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index CRAFTERS ANYTHING USED & SPARTA COUNTRY CANDLES

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GALLERIES ART EMPORIUM GALLERY

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PORTSIDE GALLERY

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ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE

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THE VILLAGE COLLECTIVE

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VILLAGE CRIER GALLERY

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PERFORMING ARTS PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE

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STUDIOS GATHERED PINECROFT CERAMIC ART STUDIO TWO OLD CROWS STUDIO

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talented local artists.

Choose from one of many delightfully scented

hand poured artisan candles.

Unleash your inner Picasso at a

painting class or workshop.


PINECROFT CERAMIC ART STUDIO

Fine Quality Stoneware Pottery Opened in 1948 by Jimmie Clennell and Selma Caverly, Pinecroft is considered to be Canada’s oldest continuously operating pottery studio. Tucked away in a 54 acre pine forest, this thriving family-run establishment has produced fine quality earthenware and stoneware pottery for 71 years. Second generation studio potter, Brenda (Caverly) Smith, offers a wide range of functional pieces, including complete dinner sets. High fired reduction ware is wheel thrown with some slab work. Classes and hands-on workshops are offered year round in the teaching studio. Pinecroft also features the work of Tony Clennell (MFA, RCA), who recently joined the studio as an associate potter. For the full Pinecroft experience, visit the Green Frog Tea Room for lunch, relax at the massage hut and stay the night at Selma’s Cabin B&B.

STUDIOS

Mediums: Ceramics, Paintings, Pottery & Prints

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8122 Rogers Road Aylmer, ON 519–773–3435 www.pinecroft.ca Tearoom: Mar 1–Dec 23 Daily 11am–3:30pm; Tea & Dessert until 4pm Gift shop: Daily 9am–5pm


THE VILLAGE COLLECTIVE

Something for everyone in Sparta Located in the most charming and quaint historic village of Sparta, Ontario is the Village Collective. Just as the sign foretells, the Village Collective is a gathering place to showcase the quality and one-of-a-kind wares of local artists and artisans. The collective features many eccentric and gifted artists and artisans, expressive in many styles and mediums, all with their exquisite crafts ready for customers seeking quality and pride in workmanship. The collective features Shelley McVittie, Anna Young, Pam Caley, Jaydancin, Hand to Soul, Lydia Harder, Gene Timpany, Ladybug Pottery, Crystal McMaster, Murch Gems, Kelly Logan, Part Crow Studios, and many more talented local artists and artisans.

GALLERIES

46329 Sparta Line Sparta, ON 226–773–0264 www.thevillagecollective.com Mon–Sat: 10am–4pm Sun: Noon–4pm Check out our online store

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and Sparta Country Candles One of Elgin County’s best kept - and best smelling - secrets lies in an old general store built in 1838 in the historic village of Sparta. Since 1995, the Muscat family has been filling homes with their high-quality scented candles, and creating a loyal customer base that keeps coming back for more. Sparta Country Candles contain as much as three times more scent than average, and are sold in many different sizes at unbeatable prices. Doors are open daily so stop by, pick up some candles and try a piece of homemade fudge. It only makes scents!

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Medium: Candle & Candle Product Manufacturing

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46361 Sparta Line Sparta, ON 519–775–0054 spartacandles.com facebook.com/spartacandles instagram.com/spartacandles Mon–Sun: 10am–5pm Closed Christmas, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day

Did you know? The aptly named Spartaberry candle is a mysterious combination of over 40 fruity essential oils and is by far the most popular scent and unique to Sparta Country Candles. There are 20 different scents that are available year round and 7 seasonally themed scents with limited-time availability. New fragrances are introduced on an ongoing basis and customers decide which ones stay and which ones go. Scents range from traditional Lavender, Strawberry and French Vanilla to unique and whimsical scents like Mexican Vacation—a Piña Colada inspired scent that takes you to a beach-front resort. Free shipping of our candles within Ontario with orders over $45.00.


