The tenth annual Mustard Festival took over the lawn north of the legislative building in Regina Sunday afternoon.
The event brings together chefs from all over Regina and tasks them with making a dish which prominently features mustard.
Tim Davies, a chef with both The Willow and Beer Brothers said mustard is easy to work with.
“It’s a very versatile ingredient and there’s literally tons of different varieties of it, so each variety sort of speaks to different kinds of flavor profiles, so it’s pretty easy.”
Murray MacDonald, a chef with Table 10, said he likes working with mustard.
“It gives a balancing note, a touch of acidity, a touch of sweetness, a little bit of heat and an amazing texture.”
MacDonald, added the festival has been nice for him.
“It’s been really amazing, I started cooking 11 years ago and (Mustard Fest has) kind of grown up at the same time I’ve been growing as a chef.”
Greg Hanwell the co-chair of the festival, said the mustard theme is a good one considering how much mustard Saskatchewan produces.
“Saskatchewan grows about 80 percent of the global export of mustard seed, we thought it would be a good ingredient, a good theme.”
Hanwell said the festival has really grown from its more humble roots.
“The first year was about 200 people showed up, last year we had a little over 1,600 people show up and we over grew our site.”
Sunday afternoon Hanwell said he expected attendance for this year’s festival to top 2,000 people.
Hanwell said it is possible in future years more out of town restaurants will take part.
“We get more and more attention from out of town every year, more people calling and I think there’s a great opportunity to use the event as an excuse to come to Regina for the weekend.”