The rolling hills of the Kawarthas and Northumberland County have long been home to some of Ontario’s most celebrated butter tarts. As home of the award-winning Butter Tart Tour, the area is home to classics and crazy concoctions alike! This summer, things are about to get a little more creative in the area. The Butter Tart Tour has launched a new collection of butter tart experiences called Arts n’ Tarts. Gone are the days where eating was the only way to experience Ontario’s favorite dessert. This year some bakers are partnering with local artists and artistic traditions in a celebration of “Arts ‘n Tarts” that includes a new collection of signature flavours. Check out some of the amazing twists on the classic Canadian treat. There’s the “Marie Dressler” Butter Tart inspired by the remarkable, Oscar-winning Canadian-American actress. The folks at The Dutch Oven in Cobourg wanted to celebrate her “razzle dazzle”. Their creation is full of strawberries soaked in Ontario ice wine, combined with cream cheese, and topped with white chocolate ganache. At, The Publican House brewing is considered an art. If you’re interested in tasting the best of both worlds, Cassandra at the Peachy Keene Cafe has combined the Publican House Irish Ale with her butter tart filling and topped it with some pretzel bits. Inspired by Lawren Harris’ “Decorative Landscape” (1917), Lisa Dixon, Meghan Lee Shew, and Jessica Mabee at Black Honey Bakery and Coffee Shop sought to create a butter tart that captured the warm colours of the painting as well as the earthy tones of the spruce trees and the Canadian Shield. Their tart incorporates locally-sourced honey and spruce tip syrup by Elderberry Herbals. Karen at Kawartha Shortbread in Fenelon Falls created the “Lattice Apple Buttertart” (The LAB Tart for short) to celebrate the LakeviewArts Barn (commonly called the LAB) in Bobcaygeon. Not only is the dinner theatre experience at LAB Feast On Certified, this year, Globus has created a special Butter Tart Tour murder mystery dinner experience! Looking to taste all the creations in one place? Mark September 23rd in your calendars! It’s the return of the Butter Tart Tour Taste-Off, hosted for the first time at CULTIVATE: A Festival of Food & Drink in beautiful Port Hope. The Butter Tart Tour has grown to over 50 locations throughout Kawarthas Northumberland. You can taste your way across Northumberland County, Peterborough County, the City of Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes. Tour partners include our stellar local bakeries, charming cafes, and elegant restaurants as well as welcoming resorts and inns across the region each serving up their take on this Canadian classic treat.