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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.