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Located in the heart of Wellington County, Guelph offers visitors and residents critically-acclaimed restaurants and accommodations, entertaining and educational activities, and a wide variety of shopping. Known as the Royal City, Guelph was named after the British Monarch King George IV, who was from the Guelph lineage, a German family.
A trip to Guelph isn’t complete without a visit to the Guelph Farmers’ Market, located in Downtown Guelph. The market has been a focal point of the city for over 180 years, and continues to be a hub of activity for the community. It’s open year-round on Saturdays from 7 a.m. – noon.
During the warmer months, the Guelph Farmers’ Market features over 100 vendors selling everything from locally grown produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses, handcrafted items, preserves and so much more! Don’t forget to head to the outdoor section to pick up some plants and flowers before you go.
In the winter season, the Guelph Farmers’ Market is still busy with 80 vendors selling meats, cheeses, preserves, select produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items. The market is truly a four-season operation, showcasing the very best that Guelph and Wellington County has to offer.
Locals know that no visit to the Guelph Farmers’ Market would be complete without sampling the delicious array of foods at the market. There may not be anything better than enjoying a warm and fresh donut, or two, dipped in cinnamon and sugar while perusing the market. Locals will also suggest that a stop for some fresh dumplings served with your favourite dipping sauce, is the way to go. Be sure to grab a hot cup of freshly roasted fair trade coffee or your favourite tea while you explore the market and all the vendors have to offer.
Guelph is quickly becoming known as an exceptional place to experience extraordinary culinary talents. Guelph’s success is deeply rooted in the entrepreneurial spirit of its people, local landscape, proud agricultural heritage and tradition of innovation. Throughout the year visitors can experience events celebrating local chefs and ingredients, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the exclusive restaurants or cafes, or raise a pint of local craft beer at a pub. Whatever you fancy, there are a lot of great options to suit every type of traveller and pallet.
If you are someone who likes to experience the local flavours of a destination, look for Taste Real culinary partners. Taste Real is the award-winning regional culinary tourism organization that promotes farmers, producers, chefs, restaurants, retailers and farmers’ markets that feature Guelph Wellington local food. If you’re looking for local, look for the Taste-Real logo.
Guelph is home to three craft breweries — Wellington Brewery, F&M Brewery and Royal City Brewing Company — so definitely stop for a pint.
Get a dose of fresh air amongst the towering trees at the University of Guelph Arboretum. Around every tree is a new discovery.
In July, rain or shine, The Hillside Festival is the place to be for indie music.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner — a meal at the Borealis Grille is a memorable affair. Stop is for a pint of local craft ale and definitely spring for the Perth County Pork Chop!
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