Ottawa's Sky High Foodie Experiences
Ottawa's culinary scene is sensational.
Note from Vanessa: We're thrilled to showcase this guest post on Ottawa's foodie scene from Shannon of Shan's View from Here. I've seen Shannon's culinary chops first hand when traveled together to explore Ontario's Prince Edward County and can't imagine anyone better to report on Ottawa's best food experiences first hand.
Culinary tourism is defined as the pursuit of a unique and memorable eating and drinking experience. Whether you live in Ottawa or are visiting to celebrate Canada's 150, you will find a vast amount of culinary experiences. Some experiences will have you strapped into a race car seat and hoisted in the air, while other experiences will immerse you in an Ottawa neighborhood and its flavours. Ottawa is growing into a culinary destination in its own right and offers memorable once in a lifetime foodie adventures.
Imagine fine dining while suspended 150 feet in the air! That is the Sky Lounge experience. The Sky Lounge experience starts in a chic outdoor lounge where apéritifs and appetizers were served. When your seating time comes you are escorted to the platform/restaurant and securely harnessed in a Formula 1-style swiveling chair. The team from Andaz Feast+Revel introduce themselves with a warm welcome. Together we all count down and are swiftly lifted by the crane operator to 150 feet where we enjoy Chef Stephen La Salle and team’s appetizing creations.
During my visit, the entrée was a melt in your mouth Labrador Tea Cured Arctic Char with cedar-crème fraiche, pickled pearl onions, fennel flowers, Montreal bagel chips, and sorrel. The main was an Elevated Braised Beef Poutine but this was no ordinary poutine. The melt in your mouth braised Alberta beef sat atop a duck fat fondant medallion potato. The "gravy" was a Canadian merlot and birch jus and the poutine was topped with a whipped cheese curd foam and chives. A side of apple cider glazed Ottawa Valley carrots completed the meal. For dessert, we were served a maple scented butter tart topped with spiced Canadian whiskey soaked sultana raisins. Top Shelf distilleries, from nearby Perth, Ontario, and Beau's Brewery from Vankleek Hill, Ontario were on hand to serve us some digestifs once we were back on the ground.
Sky Lounge was a memorable experience. At first, I was afraid I would be too nervous to enjoy the food, thankfully the staff quickly make the guests feel at ease. Once you acclimate yourself to being in the air, it is easy to relax and enjoy your meal.
Picnic on the Bridge
The Alexandria Bridge, also known to locals as the Interprovincial bridge, spans the Ottawa River and links up Gatineau, Québec, and Ottawa, Ontario. The bridge is a hub of traffic all day and night. Pedestrians and bicyclists use the deck and it is also part of the Trans Canada Trail. The deck also offers up fabulous views of the Ottawa-Gatineau skyline, the Ottawa River, and Parliament Buildings making it the perfect spot to host a picnic.
As a part of the celebrations for Canadas 150th birthday, the team behind Ottawa 2017 hosted the picnic on July 2nd, 2017. Let's hope thy bring it back in the future!
The Ottawa 2017 team calls the sold out Canada's Table event "an unprecedented culinary experience where Canada’s world-class food, wine, and hospitality will be showcased at a single, 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street.". Wellington Street, the street where Parliament Hill is located, will be closed to traffic to host the event. Canada's Table will bring together both local and visiting top chefs to create dinner celebrating all of Canada. Guests will be surprised with what chefs and region of Canada their meal will be influenced by.
Savour Ottawa Summer Table
Taking place at The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road, in Nepean, on August 12, 2017, the Savour Ottawa Summer Table celebrates locally harvested ingredients and talent. The dinner with optional wine pairing will serve 150 guests, so a sell-out is fully expected! Guests will enjoy their meal immersed in the original farmstead. The Orr family will share how they are revitalizing the old farmstead into a modern-day working family farm. Guest will also be treated to a First Nations live performance! This will surely be a night to remember.
