Ruvini Godakandae is a long-time Ottawa resident with a background in broadcast journalism and e-publishing. She loves to find ways to express herself and stay active, primarily through dance, photography and alternative fitness. You’ll often find her out and about discovering Ottawa’s many hidden gems and meeting some interesting and talented folks along the way. Some of her other passions include food, fashion and community involvement.
If you were looking for a place to just enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Taste of Wellington West was the place to be. In its fifth year, the weather couldn’t have been better as people sampled tantalizing morsels, while walking from Island Park Drive to Somerset West.
I enjoy its cozy, yet upscale feel with its little boutiques like Flock and Allegro and its fine dining and bistros like Petit Bills Bistro and Absinthe. Even if you didn’t have an appetite for sampling the food - though I don’t know how you wouldn’t – it was great to spot the interesting shops and eateries along the way.
Many shops had sidewalk sales offering discounts on a variety of items from house ware to clothing. This family friendly event also included a play area and opportunities for kids to grab some balloon animals and get their face painted.
Wellington West came alive between 1:30-3:30p.m., as crowds came out to see what the local cafés and restaurants had to offer. Some of my favourites included Harvest Loaf’s mini pumpkin tarts and the spinach filo appetizer from Aromeze.
The Wellington Gastro Pub and Wellington Diner seemed to be popular stops as well with their long line-ups tasters looking for delicious samples. The food samplings were not only a great way to stay satisfied while strolling but a good way for people to get a feel of what is offered at each location.
If you’re anything like me and like taking in a new dining experience, this was one way to help scope out some potential favourites to look forward to.
The event not only included samples of food but there was a variety of music and street performances including a stilt walker, a 10-piece orchestra band and fashion shows, including one with Allegro which I happened to take part in.
The fashion show’s unique cat walk consisted of a baby blue pick-up truck. The outfits showcased had a stylish and comfortable fall look.
With an inviting atmosphere and fun events such as A Taste of Wellington, it’s a neighbourhood worth coming back to for seconds.