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Don't look now but there's a definite buzz around Hamilton's burgeoning food and drink scene, from the city's ever-expanding craft brewing industry to the continued emergence of world-class restaurants in the core, it's clear that Hamilton can give our big-city neighbours a run for its culinary money.

No matter your craving, chances are there's a restaurant or brewery that will satisfy and HAMILTON CITY Magazine's March/April food & drink issue celebrates the food makers and drink shakers that call Hamilton home.  We are so excited to be able to showcase seven amazing chefs who are not only putting the city on the culinary map but making Hamilton a diverse city for great food.

We hope you agree that Elaine Mitropoulos’s article not only highlights seven fabulous chefs but also celebrates talented individuals who are contributing to their community in so many different ways. We’re also equally thrilled to be able to tell Matty Cowan’s inspirational tale. Cowan is the culinary mastermind behind beloved Hamilton restaurant The Heather that became a foodie fixture on Barton Street.

Like so many eateries, it was affected by the pandemic and was forced to close. Vanessa Green’s feature looks at Cowan’s culinary comeback and how he found the inspiration and motivation from an unlikely source. Sometimes in life that’s all it takes to tip the balance in your favour and, once again, The Heather is wowing local foodies, but this time from a new location on Locke Street South. And speaking of wowing local foodies, we’ve also enlisted Jody Aberdeen to take a deep and delicious dive into the Hamilton-Burlington area’s ethnic offerings: whether you’re into Indian, Greek, Persian, Peruvian, Thai, African, Mexican or Syrian, you’re quite literally spoiled and we’ve compiled a list – by no means definitive – of some of our favourite restaurants serving up all manner of global cuisine.

And when you’re done feasting, Heather Peter has you covered for local chocolatiers that are as decadent as they are delicious – so if sugary treats are your guilty pleasure (life’s too short for it not to be), Heather will do your sweet tooth justice. Did we mention there are also articles on breweries, coffee shops, farms, mustards, jams, hot sauces and … well, you get the picture. Our food & drink issue is a veritable cornucopia of fun and informative features on everything to do with eating and drinking – Hamilton style. 

So on that note, we’ll simply invite you to dig in to this edition of HAMILTON CITY Magazine. As always, we welcome your feedback about our publication. Tell us what you like and what we can do better. We’re constantly striving to make our magazine and website better and we can’t do it without you!

–Jeff, Meredith, Will, Cathy and Gord

John Chee of Fisticuffs, Tyler Nicklin of Rapscallion & Co. and Mohamed Mukhtar of Fresh by Papi in Marta Hewson's studio for the cover shoot of the March/April issue of HAMILTON CITY Magazine.
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