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Dining Specials Meet our chef

Parlour Burgers Tuesdays

Alan Van Heerden

Executive Chef, The Parlour Steakhouse

A team’s not a group of people working together. It’s a group of people that trusts each other to work as a team. - Alan Van Heerden

ALAN VAN HEERDEN has worked in kitchens in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Saudi Arabia―but there’s no place like Stratford for the South African native. This fall, Alan signed on as Executive Chef at the Parlour Steakhouse. And running the popular Stratford eatery is an opportunity he’s really looking forward to. Using his wealth of experience with different international cuisines like French, Indian and Thai foods, Alan will be creating menus that offer a little something special for every palate. He’ll also be working closely with Stratford area farmers so that he can bring more fresh local produce to the table at The Parlour Steakhouse. Alan began his career at the age of 19 working as a modest dishwasher but was quickly attracted to the varied life of a chef. “I discovered that it’s almost impossible to master all dishes,” he says. “It would take a lifetime. With cooking, you’re always in a state of non-stop learning.” Throughout his career, Alan has gone from country to country and experienced a little bit of everything―from working on cruise ships to serving kings and queens. But he particularly loves being around talented individuals―like his brand new staff at the Parlour Steakhouse. “A team’s not a group of people working together,” Alan says of the kitchen life. “It’s a group of people that trusts each other to work as a team.”

$5.00 off with the purchase of any beverage

$5 pasta Wednesdays Fettuccini pasta with creamy garlic sauce or pomodoro sauce

fish and chip fridays $9.95 for 1 piece and $12.95 for 2 pieces

BYOW Sundays Bring your own wine for a corkage fee of only $10.00

Philly Steak Wonton Nachos Bet you can’t try them just once! Receive a card to buy 8 and get 1 free!

Parlour Steakhouse


he 240 seat dining room offers contemporary and traditional menu items as well as award-winning desserts. A casual lounge and patio complement our dining experience with many draughts and ales on tap.

For more information or for reservations, please call 1.877.728.4036.


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■ Sweet and Simple - Mini Manicure or Pedicure with nail decal ■ Sitting Pretty - Mini Manicure and

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Come and “relish the moment” at Stratford’s Relish Day Spa. By Scott Leslie


ant to take a little time out for yourself―and recharge your batteries? All it takes is a trip to Relish Day Spa―a serene full-service spa located on 397 Ontario Street in Stratford. Operating out of a restored century-old home with lavish woodwork and breathtaking stained glass windows, Relish Day Spa offers a full range of in-house spa services. That includes manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, laser hair removal and relaxation massage. There are affordable spa packages available for men, women and couples. In terms of quality, Relish Day Spa also takes pride in carrying a broad range of exclusive natural and organic products including Shir-Organics, Zoya Nail Polish and Nubar Infinity Soak-Off Gel―a gel overlay that’s used to strengthen nails and provide chip free nail polish. Elizabeth Gordon-Edmonds, the owner of Relish Day Spa, says her clients love their quiet, out-of-the-way location. But they love the chance to look and feel their best even more. “We want people to feel good about themselves,” she explains, “and at our spa, we make sure they walk out our door feeling refreshed and invigorated.”

But Relish Day Spa isn’t restricted to one location. If you’re planning a wedding, reception or shower, Elizabeth and her mobile services team can travel to any location―from Waterloo to London―and help you get ready for the big event. Relish Day Spa can even bring a “spa party” right to your home or guest room. Their manicures and pedicure packages are perfect for any occasion, whether you want to liven up your next bachelorette party, birthday or bridal shower―or just have an extra special get-together with friends. Elizabeth has many years of expertise in the esthetic field. A CIDESCO certified esthetician and graduate of the Dominelli International College of Esthetics, she spent two years working at a spa in Vancouver before moving to Stratford in 2010 to launch Relish Day Spa. Now, six years later, Elizabeth continues to expand her business, adding estheticians Nuvia Rodriguez and Michelle Boeringa and attracting a loyal clientele in the community. When it comes to her spa’s popularity, Elizabeth says it’s all about people wanting to care for and indulge themselves. “It’s important to take the time to enjoy a little luxury once in a while,” she says. “It can refresh your mind and boost your energy.”

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elish Day Spa provides quality esthetic services in a comfortable and private setting at our location, or in the convenience of your home or guest room. Whether you come to us or we come to you, we are certain you will relish the experience.

Manicure or Grand Pedicure, Renewal Facial and 40 min Posterior Massage

For pricing or to view our other packages/services please visit www.relishdayspa.com

For more information or to book an appointment, please call 519.305.0323.


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Choose from one of our 3 spectacular hotels set in scenic Niagara-on-the-Lake to exchange your vows under the romantic glow of a candlelit ceremony. Dance the night away in the company of your friends and family as you enjoy an elegant evening cocktail reception.