GATHERED

A collective of local artists in historic Sparta gathered is located in the heart of picturesque and historic Sparta and is home to a collective of local artists. The studio and gallery is situated in a unique and beautiful heritage home known by many locals as the Hiram Smith Building. Built in 1846, the Hiram Smith Building was once utilized as a tailor shop. Take in the unique pottery, artisan jewellery, textiles, and fine art as you go back in time in this authentic space. This is the perfect place to find that one of a kind heirloom quality gift or accent for your home. The gift of art.

STUDIOS

6137 Hiram Smith Line Sparta, ON N0L 2H0 289–244–7024 spartagathered.ca Open weekends, seasonal weekdays, and by appointment Please check the website for hours

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ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE

Education-focused In the centre of Elgin County lies the centerpiece of its visual arts community - The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre (STEPAC). Established in 1969, it is committed to promoting visual arts throughout the region and beyond by preserving an extensive permanent collection, and hosting 16 exhibitions annually featuring local, regional, and international artists. Also an education-focused organization, STEPAC facilitates educational programs and endorses emerging artists.

GALLERIES

Among its many events, the annual Fall Art Auction in November provides art lovers with an opportunity to purchase unique souvenirs while supporting STEPAC’s programs and the vibrant St. Thomas-Elgin arts community.

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301 Talbot Street St. Thomas, ON 519-631-4040 www.stepac.ca Tues–Wed 10am–4pm Thurs–Fri 10am–9pm Sat 12pm–4pm Sun 12pm–3pm


PORTSIDE GALLERY

Delight in the diverse and vibrant pieces Nestled in the heart of Port Stanley, one of Elgin County’s most scenic and exciting destinations, Portside Gallery is home to the works of 18 award winning regional artists. Celebrating our 23rd anniversary, this artist-managed cooperative has produced high-quality art ranging from realism to abstraction, using a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolour, acrylic, ink, pastels, mixed media, and photography. Visitors and locals delight in the diverse and vibrant pieces. Open year-round, anytime is a great time to browse the Gallery and purchase an affordable treasure to take home. Mediums: Paintings, Jewelery, Sketches, Photography, Sculptures & Fibre Arts

GALLERIES

187½ Main Street Port Stanley, ON 519–782–7066 www.portsidegallery.ca March–October: Daily 11am–5pm Visit website for winter hours

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ART EMPORIUM GALLERY

Artist-run Gallery & Boutique in quaint Port Stanley A popular destination for art enthusiasts, Port Stanley is home to the Art Emporium - Boathouse Gallery and Gift Boutique. The regional artists and artisans of the Art Emporium have talent, a passion for art, and a desire to share it with others. Their work is displayed in either the large open well-lit gallery, a former commercial boathouse, or in the quaint and cozy gift boutique. If you are looking for high quality original art and hand crafted items at affordable prices , this treasure trove of one-of-a-kind goods is the place to go.

GALLERIES

Mediums: Watercolour, Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media, Encaustic (Wax), Graphite, Photography, Digital Art, Sculpture, Stone Work, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Pottery, Glass Art, Textiles, Lino Print Making, Wearable Art, Jewellery and more!

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177 Main Street Port Stanley, ON 226–658–1888 www.artemporium.ca Summer: Open 6 days a week (Closed Tues) Spring & Fall: Open 5 days a week (Closed Tues & Wed) Winter: Weekends only or by appointment Check our website for details & new evening hours


PORT STANLEYSTRONG FESTIVAL ARM THEATRE FORGE

Intimate summer productions & off season musical acts 2019 Playbill May 21–25 The Wildest Town in Canada: Donnelly Songs and Stories By Jeff Culbert

June 5–June 29 Lunenburg, By Norm Foster July 3–July 20 World Premiere of Giving up the Ghost, By Arlin Dixon & Matthew Gorman July 24–August 10 Ed’s Garage, By Dan Needles August 14–September 7 It’s Your Funeral, By Jamie Williams September 13–14 Playwright’s Festival

During its off season enjoy an array of musical productions. Live entertainment draws crowds to the intimate summer theatre, which was once the former town hall of Port Stanley. An active cultural hub, Port Stanley Festival Theatre is also home to local businesses and the Port Stanley Public Library.

6-302 Bridge Street Port Stanley, ON 519–782–4353 www.portstanleytheatre.ca Summer Box Office Hours (May 20–Sept 7): Tues 10am–5pm, Wed–Fri 10am–8pm Sat 12pm–5pm, 6pm–8pm Sun & Mon Closed Off-Season Box Office Hours: Tues–Thurs 10am–4pm

PERFORMING ARTS

May 28–June 1 Like Father, Like Son? Sorry. By Chris Gibbs

The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is celebrating 41 years of live theatre with our biggest season yet! Join us for a season of conspiracy, romance, ghosts, social implications, and mobsters. Sit back, laugh, and enjoy the show! Located in the heart of the scenic lakeside village of Port Stanley, the Port Stanley Festival Theatre offers professional live summer theatre from May to September.

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VILLAGE CRIER GALLERY

Preserving images, history and culture Jenny Phillips is an artist, cartoonist, historian, and writer. She is passionate about preserving the images and history of our vanishing rural landscape; the flora, fauna, and farmers that populate Elgin County and beyond. Each painting or print includes a brief story.

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Jenny’s art is available exclusively at Village Crier Gallery, named for her husband Dave, Town Crier for the County of Elgin. She also has an ongoing exhibit of two dozen pen & ink prints of antique tractors and steam engines, next door at Van Lahti’s Café, and a mural on the north wall of 196 Currie Road in Dutton.

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194 Currie Road Dutton, ON 519–762–2862 www.jennyphillipsdutton.ca Mon–Fri 9am–5:30pm Sat 9am–3pm or by appointment Bus tours, groups or out of town guests: please call ahead


TWO OLD CROWS STUDIO

New in 2019! Located in the vibrant community of Dutton Dunwich, ‘Two Old Crows’ is a creative space to spend time with family and friends or simply on your own. You’re more than welcome to browse through arts and craft books, and magazines in a casual area just outside the studio. Mary Charles’ working studio creates encaustic art using bee’s wax mixed with dammar crystals. The wax is bonded between layers with a propane torch, heat gun or iron. Mary also uses a torch when she fabricates jewellery out of silver and other metals. Along with these and other eclectic artistic endeavours, Mary washes and dyes wool, and then felts and spins it into yarn. Over time our retail area will offer specialty items, local art, crafts, photography, and much more!

STUDIOS

213 Currie Rd Dutton Dunwich, ON 226–212–0749 Thurs–Sun 12pm–8pm

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ST. THOMAS-ELGIN PUBLIC ART CENTRE

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THE VILLAGE COLLECTIVE

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ART EMPORIUM GALLERY

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PORT STANLEY FESTIVAL THEATRE S2

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SIMPLY SCOOPS ICE CREAM SHOPPE & EATERY

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SHAW’S ICE CREAM

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WINDJAMMER INN

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SOLO ON MAIN

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KETTLE CREEK INN

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RUBY’S COOKHOUSE

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TALL TALES CAFÉ

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TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ & BAKERY

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TAKE-A-BITE SOCIAL EATERY

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THE FAMILY CENTRAL RESTAURANT

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GRANDMA’S OVEN BAKERY & CAKES INC.

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AGRITOURISM GREAT LAKES FARMS

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WILDFLOWERS FARM

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CONQUER FARMS

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DEBACKERE FARM MARKET

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TALBOTVILLE BERRY FARM MARKET

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QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY

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RUSH CREEK WINES

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GRANDMA’S OVEN BAKERY & CAKES INC.