C'est Bon Gourmet Food Tours
C'est Bon Gourmet Food Tours has provided Ottawa food tours and cooking classes since 2009. C'est Bon offers believes the best way to learn about a city is to explore the "neighbourhood food markets, discover local produce and dishes, and meet area chefs and food artisans.". The guided tours offer everything from a chocolate lover's tour, taste of Chinatown tour, and taste of the Glebe tour that will delight residents and visitors alike. C'est Bon invites you to taste Ottawa with them!
The culinary tourism experience is alive and growing in the Ottawa and these fun food experiences is just a taste of what the region has to offer.
Shannon was a guest of Ottawa Tourism to experience Sky Lounge. All opinions are her own.
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2/8/2017 01:23:50 pm
Definitely see some awesome things to do in Ottawa, never been there myself.. maybe one day..
3/8/2017 01:28:01 pm
I hope you'll get here soon!
2/8/2017 02:02:41 pm
Wow there's no way I could be up that high, food looks amazing though
3/8/2017 01:28:32 pm
It definitely tests just how far you'll go for a great meal.
2/8/2017 02:25:32 pm
Woah, what a view!
3/8/2017 01:29:02 pm
Isn't it amazing? Definitely there's no other restaurant in town that could compete with this kind of scenery.
2/8/2017 02:46:57 pm
Very nice! Looks delish!
3/8/2017 01:29:32 pm
You don't want to read this post on an empty stomach, that's for sure.
2/8/2017 02:51:00 pm
I'm a foodie and I didn't know there are so many offerings there.
3/8/2017 01:30:24 pm
I've been in Ottawa for about 13 years now (gee..... is it really that long?) and the food scene is what I've noticed the most in terms of changes. Ottawa is really coming into its own.
2/8/2017 02:58:21 pm
oh my gosh ! food in the air? I couldn't do it. I am terrified of heights..mind you that's what makes roller coasters that much more exciting BUT i definitely couldn't do something like that. I would have a panic attack and not be able to touch anything on my plate LOL! but definitely makes for a different and memorable experience
3/8/2017 01:31:17 pm
I think the key thing for me is that you're strapped in so snugly. Otherwise I think I'd be panicking if my chair was wiggly.
2/8/2017 08:17:28 pm
The Labrador Tea Cured Arctic Char entree looks amazing! Looks like you really enjoyed yourself.
3/8/2017 01:31:57 pm
It's so neat to see locally grown ingredients used in such unique ways.
3/8/2017 09:10:13 am
wow this looks awesome! thanks for sharing :)
3/8/2017 01:32:27 pm
Hope you get your own Ottawa foodie thrill soon!
3/8/2017 10:44:00 am
This looks kind of cool and kind of terrifying! I've never seen this before. Cool!
3/8/2017 01:33:07 pm
It's such an interesting twist on extreme food - the recipes aren't that crazy but the venue and experience definitely is.
3/8/2017 01:49:05 pm
Eating in the sky looks like it would be quite amazing! I'm not sure I have the guts. Picnic on the bridge sounds up my alley though :)
4/8/2017 11:59:20 am
Agreed! Happily there are lots of more 'down to earth' (get it/!?!?) options in Ottawa.
3/8/2017 04:59:41 pm
I went to Ottawa once, I love it. A real interesting city with lots to see/do and small enough to get around easily. Would love to do the SkyHigh meal. OMGosh!
4/8/2017 12:00:07 pm
That's exactly how I feel about Ottawa - there is so much happening here but the city size in manageable.
3/8/2017 06:33:11 pm
There seem to be so many wonderful foodie experiences in Ottawa. The food tour sounds like fun.
4/8/2017 12:00:52 pm
I've done food tours in other cities and I absolutely loved them -- one of my favourite travel experiences.
3/8/2017 07:07:35 pm
The Sky Table looks incredible! The food looks amazing too! It's awesome to see that such attention to detail has been taken, when most people likely are blown away simply by the experience! It's so cool how there are so many food related events to celebrate Canada and Canadian chefs and food!
4/8/2017 12:02:01 pm
Canadian food is having a real spotlight moment in Ottawa these days.
3/8/2017 07:47:00 pm
I think it's so amazing that there are so many places to enjoy foods and not just any food, but good quality food!
4/8/2017 12:02:39 pm
And you should see how many farmers' markets we have too!
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