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Celebrating the Taste of Cheese at the Stirling-Rawdon Water Buffalo Food Festival

STIRLING, ON – It’s all about the cheese – whether it’s water buffalo ricotta cannoli, shaved buffalo roast with smoked cheddar or sinful Belgian chocolate truffles with ricotta – the Stirling-Rawdon BIA’s “Water Buffalo Food Festival” is sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Now in its fourth year, the “Go Buff” festival showcases the creative talkents of regional chefs and locally owned businesses, while playing tribute to the success of the first water buffalo milking farm in eastern Canada, the Ontario Water Buffalo Co., located in Stirling. Vendors have created a range of dishes featuring Mozzarella di Bufala, ricotta and scamorza cheeses.

New to the event this year is Bio Essential Botanicals, a Stirling-based company that will be serving a “Way Better” tortilla chip with mozzarella and cheddar. Also featured this year are beef sliders, caprese salad, ricotta fritters, Italian sodas and lattes, as well as local craft beer, wine and cider that offer a taste of what’s to come at the Hastings Beer Festival in October.

“Our event has become a destination for food lovers both inside and outside our region,” says Elisha Maguire, Economic Development Officer for the Township of Stirling-Rawdon. “The festival is a great way to spend a Saturday with family and friends tasting specially created recipes featuring local foods and ingredients.” The event will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm.

As in past years, Mill Street will be closed to allow for visitors to amble along the street, sampling foods and local beverages along the way. Tickets, priced at $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, are available online at www.gobuff.ca and at Rustic Routes in Stirling. Ticket prices include festival souvenir and 10 taste tickets.

Maguire adds that they have launched a Facebook ticket contest this year. “We are giving away free tickets to this year’s Water Buffalo Festival. For every 50 likes, two tickets will be given away until the day of the festival. The first set of tickets have been given away and we are well on our way to the next set.”

To be eligible and entered into the draw to win tickets, one must first “like” the Water Buffalo Festival Facebook Page. In addition, regular updates are posted on the festival’s Twitter feed, @WaterBuffFest, and event details and recipes are available at www.gobuff.ca.

Stirling-Rawdon is located in Hastings County, a member of a unique economic development partnership – called the Food and Beverage (FAB) Region – with the counties of Lennox and Addington, Prince Edward County and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (FCFDC) Its goal is to help entrepreneurs establish an artisan food or beverage business in the region.

For more information:
Elisha Maguire
Economic Development Officer, Township of Stirling-Rawdon
613-395-3341
edo@stirling-rawdon.com