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Follow foodie trails and tours.

Discover mouth-watering cheese, chocolate, bacon, ale, wine and more on this delectable trip from Norfolk County to Woodstock and Stratford, through the Dairy Capital of Canada.

Hit the *foodie* trails this winter and celebrate great food and drink on tasting tours with a traditional twist in Southwestern Ontario.

Soak up small town charm in some of Ontario’s prettiest historic communities and hamlets. Follow locally inspired foodie and wine trails and tours, like the Oxford County Cheese Trail, Stratford’s Bacon and Ale Trail or Toast the Coast Trail.

True turophiles should make time for Cheese and Agriculture Museum (by appointment only on weekends). Browse unique shops and gift boutiques and relax in chic accommodations with spa services at Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, a traditional country boutique hotel set on the grounds of a former cheese factory in Ingersoll.

Get into the spirit of the season with the lights and cheers during the Simcoe Christmas Panorama or Stratford’s Victorian Christmas Trail.

The Dover Cheese Shop
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The Dover Cheese Shop
307 Main Street,
Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
Located in the heart of Port Dover, the Dover Cheese Shop specializes in artisan cheeses from Canada and around the World. Discover over 50 of the finest cheeses plus a wide variety of gifts, preserves, spreads, cheese boards, knives & accessories. Owner Jenny Ball and her husband Kenyale Lowery enjoy working directly with cheese-makers to ensure the source and quality exceeds your needs and... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 718-1201
The Barn style building of the Burning Kiln Winery
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Burning Kiln Winery
1709 Front Road Street,
St. Williams, ON N0E 1P0
Situated on a former tobacco tract, the picturesque Burning Kiln winery has been built to preserve the historic charm of its original wooden structure while allowing visitors to view much of the operation from behind giant, contemporary glass walls. Tours offer a chronological step through the wine-making practice beginning with what makes us unique, the kiln drying of grapes using re-purposed ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 586-9858
Relax and listen to the silence
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Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery
410 Concession 12 Townsend Road,
Waterford, ON N0E 1Y0
Located on a picturesque rural road in bountiful Norfolk County, Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery balances an authentic agricultural experience with the sophistication and class of an estate winery. There's always plenty to do and see at Bonnieheath Estate. Enjoy a glass of wine as you explore our expansive grounds, where vineyards, orchards, prairie grasses, lavender fields, and a... More Info
Open: Mar 1 to Dec 31
Phone: (519) 443-7125
Close up of Upper Thames Brewing Company products
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Upper Thames Brewing Company
225 Bysham Park Dr,
Woodstock, ON N4T 1P1
Crafted in Oxford County, Upper Thames Brewing Company is the first craft brewery in Woodstock and Oxford County. Try samples, enjoy a drink in the store or take home a growler. When possible, products are sourced locally. In addition to quality brew, you can also purchase Upper Thames Brewing Company merchandise. The atmosphere is really friendly and is a great place to relax and enjoy live... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 290-0053
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639 Peel Street,
Woodstock, ON N4S 1K9
Established in 2005, SixThirtyNine is an award-winning casual fine-dining restaurant located in the heart of Oxford County. Menus bring a unique combination of artistry and skill to bear on the finest locally-sourced ingredients. A 30-seat restaurant with chefs table and seasonal patio, SixThirtyNine offers an intimate setting and dedicated service. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 536-9602
Elm Hurst Inn & Spa
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Elm Hurst Inn & Spa
415 Harris Street,
Ingersoll, ON N5C 3J8
Inspired by tradition, Elm Hurst Inn & Spa is the perfect home-away-from-home for those wishing to explore the natural beauty, history and culture of Southwestern Ontario. Our beautiful mansion restaurant was built as the stately Harris family home in 1872. Dining is a feast for the senses, whether you are celebrating a special occasion, meeting friends and family for our famous Sunday Brunch, ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 485-5321
Toll Free: (800) 561-5321
Chocolate prepared from the cocoa bean to the chocolate bar
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Habitual Chocolate
389 Dundas St,
Woodstock, ON N4S 1B6
Love chocolate? Indulge in exquisite chocolate from Woodstock's Habitual Chocolate — a bean to bar chocolate company. Cocoa beans are bought from small family farms all over the world and various flavourful dark chocolates are handcrafted in the store. Choose from an assortment of dark chocolates to custom chocolates crafted for special occasions. Soy free, nut free, gluten and vegan options... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 535-1341
plate of strawberry shortcakes
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The Olde Bakery Café
120 Thames Street South,
Ingersoll, ON N5C 2T4
