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Culinary Escapes in the County

From the Farm Cooking Classes in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is a must if your choice in vacation destinations is based either on food or wine. The area offers an unmatched combination of locally produced food and wine along with a host of internationally qualified chefs to prepare it for you.  We assure you, the result is worth savouring.

Once know as the “Garden of Canada” Prince Edward County has a deeply rooted agricultural community. In times now long past the area canned over a third of the produce supplied to Canadians and was a major supplier for Cheese (Black River Cheese  or Fifth Town Cheese ).

The area is now know as a culinary desitnation in large part due to the over thirty wineries and countless vineyards that sprawl mainly its Waupoos and Hillier regions. Reflective of its now broadly recognized success as a culinary destination the area boasts various cherished and heralded restaurants.

Restaurants and Cafe’s

Included in this list of fine dining establishments are Blumens Garden BistroEast and Main Bistro Portabella on MainAngéline’sThe Devonshire, The Merrill Inn and  the  Bloomfield Carriage House.

In addition to these fine dining establishments the county has a handful of great Cafes (Miss Lilly’s, Bean Counter, The Tall Poppy Cafe) and family restaurants (The Williams Family Diner, Gus’s Family Restaurant to name a few)

Of course there are countless more that could make these lists but these are the ones that come to mind! (Suggestions? Please Email!)

Trails and Events

The most popular way to explore the flavors of the “County” is via the popular Taste Trail (tastetrail.ca), the annual celebration of regional cuisine Taste (www.tastecelebration.ca), the spring and fall culinary celebration County-licous (countylicious.ca) or the annual celebration of maple syrup, Maple in the County (www.mapleinthecounty.ca).

These flavourful ways to explore the County are wonderfully complemented by the Arts Trail (artstrail.ca) and Studio Tour in September (pecstudiotour.com) which showcase some of the best regional artists.

The Area as a Culinary Destination

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Video Presented by Canadian Tourism

For those unfamiliar with the area, a wonderful overview of it is presented in Dave Eckert’s “Culinary Travels”. This PBS produced show “takes you to the source” of great wine and food. Since the show’s production, over two years ago, the County’s culinary scene has grown dramatically. This is true both in terms of choice destinations (restaurants, wineries, farms etc) and as a culinary destination.

Part 1: Dave Eckert’s Culinary Travels to Prince Edward County

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Part 2:  Dave Eckert’s Culinary Travels to Prince Edward County

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For a Prince Edward County Wine Tour or any other inquiries visit the Sandbanks Vacations Website, browse County Vacation Rental  Properties, or contact us directly either by email hello@countyvacation.com or by phone at 1-877-399-2508

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