FOODIE GIFT GUIDE


Looking for that extra special something to give the food lover in your life?
We’ve put together our favourite things to eat, drink and do in Ontario just for that!
Here’s +50 ways to knock the locally-knitted socks off your friends and family this season.
Happy gifting friends!


A NIGHT AWAY
AT THE IRON KETTLE


$145 per night
Iron Kettle Bed & Breakfast
Comber, Ontario
ironkettlebb.com

 

This serene oasis located halfway between London and Windsor is a food lovers dream. It’s a quick hope south to Essex County – one of Ontario’s most unrated wine regions – and it’s many beaches. Owners Ben and Ginette come from an impressive culinary and events background, which shows in the details. If you really want to show you care, give the gift of their annual harvest dinner (pictured) at their nearby family farm.

This experience is magic.

A BEAUTIFUL, HANDMADE WOODEN FEASTING BOARD

Starting at $100
Ottercreek Woodworks Inc.
Woodstock, Ontario
ottercreekwoodworks.com

Dave and his team make beautiful things out of wood. Sometimes, they even teach others how to do what they do. Dave is the mastermind behind our top pick for last year’s gift guide – and the winner of our 2019 Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award – for his experience “From Tree to Table.”  You can find his handmade charcuterie boards at dozens of retailers in Ontario. Click here for a full list!

Who wooden want this?

SAY BUH-BYE TO
BUH-HUMBUG WITH BITTERS

    • Dillon’s Small Batch Bitters
      One look at Dillon’s line of bitters and you’ll instantly see why they say you can taste the rainbow! From black currant to hot pepper to hops varieties, there’s one for every occasion.
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    • Top Shelf Bitters
      Cardamom, lemongrass and rose are our three favourite varieties of these carefully crafted bitters. They also come in mini-multipacks which are great for gifting.
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    • Kinsip Bitters
      Hibiscus & Rosehip, Chilli Espresso and Maple Walnut are just a few of the flavours of bitters available from this Prince Edward County distillery.
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    • Frape & Sons Bitters
      Made in Thunder Bay, Ontario, these beautiful bitters come in unique flavours like jalapeno, arugula and rhubarb. They’re available through Flanagan’s Foodservice too!
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TRULY TASTY TOURS


This season, consider giving the gift of a delicious experience! These food tours are all top notch and would each make for a memorable gift.


SENSATIONAL SIPPERS

Black Walnut Amaro       $69.95
Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers
Beamsville, Ontario
Vodkow       $36.00
Dairy Distillery
Lanark County, Ontario
Buttertart Moonshine       $33.75
Top Shelf Distillers
Perth, Ontario

DELIRIOUSLY DELICIOUS
DINNERS AND POP-UPS

Salt + Sumac
Grey County

Salt+Sumac is a hyper-local culinary experience showcasing the best of Grey, Bruce + Simcoe County by partners Joel Gray and Hannah Harradine.

Littejohn Farm (Pictured)
Prince Edward County
There’s plenty of ways to experience Littlejohn Farm, but our favorite by far is their hands-on workshops. Learn the art of sourdough, pickling or even pasta-making before sitting down to a beautiful, farm-fresh meal with farmsteaders Zach and Luhana.

Ricky + Olivia Events
Toronto + Niagara Region

Fresh off their stint on the Westcott Vineyards patio, our Feast On Ambassadors are popping up across Ontario. Their menus are always delightful – just like them!

GIVE YOUR COOK
A GOOD BOOK

Food lovers know there’s nothing quite like a really great cookbook under the tree. Here’s our picks for the best of the best new books for the cooks in your life.

  • CRAFT COCKTAILS: Seasonally Inspired Drinks and Snacks for our Sipping Room by Geoff Dillon and Whitney Rorison (Pictured)
    For the cocktail slingers in your life, this Niagara-centric book focuses on seasonal sippers and getting creative with what the Niagara region has to offer.
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  • Atelier: The Cookbook by Marc Lepine
    This beautiful book highlights staff and customer favorites from the award-winning Ottawa restaurant that shares its name.
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  • Forest City Cookbook by Alieska Robles
    A collaboration between chefs and artisans of London, Ontario; this book brings out the very best the region has to offer while staying true to its laid back vibe.

