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Ontario: What’s cookin’ where

Why not have a bear claw?
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From French cuisine to good home cooking made with pride, resorts across the Province of Ontario can boast of, and take great pride in culinary surprises.

Whether you are dining in a fine resort restaurant, sipping wine at a nearby vineyard, or travelling country back roads with a picnic lunch of local ingredients, Ontario’s culinary scene is a greenhouse for locally grown delectables and talented chefs.

Here is a small sample of what’s cooking at Resorts of Ontario:

Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County’s passion for food has made it a gastronomic destination for over a hundred years. While market stands overflowing with the County’s bounty still line the roads, viticulture and fine dining have enriched agriculture in the County.

From a self-guided culinary experience along the Taste Trail, to events such as Maple in the County and TASTE! – a celebration of regional cuisine – and the buy local agricultural initiative Harvestin’ the County, Prince Edward County welcomes the culinary visitor.

Prince Edward County is a charming blend of rural Ontario and getaway country where you will find a rich heritage and culture, artistic talent and recreational activities on land and water.

Niagara

A culinary journey across Ontario
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The Niagara Region is renowned for its wines and fresh fruit production. As culinary tourism evolves, the supply chain that consists of partners including farmers, wineries, producers, and culinary colleges are growing and building stronger linkages. All have assumed distinct roles in preparing the region for further market readiness, and work together to create unique experiences for the visitor.

Educational institutions such as The Niagara Culinary Institute and Brock University provide essential education and training resources to build and maintain a strong culinary tourism industry in the Niagara region.

One of Niagara’s best resources for local food, local food products, farm to table culinary events and local restaurants featuring dishes prepared with local foods is the Niagara Culinary Trail. The Niagara Culinary Trail works to link agriculture, tourism and the food community to promote sustainable cuisine by celebrating the joys of local, seasonal, and artisanal cooking.

Peterborough and The Kawarthas

The Kawartha Region has long been associated with producing world-class agricultural products.

An abundance of clean air, fresh water, and rich farmland provide for products that rival the best in the world.

From beef to buffalo, honey to maple syrup, and apples to sweet corn as well the regions’ historic roots that lead back to indigenous products like Red Fife wheat, which were first planted in North American soil in Peterborough County, make for abundant harvests.

The Kawartha Choice FarmFresh program in the region and partnering region of City of Kawartha Lakes consists of a dynamic group of farmers, producers, chefs and retailers who promote and sell agricultural products grown and produced in the Kawartha Region. The Kawartha Choice FarmFresh logo is the assurance of the quality and integrity of locally grown products.

Our agriculture and tourism industries dominate in Peterborough and The Kawarthas and have a long-standing history. This strong combination allows for a multitude of culinary tourism experiences that guests look for, from the variety of accommodation choices and large selection of unique restaurants to an abundance of festivals and events. These tourism offerings are tied together with a journey of museums, galleries and attractions alike that have a culinary focus and integrity to use and celebrate local product as much as possible.

The Apple Pie Trail – Collingwood/Blue Mountain

Travelling the quiet country roads of the Blue Mountains, the air is filled with the sweet aroma of blossoms in the spring and ripening fruit in the summer and fall.

Welcome to Ontario’s Apple Country – a special place where the moderating effects of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment create ideal conditions for growing amazing apples – and baking perfect apple pies!

Stratford

Shopping for fresh bread
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Stratford and Perth County has been cultivating a local culinary heritage and pleasing palates since 1832. From one of Ontario’s oldest farmers’ markets operating since 1855 to the influential Stratford Chefs School – training chefs for over 25 years, some would say that there has been a passionate about food longer than the famous theatre that Stratford is known for.

Savour Stratford Perth County is a partnership between Stratford and Perth County tourism and economic development organizations and is working with the regions’ farmers and chefs to build a strong authentic food culture and promote culinary tourism in the County.

We have been cultivating a local culinary heritage and pleasing palates since 1832. Some would say our passion for great food is larger than our passion for the theatre. It begins with the quality and freshness of our organic produce, our artisanal breads and cheeses, pasture fed organic beef, Amish-raised goat milk and heritage pork – all originating from surrounding Perth County.

Here’s an Idea

Maple Syrup and March Break

Maple syrup every which way
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Ontario’s maple syrup season often coincides with March Break. At many Resorts on Ontario, you’ll find sugar bush visits, maple taffy‐making and more.

Thanksgiving

The statutory holiday for the Canadian Thanksgiving is always the second Monday of October. Ontario’s brilliant fall foliage is often at peak and many families choose a resort celebration where they can let someone else do the cooking or they can cook their own turkey.

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