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Treat your taste buds this March

Published on January 11, 2015
Eight Zero Zero chef David Petrynka holds a plate of roast duck confit with blueberry-red wine reduction, and a side of mixed steamed vegetables and risoto in a  creamy cheese sauce, all garnished with crumbled goat cheese.
Adam Brazeau

Hundreds flocked to Bastion Hospitality's summer food festival last year, where six of the city's top eateries dished out nearly 1,000 meals.

Since Cornwall area foodies are still hungry for more, organizer Sebastien 'Mani' Manigat has put the offer back on the table.

The Seaway Winter Food Festival (#SWFF) runs from Tuesday, March 3 to Saturday, March 7. For five days, local chefs will be serving up a three-course meal for $22 or $28.

Eight Zero Zero and Moustache Joe's are back on the menu. And Manigat expects to see Truffles, Casa Paolo, Schnitzels, Bar Q on the list, too. Participants will be revealed in mid-Feb. on www.swff.ca.

 "If you ever wondered about a restaurant that you thought might be out of your price range, now is your chance to do so all with the security of knowing exactly what you will be spending," said Manigat.

Eight Zero Zero owner/chef David Petrynka was overwhelmed with the response last year.

"Every single night we were busy and all of our plates were very well received," said Petrynka. "It helped our business and it brought in a lot of new people."

Manigat started the festival to spotlight Cornwall's locally owned restaurants and vibrant culinary scene as well as offer a unique platform to socially engage connected consumers. Adding additional flavour from Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry is also in the works.

"We hope to attract new consumers, and re-engage establishments with old ones," said Manigat.

Petrynka is currently fine-tuning an eclectic menu to show off his advanced skills. But he still encourages everyone to visit all the participating restaurants.

"There are so many great places to go here, where you can appreciate food paired with wine," he said.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/seawayfoodfestival.