Ottawa: Come for the Summit, Stay For The Fun!

Heading to our Ontario Food Tourism Summit in Ottawa on November 21? If yes, read on! If no, register here and then read on!


Since the Summit is on a Monday, the ideal thing to do (in our humble opinions) is to head out early and explore some of the goodness Ottawa has to offer.

Here are our five fave things to do, see, eat, and explore in Ottawa this fall!

1. Have a final meal at Murray Street Kitchen, sigh. In case you haven’t heard, Murray Street is closing at the end of the year, so now’s your last chance to dig in to some of our favourite charcuterie boards, BBQ duck wings, and perogies. If you’re in town with a group, totally order the pig’s head (gotta do it in advance, though). Trust us, it’s worth it.

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The salsa-baked potato at the Agriculture Museum is next level!

2. Venture out to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and learn all about local food and farming practices. The museum has several daily demonstrations, from food prep to livestock care, and plenty of educational exhibitions (like bees and tractors!). A visit here puts that whole ‘farm to table’ thing into context.

3. Jump on a beer tour with Brew Donkey! Explore local breweries (and distilleries!), sampling and learning about Ottawa’s craft beer and liquor scene. They have a wide variety of rotating tours on offer – good luck settling on just one!

4. Explore ALL THE MUSEUMS! Okay, maybe not all. But maybe one more? It is, after all, late fall in Ottawa, so let’s be honest, you’ll be grateful for some indoor time. Unsurprisingly, Ottawa is home to more than its fair share of museums. Our picks? The Canadian Museum of Nature or the Canadian War Museum

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5. Join our ByWard Market Food Tour! Exclusively offered to registrants and guests of the Ontario Food Summit, it’s happening on Sunday, November 20 from 11 am to 2:30 pm in the heart of ByWard Market. Led by the Big Cheese (ahem, Kevin Durkee) at the Culinary Adventure Co., it’s sure to leave you full of knowledge and tasty food.

Hungry for more? Check out our perfect weekend suggestions and other beloved Ottawa spots on our Ottawa page.

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