Australia’s celebrity chef, Chris Irving, is heading back to his roots to participate in the third annual Yukon Culinary Festival in Canada, from 30 July – 2 August 2015.
Locals and visitors from around the world flock to the foodie festival, eager to sample delicacies from this extraordinary northern Canadian territory under a glowing midnight sun.
Born and raised in Yukon, Chris’ passion for cooking and fresh produce was sparked by an adventurous outdoor childhood. He later trained at the prestigious Dubrulle International Culinary Arts in Vancouver and now works with Marriott International.
Recently appointed as Executive Chef at Pier One Sydney Harbour, Chris was specifically tasked to open successful signature eatery, The Gantry Restaurant and Bar. Pier One Sydney Harbour is the newest addition to Marriott International’s luxury brand portfolio, Autograph Collection Hotels.
“We are delighted to host Chris at this year’s Yukon Culinary Festival and for him to share his expertise with local chefs to capture all that this unique part of Canada has to offer the world food scene,” says Blake Rogers, executive director for the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon.
One of the event highlights is the ultimate farm feast, where guests will dine on a menu created by local chefs in collaboration with Chris Irving and Edible Canada’s Chef, Eric Pateman. Dinner will take place in the middle of the fields from which the chefs drew their inspiration.
“The focus is on vegetables and sustainable produce and the flavours of the land will tantalise the taste buds – it’s a feast for the senses!” says Blake.
In addition, festival guests will savour an epic Yukon inspired picnic buffet, including a spit roasted elk, and will share in an unforgettable northern cuisine dinner, both original Chris Irving creations.
The festival includes events in Yukon’s capital city of Whitehorse and the historic township of Dawson City. It features cooking demonstrations, farmers markets, Yukonic cocktails and restaurant tours, all to promote local food and products.
“This unique gastronomical festival is a celebration of home-grown cuisine and local culture,” says Blake. “The Yukon’s northern location means long sunlight hours that promote a unique summer growing season, adding to the intrigue of a culinary festival set in Canada’s north. “
The Yukon, which borders Alaska and British Columbia, is resplendent with wild game, berries, morels (prized mushrooms), Arctic fish and fireweed, the territory’s official flower, from which divine jams are created. The region is also famous for its incredible root vegetables, made sweet from their home in the cold soil.
This four-day festival will highlight the flavours and culinary traditions of the Pacific Northwest region. This is the one and only multi-day, territory-wide culinary festival celebrated in Canada’s northern territories, with events taking place in numerous communities.
“Our aim is to teach Yukoners and visitors alike about the harvesting, production and presentation of local foods, and of course, how they taste!” says Blake.
View a video from last year’s Yukon Culinary Festival HERE