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Available on Friday evenings (Excludes Holidays) Reduced Wedding Ceremony Fee Complimentary Cake Cutting Complimentary 1 night stay for happy couple Bar package (3 hours bar included) Minimum 30 guests in attendance *per person, plus taxes and gratuities, subject to availability. Valid until April, 2017

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Choose from 3 spectacular hotels, featuring Victorian, grand Georgian or Country ambiance. Enjoy superb European cuisine and luxury accomodations set in scenic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Specialized winter dinner menu Wedding bar and wine service with dinner Complimentary 1 night stay for happy couple Special discounts from preferred vendors

Specialized winter dinner menu Wedding bar and wine service with dinner Complimentary 1 night stay for happy couple Sparkling toast at Midnight Noise makers and party favours Special discounts from preferred vendors

*per person, plus taxes and gratuities, subject to availability. Valid from November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017

*per person, plus taxes and gratuities, subject to availability. Valid on December 31, 2016 only.

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Must do

Events In and Around Stratford



Dinners, Tuesday to Saturday; Lunches Friday & Saturday October 2016 - March 2017

SANTA’S PARADE OF LIGHTS Downtown Stratford November 27, 2016

For over 30 years, the Stratford Chefs School has set the standard for excellence in culinary training in Canada. Join us for student prepared dinners and lunches throughout the school season.

Renowned as one of Southern Ontario’s best Santa Claus parades, the parade takes place in the evening with illuminated and decorated floats travelling along the route. Join in the carolling at City Hall and warm up with free refreshments served by the Optimist Club of Stratford and Tim Hortons.




JANUARY STRATFORD WINTERFEST Various venues throughout Stratford January 14th - 15th, 2017

This year’s theme, “Keep Calm and Freeze On” will include many popular returning activities and events as well as new and exciting shows. Enjoy ice carving demonstrations, train rides, snowshoeing and Winter mini-golf―they’re great for a family outing. www.stratfordwinterfest.ca


Start Stratford Arts & Culture Magazine is proud to present the annual Start the Holidays Art Show & Sale featuring unique, locally created gifts for the holidays. Purchase art by local artisans, music CDs and merchandise from local musicians, and gift certificates for some of your favourite events.


NOVEMBER STRATFORD ROTARY CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford November 12th - 13th, 2016

The Rotary Arts & Craft Show has over 100 juried vendors offering some of the best in unique, beautiful, and practical Christmas gift ideas. All show profits support community needs. Join us to see some great ideas for personalized gifts perfect for Christmas giving.

Revival House December 17, 2016

Scotch and chocolate…individually wonderful and brilliant when paired. Certified whisky sommelier, Steve Rae creates a whisky journey through Scotland touching different regions and flavour profiles. Rheo Thompson Candies chocolatier, Christine Chessell presents a selected variety of Rheo’s chocolates to complement each tasting. www.visitstratford.ca

MARCH STRATFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford March 2nd - 5th, 2017


Share the joy of the season at this outdoor street market filled with holiday gifts, food and entertainment. Stroll the market then step inside to hear the symphony’s seasonal selections.

Experience the first taste of Spring exploring display gardens teeming with Spring flowers. Shop the Marketplace featuring everything for the gardener from plants and seeds to garden accessories and birdhouses to tools and greenhouses to garden sheds, and more. A sought after speaker series includes garden gurus throughout the weekend. This is a fundraiser to support the work of The Lung Association.



CHRISTMAS OUTDOOR MARKET George Street and Avon Theatre Stratford November 20, 2016

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APRIL ANNUAL SWAN PARADE WEEKEND Downtown (Saturday) & Lakeside Drive and Morenz Drive (Sunday) April 1st - 2nd, 2017



Festival Theatre, Avon Theatre, Tom Patterson Theatre & Studio Theatre, Stratford April - October, 2017

Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford June 21st - 22nd, 2017

Many say that the first day of Spring is March 20th but in Stratford, Spring starts with the Annual Swan Parade. Join us for family entertainment, food trucks, pop-up stalls and decorated topiary swans dotting the downtown, all leading up to the parade of the swans to the Avon.

Theatre lovers are invited to explore the world of enjoyment at the Stratford Festival. Known for Shakespeare, you’ll also find the classics, modern dramas, family experiences and musical shows on the playbill alongside world premieres. Enrich your theatre experience at engaging Forum events, costume warehouse, theatre and garden tours throughout the season.



