So Many Great Spots To Eat And Drink Around Prince Edward County In Ontario
On our early summer visit, we followed the Taste Trail and found many great places to eat and drink around Prince Edward County (PEC) in Ontario.
We first drove through Prince Edward County on our way home from an autumn stay in Kingston and just grabbed food on the go. As we drove, we passed winery after winery. We sure wished we planned a stop along the way. So when things opened up in the early summer, we headed for Prince Edward County and enjoyed our first taste test opportunity.
It was a very busy few days on this first short stay. We did a wine tasting at the Huff Estates Winery and got an introduction to the wines from this region. A spirits tasting experience at the Kinsip House Of Fine Spirits introduced us to some local distillery treats. And while we found local breweries, we only enjoyed a few local beers with meal. But missed a full beer tasting experience.
Through our stay, we managed to find time for slow lazy patio meals, ice cream and local food products. It was a perfect introduction to the culinary delights in Prince Edward County.
Visit The Wineries Around Prince Edward County
As we found on our first drive through Prince Edward County, there were numerous options for wineries to visit in Prince Edward County. At last count there were about 40 different wineries. The wines in Prince Edward County have a mineralogy and acidity that comes from the porous limestone this county sits on. The rocky soil meant that the soil warmed early in the spring and extended the growing season. When we visited in June, we looked closely and saw the small buds that eventually became grapes.
We downloaded the PEC Wine Explorer app for our phones. It provided more information about each of the local wineries. The Wine Route map also provided us with a meandering path and we saw several of the wineries on our visit. Each was unique in its design. Sadly we ran out of time to do all the wine tastings we wanted.
And if wine was not your thing, we saw several breweries on our travels around the county. David found a great dark stout beer from Midtown Brewing that he even took home with us.
Eat and drink around Prince Edward County in Ontario and don’t miss the wine and the beer!
A Wine Tasting At Huff Estates Winery
While we didn’t stop at the many wineries we saw around Prince Edward County, we could not head home without at least one wine tasting. Our stay at the Huff Inn included a complimentary tasting at their Huff Estates Winery. When we were done driving for the day, we walked over to the winery and enjoyed our tasting.
Our tasting included 3 wines for each of us. And not one of the wines we tried was the same. As usual, David tasted his way down the sweet side of the wine card. And finally found an early harvest wine he liked. The First Frost Vidal was not sickly sweet. But far sweeter than I wanted.
I tried the Country Roads Pinot Noir Rosé and the Pinot Noir Reserve Red. The rosé was not as fruity as I liked. And the red was more oaky than I wanted. But the Cuvée Janine sparkling rosé was just perfect for me. It was a much richer red than we normally found in rosé sparkling wines. But unlike the straight rosé it had a nice fruit taste and was refreshing but not sweet.
We wandered through the wine shop and looked at what there was to buy. These wines were only available at the winery. Although we found them on a restaurant menu on our travels around Prince Edward County.
We were glad we did a wine tasting at Huff Estates Winery on our first stay in Prince Edward County.
Don’t Miss The Art At Huff Estates Winery
On our stay at Huff Estates Inn, we explored the Oeno Outdoor Sculpture Garden. But as we wandered the grounds, we found more interesting pieces of art. As we approached the winery we found our first piece (Fire Cone) on the grass. There was an interesting wire bird sculpture by the main entrance. And a colourful beaded piece (Sunset On The Lake) by the door.
And when we looked out over the vineyard, we found the artistic cloud sculpture (Cumulus) fit right into the view.
Wine and art were a great combination to find when you eat and drink around Prince Edward County.
Don’t Miss A Visit To The Kinsip House Of Fine Spirits
There were a few distillery stops in Prince Edward County. But David had his sights on the Kinsip House of Fine Spirits. The fact that they made rum was a valid reason for David. But he also knew they made a Rum Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.
We visited Kinsip just as it opened and were delighted we had the place all to ourselves. The shop was located on a vast property. The century house had a big outdoor patio for tastings. And the large farm field was set up with picnic tables for when a local food truck moved in later in the summer.
