Local chefs and restauranteurs will continue prepping for the upcoming Locallicious Food Festival despite new provincial lockdown measures.
“We are pivoting now to make it a take-out food festival,” said chef and restaurateur Randy Feltis.
The premier culinary experience in the city of Barrie has been known as Barrielicious for the past 12 years, but like everything else in the world, things are different this year.
The guys behind Barrielicious are now calling the popular food festival ‘Locallicious.’
“The festival just kind of outgrew Barrie,” said Feltis.
“We had 16 restaurants our first year, then like 50, and now more and more area restaurants want to take part, so we opened it up to all local independents.”
Feltis and co-owner Ryan Traversy originally launched the festival to highlight the city’s culinary diversity and also promote the smaller independent restaurants.
“That part of it hasn’t changed,” said Feltis. “This year though, the festival is more important than ever, especially considering how hard local restaurants have been hit by this pandemic.”
The guys behind Locallicious
Each restaurant and its featured menu, which range in price from $15-30 per person, can be found here.
The Locallicious Food Festival runs from April 9 to 25.
The lineup this year is phenomenal and sure to please every palate. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the restaurants taking part:
(Note: these dishes are not necessarily the ones available during Locallicious)
Beach Club Restaurant
The Beach Club Restaurant at Friday Harbour
Common Good Cafe and Social House
Barrie’s purveyors of quality food and beverage.
Authentic Mexican cuisine
The North Restaurant
Award-winning chef Marco Ormonde offers signature dishes that are sure to delight all guests.
Crazy Fox Bistro
The best of classic and contemporary cuisine.
Farm fresh, one-of-kind dishes on Barrie’s waterfront.
Michael & Marion’s
Intimate, casual fine-dining. Chef Kent aims to serving the finest and freshest dishes in the region.
Grillicious Gourmet Tap & Grill
Homemade, delicious food in the heart of Barrie. Gluten-free and vegan options available.
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Brewing delicious beer and serving unique dishes to go with it.
Made In Mexico
Fresh made Mexican food including tacos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, churros and more!
The Local Gastropub
Blending traditional British pub fare with local produce and Ontario craft beers. This year’s Barrielicious menu is fully vegan.
The best of classic and contemporary cuisine. Award-winning chef and owner Coos Uylenbroek creates unique dishes using only the freshest of ingredients.
An amazing plant-based menu that has something for everyone! They have two locations, downtown and in the south end of Barrie
For participating restaurants and a sneak peek at featured menus, click here.
Check out this highlight reel from “Top Cheflicous” for a look at just some of the restaurants and chefs that will be particpating in Barrielicous: