Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival

Presenters - Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival

A complete list of this year's fabulous Presenters!

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Theresa Albert

“Theresa is a proud transplant to Stratford where she traded her Toronto media career for her Bed and Breakfast, Rosehurst Stratford. Never one to do one thing at a time, she also hosts a garden to breakfast table show on our local Rogers cable channel called Breakfast at Rosehurst and teaches at the Stratford Chef School. She misses Stratford like Dorothy missed Kansas when she has to head back to “the big smoke” to continue her consulting work with food corporations.

She has two books published in Canada and the US: “Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day” and “Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck”. Born and raised in Toronto, Theresa is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and has blazed a trail as a nutrition personality in Canadian media, focused on bringing her message of easy, healthful eating to busy Canadian families.

You can find her in real life in the garden at Rosehurst Stratford at 131 Front Street, which is just minutes walk from all restaurants. Her social channels are either under Theresa Albert or Rosehurst Stratford where she shares the humour and beauty of a city girl learning to grow in the country.”

Derek Barnes,

Community Chef at The Local Community Food Centre

Derek Barnes joined The Local Community Food Centre in November 2014. Although he’s more of a home cook who doesn’t like to be called chef, he does create “world-inspired dishes” at The Local Community Food Centre.

Barnes describes his cooking at the Local as “comfort food — healthiest version”
and points out the mandate is “to try to get people to eat a little healthier than

Working with several volunteers and a small budget, Barnes builds most meals
with donated provisions and rarely serves the same meal twice. He loves it when people
at the very least try his food and take the time to communicate their approval/disapproval.

Derek will be presenting a garlic recipe on The Main Stage. With his engaging approach to healthy food creation and a wonderful teaching style, Derek will inspire you to take home his fantastic ideas, tips and techniques!

Arron Carley

“In 2006, Arron studied at George Brown College in Toronto. After many years in the casual dining scene, Arron decided to chase his dream, and so, in 2010, he landed a position as Chef de Partie with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as part of the opening team of “e11even”. To continue his pursuit in 2011, he next achieved a position at Oliver and Bonacini’s “Luma” as a Sous Chef with Chef Jason Bangerter (Langdon Hall) and Chef Michael Wilson (Luma).

Next on his journey was “Noma” in Copenhagen which has held the #1 restaurant spot in the world four times. In 2004, as an intern at Noma, Arron was able to truly understand what it was he wanted to focus his culinary skills on. After Noma, Arron came back to Toronto and landed at Oliver and Bonacini’s “Canoe” as a Sous Chef under Chef John Horne.

Arron was named winner of the 2016 Episodes of Chopped Canada on the Food Network. He commented that it was more stressful watching the televised version than actually competing in real time.

Arron comments that “looking into our past and understanding our roots as well as looking forward into the undiscovered wilderness of our nation, we will forge New Canadian Cuisine”.

Rick Francis, Guitarist

Rick is a long-time Stratford resident who began his musical career at the age of five on classical violin and the ukelele.  Rick is a Guitarist, Bassist, Audio Engineer, Music Programmer, Music Producer, Photographer, Cat Lover, Dog Lover and Hat Lover.  He performs his smooth jazz, folk and soft rock at weddings, corporate events, private parties and house concerts.

Or you can hear him perform with Singer/Songwriter Ali Matthews with whom he has performed for almost twenty years.

The amazing Rick Francis! Thanks Rick, you're wonderful!

Posted by Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Anthony Jordaan

“Anthony is a native of South Africa and is a trained chef with over 17 years of experience in the
hospitality industry in both Africa and Canada. While working in Zambia as the manager of a hotel/restaurant
he met his wife, Kimberly, which brought him to Canada. (Thanks for that, Kimberly! We’re forever grateful!)
He has worked in South Africa, Zambia, Vancouver and Nunavut, sharing his vast array of knowledge to enhance your dining experience at the Keystone Alley. Anthony will be appearing once again this year after being a presenter
for several years now. The Kiwanis Club of Stratford is very grateful to Anthony and Kimberly for their ongoing
support of our Kiwanis work for needy kids in Stratford and throughout the world.”

Bob Romaniuk,

Brant County Garlic Co.

2018 represents the 40th year that Bob and Irene Romaniuk have been in the business of growing fresh produce. They got into the business in 1978, supplying the Toronto Food Terminal with fresh produce and garlic. They also supplied the local Calbeck’s grocery chain, which at the time had nine stores, including two in Brantford and one each in Paris, Simcoe, Waterford and Port Dover. He also got into custom agricultural spraying and grew herbs. From 1991 to 2001 he grew echinacea, Golden Seal and black cohosh, and the Romaniuks saw to it that they became certified organic growers.

Bob stayed with custom agricultural spraying and started to concentrate on garlic. Between 1992 and 2008, the Romaniuks grew a modest eight to 10 acres of garlic for the family and friends. But as Bob says: “Then lightning struck and we decided to get into garlic on a larger scale.”

That started the specialized planting regime. They grow five varieties. The largest is called music, the most common variety. They also plant Yugoslavian red, which is about 20 per cent of this year’s 45-acres crop. The other three are French varieties all in the official French catalogue. They are sabagold, thermador and messidor.

The Romaniuks also have trial plots every year to see if there are better ways of growing each variety. They work with the Ontario Ministry of Food and the University of Guelph. It’s all to ensure they have the best quality product on the market.

He also mentors a lot of growers who want to get into garlic. Their website includes an article detailing 20 items growers should know if they want to get into growing garlic. “We believe in sharing information and helping others grow this crop,” said Bob.

Romaniuk said that between 1,800 acres and 2,000 acres of garlic are grown in Ontario every year, and the average grower plants two to three acres. That’s a far cry from the known demand in the province, he said. “Ontario could use 40,000 acres to supply just its domestic needs.”

Bob has been a director in the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario for the past nine years, and a director of the Brant County Federation of Agriculture.

We’re delighted to have Bob and Irene back yet again this year, and are thrilled that Bob has once again agreed to share his vast garlic growing knowledge with you in the Presentation Theatre. His talks on garlic growing are always one of our most popular presentations. Don’t miss him!

Kim Souch

Much of Kim’s outlook, music and activities echo this lyric from one of her original songs!

From the age of ten, Kim knew that music was a huge part of her destiny. Born in a small community with limited music programming (at the time) Kim was fortunately able to begin developing her interest and skills as a musician, performer and vocalist.

It wasn’t until her twenties however that she was able to return to and truly pursue her passion for music. As Heartfelt Music evolved, her small town, rural routes inspired her to create more opportunities for her student programs as well as more educational opportunities and workshops related to artist organizations, promotion and development.

Now a seasoned performer with many events, compilations, a couple of albums and many performances under her belt – Kim continues that musical journey.

Join Kim for the first hour of the Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival on the Children’s Stage and prepare yourself to be energized, entertained, and enthralled! This performance is perfect for the young and the young at heart. Don’t miss out!


The Stratford Kiwanis Club cares about our community and has worked tirelessly to provide a timely, world-class event that showcases and supports local agriculture. This support has been integral in raising awareness and building markets for garlic growers across Ontario. As our premier event grows, the funds raised from this effort allow us to continue to support the children in our community and provide leadership and funding on many wonderful, community-enriching projects.