Strange fluffy-headed Polish chickens ran free on the property. All under the watchful eye of George the rooster. Although we saw George disappear when the peacock strutted out!
We wandered and looked at the Kinsip shop and then took a seat for our tasting.
A Fun Spirits Tasting At Kinsip
The tasting menu had a wide selection of spirits – vodka, gin, rye whisky, whisky, rum and cassis. For a tasting, we got 3 selections. We chose 3 widely different tastes – Dark Waters Rum, Kinsip Maple Whisky and Juniper’s Wit Barrel Aged Gin.
David liked his rum very dark so he found the rum tasting just ok. The whisky was smooth and tasty although we really could not taste the maple syrup. On the other hand, the gin aged in a whisky barrel tasted heavily of whisky. Each had a unique taste and it was fun to try such a variety.
In addition to the 3 spirits, we got a choice of cocktail – Moscow Mule, Lemon Lavender Gin Fizz or Cassis and Tonic. When we visited London England, I found so many new varieties of gin and tonics. So I had to try the Gin Fizz. David watched them create this treat. And I got the taste test!
It was a great day to sit in the sun and taste test away. We would definitely recommend a visit to Kinsip House Of Fine Spirits when you eat and drink around Prince Edward County.
Some Great Outdoor Patios With Views
Before we arrived in Prince Edward County, we enjoyed 3 great days in Kingston. During our stay we had several great patio dining experiences. This got us ready for our visit to Prince Edward County.
Our first stop in Prince Edward County was in Lake On The Mountain. We opted for the sunshine and water views at the Miller House. Our light lunch was perfect.
When we drove around the area in the small town of Wellington, we saw the patio at North Docks with a view out over the water. After we were seated and ordered our meal we noticed how cold it was in the shade as the wind blowed. We put this on our list for warmer days or an earlier meal!
One day we were delighted to meet up with some family that lived in the area. It was sunny and warmer when we met for lunch on the patio at the Drake Devonshire.
On our drive home we made one final stop in the county at TaberSnack. There was a large outdoor patio and a smaller area under cover that saved us when it started to rain. The smoked meat was thick and home made. And the lamb burger delicious with perfectly crunchy fries.
There were limited food options at the hotel we stayed in during our stay. So we were happy we found many patio options to eat and drink around Prince Edward County.
Lots Of Places For Ice Cream
When we searched for things to do in Prince Edward County, we found lots of suggestions to try the local ice cream. A suggestion we were sure to follow!
We found our first Slickers Ice Cream Shop when we visited the small town of Picton. And were excited when we found the second one on the main street in Bloomfield.
It was not hard to know what the Old Green House Ice Cream Shop sold when we saw the full mural of ice cream cones on the wall. There was an ice cream flavour for everyone in the shop.
As we travelled around Prince Edward County, we were tempted by many other ice cream stops. Many new ones to try on our return visit.
Local Products Were A Treat
When we wanted to graze on a healthy snack, it was never hard to find a local market for fresh produce. Strawberries had just arrived. And we made sure to head home with a large basket. There was nothing like fresh sweet strawberries!
On our visit to Kingston in the fall, we went to the farmers market and found the Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup from Vader’s Farm. Even as a Canadian, I am not overly fond of maple syrup. But this Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup quickly became a favourite. So on our visit to Prince Edward County, we visited the Vader’s Farm and stocked back up on various tasty maple syrup products.
We always love to shop local on our travels. We were delighted we found some tasty options to eat and drink around Prince Edward County.
Some Great Places To Eat And Drink Around Prince Edward County In Ontario
We were happy we found some great places to eat and drink around Prince Edward County on our first stay. There were so many wineries in the county. It will take many visits to try them all. But we were glad we visited the Kinsip House of Fine Spirits for a very different tasting. So when we planned our next local trip, we made sure we sampled a wide range of ciders. We were sure we could drink our way around Ontario!
Patios offered us the opportunity to enjoy the warming weather with a view or with company. When we left, we took many of the local products with us. So many tasty options!
Did you find great places to eat and drink around Prince Edward County in Ontario? What places should we try on our next visit?
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