KIWANIS FESTIVAL OF THE PEFORMING ARTS Various venues throughout Stratford April 3rd - 22nd, 2017

This festival is a celebration of our youth and senior performing arts programs in Stratford, drawing participants from schools and individuals throughout Perth and Waterloo region. www.kiwanisfestivalstratford.com

CANADIAN DAIRY EXPO Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford April 5th - 6th, 2017

Celebrate dairy and agriculture as people meet from around the world. A special CheeseFest presents an opportunity to sample many cheeses, craft beers and see award winning dairy cattle. www.dairyxpo.ca

Join us at the Ontario Pork Congress as Canadian and international exhibitors meet in Stratford, a 40+ year tradition. Lace up your shoes for the annual Hog Jog in support of local charities. Along with the festivities enjoy a taste of bacon themed dishes and craft beer sampling. www.porkcongress.on.ca

MAY SPRINGWORKS INDIE ART AND THEATRE FESTIVAL Various venues throughout Stratford May 2017

This indie theatre and arts festival presents exciting creations by some of our nation’s finest established and emerging artists. With shows for families, arts lovers and those who simply enjoy new experiences, SpringWorks truly offers something for everyone during this 10-day event, culminating with a family puppet festival. www.springworksfestival.ca

PERTH COUNTY FORBIDDEN RIDE Shakespeare, Stratford and Perth County route May 27, 2017

A motorcycle tour of beautiful Perth County leads through towns and hamlets. End your tour with a local dinner featuring Perth county pork, music draws and prizes.

STRATFORD BLUES AND RIBFEST Veterans Drive, Stratford June 23rd - 25th, 2017

Kicking off the summer, this outdoor family-friendly gathering presents a weekend of slow cooked BBQ and all types of blues music in support of area youth programs. Activities include free live music at the Veterans Drive Band Shell under a canopy of trees in the park, award winning Professional Rib Trucks, car shows and so much more. www.stratfordbluesandribfest.ca



JULY STRATFORD CELEBRATES . Market Square, Stratford


July 1, 2017

Ontario craft breweries join several Stratford restaurants to host the second annual craft beer picnic on the grounds of the Stratford Perth Museum. Fun for the whole family, enjoy live music, craft root beer on tap, an antique steam engine, and the newly-opened museum exhibits.

Kicking off summer, this outdoor family-friendly gathering takes place in Stratford’s new market square. Free entertainment and the presentation of Bronze Stars lead up to the annual parade and fireworks. The sesquicentennial celebration of our country and exciting advancements for our city will be lauded.



Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford June 18, 2017

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Events In and Around Stratford





Daily heritage walking tours reveal the stories behind the majestic landmarks, Shakespearean Gardens and Victorian architecture.

The 11th Annual Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival is a not-to-be missed event celebrating “the stinking rose.” Meet celebrity chefs and presenters and shop the garlic market for Ontario’s best.

Visitors Centre, Stratford July - August, 2017



Selected private gardens throughout Stratford July 2, 2017

Discover eight gorgeous private gardens in Stratford on a tour hosted by the Stratford and District Horticultural Society. www.gardenontario.org

Stratford Rotary Complex, Stratford September 9th - 10th, 2017

JUNCTION 56 DISTILLERY TOUR Junction 56, Stratford

Come visit Stratford’s local distillery and enjoy a tour and walk through the process of how we turn Ontario grown grain and corn into our delicious spirits. Tours are offered Tuesday through Saturday at 11 am throughout the summer and on Saturdays throughout the year. www.junction56.ca


STRATFORD ROTARY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Lakeside Drive, Stratford September 16, 2017

More than 50 teams race in this festival raising funds in support of the Rotary Club of Stratford’s community projects. Join us for the excitement of the races, food and entertainment. www.rotarystratford.com/dragon-boat-home


STONETOWN HERITAGE FESTIVAL Downtown St. Marys July 8th - 9th, 2017

Downtown St. Marys comes alive with street performers, hands-on activities for children, food vendors, wagon rides, heritage tours and more. Come for the day and return in the evening to enjoy a family street dance followed by spectacular fireworks! www.townofstmarys.com/heritage-festival

STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC Various locations throughout Stratford July 17th - August 27th, 2017

Join us throughout July and August for the 17th Stratford Summer Music festival! Canadian and International artists perform in various venues―more than 85 musical concerts and events including jazz, classical, opera and world music, many of which are free.

Explore Stratford’s Victorian downtown sipping and sampling Stratford’s best. A perfect destination for chocolate lovers as you create your own trail tasting decadent cupcakes, handmade truffles and cocoa honey. For the craft beer lovers, join the Bacon & Ale Trail for a chance to pair delicious pork inspired dishes alongside craft beer. Self-guided trails are available all year round. A seasonal pumpkin trail is available during September and October. www.visitstratford.ca/chocolatetrail www.visitstratford.ca/bacontrail

STRATFORD FARMERS MARKET Stratford Agriplex, Stratford

Crafts, fresh produce, meats, sauces, jams, cheese, bread, cupcakes, muffins, pies, shortbreads, bacon on a bun and more await you at our weekly Saturday market, one of the longest running in Ontario (since 1855). www.startfordagriculturalsociety.com/farmers-market


Featuring Perth County’s best locally produced food, drink and crafts. Stratford’s Slow Food Market runs every Sunday between 10 am and 2 pm. From May to mid-October, the market is located in Market Square, behind City Hall. During the winter, the market can be found at Falstaff Family Centre on the corner of Waterloo and William Streets. www.slowfoodperthcounty.com

Events subject to change. For more information, go to www.visitstratford.ca.


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Stratford. THIS IS

Terry Manzo photos courtesy of Stratford Tourism Alliance

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