WATERLOO REGION, Ont. –Whether you’re bringing your grocery basket to fill up with fresh locally grown food, or heading to one of the many local-food-first restaurants, the Waterloo Region is the place to visit in the fall.
“Autumn is a special time in the Waterloo Region because we’re known across Canada as one of the best places to find fresh, locally grown food and we’re now approaching the peak of the season,” said Minto Schneider, General Manager of Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation. “We take great pride in our farms, markets and restaurants and now is the perfect time to come and taste what our region has to offer.”
Farmers’ markets are a great way to celebrate the harvest and the Waterloo Region is known for having some of the best in Canada. The Cambridge Farmers’ Market has been in operation since 1830 making it one of the oldest markets in the country. Since this time, it has remained at the same location and has maintained its reputation as a true Farmers’ Market. Vendors sell fresh meat, baked goods, cheese, cold cuts, sausage, European breads, fresh poultry, maple syrup, honey, farm fresh eggs, ethnic foods, as well as homemade crafts and one of a kind items. The main feature, however, is the farmers and their fresh picked fruits and vegetables, including organic options. All of the vendors come from within a 100 km radius of the market.
The always popular St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market will be bustling as well when the harvest season gets underway. As one of the premier farmers’ markets in Canada, St. Jacobs has everything, including locally raised meat for the gourmand chef to perhaps the world’s best apple fritter for kids looking for a treat.
A number of fine dining establishments in Waterloo Region make it their mission to take advantage of their location by designing their menus around locally grown meat and produce. Make your visit a weekend stay and discover some of the creative and inspired chefs in the Waterloo Region.
Verses Restaurant, located in Kitchener, serves French inspired cuisine using local ingredients. In addition to the unique menu, the building is rather rare as well – a redesigned 1946 New Apostolic church that allows diners to enjoy their meal in the choir loft, the altar area or the nave surrounded by rich wood paneling and stained glass windows.
Borealis Grille is another stand out Waterloo Region restaurant that embraces core values that salute the buy local theme. Simply put, they strive to promote and serve locally sourced Ontario quality foods and beverages. That’s “The Taste of Ontario”! From the dishes they serve to the microbrew on tap, the Borealis Grille’s buy local approach is about better, more nutritious food to help the local economy and reduce its carbon footprint.
With a mission of building a group of “insanely great restaurants”, the Charcoal Group of Restaurants has had a huge impact on the Waterloo Region’s culinary landscape. The group’s eight restaurants range from traditional Italian dishes at Del Dente, to the pub style Beertown, to the always satisfying Charcoal Steakhouse. Each restaurant has its unique personality that caters to just about ever flavour, while still taking advantage of the region’s produce and meat. For a special evening, visit between September 15 – October 12, when the Charcoal Group will be holding Shine On in all of their locations; a culinary event celebrating local producers in the food and wine industry.
Not to be missed on any trip to the region is Langdon Hall, two-time winner of Best Hotel in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler. With the kitchen headed by renowned Grand Chef Jonathan Gushue, Langdon Hall is not only one of the culinary highlights of the Waterloo Region, but of Canada itself. For the fourth year Langdon Hall is presenting the Friday Night Dinner Summer Barbeque Series. Gushue and his team pair their favourite chefs, culinary personalities and winemakers with the best ingredients of the season. In keeping with the spirit of seasonality, featured ingredients and menus are determined days before each event. Plan to stay overnight in the beautiful setting of an old Ontario estate that meets the stringent criteria to be one of only fourteen properties in Canada to be a member of Relais & Chateau.
To find out more about the Waterloo Region, please visit ExploreWaterlooRegion.com.
About the Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region is a unique area where unspoiled nature, booming high-tech industry, world-class arts and culture, bustling urban centres, renowned academic institutions, mouth-watering cuisine, and sports and leisure facilities collide! Comprised of the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich (Home of St. Jacobs Country), Waterloo Region is located just one hour west of Toronto.