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INDIGICHEF: Indigenous Culinary Competition

Friday, June 21, Saturday, June 22, Sunday, June 23

The Festival is proud to welcome Indigenous chefs from across Canada to compete in the inaugural INDIGICHEF Indigenous Culinary Competition.

FEAST – Friday, June 21

Phase 1 of competition takes place on Indigenous Day when all participants prepare and serve their own signature dishes to guests attending FEAST an evening gathering taking place at the Festival in Vincent Massey Park.  The public can purchase tickets to FEAST  for $75  and will become judges of this “People’s Choice” component.  Guests will award points to chefs for the overall Taste, Presentation and Creativity of each dish.  FEAST scores will account for a percentage of final culinary scores.


Black-box culinary contests judged by a panel of industry experts take place on Saturday,  Each contestant will be assigned a kitchen and presented with a black box containing the competition’s mystery ingredients,  an assortment of items that each will need to incorporate into the dishes presented to the judges.    During a “Quick Fire” contest, each chef will have just 30 minutes to prepare and plate an appetizer using one of the proteins in their box.

AWARDS CEREMONY- Sunday, June 23

The Indigichef champion will be announced Sunday afternoon from the RBC Celebration Stage.

More info about competing chefs and our judges coming soon.

A Culinary Experience on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Sample Indigenous Fusion Cuisine


      Friday 6pm to 8pm / Sunday 10am to 6pm Algonquin Language Bingo is a fun way to learn (or practice!) the Algonquin Language. Each game is 5-10 minutes. Simple one line / letter X / full card.

      • Birds of Prey
        Birds of Prey

        Saturday 10am to 7pm /  Sunday 10am to 6pm

        Encounter Birds of Prey and their continuing role in our natural world. In each demonstration, birds will be featured from around the globe. Your presentation may include a Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, Eagle Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk, American Kestrel or a host of other birds! Each one of these birds is fascinating and unique in its own way.

        • Rock Climbing Wall
          Rock Climbing Wall

          Friday 5pm to 8 pm / Saturday 10am to 7pm / Sunday 10am to 6pm

          Test your skills on Ry J’s 24 ft highRockwall!  No experience is necessary. Rock Climbing is an amazing activity that provides many health benefits. Our mobile climbing wall offers four climbing routes and professional staff to make sure you get some instruction before climbing up the wall.

          • Stunt Jump
            Stunt Jump

            Saturday 10am to 7pm / Sunday 10am to 6pm

            Are you fearless? Are you ready for an exhilarating experience? Our new Stunt Jump is an experience like none other. Climb 14 feet high to the top of this safe, but thrilling inflatable that will no doubt be one of the highlights of your day. Look down at the bright red bulls-eye that will direct each into our cushioned, shockproof landing zone. Are you ready to take the jump of your life?

            • Raven on Stilts
              Raven on Stilts

              Ongoing Saturday & Sunday between 10am and 6pm

              JP Longboat is a Storyteller, Multi-disciplinary Artist and Performer. He is Mohawk, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, Canada.

              His creative process is grounded in First Nations artistic experience, practice, and legacy. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Circadia Indigena – Indigenous Arts Collective based in Ottawa. He also currently serves on the Board of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance…

              • Algonquin Language Bingo
                Algonquin Language Bingo

                Friday 6pm to 8pm / Sunday 10am to 6pm

                Algonquin Language Bingo is a fun way to learn (or practice!) the Algonquin Language. Each game is 5-10 minutes. Simple one line / letter X / full card.

                • The Painted Pixie
                  The Painted Pixie

                  Ongoing Saturday & Sunday between 10am and 6pm

                  Ottawa’s Premier Face Painting Company. The Painted Pixie Specializes in face painting for families and children. You name it, they’ll paint it!

                  • Indigenous Walking Tours
                    Indigenous Walking Tours
                    Saturday & Sunday, tours from 11am to 12pm & 2pm to 3pm
                    Come Walk the Moccs!
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