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GREEN FROG TEAROOM AT PINECROFT

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KETTLE CREEK INN

WINDJAMMER INN

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MARKETS

HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET & COUNTRY BAKERY

TWO OLD CROWS STUDIO CAFÉ

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RUBY’S COOKHOUSE

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SHAW’S ICE CREAM

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SIMPLY SCOOPS ICE CREAM SHOPPE & EATERY

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SOLO ON MAIN

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TAKE-A-BITE SOCIAL EATERY

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TALL TALES CAFÉ

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TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ & BAKERY

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Authentic Lebanese cuisine &real smoked BBQ in New Glasgow

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Jeff Ashford and his wife Amal, both avid cooks, have always dreamed of owning their own restaurant. In May of 2015, they made their dream came true; Jeff and Amal redesigned and opened a refurbished food truck in Dutton, Ontario. Currently, Take A Bite Social Eatery operates in New Glasgow; just south of Rodney, Ontario, close to the Port Glasgow Marina. With Amal having over 10 years of experience in the food industry, opening a restaurant was a natural step for her to share her talents of cooking authentic Lebanese cuisine. In addition to the Lebanese foods, they serve traditional hamburgers and hand cut fries, as well as deep fried delicacies, fish and chips, homemade pizzas and much more with locally made desserts! They are licensed and serve local craft beers, and Ontario wines inside and outside on their patio. Stop by Jeff and Amal’s restaurant and they will encourage you to “take a bite” and try something new by offering bite-sized samples of some of their menu items for free. Check out their recipe for Hummus on savourelgin.ca.

22354 Talbot Line New Glasgow, ON 519–702–2483 www.take-a-bite.ca Wed, Thurs, Fri: 11am–8pm Sat, Sun: 9am–8pm


TASTY SWEETS CAFÉ & BAKERY

Delectable treats and fresh sandwiches

Check out their recipe for Sweet & Sour Meatballs on savourelgin.ca.

180 Main Street West Lorne, ON 519–768–0044 www.tastysweetscafe.com Mon–Fri: 7am–3:30pm Sat: 8am–4pm Sun: 9am–1pm Closed first Sun of each month & most holidays

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Caren Emery opened the doors to Tasty Sweets Café & Bakery in September of 2010 after years of enjoying baking as a hobby. After deciding on a career change and having the support of her husband Steve, three children and sister Cindy, Tasty Sweets has become a go-to location for delectable treats and fresh sandwiches. Tasty Sweets offers a variety of breads, delicious desserts, pies, ice cream cakes, and custom cakes. In addition to dessert, the café style menu features a lighter fare of homemade soup and chili, and a variety of entrees and salads. If you need service brought to you, Tasty Sweets caters to meet all of your needs. At Tasty Sweets, you will find friendly staff and an environment that allows you to sit down, relax, and enjoy an unrushed meal.

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RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

A small town country restaurant feel

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Chef John Mairleitner is well known in the local community and is a familiar face at many places in Elgin County, but he is most often seen at Tall Tales Café in the village of Wallacetown, where his longstanding successful family business can be found. The restaurant, which also serves as a gas station and post office, has been a family business since Mairleitner’s parents established it in 1982. Eat inside or dine on the newly added patio for a small town country restaurant feel and enjoy Shaw’s ice cream on a hot summer evening. No matter what your order you can expect it to be fresh, local, and always served with a friendly smile.

29634 Talbot Line Wallacetown, ON 519–752–2605 johnmairleitner@gmail.com Daily 7am–9pm


TWO OLD CROWS CAFÉ

New member for 2019!

213 Currie Rd Dutton Dunwich, ON 226–212–0749 Thurs–Sun 12pm–8pm

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

We are located just north of Lake Erie and minutes from the 401 in Dutton, Ontario. ‘Two Old Crows’ Studio Café is your treat destination. We have an indoor sitting area and outdoor shaded patio with a lovely pond and future fairy garden. Lionel’s Café & Patio offers ice cream creations for all ages, homemade desserts, specialty beverages, scones, and creative salads served with bannock. Our retail area will offer a selection of coffee and tea as well as delicious treats. ‘Two Old Crows’ Studio Café is a gathering place to meet family and friends or simply sit quietly on your own.

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GREAT LAKES FARMS

Bringing families, fun and farming together! Great Lakes Farms bring families, farming, and fun together. Mary Anne and Joe Van de Gevel are the third generation to carry on the tradition of growing High-quality Elgin County fruit, just minutes from scenic Port Stanley. The couple grows fresh strawberries, juicy tree ripened peaches, pears, pumpkins, and 15 varieties of crunchy delicious apples.

AGRITOURISM

Throughout the year, Great Lakes hosts a wide variety of activities including weddings, hall rentals, group dinners, and much more! The fall season is full of excitement at Great Lakes Farms with wagon rides around the farm or through the corn maze.

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Don’t forget to visit the store and bakery to take home some fresh baked goods for your friends! Check out their recipe for Apple Coffee Cake on savourelgin.ca.

5111 Union Road Port Stanley, ON 519–782–3433 www.greatlakesfarms.ca Check our website for operating hours


WILDFLOWERS FARM

Leaving you with a sense of calm The moment you turn into this country lane, there is a sense of letting go, a stepping away from it all. With the tree lined drive, surrounded by an enchanted garden, you can feel natures support. This feeling is woven into all that is offered at Wildflowers Farm. Whether you come to shop and sip tea, stroll through the gardens, attend one of the many workshops, classes, seasonal festivals or to celebrate your future wedding here; Wildflowers Farm will leave you with a sense of calm, community and connection to nature.

AGRITOURISM

42338 Fruit Ridge Line Central Elgin, ON 226–926–6432 wildflowers.farm Saturdays 10am–2pm Or by appointment Check website for classes and workshops schedules

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TALBOTVILLE BERRY FARM MARKET

Taking local to a whole new level Fresh, local, year round and conveniently located on #4 (Sunset Road) just off the 401, this 100+ acre urban farm market is your destination for a great farm experience! It’s the perfect spot to stop in for fresh produce, meats & cheeses, baked goods, farmhouse meals, gluten free & vegan items or a gift for someone special. The patio is open during the warmer months and is the perfect place for locals and tourists to enjoy farm made in house charcuterie, smash burgers, yellow perch, and a cold beverage. Book your family or corporate event here and enjoy barrier free access, rustic farmhouse decor, crisp white linens, wi-fi, and all catered in house.

MARKETS

Seasonal events, Farmfest, and Fun Fall Family Weekends reconnect our guests with each other, their food and their farmer. Together we build a community.

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11096 Sunset Drive St. Thomas, ON talbotvilleberryfarm.com 519–615–1164 Check our website for hours


KETTLE CREEK INN

Recognized as one of Ontario’s finest inns The Vedova’s opened the doors to Kettle Creek Inn in 1983 after purchasing and completely renovating the derelict building.

Visitors from all over the world come to stay and eat at the Kettle Creek Inn. Indulge your senses, relax, and dine with the Vedova family.

216 Joseph Street Port Stanley, ON 519–782–3388 www.kettlecreekinn.com Daily 11:30am–9pm

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Today, Kettle Creek Inn is recognized as one of Ontario’s Finest Inns and welcomes all visitors into the village of Port Stanley. Jean along with sons Troy and Dean, operate this ten room, five suite facility complete with restaurant. The Vedovas are firm believers in buying fresh produce from local farmers.

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SOLO ON MAIN

Patio dining with an incredible view RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Chef Lauren vanDixhoorn and her team of like-minded individuals work together to provide a fresh take on Port Stanley dining.

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The cuisine is creative, fresh, and visually beautiful with flavors that will amaze! Organic vegetables are picked from a local garden and the fish is freshly caught from Lake Erie, right outside the front door. House made desserts, market inspired dinner and lunch features, and a creative cocktail menu and solid wine list deliciously round out SoLo’s offerings. Diners have their choice between the trendy lounge area featuring a gorgeous bar and relaxing club chairs, the sophisticated dining room, or the patio, which overlooks the harbour and often hosts live music. Reservations recommended.

187 Main Street Port Stanley, ON 226–658–0999 www.soloportstanley.com Check website or call for hours and reservations


WINDJAMMER INN

Exceptional farm to table fare On the beaches of Lake Erie rests the Windjammer Inn, where to dine is to taste a small piece of culinary heaven. Owner and chef Kim Saunders sources all of her food from the growing local farm network in Elgin County.

