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June 09, 2016
Ontario self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes bigger and better for 2016
Self-guided tours of craft beverages and local food across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt launched for Ontario Craft Beer Week 2016
As Ontario Craft Beer Week celebrates local beer across Ontario, self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes provide five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore breweries, cideries, Feast On restaurants, and local attractions. Along the way, participants can indulge in the flavours of artisanal cheeses, lovingly prepared culinary treats using fresh, local ingredients, premium craft beverages, farmers’ markets and scenic outlooks.
First launched in 2015, the 2016 expanded version includes nearly 150 independent craft beverage producers, over 100 Feast On restaurants and additional points of interest across Ontario and its protected Greenbelt. Some 250,000 maps will be distributed for free to residents throughout the province and all the routes are also available online at brewerydiscoveryroutes.caRead more
Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt.
My Dad has been a Budweiser guy for as long as I’ve known him. Growing up, we ate spaghetti and meatballs, chicken, potatoes, soup and sandwiches – on white bread. It’s not that we weren’t open to new food and drink, but hey, if it ain’t broke, then why fix it?
That’s why, when my sixty-something year old father told me he had a new favourite craft beer, I knew it must be something special.
To find said craft beer, we took a drive into the Greenbelt, to an old church near Niagara-On-The-Lake. Silversmith Brewing Company sits on the main stretch in downtown Virgil, population 2,325. Tucked in tight, and covered in greenery, it could be an easy place to miss. A small town secret. It was just before noon, and we were early for our 12:45 tour. I thought I’d have some time to snap a few pictures before the other tour-goers showed. We opened the grand wooden church doors and, well, small town secret it was not. The place was packed. Like Saturday night pub kind of packed.Read more
Pilot Project announcement on October 14 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From left, Phil Tregunno, chair of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines, Wayne Gates MPP Niagara Falls, Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of Friends of the Greenbelt, Lord Mayor Pat Dart, Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Last week the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced a $400,000 investment in the Niagara tender fruit industry.
Not only is it the largest investment we've made in the last five years into the province’s agricultural sector, it will also result in 13,000 new tender fruit trees in Niagara, and is projected to provide an injection of roughly $4 million into Ontario’s economy.
All that to say - we're pretty excited.Read more
The end of the summer is upon us, which also foreshadows the end of the gardening season. Not to tout my own horn, but I’ve learned a few things about community gardening through overseeing the 2015 growing season of the Greenbelt Foundation's New Canadian Go Greenbelt grant. One of the grant's main purposes was to supply Chinese and South Asian crop seedlings to 14 low-income community gardens found throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
On the weekends you will often find us at farmers market around the York Region. It’s always fun and informative.
Often times, people find us just to let us know how much the Greenbelt means to their community. In the process I’ve learned a lot from foodies, farmers, cyclists, hikers, adventure seekers – everything from where to get the best local organics to the where to see the most scenic vantages around southern Ontario. They all share a joy about their own unique corner of Greenbelt. That connection can be difficult to capture in just one word. Pride doesn’t quite do it, but last week, at Stiver Mill in Unionville, it came as close as any that I could think of.Read more
Most people know I love craft beer. I grew up in Germany where beer was regulated by a purity law—“Reinheitsgebot”—the regulation of beer made using only four ingredients: water, yeast, barley, and hops. I enjoy only the purest beer, and that’s why I’m pleased about the Brewery Discovery Routes—self-guided craft beer, cider, and culinary experiences in and around the Greenbelt.Read more
Ready to sample some of the best craft beer, local cider, and fresh food Ontario's Greenbelt has to offer? Check out the new Brewery Discovery Routes to start planning your next culinary adventure.
These self-guided craft beer, cider and culinary experience tours in and around Ontario’s protected Greenbelt will have you indulging in the flavours of Ontario and its Greenbelt. Explore curated craft brewery tour itineraries that include artisanal cheese-making traditions, hops farms, craft cideries, farmers' markets, and delicious Feast ON restaurants showcasing the best in local food.
Free Market Bucks Returning to Farmers’ Markets and TD Branches this Summer
Market Bucks are back!
With the support of $25,000 from TD Bank Group, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is connecting farmers’ markets with TD’s loyal customers in several Greenbelt communities by giving away free Market Bucks to purchase fresh and delicious local food.
Each Market Buck is redeemable for $5 worth of merchandise at select local markets. Spending Market Bucks and investing in local markets helps reduce food miles, and supports the region's farmers and Ontario's Greenbelt, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.Read more
Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York's Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt.
If you’re on your way to the cottage or near the south shore of Lake Simcoe in Georgina at the northern end of the Greenbelt, you can find a great opportunity to experience local seasonal dishes expertly prepared at Cori’s Café.
The rustic cottage exterior hides a chic modern intimate café where chef Cori works her magic. She endeavours to use organic, local, seasonal foods as much as possible.
The cafe has won many awards since opening in 2013. It won the Small Business award in Excellence for Georgina and The Advocates Reader’s Choice for Best Salad and Best Deserts for both 2013 and 2014. And, this year, Cori’s Café is the winner for York Region Excellence in Business for The Best Small Business in York Region!Read more