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Perfect Weekend: Lanark County

We’re pretty excited for ‘Barns, Farms & Wicked Chefs’, a magical fundraising event featuring farm-to-plate dishes prepared by Lanark County’s top chefs, on August 26th. It’s a chance to explore a historic farm property, tasting your way through one delectable dish to another, all the while being entertained by summer music.

It’s a lovely showcase of what Lanark County has to offer. If you can’t make it out, have no fear! You can still enjoy the bounty of the region with this Perfect Weekend in Lanark County. Enjoy!

A peak at the 2016 installment of Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs. Photo Credit: Kerry Ford Photography.
A peak at the 2016 installment of Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs. Photo Credit: Kerry Ford Photography.

1. Afternoon’s are always a little more fun with a drink in your hand. Head over to visit our friends at Top Shelf Craft Distillers. They’re making vodka, gin and moonshine using Ontario grains.

2. In-the-know art lovers know about the Mill of Kintail in Mississippi Mills. It’s the restored studio and home of the great Canadian artist, philosopher, and physician Robert Tait. The 152-acre conservation site sits on the edge of the Indian River and acts as a museum showcasing Tait�s work in sculpture and his teachings.

3. If you’re looking for some top notch baked treats, there’s no better place than the Sunflower Bakery in Perth. Folks love the carrot cake, but we opt for the pagnotta buns. They’re dense, chewy and perfect for pulling out trailside for a snack.

4. For those looking for a home base during their wanderings, we suggest the Almonte Riverside Inn. Sadly, they recently closed their much loved kitchen, but the town of Almonte has lots of great spots to eat and drink!

5. Like many regions in Ontario, Lanark County is home to a new guard of creative brewers. Visit Perth Brewery for a sixer, or head down to Carleton Place and visit the bottle shop at Stalwart Brewing. We loved the Big Papa – a hops-forward pale ale with stone fruit added in!

6. If you can’t get yourself to the bottle shop at Stalwart Brewing, we recommend trying a pint over lunch at The Good Food Company down the road. Pair it with a naan pizza at one of the two street-side patio tables.

For tickets to the 2017 edition of Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs, head on over to the The Table CFC website.