If your campsite cooking tends to rely on canned beans and wieners, it’s time to kick things up a notch. This summer, before you pull into the campground, make some quick stops at local farm stands and markets to stock your cooler with local produce, baked goods and meats. Don’t forget to give the campsite cooking crew a night or two off by taking advantage of delicious takeout options from nearby restaurants. The following suggestions are guaranteed to create a pack of well-fed and happy campers! 

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Windsor Essex Area

Setting up camp at Sturgeon Woods Campground or Holiday Beach Conservation Area?

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In Kingsville, Jack’s Gastropub has tasty burgers, delicious Lake Erie Pickerel and chips and gourmet mac and cheese.

Perfect Pairing Suggestion: Pick up a bottle of Cabernet Franc from nearby Muscedere Vineyards to enjoy with Jack’s Shawarma lamb burger.

Sarnia Lambton Area

Setting up camp at Pinery Provincial ParkParadise Valley, Silver Birches Park, Warwick Conservation Area, Birch Bark EstatesKlondyke Trailer Park, Lakewood Christian Campground, Lambton Centre, or Green Haven Trailer Park?

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Photo above of Paradise Valley. 

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Albert’s Rolling Lunch has been selling its homemade fries and burgers from beneath the Blue Water Bridge for over 50 years.

Chatham-Kent Area

Setting up camp at Campers Cove, Wheatley Provincial Park, C.M. Wilson Conservation Area, Clearville Park, Rondeau Provincial Park or Lakeside Village Campground?

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Photo above of C.M. Wilson Conservation Area. 

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Chatham-Kent is home to so many excellent little bakeries the region has created its very own Bakery Trail. Stop by a few of the trail’s 19 stops to stock up on treats for leisurely breakfasts and desserts with no campfire cooking required!

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If you’re craving wood-fired pizza, but not quite brave enough to try making one over a campfire, hit Centro Wood Fired Kitchen in Chatham and bring back a big stack of pies to your campsite.

London-Middlesex Area

Setting up camp at Komoka Provincial ParkFanshawe Conservation Area, Prospect Hill Campground, Riverview Campground, Trout Haven Park, Great Canadian Hideaway, Silver Dove Estates or Windmill Family Campground?

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Follow London’s fantastic collection of food trucks like Big Daddy Bacon, Pierogi Queen, New Leaf Plant-Based Food and The Donut Diva for a fun take on easy campfire cuisine. Check the London Food Truck Association Facebook page to find out where the trucks are currently parked.

Elgin County Area

Setting up camp at Port Burwell Provincial ParkBig Otter Campground, Dalewood Conservation Area, Lake Whittaker Conservation Area, Springwater Conservation Area, Sand Hill Park, Golden Pond RV Resort or Solitude Nature Reserve?

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Photo above of Lake Whittaker Conservation Area.

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Take A Bite had such success as a food truck that it’s opened an entire restaurant. Head to New Glasgow to pick up delicious Mediterranean, slow-cooked barbecue, and round-the-campfire favourites like burgers and their signature “Boozy Milkshakes” for the adults.

Oxford County Area

Setting up camp at Wildwood Conservation Area, Pittock Conservation Area, Happy Hills Resort, Braemar Valley Park, or Parkhaven Lake?

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Photo above of Wildwood Conservation Area.

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Quehl’s Family Restaurant, in Tavistock, has been catering for over six decades and offers homemade carry-home meals that are perfect for feeding a hungry crowd of campers. Choose from trays of ribs, country-fried chicken and cabbage rolls, as well as tasty sides and salads.

Norfolk County Area

Setting up camp at Long Point Provincial Park, Turkey Point Provincial ParkWoodland RV Park, Norfolk Conservation Area, Deer Creek Conservation Area, Hidden Valley Park, Backus Conservation Area, or Willow Lake RV Park?

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Photo above of Willow Lake RV Park. 

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Ivory Fern Foods in Port Dover has delicious power bowls, tasty tacos, and delicious smoothies.

Perfect Pairing Suggestion: For 19+ campers, hard cider from Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery or Blueberry Hill Estates is a must-try match with Ivory Fern’s power bowls.

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Photo above shows cider from Blueberry Hill Estates. 

Haldimand County Area

Setting up camp at Byng Island Conservation Area, Rock Point Provincial Park, Grand Oaks RV Resort, Selkirk Provincial Park or Lighthouse RV Resort?

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Photo above of Grand Oaks RV Resort.

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Tasty Takeout When The Chef Needs A Break

The Carolinian Café and Eatery, in Cayuga, offers perfectly packed picnics featuring sandwiches and salads made with farm-grown meat and produce, local fresh greens and seasonal fruits.

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