Did you know Ontario’s Southwest is situated on the same latitudinal plain as Northern California? This makes the region home to some of Canada’s most fertile farmland and a rapidly evolving wine, craft beer and farm-to-table scene.
The scene is evolving and growing so fast that new flavours and new ways to experience the culinary scene are popping up all the time. The continuous flow of new tastes means that even if you’ve visited our region before, there’s many tasty new reasons to come visit again!
Forest City Experiences
This year take part in London’s culinary scene with Forest City Experiences! Check out Covent Garden Market Experience to get a personal introduction to the food and the people who make the market what it is. On the Forks Culinary Experience allows you to learn about heritage sites, discuss the history of the city, and meet specialty food vendors. The Ultimate Forest City Culinary Experience takes you on a journey through downtown London with a top culinary professional that brings you to a farm-to-table tasting menu/wine pairing by one of London’s most innovative chefs.
Oxford County Experiences
After enjoying Forest City, head to Oxford County for the opportunity to explore a quiet country setting. Check out the coffee scene at Early Bird Coffee and participate in the Roastmaster Lab Experience, you get to create your very own roast. What better way to see Canada's Dairy Capital, then by heading to Norwich Museum and participating in their DIY Butter Churning Experience. Grab your loved ones this summer and head to Berrylicious Fruit Farm for a picnic in the patch! Want to experience more? Be on the lookout for Affinage, Truffle Camp, Brew'd Exploration, and From Tree to Table.
After all the excitement from the experiences, you’ll want to rest your head for the night. There’s no better spot to do so than the Insignia Hotel. Located downtown Sarnia, this upscale boutique hotel features 84 rooms & suites with a clean minimalistic style.
New Breweries & Distilleries
Speaking of drinks, craft beer continues to boom in Ontario’s Southwest. Over the last few months, a number of new breweries have opened in the region offering up their own unique take on favourite brews. Opening their doors in St. Thomas Caps Off Brewing Co has four staple beers; stout, cream ale, Scottish ale, and wheat beer. Imperial City Brew House located in Sarnia offers six beers on tap in the brewery's taproom. In Canada's most southerly Town is Kingsville Brewing Co. they have handcrafted beer made with locally sourced ingredients. We have Hometown Brewing Company which is located at Long Point Eco-Adventures they have unique and refreshing brews. Finally, is Union Ten Distillery located in London, this distillery offers tours and a class where you get to craft your own cocktail under the guidance of the Union Ten bartender.
Cheers to the Coast Trail
Ontario’s Blue Coast, on the shores of Lake Huron, is emerging as a new destination to sample award winning wine, craft brewed beer, hard cider and mead throughout Lambton County. To help you discover all these spots, there is a brand new Cheers to the Coast Trail. We have Stonepicker Brewing Co. Not only is it a brewery, but it’s also a farm too! Located just outside of Forest, Stonepicker grows the barley and pulls water from their own well to make their brews! Whether you’re looking to sip crisp hard ciders from Twin Pines, try the fun brews from Refined Fool, enjoy hand-crafted wines from Alton Farms, or even amazing mead from Munro Honey, Lambton County has many ways to fill your glass with local goodness.
Now these are just the newest culinary experiences and locations to check out in Ontario’s Southwest, there’s plenty of amazing spots that you may not have tried yet in the region’s culinary scene. Watch our Next Stop: Taste video series and discover a whole crop of unforgettable food, wine, craft brewery and farm-to-table experiences.