By Jared Davidson –
Wellington West is home to a number of restaurants. From Allium to Hintonburger, the neighbourhood has become known for its restaurant culture, and each year Tastes of Wellington West gives the community a chance to shine on many levels: art, shopping, and most of all, food.
Now closing in on its 10th year, Tastes of Wellington West has morphed with the community. It has grown to include numerous local attractions and now coincides with the first weekend of the West End Studio Tour. In addition, the seasonal neighbourhood beer fest had its final showing, highlighting local stouts. Unfortunately, it rained. Not to be deterred, the festivities carried on through looming thunder and torrential downpour.
Bridgehead brought their bread game to Taste of Wellington, exhibiting their diverse lineup of tasty offerings. They handed out samples paired with their trademark brews, an excellent pairing.
Outside Wabi-Sabi, local knitter Liane Thiry-Smith demonstrates proper wheel technique. Did you know it was International Knitting Day? Not even the impending rain would stop these wool enthusiasts.
Carben was handing out samples of lamb with cucumber caviar and lemon. It was sweet, savoury, and far too good to be a free sample. Needless to say, the limit was one per person.
This local pooch was enjoying the sights at Ottawa West Community Support. The OWCS front stoop featured musical acts, plants sales, and pastries, all in support of local causes.
Right Bike provided free tune ups and sales at TOWW. Photo by Sam Richarz
Giant Tiger brought the party to Parkdale Park with games and prizes for the whole family.
All along Wellington, storefronts were decorated with hidden letters, inviting visitors to guess at the complete words. Did you find them all?
Absinthe offered samples of their delicious pork tacos. The line was lengthy but the taco was entirely worth it.
Bridget Remai of Flock holds samples of Flock’s new fall lineup.
Emulsify gave out samples of their gourmet oils to complement a plate of soft breads.
Cube Gallery is currently playing host to a number of compelling works, including drawings by Mary Pratt. For Tastes of Wellington, owner Don Monet handed out free temporary tattoos of the Cube logo. Photo by Sam Richarz
Claire and Jackie from Strawberry Blonde gave out samples of vegan Nanaimo bars, cookies, and chocolates.
Bagels from the Ottawa Bagel Shoppe were paired with their new bacon and jalapeño cream cheese, which they debuted at Tastes of Wellington.
Kyle Ratchford from Happy Goat Coffee demonstrates the superiority of his new approach to cold brew. The new brew will feature a lighter flavour with more complexity.
Stephen Frew poses in front of his enormous self-portrait in A Modern Space as part of the West End Studio Tour.
Performers from Samba Ottawa provided the soundtrack to TOWW in front of the Hintonburg Community Centre.
Parkdale Food Centre sold fresh pretzels at Hintonburg Park. Many vendors at TOWW raised funds for PFC.
Hintonburg Park also hosted Thirteen, a social enterprise that produces wholesome muesli in partnership with the Parkdale Food Centre. Helping to sell the muesli were Maika, Keren, and Immaculate, pictured above.
Some of the beer on offer at the Hintonburg Brewery Market was courtesy of Stalwart Brewing out of Carleton Place. Owner Adam and siblings Emma and Claire have roots in Kitchissippi and their beer can be found on local taps.
Brew enthusiasts persevered despite the fact The Brewery Market was in danger of being rained out.
Mayor Jim Watson had a soggy tour of the festival, stopping at Maker House Co. He’s pictured here with Gareth Davies, founder of Maker House, and Zachary Dayler of the Wellington West BIA.