– News release from our Ignite 150 program partners at DNA Live –

Taste the beats

Ottawa – This isn’t your regular street food festival. Chef Fest is reinventing the experience by presenting to you a unique fusion of food and music.

On June 15th, come and taste the beats during a culinary-inspired music happening where Ottawa chefs will compete for the most creative festival food bites while DJs and live bands play all your favorite hits. It all takes place in the Snider Plaza, in the heart of the Bank Street BIA (between Laurier Avenue and Slater Street).

This upbeat event is part of Ottawa 2017’s Ignite 150 program. Visual screens will enable the crowd to watch as each chef creates their masterpiece while DJs energize the festival foodies.

A panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the contest entries from each chef, crowning one of them with title of Mix Master Chef, while the crowd enjoys samples of each specialty, distributed right from the stage by costumed characters.

“Some of the featured chefs are Jesse Bell from The Albion Rooms, David Godsoe from E18hteen, Michael Radford from Whalesbone, Barry Moore from Ace Mercado and Graeme Desjarlais from Common Eatery,” says Ali Shafaee, Chef Fest’s general director. “We really wanted to showcase talent that set themselves apart in a context that pleases both the Ottawa foodie and music lover.”

“Chef Fest will offer residents and visitors a great opportunity to experience the very best of Ottawa’s culinary scene in one of the city’s most vibrant urban communities,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We applaud the innovative spirit of businesses like DNA Live who are working with Ottawa 2017 to bring people together throughout the year in unique and memorable ways.”

“Ottawa 2017 is delighted to work with DNA Live, a local event planning company, to produce this Ignite 150 event,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “We’re confident that, together with our talented and creative partners, the Ignite 150 program will offer an array of eclectic, dynamic experiences to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in Ottawa.”

This new event promises a multi-level wonderland from 5 pm to 11 pm with state of the art sound and lighting, live entertainment, bars, street food, culinary flair and a music festival vibe not to be missed.

Tickets will be available as of May 12th at 10 am at $ 30.00 each. For more information about Chef Fest, please visit or contact us directly at 613-241-7777.

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Lana Pacheco

Chef Fest – DNA Live

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