*Thousands of visitors expected in annual Mustard Festival in Regina on Sunday, August 21, 2016.
Published Sunday, September 16, 2012 6:00PM CST
source: CTV Regina
The Willow on Wascana was heaven for mustard lovers Sunday.
The sixth annual Mustard Festival offered visitors an opportunity to taste a local product.
“We wanted to do something that highlights Saskatcehwan, and mustard seems to be the most logical thing to do,” said Malcom Craig, festival co-organizer.
Low in fat and calories, mustard is a healthy and flavourful option for cooking.
Twenty booths were set up for samples of the mustard-centric foods for more than 500 people who attended the festival. The majority of the booths were for Regina restaurants, though several out of town vendors made the trip.
*A bright field of mustard in Saskatchewan. The province is the largest producer of mustard in the world. PHOTO COURTESY ADELE M. BUETTNER
Published Sunday, September 5, 2012 6:00PM CST
source: The StarPheonix
Each autumn for the past several years, foodies in the know have gathered at Regina’s Willow on Wascana for a unique experience. This years’ family friendly event promises to be the best of them all. And you don’t have to be a gourmand to appreciate it.
The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival will be held September 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Willow’s patio. Up to 22 chefs from across Saskatchewan (Kevin Dahlsjo is even making the trek from Prince Albert) will showcase their mustard-incorporating culinary skills. Each will prepare his or her own unique, small tasting dish inspired by prepared, powder and seed mustard. Expect the traditional mustard accompaniments, like pork and bacon, and some new twists like fish, lamb and maybe even dessert.
“People are starting to think about different things that go well with mustard,” says event organizer Malcolm Craig. Craig, who is the executive chef at Beer Bros. Bakery and Cuisine in Regina, will be one of the judges for a fun best-of-show type competition.
It is $10 to sample as many of the chefs’ creations as you care to try. That’s a pretty cheap gourmet meal. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will set you back another $10. Bring the kids too because they can paint with mustard in the free children’s area, while listening to the Pile O’ Bones Brass Band.
The Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival was Chef Moe Mathieu’s brainchild. Mathieu was based in Regina as the owner and executive chef at The Willow, then helped open Beer Bros. before moving to Saskatoon to take a job as head chef instructor at SIAST. Craig says the event started out small but took off in the second year and has slowly grown in the six years since inception. Look for Mathieu’s own creation at the festival, as he’s still involved.
Canada is one of the world’s largest mustard exporters and Saskatchewan produces about 75 per cent of that crop. That means there’s a good chance the bottle of mustard in your fridge came from seeds grown in Saskatchewan. It’s this fact that Craig and the other festival organizers feel is cause for celebration.
“By inviting top chefs to demonstrate that mustard is much more than a yellow condiment for hot dogs, the Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival celebrates the province’s world prowess in exporting mustard seed.”
A challenge faced by many chefs is how to use mustard apart from a condiment. Val and Leo Michaud, the owners of Gravelbourg Mustard (a Saskatchewan gourmet mustard company) spoke about this in the July 26, 2012 issue of the Western Producer. Val created a cookbook full of recipes using mustard last fall. She hopes it will help educate consumers and chefs about mustard’s diversity.
“It isn’t just a condiment,” she said. “Mustard is a binder, so it holds food together.”
The Michauds bought the company last June and have worked hard to promote the company’s products. The four flavours — French, German, saskatoon berry and cranberry — will soon be joined by three new flavours. The products are distributed throughout Saskatchewan. For the full list visit: www.gravelbourgmustard.ca.
In addition to Gravelbourg Mustard, look for chefs representing Cathedral Village Free House, Casino Regina, Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Two by Dahlsjo and Sublime Catering, Hotel Saskatchewan, Deli Llama, The Fainting Goat and more at the Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival. The Willow on Wascana is located at 3000 Wascana Drive in Regina. Happy tasting and don’t wear white!Jenn welcomes feedback: email@example.com. or follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/JennKSharp