5 Delicious Discoveries From The Royal Winter Fair

We love when The Royal Winter Fair comes to town. Besides the petting zoo, obstacle course savvy-pups and giant bunnies, it’s also a chance to learn about  new products and producers hitting the Ontario food scene. 

Here are five things we’re excited to learn more about in the coming months — all discovered at The Royal!


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They make really good cheese in Kapuskasing. It’s hard to believe Fromagerie Kapuskoise has only been on the scene for two-ish years. Our favorite, Opasatika, is named for the charming municipality and river West of Kapuskasing and is reminiscent of a great French Tomme.


 

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Our love of buttertarts is alive and well — though you probably knew that! This year’s competition was fierce, but in the end Betty’s Pies & Tarts took home the grand prize for Canada’s best plain tart.Find it along the Butter Tart Tour in Kawartha-Northumberland. 

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Bitters are booming — and it’s easy to see why when you try Frape & Sons Bitters. They’re bitters made with locally grown products. We dig love their jalapeno bitters made with peppers grown at Paulusma Greenhouses in Thunder Bay!


 

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Not all goats are created equal. There were over 250 goats into the barns, competing in 13 divisions; and while most just want to chew hay and but heads, some want to be big stars. Enter Turbo, the show stopping, stage hogging agri-star of The Royal. Turbo, we love you, never change.

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Brace yourself: Manning Canning now makes shrubs. Delicious, layered, complex shrubs perfect for winter cocktails and mid-morning pick-me-ups. We really loved their Ontario rhubarb & vanilla. Find them at the fair or on their website!


We can’t wait to see what the 2017 Royal has in store for us! Until then, head out to a farm or farmers’ market to learn and connect with the people who grow our food. We promise, you won’t regret it. 

 

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