Taste Local!


BruceGreySimcoe…always delicious!  Dishes made from local products appear on many of our restaurants’ menus and may vary from season to season, so there’s always something new on the menu. Stop in at our farmers’ markets and farm stores to pick up fresh baked bread and treats, locally produced milk and cheeses, fresh fish, beef, poultry and exotic game.  It’s the tastiest season of all with crisp, fresh produce ready to travel from the farmer’s field to your table.
Visit the Grey Bruce Agriculture & Culinary Association and Simcoe County Farm Fresh to source out local producers and suppliers, as well as restaurants and bed and breakfast establishments that include local ingredients in their dishes.

Food Trails & Tours

The perfect combination - the beauty of BruceGreySimcoe and its tantalizing wares!  The award winning Apple Pie Trail™ pays homage to the apple, winding through the heart of apple country (Creemore to Meaford) with 40 stops at apple orchards, restaurants, galleries, wineries and more.  Looking for adventure?  The APT offers that, too, blending apples with cycling, wine tasting, paddling, boat cruises, helicopter rides and waterfalls. 
Until May 30th, celebrate everything maple on the Tap into Maple tour at over 20 sweet route stops throughout Ontario’s Lake Country and the Heart of Georgian Bay.  Book a maple-themed getaway package, attend an event, dine, shop and tour. 
Love butter tarts?  Explore the simpler life with Butter Tarts and Buggies, and travel through Southgate’s Mennonite country to various tart vendors. Note that some are closed on Sunday and several are cash only.  Horse and buggy rides are available with maple syrup tastings and must be booked ahead.  Not to be outdone, Midland hosts Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival each June with over 60 businesses selling butter tarts and butter tart inspired foods and products.  To add to the fun, there’s a competition for the best butter tart and plenty of other events to round out the day.
The Saints & Sinners:  Bootleggers’ Run Trail map is a must have for anyone into craft beer and cider.  This useful pocket map traverses the region based on the locations of our cideries, wineries and breweries.  For fun family outings, follow the Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail™, where yummy ice cream is the incentive for this scavenger hunt, which runs from mid-May to the end of September. 

Cooking Classes & Workshops

Learn to cook like the pros, with local ingredients to create delicious and tasty dishes.  Hone your culinary skills at Ciboulette & Cie in Midland, Forks in the Trail B&B in Horseshoe Valley, the Collingwood Cooking Academy and at JJ’s Supplies and Services in Georgian Bluffs (classes start after May 1, 2017). 

South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook

Released in the summer of 2016, “Come To Our Table, South Georgian Bay Community Cookbook” showcases the region’s flavours with contributions by our local chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, B&B owners and other food professionals.  More than a cookbook, it’s filled with 54 recipes, stories, photos, artwork and a directory of those featured in the book.  This book is a great addition to your kitchen or your coffee table!  If you can bear to part with it, it also makes a wonderful gift. Available at local retailers or can be purchased online.

Food Experiences

No need to take our word on how good our local fare is!  Check out the blog posts and TV spots below for less-biased views….  
Find fresh and local producers, retailers, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and more by visiting the sites below: