VANKLEEK HILL – The name just about says it all. Festival of Flavours has come to mean a day when a world of flavours and aromas takes over Vankleek Hill’s Main Street.
This Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Festival of Flavours features more than 70 food specialists from around the world lining Main Street in the Village of Vankleek Hill.
The event is billed as a feast for every appetite. From Himalayan Dumplings to good old-fashioned smoked meat and homemade pastries like your grandma used to make! Visitors can taste different recipes and take meals home for dinner. Bistro-style dining on the street is available in front of the town’s local stores, inviting guests inside for browsing and shopping.
Parents wine and dine on the street, while kids play in the supervised children’s area. This year, the event features dance demonstrations and exercise programs. Georgia Pettit will perform flamenco dances in three different locations along the street at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. Zudio will also present an interactive exercise area where enthusiasts can sign up for classes.
International cuisine features food that benefits the environment. The festival supports the local Vankleek Hill Farmers’ Market. Coffee sold by Le Nichoire Bird Sanctuary is grown to protect migrating songbirds. Mamy Kay sells juices that provide economic benefits to African women. Many food vendors introduce delights from around the world . . . all in celebration of the art of preparing delicious menus in a variety of nutritional recipes.
“We want our guests to have an all around good and healthy experience,” says Excellent Events organizer, Samme Putzel.
“They can be inspired to sample the best dishes in the world, work off the calories, and help the environment too! What better way to spend a Sunday at harvest time?”
At the heart of the event is the aim to create an appreciation for food and to get people thinking about the sources of the food they eat, says Putzel.
But don’t take our word for it. You can hear for yourself what Putzel has to say.
Here is the first in something new from The Review: Review Video Stories. This one is a conversation with Samme Putzel as she shares the fun and philosophy behind the Festival of Flavours.

Garlic Festival:
Same day,
same town

The first-ever Garlic Festival will take place outdoors at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre at 36 Mill Street in Vankleek Hill. Organized by the Vankleek Hill Lions Club, the event promises talks, information, tasting, growing tips and of course, lots of garlic!