Explore Kawarthas Northumberland | Ontario Culinary
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This autumn, we spent 3 days eating our way across Kawarthas Northumberland in search of what makes this part of Ontario so unique. We met with seven Feast On chefs, countless farmers and a slew of artisans on the hunt for a true taste of place in Kawarthas Northumberland. Here’s what happened.



The area consists of three diverse regions. Peterborough & The Kawarthas is home to passionate chefs, wineries and farmers’ markets. Kawartha Lakes boasts butter tarts, country charm and plenty of on-farm experiences sure to take your breath away. Meanwhile, in Northumberland County, chefs and visitors alike can enjoy a laid back vibe with plenty of craft beer.



Chef Eric Dreher, The Social Bar+Table, Northumberland
Chef Jay Nutt, Elmhirst Resort, Peterborough County
Chef Neale Aziz, South Pond Farms, Kawartha Lakes
Brad & Katie Watt, Publican House, Peterborough
Chef Isaac Meadows, The Mill, Cobourg
Chef Tyler Scott, Rare Grill House, Peterborough
Chefs Mariela Silva + David Salazar, Ste. Anne’s Bakery, Grafton

“When I moved here, I was so surprised by the sheer amount of good farmers and good food you could get in the area. I grew up here, but it took me leaving and coming back to realize it.”

Chef Neale Aziz, South Pond Farms


From seabuckthorn berries to house-made kimchi to luscious raspberry orange ice cream – there are so many hidden treasures in the area. Here are all the things you need to try in Kawarthas Northumberland now.

The burger – any burger – at Elmhirst Resort. They raise their own Angus beef on the property and top it with regional ingredients.

The roast squash salad with fermented tomato viniagrette at South Pond Farms. Chef Neale likes fermentation and we are HERE FOR IT.

Ask a local what they’d eat at the Downtown Peterborough Farmers’ Market and they’ll all say the same thing: the deep-fried perogies!

The 100% Certified Gluten Free granola at Ste. Anne’s Bakery – part of the award winning spa. It’s made with nuts, oats and Ontario honey.

The Ontario Perch sandwich at Publican House. It’s the perfect pairing for their summer seasonals, available by the pint or flight!

The steak salad with Kendall Hills mushroom at The Social. Cooked just the way you like it – it’s everything we want to eat, always.

The hand sliced Ontario beef carpaccio at Rare. Everything on this plate is proudly sourced from Ontario, including the puffed wild rice!

The charcuterie pizza at Rolling Grape Vineyard. Wood-fired, perfectly chewy crust meets Ontario pork charcuterie and wine + onion jam.

The classic burger at The Mill. It’s hand formed, charbroiled and they use beef from Silver Creek Farms – down the road in Millbrook!

Scenes from the road…

For more ways to eat, stay and play in Kawarthas Northumberland, visit: kawarthasnorthumberland.ca


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This content was created with support from Kawarthas Northumberland.