Take a Food Tour
How much do you know about where your food comes from, or why it even matters?
I knew that buying local was important for Ontario farmers, the economy and the environment, but until yesterday, I didn't realize how much was actually available right here in the Kawarthas, AND downtown Peterborough.
Yesterday afternoon I took part in a Culinary Tasting Tour put on by Donald Fraser at Farm To Table Peterborough.
It's a walking tour of the downtown core, which showcases some of the local restaurants, boutique food stores and highlights small batch, artisan food production and local and seasonal cooking.
Although my group was small, we were mighty. And hungry!
The first stop on the tour was Black Honey.
Black Honey has two locations -- a fair trade coffeehouse on Hunter, and a new bakery and office location behind Ptbo. Green-Up off Aylmer.
The owner, Lisa, was very sweet -- and so was everything we ate! It was lovely; we sat outside and drank yummy homemade ginger ice tea and giant cinnamon buns.
The next stop was a place I know all too well -- the Night Kitchen.
When I first moved to Peterborough, I was concerned because my diet was strictly pizza and coffee. The Night Kitchen at least provided some variety with all the amazing varieties they offer. Plus they have thin crusts and gluten-free options -- and all local!
The third stop was Sam's Place Deli. If your favourite food is sandwiches, you need to try one here.
Our turkey sammy was so good, I forgot to take a picture until after I'd devoured almost all of it.
I want another one right now.
The fourth stop was the Olde Stone Brewery on George St. where I learned all about BEER!
I haven't been feeling very fall-y lately, but seeing the pumpkins and spices ready to go for the next seasonal batch, I couldn't help but feel a tinge of excitement for cold nights spent inside with friends drinking delicious local pumpkin spice beer. Also sweaters.
The fifth stop was at Chasing the Cheese on Water St. I'd never been before, but let me tell you, Julie and her crew are super knowlegeable and friendly. This place has every kind of cheese you could ever want, or need. Also, ask about their grilled cheese sandwiches, made in-store.
The final stop on the tour was the new Le Petit Bar, also on Water St.
We had charcouterie and sipped Canadian wines. I tried beef heart, which was excellent.
I've never tasted a wine I didn't like, but it was interestnig to learn how to properly savour it with the owner, Shannon.
The whole tour was quite the adventure -- a great walk around downtown, and lovely people and treats. I highly recommend grabbing a buddy or two and taking part. Donald's a fantastic host.
Here's the info on how to book a spot!