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 35 restaurants participating in 2017.
As we head toward the winter, we are taking time to reflect back on the past 8 years of our Taste of Burlington program and look forward to our future. Over the years our program has grown from 12 restaurants to upwards of 30 of Burlington’s best dining establishments and we’ve welcomed over 100,000 diners. We have had wonderful support from our community, our partners and our restaurateurs as we worked to establish Burlington as a culinary destination.
2017 will be a season of change for us. After consulting with our restaurant partners, we have decided to focus our efforts on our winter Taste of Burlington program and discontinue the summer offering. Here in Burlington, we are fortunate to have many amazing summer festivals and events as well as a busy patio season for our restaurants. Our goal has always been to provide an outstanding culinary event that showcases our offerings and service excellence while providing an exceptional experience for both our guests and our restaurant partners.
As part of this change, we have a new look and feel reflected in our new logo. Our website is being updated to make it easier to navigate and to provide expanded restaurant information that connects with our diners including: in-program mapping, social media links, menus and more.
Our program will remain the same, 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.