Allan Benner / Tribune Staff
Roy Winter really enjoyed his first taste of the jerk pork he bought from the Caribbean Flavah booth.
“I already tasted it. It’s fantastic,” the Port Colborne resident said as he sat down at a picnic table with his family to savour his meal. “It’s very tender.”
They were among thousands of people who visited the Flavours of Niagara Food, Wine and Music Festival during the three days it was held at H. H. Knoll Lakeview Park featuring food served by 13 vendors from throughout Niagara and the Golden Horseshoe as well as wine from five different wineries.
“This is our third year here and every year it gets better,” Winter added. “We’re always impressed by the effort put forth by the restaurants and the support it gets from the community.”
His wife Debbie was enjoying a pulled pork taco from Smokin’ Buddha.
“It’s fabulous,” she said. “So far so good, I’m just getting started.”
Karin Cumberworth had her first taste of Caribbean roti.
“I love it,” the Port Colborne resident said.
And Jason McIntee made the trip from Niagara Falls for the tasty food being served, including the thick steak on a bun he was enjoying.
“You can’t go wrong for five bucks,” he said as he took a bite of the delicious sandwich.
Allaina Kane, Port Colborne’s special events coordinator, laughed when McIntee's sandwich was described to her.
"That's the chipotle steak from Country Corner Market," she said. "It's definitely a festival favourite."
She said Port Colborne’s event had a lot of tough competition during the weekend, but she was still pleased with the attendance at the festival.
“There’s tons going on in the region, even with some of the 1812 bicentennial stuff going on in Fort Erie and Niagara on the Lake and the Friendship Festival. Absolutely, there’s lots going on everywhere so we’re really happy to see all the people that have chosen to come spend some time with us today,” she said.
She said there were a lot of happy customers as well vendors at the event.
“We’re having a good time. It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “As of Saturday afternoon when the three-day event was only half over, she estimated that more than 3,000 had visited the park to participate.
She said one new addition to the event this year was a recycling tent to give people a place to put their empty paper and plastic food containers in the proper place.
And Ward 4 Coun. Barbara Butters was at that tent, happily giving out 1,100 free red pine saplings donated by the Vale plant.
“We were so delighted (with the donation of the saplings) and people seem to be really responding to being rewarded” for recycling, rather than filling garbage cans, Butters added.