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Farm fresh nosh, original local brews, handcrafted cheeses and old school charm await you in one of the most epicurean pockets of the province.

With a long agricultural tradition, it’s no wonder the counties of Norfolk and Oxford, just southwest of Ontario, exude fertile land and fresh bounty. What may surprise you however, is the diversity of what you can see, do and savour here. Meet the makers, bakers, brewers and shakers.

Taste local wines from small batch vineyards that are mighty big on flavour. Tour Ontario’s first and only craft brewery farm at Ramblin' Road (they grow their own hops) or nurse a pint at a vintage vibe brewery located in what was recently a rural middle school. Dine on tasty, farm-to-table food in the actual home of the chefs at The Combine.

Reach cheese nirvana along a self-guided cheese trail made up of two dozen curated cheese related shops and stops in the ‘dairy capital of Ontario’, including a cheese museum. Passionate turophiles will love the back story at Elm Hurst Inn & Spa, a heritage country inn that was once a legit cheese factory.

Shop for handmade gems, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage kayaking on a waterway referred to as the ‘Canadian Amazon’, learn how to make your own wood charcuterie board and visit a coastal town with such beachy vibes that it actually has palm trees. Honest.

All this, and so much more; just make sure you have enough room in your trunk for all your purchases.

Image location: Inasphere Winery, Norfolk County

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Ottercreek Woodworks Inc.
Evergreen St,
Burgessville, ON N0J 1C0
We make all things wood, but specialize in artisan handcrafted charcuterie boards including our signature 4’ Feasting Board! Check out our website to find out about our Tree to Table workshops, where you will enjoy a guided walk inside a Carolinian Forest with woodworker Dave Schonberger. Enter the artisanal workshop and create your own live-edge charcuterie board alongside Dave using a piece... More Info
Phone: (519) 983-9199
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
The Village Square Coffee House sign on their brick storefront
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The Village Square Coffee House
284 Bridge Street,
Port Stanley, ON N5L 1C4
Built from the ashes of an old style bakery, Village Square Coffee House has become the premiere spot in Port Stanley to enjoy a first rate coffee experience. Every day we freshly grind only the best Nicaragua coffee beans, sourced directly from the growers. Our espresso is measured and pressured accurately per shot. Using 2 % milk for cappuccino and lattes, we've found it to be a good... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 782-7777
Long Point Eco-Adventures
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Long Point Eco-Adventures
1730 Front Road,
Simcoe, ON N0E 1P0
Experience a breathtaking adventure on our world class zip lines and suspension bridges at the Long Point World Biosphere. Enjoy spectacular aerial views of forests, ravines, marshlands, wildlife and all-natural habitats and our full service observatory for evening stargazing. Take a kayak tour on Big Creek. Glamping is available in our luxurious wilderness suites - relax on King and Queen... More Info
Open: Apr 1 to Oct 30
Phone: (519) 586-9300
Toll Free: (877) 743-8687
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
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Inasphere Wines
1454 Front Rd,
St. Williams, ON N0E 1P0
Norfolk County’s Inasphere Wines opened in Spring 2016 and offers a variety of wine such as Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio and White Pinot Noir. Owned by Ryan and Shantel Bosgoed, the winery is situated at their vegetable farm. Come to enjoy a glass of wine and fresh farm produce while overlooking Lake Erie in the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve. Please check back on... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 586-7935
Clock at the New Limburg Brewing Co.
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New Limburg Brewing Co.
2353 Nixon Road,
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K6
Founded by father and son, Jo Geven and Mischa Geven, New Limburg Brewing Company is an old school transformed into an microbrewery specializing in traditionally-produced Belgian-style Beers. People are always surprised to see a place like this out in the country. To use an old school as a brewery is quite unique. It’s nice to open an old school to the public so that people can come in and see ... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 426-2323
The Combine
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The Combine
352 Norfolk St. S,
Simcoe, ON N3Y 2W9
The Combine is a unique restaurant located in the owner's home. The menu explores the agricultural diversity within Norfolk County and follows the seasons. Proprietors Ryan Rivard & Jennifer von Schleinitz believe that, to quote Douglas Adams, "To give real service you must add something that cannot be measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity." More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (226) 440-3369
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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
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Port Dover Beach
Port Dover Beach,
Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
Port Dover beach has played host to bathers and sun worshipers for over a century. The shallow sandy beach is a great place to spread a blanket, build a sand castle and swim for all ages. It is steps away from several eateries, shops and public washroom facilities. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 583-1314
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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
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Cottage North Soapworks
359 Main Street,
Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0
Unwrap your senses as you step inside… our little shop in Port Dover, Ontario is open year round and has become a destination for locals and tourists alike! We appreciate all our wonderful customers for making each day exciting, challenging, and filled with laughter. Thank you for making us better every day. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 583-3977
Ramblin' Road exterior at sunset
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Ramblin' Road Brewery Farm
2970 Swimming Pool Rd,
La Salette, ON N0E 1H0
Ramblin' Road Brewery Farm is Ontario's first and only Brewery Farm, located just south of the small town of La Salette in Norfolk County - a remarkably fertile part of the province known as Ontario's Garden. Visitors to the farm can enjoy the farm fresh taste of Ramblin' Road beers along with Picard's Extreme Kettle Chips - made right on site! In season, you can stroll through the hop... More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 582-1444
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SixThirtyNine
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
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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
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Oxford County Cheese Trail
580 Bruin Blvd,
Woodstock, ON N4V 1E5
Plan an afternoon, day, weekend or your next vacation discovering Oxford County's Cheese Trail. From restaurants carrying local cheese menu items to museums, galleries, farms and a brewery there's something on the Cheese Trail for everyone. Head to our website to request your own copy of the Cheese Trail map today and discover Oxford's rich cheese and dairy heritage. More Info
Open: Year Round
Phone: (519) 539-9800
Toll Free: (866) 801-7368
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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
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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