Garlic Festival | Weekly Update for August 31-September 6, 2023

August 30, 2023

Ready. Set. GARLIC!

The Kiwanis Club of Stratford is bringing you a two-day celebration of Ontario Garlic on September 9 and 10! Come and talk with local Ontario Garlic Producers, a variety of vendors, and artisans. On Saturday, you can attend tastings and pairings sessions* featuring wine, local spirits, cheese, honey and more.
Sunday’s schedule includes presentations by three amazing local Chefs, including Stratford Chefs School Alumnus and Chef Instructor Eli Silverthorne (Class of 2015), Andrew Tutt (TuttCo Eatery, St Marys) and Andrew Mavor (Culinary Arts Teacher at Stratford District Secondary School and The Avocado. Don’t miss their fun and informative cooking demonstrations that will highlight garlic, the ‘stinky rose’!
Day Tickets $10 each | Full weekend Pass $15 each
*Tastings and Pairings are separately ticketed sessions offered Saturday, September 9th from 11:30am-3:30pm. General admission ticket to the Festival is also required. Purchase online early to avoid disappointment.
Speakers, entertainment, demonstrations, recipes, lotions and potions, can all be found at this unique harvest celebration in September, with a long list of vendors sharing their magical plant with aficionados and inquisitive foodies alike.”
-Adam Waxman, DINE Magazine


Public Cooking Classes

Open Kitchen season ends October 8! Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy our hands-on cooking classes. Hurry – classes are limited capacity and many are already sold out. Reserve  online now!

The intersection of education, hospitality and passion at which the SCS Staff live and work is phenomenal, and the dedication and care that they each bring to every aspect of their role at the Chefs School is the reason that this institution is so special. I’ve learned so very much about this industry and about life while I’ve been here, but the biggest lesson I will take away from any of this is the importance of giving a damn. All of you give a damn, and it has changed lives at this place since 1983.”
Jonathon Farrell | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2023 Valedictorian
The Stratford Chefs School provides the training to create world-class chefs who are comfortable working in any kitchen environment. Its immersive, approachable, interactive curriculum provided me with the tools and confidence that I needed early on in my career to make the transition from the school setting to the workforce. Perhaps most important to me are the lasting friendships that were made, the ongoing support from the SCS community, and exciting collaborations with other alumni.”
Alondra Galvez | Owner/Chef, El Cactus Taco Shop | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2003
The Stratford Chefs School offers an unparalleled learning environment in which students are immersed in a hands-on, realistic approach of what to expect in the culinary industry. My experience at the Stratford Chefs School exposed me to various cuisines, a limitless spectrum of cooking techniques, and an opportunity to work directly with renowned chefs. The calibre of the instructors, and their cumulative experience in the field, laid the foundation on which I could build the confidence I needed in order to pursue my career path.”
Yva Santini | Chef, The Flour Mill, St. Marys | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2009
At the Chefs School, I was given the opportunity to challenge myself, and expand the limits of my culinary skill and knowledge. SCS gave me the ability to trust in my own skill and allowed me to expand my knowledge. Now I confidently pass that skill and knowledge to my students.”
Mel Athulathmudali | Teacher, Strata Montessori | Owner, Chef Mel Catering | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2016



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Photography by Terry Manzo (SCS Class of 1985)

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