Ontario chefs joining Fogo Island Inn’s fall festival

FOGO ISLAND, NF—Murray McDonald, executive chef at Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn, will join forces with four Ontario chefs to participate in the seventh annual festival celebrating the island’s bounty Oct. 10-13.

The Chefs Come to the Edge Weekend celebrates the delicacies foraged, fished, hunted and grown from the remote 260-square-kilometre island off Newfoundland’s Northeastern coast.

“For the Ontario chefs, it’s a time to expand their locally sourced repertoire and for me it’s a chance to connect, absorb their perspectives and deliver a rare sense of place for our guests,” said McDonald in a release.

Joining McDonald for the festival are Jamie Kennedy, of Toronto-based Jamie Kennedy Kitchens; Chris McDonald, of Toronto’s Cava restaurant; Alex Molitz, an apprentice organic farmer and chef at Meadow Sweet Farm, in Gormley, ON; and chef Ryan Crawford, of Gastrohomestead restaurant, in Niagara.

During the weekend, the visiting chefs and guests will experience local culinary traditions, including foraging by the sea, picking on the hills and, led by local hosts, visiting gardens and neighbouring root cellars.

The full-board three night Chefs Come to the Edge Weekend starts at $1,275 per night, exclusive of taxes, for two persons (solo travellers deduct $200 off base rate per night) and includes: all meals, including a traditional Fogo Island boil-up and a five course gourmet supper prepared by five chefs, brunch and dialogue with chefs, a foraging outing, an afternoon at Fogo Island’s annual Partridgeberry Festival and full use of the Inn’s facilities.