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Tastes of Spring sprouting in Countylicious 2018

County chefs prepared to serve up a taste of spring – File photo

While spring may be off to a slow start, you can enjoy the tastes of the season – and support a local food program – dining at 11 Prince Edward County restaurants participating in Spring Countylicious.

Chefs in Prince Edward County are rising to the task, preparing three-course meals designed to highlight seasonal fare at this year’s Spring Countylicious, running April 6-29.

Participating restaurants include Agrarian Bistro, Amelia’s Garden at The Waring House, East and Main Bistro, The Merrill Inn, Portabella, Pomodoro, Public House at Jackson’s Falls, The Drake Devonshire, Waupoos Estates Winery and Hartleys Tavern. For the first time, The Mill PEC in Consecon will also take part in the celebration of fine dining in Prince Edward County.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be surrounded by farmers and producers who are continually finding ways to extend their seasons and supply County restaurants,” said chef Sebastien Schwab of The Mill PEC, whose Spring Countylicious menu features heirloom carrots and beets from Thyme Again Gardens, Fiddlehead Farms and Northport Farm, mushrooms from Highline Mushrooms, and microgreens from Cloven Farm.

A list of local growers and producers supplying ingredients for Spring Countylicious can be found at, along with full menus. Each meal consists of an appetizer, main and dessert and costs $40 per person, plus tax and gratuities.

In an effort to support food security locally, $1 from each Countylicious plate sold during the first week of the promotion – up to $500 – will be donated to student nutrition programs offered by the Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.

The Food for Learning programs help ensure all students have daily access to breakfast, lunch or snacks while at school.

“When students eat better, they can learn better. Students are able to concentrate and focus, which helps decrease negative behaviours in the classroom,” said Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director of the Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. “Food for Learning programs provide students with positive role models and a safe and welcoming environment where they can get the nutrition needed for optimum health. We are able to provide this quality food thanks to the tremendous community support.”

Over the four-week promotion, each restaurant will randomly select a pair of lucky diners who will be treated to their Countylicious dinner-for-two, on the house (excluding beverages and gratuity). All you have to do is dine Sunday through Thursday at a participating Countylicious restaurant.

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