Recommended in “Where to Eat Canada” for the past 10 years, the Windjammer Inn also boasts three comfortable rooms in the Inn and two separate suites next door, begging you to stay for breakfast the next day. In 2019, the Windjammer Inn became Feast On Certified! Feast On is a certification program that recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown and made food and drink. You are invited to dine at the Windjammer Inn where global inspiration meets local sensibility! Check out their recipe for Lake Erie Pickerel Cakes on savourelgin.ca.

324 Smith Street Port Stanley, ON 519–782–4173 www.thewindjammerinn.com See website for hours

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

The Windjammer Inn features a seasonal menu and specials with local fish, joined by fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, handmade breads, local meats, and of course, Kim’s pastry creations.

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SHAW’S ICE CREAM

Come experience the tradition & taste the difference RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Shaw’s Ice Cream is delicious, old fashioned ice cream made just the way it should be with 100% Canadian dairy. Bringing families and communities together to enjoy the simple tradition of sharing a moment together is our purpose as a landmark destination in Elgin County.

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We are proud of the legacy in our brand and are excited to celebrate our 71st anniversary in 2019 as your local ice cream manufacturer! Shaw’s is currently owned and operated by sisters Kristine, Kelly, and Kim. We simply use only the best ingredients and of course fresh cream is the first ingredient on our list! Come experience the tradition and “Taste the Difference” while visiting our Dairy Bar where you can choose from over 40 different flavours of hard ice cream made directly at our St. Thomas facility. There’s something here for everyone! Check out their recipe for Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie on savourelgin.ca.

6598 Sunset Road St. Thomas, ON 519–631–2510 shawsicecream.com Summer Hours: Daily 11am–10pm Check website for off-season hours


DEBACKERE FARM MARKET

The perfect place to stop on your way to the beach! In 1969, Noel and Madeleine DeBackere bought the main DeBackere Farm in Dexter, Ontario and started a tobacco farm. Over the years, there was a transition from tobacco to selling fresh produce. Their son, Dan DeBackere, eventually took over the farm and in 2005, DeBackere Farms transitioned to only farm fresh produce. In 2016, Joanna and Dan DeBackere, alongside their brother Rick and his wife Jen, had a vision to open a farm market located just outside of the village of Port Stanley. At the market, you will find fresh new potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, sweet corn, beans, in season fruit, and various other nutritious produce for sale. The DeBackere Farm Market motto is “from our family to yours”, as the DeBackeres can always be found at the market or nearby farming the fields.

5680 Sunset Road Union, ON 519–661–7519 or 226–373–6027 www.debackerefarmmarket.ca Jun–Oct: Open 7 days a week

MARKETS

Check out their recipe for Bruschetta on savourelgin.ca.

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QUAI DU VIN ESTATE WINERY

Pristine country setting second to none At Quai du Vin Estate Winery (pronounced “K dew vañ”), the focus is the established winemaking and retailing operation that feature and complement the vineyard and the scenic location. Quai du Vin produces 40,000 bottles per year with the top sellers being their Signature White and Signature Red blends. Jamie Quai contributes to the winery’s 29 year legacy as the third generation to harvest and make wines on the fertile lands in Elgin.

WINERIES

In addition to wine, Quai du Vin offers a pristine country setting second to none and has become famous for their outdoor events and weddings.

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Check out their recipe for Winesicles on savourelgin.ca.

45811 Fruit Ridge Line Central Elgin, ON 519–775–2216 www.quaiduvin.com Mon–Sat:10am–5pm Sun:12pm–5pm


GREEN FROG TEAROOM AT PINECROFT

Let the serenity of the towering pines surround you Pinecroft’s owners, Brenda and Paul Smith, and their children, Chad and Sarah, continue a family tradition of supplying Elgin County with not only quality handmade pottery, but unsurpassed country fare in their unique log tearoom.

The tearoom serves quality country fare that is fresh, bountiful, and tantalizingly presented with the artists’ touch. After lunch, choose a truly Canadian souvenir from the gift shop, and then take a stroll across the pond to the studio and see where the pottery is made.

Check out their recipe for Asparagus Pie on savourelgin.ca.

