Ontario Diary is a thing of beauty. From generational farmers to those forging a new legacy, eery single Ontario dairy farmer will tell you that they live every day with passion, and purpose.
The average dairy farm in Ontario isn’t a factory – it’s a family business. It’s relatively small, with about 75 cows. These hard working families makes some of the provinces favorite treats possible. Think ice cream on a hot summer day, squeaky cheese curds fresh from the farm, and that first sip of hot, creamy coffee on a chilly winter day.
There are over a dozen ways to explore, experience and celebrate dairy in Ontario, but here’s a few extra special places to start.
From January 16-18, 2020, chefs in 17 Ontario communities will feature a special menu inspired by the Milk Calendar.
Savour Ontario has partnered with Feast On for the second season of the Milk & Honey menu to brighten up tired winter palates across the province. Now an annual event, Milk & Honey was borne of a desire to share the love of cooking and local food across Ontario communities and elevate the artistry of chefs and Feast On certified venues devoted to cooking with locally grown, raised and produced ingredients.
This year, 17 Feast On restaurants across Ontario will participate, featuring special menus inspired by the iconic Milk Calendar and local food. Each of the venues and chefs will integrate local dairy as the ‘magic ingredient’ paired with seasonal and regionally crafted ingredients to create exceptional, limited-time-only dishes—the offerings are nothing short of extraordinary.
MORE DETAILS AT NEW.MILK.ORG
What weekend isn’t made better by cheese? We’d start our explorations at one of Ontario’s many cheesemakers! At Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, you can learn to grade cheese or make fondue; at Stonetown Cheese you can tour their facility; or if roadtrip worthy curds are more your style, visit St. Albert’s Cheese Co-Operative for what could very well be Ontario’s poutine.
We’re all-season ice cream eaters! That’s why we always make sure to add a scoop shop to our weekend itinerary. One of the best is in Huntsville and it’s called Belly Ice Cream. They use all Ontario diary, seasonal and foraged ingredients in their creations!
Looking for something a little different? In Oxford County, you can create your own cheese board with the award-winning woodworkers at Ottercreek Woodworks! Work up an appetite in their shop crafting your own board before sitting down to a meal celebrating Ontario cheese. Sign. Us. Up!
From your backyard to the back roads, join Dairy Farmers of Ontario on a field trip to the best local eats, drinks, and destinations off the beaten path in Ontario.
EPISODE 1: More Than Wine Country
EPISODE 2: Bees, Cheese + Brewing Expertise
EPISODE 3: Ontario’s Garden
EPISODE 4: No Skis Required
EPISODE 5: Sudbury and Manitoulin Island
More episodes coming soon!
HERE ARE JUST SOME OF OUR FAVORITE SPOTS TO DIG IN.
A PROUD MEMBER OF THE CULINARY TOURISM ALLIANCE.