliders with 2 year old cheddar and corn relish  

Favourite Sweet Dish
1st(TIE)  Merrill Inn - Chef Michael Sullivan’s Opera Cake AND  William’s Family Diner’s Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Spring Rolls
2nd  Devonshire Inn - Challah French toast with homemade blueberry jam and local maple syrup
3rd (TIE) Miss Lily’s Café - Tripple ginger molasses cookie AND Milford Bistro’s Fifth Town Chevre cheese Cake Pops dipped in Dark Chocolate

Favourite White Wine
1st Huff Estates 2010 Riesling Medium Dry VQA
2nd (TIE)  Sandbanks Estates Winery 2010 Dunes VQA AND Sandbanks Estates Winery 2010 Shoreline White VQA
3rd   Karlo Estates Winery 2010 Riesling VQA PEC 

Favourite Red Wine
1st  Sandbanks Estates Winery 2010 Baco Noir VQA
2nd (TIE) Waupoos Estates Winery 2009 Baco Noir VQA Ontario AND 
Sandbanks Estates Winery 2009 Mouton Noir VQA
3rd (TIE)  Closson Chase 2009 Pinot Noir VQA PEC AND Karlo Estates 2010 Fifth Element VQA Ontario AND The Grange of Prince Edward 2008 Cabernet Franc VQA PEC

Favourite Beer/Cider
1st  County Cider Company - Waupoos Draft Cider
2nd  Barley Days Brewery - Loyalist Lager
3rd   Church Key Brewery - Holy Smoke Scotch Ale

Best Dressed Booth
1st The Merrill Inn
2nd Miss Lily’s Cafe
3rd  Buddha Dog

Best Food Presentation
1st(TIE)  Angeline’s Restaurant & Inn  - Willi’s Lamb Ravioli AND Amelia’s at the Waring House Restaurant & Inn  - Chef Luis de Sousa Roasted beet and Asian pear salad with feta crumble
2nd Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company – Cheese tray and charcuterie
3rd  Buddha Dog - Buddha Pulled Soo-ee! Handmade Ted Aman Pulled Pork Buddha Dog of Blaine Way's Tamworth Pork on a special Apple Jalapeno Cornbread Bun from Peter Grendel's Pastry House. Topped w Back 40 Veg Kick-Ass County Slaw and a few shakes of Vicki's Veggies Hot Sauce.

People's Choice Overall Favourite

1st  JK Kitchens - Braised Oxtail Poutine with 5 year old Black River Cheddar
2nd Amelia’s at the Waring House –Roasted beet (Hagerman Farms) and Asian pear (Kendelson Orchards) salad with feta crumble (Fifth Town), candied pecans and maple (Vader’s) balsamic cinnamon dressing, on organic greens.
3rd Buddha Dog’s – Buddha Pulled Soo-ee! – Ted Aman Pulled Pork Buddha Dog of Blaine Way’s Tamworth Pork on an apple Jalapeno Cornbread Bun from Peter Grendel’s Pastry House. Topped with Back 40 Veg Kick-Ass County Slaw and a few shakes of Vicki’s Veggies hot Sauce. Soo-ee-t!