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Embark on the Prince Edward County Taste Trail

Embark on the Prince Edward County Taste Trail
Embark on the Prince Edward County Taste Trail

Prince Edward County, affectionately known as “The County,” has been gaining recognition as a food and wine destination that rivals some of the world’s best. Among its many culinary treasures, the Prince Edward County Taste Trail stands out as a delightful journey for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike. In this article, you’ll be taken through the origins of this culinary trail, the diverse array of establishments it encompasses, and what makes it a must-visit for those seeking a taste of the region’s delectable offerings.

Origins of the Taste Trail

The Prince Edward County Taste Trail had its roots in the growing awareness of the County’s agricultural and culinary potential. The region’s fertile soil, combined with a burgeoning community of dedicated farmers, winemakers, brewers, and local chefs, paved the way for the creation of this trail. The self-guided trail officially launched in the early 2010s, and since then, it has evolved into a celebrated culinary attraction.

Exploring the Taste Trail in PEC

Wineries

Prince Edward County is renowned for its vineyards and wineries. On the Taste Trail, you can visit acclaimed establishments, each offering a unique tasting experience featuring local varietals such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and County-specific blends.

  • By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery | 17432 Loyalist Pkwy., Wellington | 613.399.2992 | bychadseyscairns.com
  • Clafeld Cider House & Market | 3013 County Rd. 8, Waupoos | 613.476.8338 | clafeldciderhouse.com
  • Casa-Dea Estates Winery | 1186 Greer Rd., Wellington | 613.399.3939 | casadeaestates.com
  • Closson Chase | 629 Closson Rd., Hillier | 613.399.1418 | clossonchase.com
  • Grange of Prince Edward Winery | 990 Closson Rd., Hillier | 866.792.7712 | grangeofprinceedward.com
  • Hillier Creek Estates | 46 Stapleton Rd., Hillier | 613.399.5114 | hilliercreekwinery.com
  • Huff Estates Winery & Inn | 2274 County Rd. 1, Bloomfield | 613.393.5802 (winery) or 613.393.1414 (inn) | huffestates.com
  • Karlo Estates | 561 Danforth Rd., Wellington | 613.399.3000 | karloestates.com
  • Rosehall Run Vineyards | 1243 Greer Rd., Wellington | 613.399.1183 | rosehallrun.com
  • Sandbanks Estate Winery | 17598 Loyalist Pkwy., Wellington | 613.399.1839 | sandbankswinery.com
  • The Courage | 298 Main St., Wellington | 613.399.2233 | thecouragebar.com
  • Three Dog Winery | 1920 Fish Lake Rd., Picton | 613.403.4323 | threedogwine.com
  • Waupoos Esyayes Winery & Restaurant | 3016 County Rd. 8, Waupoos | 613.476.8338 | waupooswinery.com
  • Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard | 1152 Greer Rd., Wellington | 613.399.5297 | normanhardie.com

Breweries

Craft beer enthusiasts will find their haven on the trail, with many unique breweries to visit. These spots offer a wide range of craft brews, from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, all crafted with care and creativity.

  • 555 Brewing Co. | 124 Main St., Picton | 613.476.5556 | 555beer.com
  • Barley Days Brewery | 13730 Loyalist Pkwy., Picton | 613.476.7468 | barleydaysbrewery.com
  • Midtown Brewing Company | 266 Main St., Wellington | 613.399.1001 | midtownbrewingcompany.com
  • Parsons Brewing Company | 876 County Rd. 49, Picton | 613.476.9977 | parsonsbrewing.com
  • County Cider Company | 657 Bongards Crossroad, Waupoos | 613.476.1022 | countycider.com
  • Kinsip House of Fine Spirits | 66 Gilead Rd., Bloomfield | 613.393.1890 | kinsip.ca
  • Crimson Cider
  • Public House at Jackson’s Falls | 1768 County Rd. 17, Milford | 613.476.8576 | jacksonsfalls.com

Restaurants

The trail boasts a diverse selection of restaurants, each highlighting the County’s fresh and seasonal ingredients. From farm-to-table delights, there’s no shortage of culinary excellence.

  • Bermuda | 275 Bloomfield Main St, Bloomfield | 343-752-0440 | bermudapec.com
  • Drake Devonshire Inn | 24 Wharf St., Wellington | 613.399.3338 | 1.844.898.3338 | drakedevonshire.ca
  • East & Main Bistro | 270 Main St., Wellington | 613.399.5420 | eastandmain.ca
  • Merrill Inn | 343 Main St., Picton | 613.476.7451 | 1.866.567.5969 | merrillinn.com
  • The County Canteen | 279 Main St., Picton | 613.476.6663 | thecountycanteen.com
  • The Mill PEC Waterfront Restaurant | 9 Division Blvd., Consecon | 613.394.0303 | themillpec.com
  • The Vic Social | 222 Main St., Picton | 613.476.2233 | vicsocial.com
  • The Waring House | 395 Sandy Hook Rd, Picton | 613-476-7492 | waringhouse.com
  • The View Restaurant | 734 County Rd 49, Prince Edward (Picton Golf & Country Club) | 613-476-8383

Farm Stands

Along the trail, you’ll come across charming farm stands that offer freshly picked produce, from vibrant heirloom tomatoes to sweet corn, all grown in the region’s fertile soil.

  • Wellington Farmers’ Market | 243 Main St., Wellington | 613.403.4296 | countymarkets.ca
  • Cambell’s Orchard | 1633 County Rd 3, Carrying Place | campbellsorchards.com
  • Hagerman Farm | 13644 Loyalist Pkwy, Picton | 613-476-5362

Sweet Treats

During the summer months, visitors can’t see the County without experiencing some of the sweet local treats.

  • Slickers County Ice Cream 271 Main St., Bloomfield | 232 Main. St., Picton | 613.393.5433 | slickersicecream.com

Experience the Terroir of Prince Edward County

What makes the Prince Edward County Taste Trail genuinely exceptional is its emphasis on terroir. Terroir refers to the unique combination of soil, climate, and geography that imparts distinctive characteristics to locally grown ingredients. This focus on terroir is evident in the wines, beers, and dishes you’ll encounter along the trail. Every sip and every bite offers a genuine taste of the County’s rich and varied landscape.

Planning Your Journey

To make the most of your Prince Edward County Taste Trail adventure:

  1. Plan your visit accordingly.
  2. Consider starting with a winery tour in the morning, followed by a leisurely lunch at a restaurant featuring farm-fresh ingredients.
  3. In the afternoon, explore the breweries or browse the local food shops.
  4. Remember to make stops at the charming farm stands along the way.

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