BUILD-YOUR-OWN
EDIBLE ADVENTURE KIT

Know someone whose appetite for the open road is insatiable? Make them an edible road trip kit!


SERIOUSLY SWEET
AND A LITTLE SAVOURY GIFTS

ROUGE VALLEY HONEY
Ontario Honey Creations
Headwaters, Ontario
SPICY CRAB APPLE JELLY
Apple Flats
Perth County, Ontario
TANGY RED PEPPER JELLY
Rootham’s Gourmet Preserves
Niagara, Ontario
MAPLE PEAR GINGER WALNUTS
Jewels Under The Kilt
Fergus, Ontario
JUST PEACHY TEA
Pluck Teas
Toronto, Ontario
ALE-AGED “CHEESE”
Fauxmagerie Zengarry
Glengarry, Ontario

 

MAKE IT A
WINE-TER WONDERLAND


Kwaf Wine Club Subscription
$125.00 per box, ships every 3 months
kwaf.ca

Send that special wine lover in your life the gift of good Ontario wine. Each bottle of wine in a Kwaf subscription is carefully selected by a panel of industry experts and wine lovers. They’ve have partnered with only the best craft Ontario producers and tasters, so you can be confident you’re going to love your new wine!

Its nothing to wine about!

   

OVERNIGHT INNS & SPAS
WORTH TREKKING FOR

  • Langdon Hall, Cambridge
    This is luxury at its finest. Whether you enjoy the spa, linger over drinks in Wilk’s Bar or enjoy the full tasting in the Dining Room, Langdon Hall is truly one of a kind.
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  • Ste. Anne’s Spa, Grafton (pictured)
    This beautiful spa offers relaxation, revitalization and a chance to heal from the intensity of our daily routines. There’s also a really great bakery on site!
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  • Hockley Valley, Headwaters
    Food loving skiers know Hockley Valley is the place to be when the snow falls, but this beautiful property also boasts a winery and full spa.
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  • Hessenland Inn, Huron County
    Enjoy the snow covered vineyards from the comfort of your beautiful room at this warm and welcoming inn on the shores of Lake Huron.
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  • Scandinave Spa, Grey County
    Outdoor hot pools, cold plunges, saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms are some of a dozen reasons to give the gift of a trip to Grey County for a little R&R this season.

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS,
MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME…

2013 Meritage Lincoln Lakeshore
Redstone Wines
Cabernet Franc Icewine
Peller Estates
Almanac 2019 Imperial Stout Cowbell Brewing
Cabernet Franc Reserve
Vineland Estates
Brut Sparkling Methode Traditionelle
Ravine Vineyards

GIVE THE
GIFT YOU CAN BOTH FEEL GOOD ABOUT

Dine for Good with Chefs For Change

Chefs for Change is an annual mid-winter dinner series featuring phenomenal food made by dozens of Canada’s top chefs. Now in its sixth year, the event supports Community Food Centres Canada and offers the perfect excuse to brave Toronto’s winter weather for a meal that supports programs in low-income communities that change lives through food. Details at chefsforchange.ca

Tickets start at $150/per night


Available dates include January 30th, February 6, February 13 and February 20

GIVE THE GIFT
OF GOOD MEAT

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Who doesn’t love a little more quality meat in their lives? Steak clubs, CSAs and subscriptions are great ways to make your gift special for the carnivores in your life. .
Farm-To-City Steak Club
$151.49
VG Meats .
Northern Beef Share
$125.00
Penokean Hills Farms .
Westside Beef Giftcard
Price varies
Westside Beef .
Smoked sturgeon and caviar
Price varies
Petit Brule Products

EVEN MORE EXCEPTIONAL
EDIBLE EXPERIENCES


Happy Holidays from all of us at the Culinary Tourism Alliance. Cheers!

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