In March of 2008, Tourism Burlington invited local restaurants to meet with representatives from Tourism, Burlington Downtown and Aldershot Business Community to discuss how to increase awareness of Burlington as a dining and culinary destination.
From that initial meeting it was suggested that a committee be struck to look into the feasibility of offering a Prix Fixe Dining Program. This type of program has successfully been offered by a number of cities including Toronto (Winterlicious & Summerlicious), Oakville (part of Fabulous February – Taste of Downtown Oakville), and Bronte (Brontelicious).
Committee members came together from Tourism Burlington, Aldershot BIA, Burlington Downtown and local restaurants to develop and design the program. A Taste of Burlington encourages residents and visitors to dine in one or more of our many dining establishments and enjoy new culinary experiences. The program began in July/August, 2008 with 12 restaurants participating. It has grown with each successive program with 36 restaurants that participated in the 2018 winter program. We have had wonderful support from our community, our partners and our restaurateurs as we worked to establish Burlington as a culinary destination.
Taste of Burlington runs as a prix-fixe program twice each year in February/March and again in August, with restaurants across the city offering a three-course prix fixe dining menu for lunch/dinner; with lunch offered at $15 or $20 and dinner at $30, $35 or $40. However, the rest of the year we promote Culinary programs and events in and around Burlington, such as Burlington Food Tours, E-A-T and Novemburger.
2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Taste of Burlington program and we are excited to celebrate this great accomplishment. We are proud to be ‘Celebrating 10 Years of Great Taste’ in Burlington!