Oakville is for foodies: Everything you need to know about Harvest Halton Downtown Oakville

Downtown Oakville is already well-known for its delicious restaurants. A mouthwatering addition to the town’s celebration of good food is Harvest Halton Downtown Oakville, a festival dedicated to all things local on Sunday October 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s the full scoop.

Bringing the harvest downtown

Harvest Halton has been around for four years, but this is the first time it will be in downtown Oakville. Some of Oakville’s most renowned chefs will be partnering with local farmers to create mouthwatering signature dishes made with the freshest ingredients possible. For the food lover, this is a chance to experience unique culinary twists on the finest, freshest local flavours.

“Here in Oakville, we are so fortunate to have such fantastic restaurants,” explains Nancy Field, Tourism Specialist for Halton Region. “This event combines the growing trend of field-to-table with the creativity of our area’s amazing chefs. Attendees are getting the freshest and most nutrient-rich foods and ensuring the health of our region’s farms.”

How it works

Your $20 Harvest Halton Passport gives you sampling access to all nine participating chef and farm pairings. Participating chefs and their farming partners will have booths set up out in front of their restaurant locations, inviting you to sample their collaborative delights. Visit all nine and your completed passport could win you some prizes. Purchase your harvest passport in advance online to avoid disappointment. Passports may also be available at the Oakville Towne Square at the event, but quantities will be limited.

Can’t stick around for the full event? No problem. Even without a passport you can enjoy apple cider and corn for just $1 each, plus other activities and entertainment—including indie folk act The BelleRegards. There will also be an onsite farmers market so you can bring the bounty of the harvest home to your kitchen, too.

Which restaurants are involved in the event?

The real beauty of downtown Oakville’s restaurant lineup is its diversity, and the nine restaurants participating in Harvest Halton are no exception. From the Spanish- and Portuguese-inspired dishes of Corks Restaurant to the historic elegance of Seasons (Anthony DiCenzo, president of DiCenzo Homes, thinks the private basement meeting room is one of Oakville’s hidden gems), there is something to dazzle everyone’s taste buds.

To help you plan your sampling tour, you can find the full list of the nine participating restaurants at the Harvest Halton website.

Our favourites?

After a little friendly in-house debate, we think we’ve come up with our short list of restaurant recommends.

Piazza Bistro

This is the favourite pizza spot of Anthony DiCenzo, president of DiCenzo Homes. It has a great, intimate ambiance, an extensive wine list and its menu has a good selection of gluten-free and vegetarian options. Piazza isn’t just living local for the benefit of Harvest Halton—they source local meat and produce from Ontario farms all the time. We’re hoping for warm weather on October 16 so we can sit on the patio.

Paradiso

This is your go-to place for mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine. The open kitchen gives you a nice view of how the dishes come together and increases your anticipation—this may or may not be a good thing, depending on how hungry you are! The menu is quite diverse and approachable as well. We’re looking forward to seeing what they have on order for Harvest Halton.

Just an Olde Fashioned Butchery

The name does not deceive—this is a place that’s very good at what it does, without a lot of bells and whistles. It’s always a popular spot to stop in and grab a sausage-on-a-bun or one of their delicious sandwiches; the barbeque out front is a downtown Oakville fixture. If you’re looking for something simple, this place will surprise you. Sample their Harvest Halton fare, then take something home from the meat and fish counter!

Noble Bistro

Just like the Harvest Halton event itself, Noble Bistro specializes in farm-to-table menu offerings. Then there’s the magic of chef JohnRoss Woodland. A relative newcomer to the downtown Oakville food scene, we’re curious to know what a restaurant whose brand is “farm to fork cuisine” does with their Harvest Halton samples. (We’ve also heard their desserts are delish.)

Black Forest Pastry Shop

Speaking of desserts, if you have a sweet tooth, you have to stop in at the Black Forest Pastry Shop. We love that a bakery is on the Harvest Halton lineup and we want to see this downtown Oakville fixture does with their eat local samples. It’s also a cute location with friendly staff who are always ready to point you in the decadent direction of your choice.

If you’re new to Oakville or considering putting down roots here, Harvest Halton will be a great opportunity to experience a sampling of what this community has to offer. It’s also a great example of why DiCenzo Homes is proud to be part of the community. Check out The Gardens of Edgemere, our exclusive development of 18 executive townhomes on the east Oakville waterfront, to learn more about what we’re up to in Oakville.

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