Have lunch with friends or family, or join us on your own, at The Olde Bakery Café. We are committed to serving our customers with the love and care that comes with using fresh ingredients. From our superb soups to our decadent desserts, our menu is sure to have your next craving covered. Chef Kate Rine creates seasonally inspired items on the breakfast and lunch menus that are made with fresh ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 458-5757
Mountainoak Cheese
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Mountainoak Cheese
3165 Huron Rd,
New Hamburg, ON N3A 3C3
We hand-craft our Mountainoak Farmstead Gouda right here on the farm, using our own fresh milk from our cows. Our cheese ages naturally and each round turned by hand until it reaches maturity. We have won several awards for our cheese including our GOLD, Aged & Smoked flavours. We are now making 18 varieties of Gouda. Check our website for our Farm Store hours. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 662-4967
A basket of Bright Cheese
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Bright Cheese & Butter
Country Rd 22 816503,
Bright, ON N0J 1B0
Established in 1874, Bright Cheese & Butter is the oldest cheddar factory in Canada. We are well known for our all natural, naturally-aged cheese made with 100% local milk. Our cheeses are made the old-fashioned way with customer service at its finest. Bottom line, you’ve never tasted cheese this pure, and the proof is in the product. We can’t wait to serve you and your family! More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 454-4810
shelves of cheese wheels
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Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese
445172 Gunn's Hill Road,
Woodstock, ON N4S 7V8
A small artisan cheese plant nestled within the rolling hills of Oxford County, our cheeses are truly unique, although you can taste the Swiss influence from techniques and recipes Shep learned while making cheese in the Swiss Alps. Our milk comes from the neighbouring family dairy farm, Friesvale Farms, where the finest Canadian milk is produced. Visitors are welcome to experience the unique... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 424-4024
A bowl of soup with carrots in the background
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Dairy Capital Cheese Shoppe
474 Dundas Street,
Woodstock, ON N4S 1C4
Stop by Dairy Capital Cheese Shoppe in downtown Woodstock to enjoy a selection of finest Canadian and imported foods from around the world. Choose from a wide variety of cheese and cheese related products such as cheese fudge, cheese baskets and cheese boxes. Take time to visit our Deli & Cafe to enjoy our healthy breakfast or lunch options prepared with top quality ingredients and baked on... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 537-7623
People enjoying a horse drawn wagon ride through the park
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Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum
290 Harris Street,
Ingersoll, ON N5C 3K1
Imagine a wheel of cheese weighing 7300 pounds! The Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum shares this story from 1866 along with other interesting tales about the town. First settled by the father of Laura Secord in 1793 the original village continued to grow. Over the last 200+ years, the town was a destination for runaway slaves, and home to such notables as world-famous evangelist Aimee... More Info
Open: Jan 9 to Dec 22
Phone: (519) 485-5510
Three women laughing
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Savour Stratford Chocolate Trail
47 Downie Street,
Stratford, ON N5A 1W7
How much do we love chocolate? We have an entire Chocolate Trail, featuring the allurements of chocolate mocha sauce, double-chocolate biscotti, and even chocolate mint tea. Purchase a Chocolate Trail pass for $25 and it will include tickets that entitle you to choose six of the stops on a self-guided tour. Each ticket will entitle you to a tasting of a chocolate delight and the chance to... More Info
Phone: (800) 561-7926
The Still at Junction 56
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Junction 56 Distillery
45 Cambria Street,
Stratford, ON N5A 1G8
Junction 56 is a craft distillery located in Stratford, Ontario. We are proudly local, following tradition while leveraging modern techniques to provide unique and delicious products. We provide free tours, with samples and a retail store onsite. We can also hold private tours or other events for our customers. Contact us to set something up. Our mission is simple: Give people what they ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 305-5535
Mercer Hall Restaurant
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Mercer Hall Restaurant
108 Ontario Street,
Stratford, ON N5A 3H2
Lead by Tim Larson and Sean Collins, our team draws inspiration from a combination of local, seasonal items and fine products imported from Quebec and both Canadian coasts. Offering up the best of Ontario bounty doesn't stop with the food - we extend the same philosophy to our beverages, including a wide selection of VQA wines and Ontario craft beers. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 271-9202
Our Tea and Chocolate
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38 King Street East,
Ingersoll, ON N5C 1G4
Our small retail shop located in Ingersoll, where we create all our handcrafted chocolates using local and fresh ingredients when possible. Flavours change often to keep things interesting and to offer your best taste experience! Our teas from around the world are carefully selected by reputable and ethical importers bringing you the teas we are proud to put on our shelf. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 495-6020