Canada 150 Brings New Food Experiences To Rural Ottawa

From Secret Eats to Early Nations food and entertainment, and even a Wine & Words Tour, it’s all happening in rural Ottawa this summer.

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, and Just Food are pleased to announce four new Agri 150 experiences. Tickets for the Early Nations culinary experience, the Secret Eats Rideau-Goulbourn Tour, the Secret Eats Cumberland Tour, and the Wine & Words Tour are now on sale.

Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada�s 150th birthday in the nation�s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa�s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.


Early Nations Culinary Experience

Saturday, June 17, 6PM – 10PM

This farm-to-table culinary event along the Ottawa River in the Village of Cumberland will invite guests, through food and entertainment, to reflect on the early nations who influenced Canada�s development. 

A four-course meal will be prepared by Chef Noah John Para, a Northern Cree from Saskatchewan and one of the leaders of modern aboriginal cuisine in Canada, working in partnership with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health; Executive Chef Ramsay Sillini of Ze Kitchen, Cumberland�s newest restaurant, which brings fusion design while embracing French flavours; and Chef Stephane Frelon of Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.

Christine Friday, a professional dancer of 25 years of Temagami First Nation, will choreograph performances that incorporate both traditional and contemporary movement, representing Indigenous, English and French dance.


Secret Eats Tour � Rideau-Goulbourn

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Guests are invited to eat their way through the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward!

Hosted by Scott Moffatt, the Councillor for the area, this Secret Eats tour will take participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Rideau-Goulbourn.

Foodies will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local cuisine that awaits in rural Ottawa.


Wine & Words Tour

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Calling lovers of wine, literature, and local foods! This tour will take participants to three different vineyards located within Ottawa: Vignoble Clos du Vully, Domaine Perrault and Jabulani.

At each winery visitors will learn about the different ways the harvest is grown, selected and blended. Participants will also learn about the fermentation process that turns your everyday grape into something truly divine.

Chosen authors will read from their works against the backdrop of these charming wineries as guests savour the local terroir. Wine tasting will be accompanied by local food products.

SantA�! Cheers!


Secret Eats Tour – Cumberland

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Hosted by Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, this Secret Eats tour will tantalize the taste buds and introduce a new world of agri-tourism destinations, just a short drive from downtown.

This culinary adventure will consist of four stops, where participants will tour a Secret Eats location, and sample a local delight from among the diverse and delicious offerings of Ottawa�s bountiful countryside.

Guests will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to making Cumberland what it is today.


For delicious discoveries celebrating Ottawa 2017, check in with Ottawa Tourism.

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