In addition to the countless local delicacies and fresh fare that every road and unexpected detour will bring you to, here’s a small bite of the region’s best tastes.
1. Fire in the Kitchen Spice Co.
What: Alarmingly good dry rubs and specialty seasonings, for everything from steaks to sandwiches, created by a local firefighter and tested on his (sometimes unsuspecting) firehall buddies.
Who: Christian Horner
Where: Hockley Valley
2. The Chocolate Shop
What: Don’t go if you’re stuffed up with a cold, because the smell when you walk into this vintage handmade shop is legendary. Walls and walls of chocolate and other treasures, hand-made daily.
Who: Barbara Chafey
What: Taste, tour, talk. Ten kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic ciders will whet your appetite for the breads and pizzas from a wood-fired oven, all in an architectural gem. A must Headwaters stop.
Who: Thomas Wilson and Nicole Judge
4. Downey Farms & Bistro Fresh Potatoes
What: Our soil’s extra good up here. First farmed in 1924, Downey’s grows a surprising variety of spuds, including heirlooms, and the only potatoes in Canada to have secured GMO free certification.
Who: Trevor Downey
5. Woolwich Dairy Inc.
What: From a tiny goat farm started by Tony’s mom, to North America’s top goat cheese producer. And not just cheese: if you’ve never tried goat milk salad dressing, or even better, ice cream…
Bérard Acero spreader set purchased at From the Kitchen to the Table in Orangeville.
Who: Tony and Olga Dutra
Where: Orangeville and Amaranth