Best Food Experiences at Winterlude in Ottawa

Come celebrate the best parts of Canadian winter during Winterlude in Canada’s capital region, February 1 to 18, 2019

This year, you’ll find your iconic festival favourites, as well as new experiences. As always, you’ll be able to marvel at the sculptures created during the International Ice Carving Competition, skate on the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway, and go crazy at Snowflake Kingdom.
Most festival activities are free and take place in the urban Ottawa-Gatineau region during the first three weekends of February (including Family Day, Monday, Feb. 18). In true @OntarioCulinary style, we’ve rounded up the best activities for food lovers – by neighbourhood – at this celebrated event. Here’s your foodie-friendly guide to the festival sites in 2019.

The ByWard Market neighbourhood

Within strolling distance of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal Skateway is the historic ByWard Market district – a popular daytime and nighttime destination with boutiques, restaurants and bars all packed into a four-block square area. This vibrant area will be the hub for a variety of foodie programming, including:
  • Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours Join a free walking tour for insight into the area’s rich history.
  • Taste of the ByWard Market – Maple Lover’s Tour Enjoy local treats during one of C’est Bon Cooking’s gourmet food tours.
  • ByWard Market 28th Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off At lunchtime on Feb. 8., fill up on delicious hot stews while supporting local charities.

The Glebe: Snow, beer and food

The Glebe neighbourhood is conveniently located just south of downtown Ottawa and along the Rideau Canal Skateway.  Winterlude festivities in this area include:
  • Ottawa Farmer’s Winter Market Discover the products made and harvested by local farmers and artisans at this weekly Sunday market at Lansdowne.
  • Winter Brewfest Taste beers and other craft beverages from Ontario and Quebec at this popular annual event inside the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne (Feb. 15-16).

Also, don’t miss…


Festibiere: Cold Beer in a Warm Setting

February 1st – 2nd Featuring beer pairings (oysters! doughnuts! gin!), plus fun activations like yurts, live music and more – this festival happens at the very start of Winterlude.

Tasty Money

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm Currency wasn’t always bank notes and coins. Sometimes it was food. Experience something unusual by discovering how the food we ate was used as money. Tea, cocoa, salt, parmigiana cheese… Use all your senses to guess what the currency is, how it was used and where it came from.

For more details, visit the Ottawa Tourism website.

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