The tents are down, the chairs and tables stored and the grounds have been cleared. It has been a few weeks since we held our 6th annual Best Bites 2012 fundraiser and the great memories linger on.
A year ago I committed to becoming more involved in my community here in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. I had been a vendor for the first time at Best Bites 2011 and really enjoyed it, so when Sue, the organizer, asked me to volunteer on the Best Bites committee I happily got on board. I am so glad I did.
Best Bites 2012 was held under 4 large white tents and featured 42 local food & drink vendors: 23 beverage companies and 19 restaurants/chefs/caterers. This year’s theme was Vegas and we were entertained by the great band Moebius and the phenomenal Aerial Angels. 350 attendees and our sponsors helped raised almost $80,000 that will go towards our purchase of an MRI for the Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Rotary Club of Preston-Hespeler.
We really appreciated our food & drink judges who volunteered to join us for the afternoon.
Our Best Bites food & drink judges were:
Andrew Coppolino – Waterloo Region Eats
Jay Chagnon – TV Personality
Adele Newton – CHYM 96.7 Host
Jake Richards – Grape Expectations
This year’s food & drink award winners are as follows:
Best Pub Grub: Argyle Arms
Best International Food: Mango Chutney
Best Sweet: Divalicious
Best Taste: Cambridge Mill
Best Local: Chef D
Best Savoury: Borealis
Best Presentation: C’est Cheese
Judge’s Choice: Kiwi
Best VQA White Wine: Vineland Estates O’Leary Chardonnay
Best VQA Red Wine: Southbrook Connect
Best International White: Lifford Wine Agency’s Hess Chardonnay
Best International Red Wine: Lifford Wine Agency’s French Red
Best Beer: Waterloo Brewery Authentic Ale
Best Micro Brew: Grand River Pumpkin
Best Spirit: Slava Vodka
Best Mixed Drink: Kiwi Pub’s Granita
Judge’s Choice: Blackfly Tequila Margarita
Peoples’ Choice Best Beverage: Slava Vodka & Lifford Wine Agency
Peoples’ Choice Best Food: Cambridge Mill
People’s Choice Best Booth: Divalicious
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Thank you to all the participants & attendees!
Hope to see you all again next year!Tags: Best Bites, Events