They’re calling the upcoming summer food festival on Cape Breton Island “Right Some Good” and with the impressive line-up of Michelin-starred chefs on the menu, it’s clear someone did something right, and good, too.
Thanks to founder Pearleen Mofford’s ambitious vision, 10 top chefs from as far away as France, Peru, Spain and Hong Kong will arrive in Nova Scotia in late August for 10 days of culinary events at unexpected locations around the island, from the Cape Breton Miners Museum to Ingonish Beach.
Imagine British celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to win a Michelin star for his London restaurants Tamarind and Benares, creating an exotic meal in Little River Harbour. Taste chef Javiar Vargas Guimaray’s Peruvian take on Canadian lobster at a sunset meal on St. Peter’s Canal, and the mastery of France’s 2-star Michelin chef Christopher Coutanceau in a multi-course meal at historic Fortress Louisbourg.
Expect chefs to fuse their personal and national styles with Nova Scotia ingredients in dishes like Belgian chef Vincent Masson’s Savoury Waffles & Cape Breton Mussels with Cauliflower and Caviar or chef Frank Widmer serving up a Swiss-style lamb roast and clam bake on the beach with Mira Bay Lobster Bouillabaisse and Rock Crab Filled Portobellos. Advertised as “one extraordinary foodie adventure” this unprecedented series of dinners would be a coup anywhere in the country. But to have them all in rural Nova Scotia is a particular triumph – “right some good”, as they say here.
Students from across Canada and talented Cape Breton chefs competed for the honour of working alongside these star chefs. It’s a clever way to focus the world’s attention on the Celtic culture and ingredients found in this charming corner of Canada, while infusing the island’s culinary community with new ideas and energy. Sounds delicious, too.
Tickets range from $55 to $150 and events run Aug. 25 to Sept. 4, 2011. Local hotels and tour operators have also created some tasty packages, offering deals like the $499 Paddle to Plate tour including two nights accommodation, a half-day of guided sea kayaking and two tickets to the Little River Harbour event, or Golf Nine and Dine, with one night accommodation at Dundee Resort, golfing The Lakes club and two tickets to the Sept. 3 dinner with Vancouver’s Chef Robert Clark ($339). For a complete listing of event locations, times, chefs and menus visit: