Savour the Flavours: Exploring the Culinary Delights of Peterborough & the Kawarthas | Ontario Culinary
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Savour the Flavours: Exploring the Culinary Delights of Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Nestled in the heart of Ontario, Peterborough & the Kawarthas is known for its natural beauty, charming towns, and delicious culinary offerings. Whether you’re a foodie looking for farm-to-table cuisine or an outdoor enthusiast seeking adventure on the water, you’ll find it here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. With a rich history and a vibrant arts scene, this region exudes a sense of warmth and hospitality that will make you feel right at home. So why not come and experience the magic of Peterborough & the Kawarthas for yourself? This region is the perfect destination to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and connect with nature and community in a truly special way.

Day One:

Begin your trip with a visit to the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market, where you can find fresh local produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and more. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm. Starting in May, you can also check out the outdoor farmers’ market every Wednesday.

After looking at all that scrumptious food, your tummy is probably rumbling for a filling brunch. A short walk up to Hunter Street, it’s time to visit Sam’s Place Deli. The attention to detail in every sandwich and side is what separates a sandwich from a Samwich. Sam’s Place is proud that all their bread and meats are locally sourced from Peterborough and the surrounding areas from some of the best bakers, farmers and growers. They have a great selection of breakfast sandwiches, classic sandwiches, Sam’s Classics and many more to choose from!

Time to hop in the car and head to scenic Rice Lake for a relaxing evening at Elmhirst’s Resort. Elmhirst’s Resort is an all season cottage resort and conference facility. It offers a spa, excellent dining and a host of activities for the whole family. Check in to your cottage before heading to dinner at one of the 2 onsite FeastON certified restaurants. Elmhirst proudly serves their guests and the local community with locally sourced or farm raised food and drink. Dine in casual elegance in the Hearthside Dining Room, or a casual family friendly pub atmosphere patio at the Wild Blue Yonder Pub and Patio.

Day Two:

After recharging for the night at Elmhirst’s Resort and grabbing some great breakfast, it’s time to get back out and savour more of Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

First up for the day is Rolling Grape Vineyard. Peterborough & the Kawarthas first grape-to-glass vineyard experience with charcuterie boards, brunch boards on the weekends, and wood-fired pizzas, you won’t leave hungry. Quench your thirst with a glass of fresh wine. Not feeling like a glass of wine with lunch? No problem! Purchase a bottle of wine to take home from their store, and savour it later!

Next up is Doo Doo’s Bakery. Doo Doo’s Bakery has been perfecting pastry since 1998. Their famous butter tarts has won ribbon after ribbon, year after year. Discover why many people make a special trip to Bailieboro. Doo Doo’s dedication to simple, fresh food means they feature locally-sourced ingredients in season. Grab a pack of butter tarts and discover why this is a local favourite!

Our last stop of the day takes us to the charming town of Millbrook. Millbrook Mercantile is well-known for providing the highest quality, small batch, artisanal and hard to find items, with an emphasis whenever possible on locally sourced and grown. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff are committed to making your visit a truly memorable experience.

These are just a few of the many culinary experiences that Peterborough & the Kawarthas have to offer. Make sure to explore the region, download Peterborough & the Kawarthas Great Taste of Ontario Passport and discover all of its delicious offerings.