Prince Edward County - Top 3
I know there have been some posts about this already, but a few of us are going on a little 'foodie trip' to the county over the long weekend, so I wanted to get some current input on the best, not-to-be-missed, places to eat.
We'll have a few nights I want to fit in some really nice dinners, and based on what I've gathered from the site, I've narrowed it down to:
1) Merrill Inn in Picton
2) Angeline's in Bloomfield
3) Carriage House (Bloomfield) OR Harvest (Picton)
Also going to definitely fit in a trip to Slicker's Ice Cream. And fitting in a cycling tour to a handful of wineries, so please let me know if there are better ones to go to for sampling some nice County-produced wines.
Anyone have any feedback on my choices and/or want to recommend alternatives? I'd appreciate any suggestions or advice on why/why not to go to certain places.
Thanks a lot.
Check out Norman Hardie's winery:
Every Saturday in July and August he hosts a "Vintner's Feast", described as "delicious rustic dishes made with fresh County ingredients shared at a communal table" (click on "Tour & Taste" on the site). It's $50 all in (incl. taxes, tip, and wine pairings!).
Norman's made wines for Au Bon Climat and Bouchard Pere et Fils, among other international wineries, and his wines are excellent.
Of course, if you're driving in down the 33, somewhere between Consecon and Wellington (near Hillier) stop by the little French fry stand serving up frites in paper cones sided w/ homemade mayonnaise, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Vikies Veggies is one of my faves out there! Sept. 2 & 3 is their "Heirloom Hurrah", Tomato Tasting of about 50 Varieties
Vicki's Veggies - 81 Morrison Point Rd. Milford ON, K0K 2P0 (613) 476-7241.
Also, after a bit of a drive further downt he road, I discovered that Pat`s Jams & Crafts. Pat sells jams that are very good and its Vikie's Mom, so you know the produce is terriffic! Point of interest; she also makes some diabetic friendly varieties and I'd recommend the Blue Rasberry and the Gem Jam.
Pat`s Jams & Crafts - 113 Morrison Point Rd. R.R. #2 Milford, ON K0K-2P0 (613)476-6929 email@example.com
A great web resource for the area: http://www.tastetrail.ca & it has links to many websites for places already mentioned & http://www.pec.on.ca/pec_yellowpages/town_listing.php?city=Picton .
Other outings from past trips that I'd recomend hitting:
Black River Cheese Company http://www.blackrivercheese.com)
(Its something I usually pass on the way to/from Vikies. They have samples so you can try and take home... I recommend bringing a cooler. Also they usually have fresh curds in different varieties. If memory serves me correctly Sundays they have garlic curds. Yum! A soft serve ice cream is also great for cooling off while wandering the countryside.
The County Cider Company & Estate Winery http://www.countycider.com
(Staff are usually knowlegable, always friendly, you can sample and I usually end up going home with a bunch of hard cidars. Didn't realize they had food... now that I know, I'd recommend getting a snackie type platter and sit outside under the arbour and have a glass of something.
South Bay Ostrich Ranch http://www.pec.on.ca/sb-ostrich/index.html
Yes, Aug 19-20 there is The Picton Garlic Festival (http://countygarlicfestival.ca) that same weekend is also the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival (http://www.pecjazz.org) Aug 17-20. Might be worth going back. :)
We have a yoga retreat in the family so we are out there often. I cna't really recommend a restaurant but I can say there is a garlic festival which I believe is on the August long weekend.
Then the labour day long weekend there is an heiloom tomato festival at Vickie's Veggies which is an organic farm. It is very quaint...just an unmanned bucket collect money onthe honour system.
Harvest is a great choice if it is half as good as their previous restaurant.
If you are looking for a nice breakfast in the centre of Picton, check out the Picton Harbour Inn. Here's the menu:
It's got pretty traditional offerings in a smaller spce, but it is great stuff.
We each ordered the 6 course tasting menu and were quite surprised by the large portions. If we go again, we'll probably order A La Carte instead and skip out on the desserts which weren't very impressive.
My favourite dishes include the:
1. Velvety Hagerman's Farm Cauliflower Soup with Waupoos Apples and Saffron
2. Sea Scallops with County Sweet Corn Pancakes and White Truffle Oil
3. Seared Duck Foie Gras with Baby Beets Glazed in Sherry Vinegar
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The Waring House restuarant outside Picton has a great kitchen. A little on the pricey side so what I do is go to the Barley Room pub ajoining the restaurant. Less fancy fare, but its the same kitchen! so it is all prepared and cooked quite well.
As for wineries I recommend By Chadsey's Cairns (a small operation) outside Wellington, and Huff estates (award winning wines this year) near bloomfield