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Local wine coaches and authors Ric and Jocelyn give a 'sample' of the culinary experiences available in the region

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A Taste of the Hills of Headwaters

If recent media attention is any indication, the Hills of Headwaters has become as much a destination for food as for its natural beauty and attractions. Many visit here to seek out antiques, hike the trails, or ski the hills. And some now come just for the culinary experience. From vegetarian to game, causal to fine dining, there’s something here to please every palate.

Walking through any of the many trailways here in the hills you might want to stop for a light lunch or pick up something to eat along the way.

As you enter the Hills of Headwaters on Heart Lake Road, just north of Mayfield, you’ll find Broadway Farm’s Market. Here, Janine will assemble some tasty cheeses and spreads, accompanied by fresh tea biscuits. Try their tasty goat cheese and sundried tomato tarts, or the homemade Chelsea buns. To drink, pick up some fresh apple cider from local apple grower Wilson’s, available here and at Wilson’s Orchard and Market on Dixie Road.

You can also taste some of the award-winning fruit wines made at Downey’s Farm Market and Winery, also on Heart Lake Road, and buy some to enjoy at home later.

On Airport Road in Caledon East, just north of the TransCanada Trail Kiosk, you’ll find Gourmandissimo. For light snacks, try their take-out salads and treats like black bean fritters and crab cakes, each served with tasty dipping sauce. For dessert, don’t miss Adriana’s pastry creations, especially the cranberry-nut tart with white chocolate drizzle, or the buttery chocolate croissants.

Driving west on the scenic Forks of the Credit Road, check out the Belfountain General Store. Mornings, try their fresh-baked giant muffins. Your sweet tooth will be satisfied with ice cream, fudge, pies and cookies, or take out one of their savory sandwiches.

After a day of skiing, golfing, or enjoying art and nature in the Hills of Headwaters, maybe you’re ready to sit down, relax and be served. From ethnic flavors to fine dining, here’s a taste of what you can expect.

Fine dining choices abound in the Hills of Headwaters, starting with the inns and resorts nestled here in the hills. Orangeville is fast becoming the centre for fine dining, with two relative newcomers to the local scene, the One99 Restaurant and Juniper Grill and Wine Bar, leading the way.

The main room at One99 has great energy, perfect for groups; the upstairs well suited for more intimate dining. Enjoy the house-smoked salmon served with crabcakes, or the grilled Portobello mushroom with handmade gnocchi, perhaps paired with a glass of Lailey Vineyard Pinot Noir from Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Down the street at Juniper, you’ll find a warm, welcoming and sophisticated space. The long harvest table at the back of the restaurant is often used for wine tastings. From the small kitchen comes one of our favorite dishes: salmon in miso broth with slivered vegetables. Desserts like kaffir lime crème brulée are a treat.

So whether you are a resident of the area, visiting for the first time, or have already experienced what the Hills of Headwaters has to offer, this is just a sampling of the wonderful taste experiences that await you in the food shops and restaurants here.

-Ric and Jocelyn are The Wine Coaches, and authors of the award-winning book Clueless About Wine, available at better bookstores and on-line retailers everywhere.

www.thewinecoaches.com



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