8122 Rogers Road Aylmer, ON 519–773–3435 www.pinecroft.ca Tearoom: Mar 1–Dec 23 Daily 11am–3:30pm, Tea & Dessert until 4pm Gift shop: Daily 9am–5pm

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

The peaceful serenity of Pinecroft carries you back to a less hurried time – the scent of the forest, the sounds of the birds, and the calm of the waterfalls are food for the soul. Paul makes his legendary fresh bread and rolls each morning, and Chad and Sarah oversee the day-to-day operations of the kitchen.

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HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET

Freshly picked vegetables daily The Howe Family Farm Market is your destination for fresh delicious homegrown produce. We are open seven days a week from early June until the end of October. Our customers can expect a great assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables grown on our farm or sourced from other outstanding farmers in the area.

MARKETS

We specialize in producing strawberries, watermelon, sweet corn, pumpkins, squash, and a large and beautiful market garden. The Howe family has been farming in Elgin County since the 1870’s. With roots this deep, we are committed to providing our community with the freshest and highest quality fruits and vegetables we can.

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48556 John Wise Line Aylmer, ON 519–773–3779 www.howefamilyfarms.ca Jun–Nov: Mon–Sat: 9am–6pm Sun: 11am–5pm


HOWE FAMILY FARM MARKET

and Country Bakery Between London and St. Thomas, you can find Howe’s Family Farm Market & Country Bakery. The Howe family (5th generation Elgin County farmers) purchased the former Salt Creek Farm Market to be closer to their customers. Howe’s Family Farm Market & Country Bakery offers fresh local produce, preserves, meats, and cheeses. If it’s in season and grown in Ontario, we have it! Keeping up the reputation of the Sloan family, we are also excited to offer in-house baking and take-home meals. Make Howe’s Family Farm Market and Country Bakery a favorite destination in your Elgin County shopping experience.

MARKETS

11143 Highbury Ave S St Thomas, ON 519-633-9338 www.howefamilyfarms.ca Jun–Nov: Mon–Sat 10am–7pm Sun 10am–5pm

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FAMILY CENTRAL

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Distraction-free environment

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Since 2014, the Family Central Restaurant has provided a welcoming and wholesome atmosphere for their diners. Well known for their Unplugged Discount, they reward patrons with a 10% reduction on the bill if they refrain from using their electronic devices during their meal. To promote a distraction-free environment, their dining area is TV and Wi-Fi free. Instead, they offer various games for diners to be entertained. Whether it’s their signature meal of Belizean Chicken or a fresh salad tossed with house-made dressing, they hope you will find the atmosphere warm and welcoming in our beautifully renovated heritage building. When you step through the doors, you are welcomed as a member of the family.

62 Talbot Street East Aylmer, ON 519–765–2444 familycentral.ca Mon–Tues: 11:30am–3pm Wed–Sat: 11:30am–9pm


GRANDMA’S OVEN

Bakery & Cakes Inc. Grandma’s Oven carries a large variety of products from cookies, squares, pies, tarts, donuts, cheesecakes, to custom cupcakes and cakes, and their famous cake truffles and cake pops! Stop by for a treat, pick up dessert or order a custom cake. Treat yourself!

Check out their recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Scones on savourelgin.ca.

157 John Street North Aylmer, ON 519–765–2711 grandmasoven.ca Tues, Wed, Sat: 8am–5pm Thurs, Fri: 8am–6pm

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Since 2018, Grandma’s Oven has been a family owned and operated bakery. They strive on making their products using fresh, local ingredients with no preservatives added. They make all of their recipes from scratch, just like they would for their own families.

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RUBY’S COOKHOUSE

Comfortable & welcoming in small town Aylmer RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Where family and friends come together to share good times and great food. That’s what Ruby’s is all about. We are family owned and operated, and dedicated to giving great service and quality food.

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From soups to sauces and burgers to chicken, people can expect made from scratch recipes with locally purchased vegetables and meats. Our kitchen staff works hard to create new features daily, such as paninis, salads, gourmet burgers, and sandwiches, as well as a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner to satisfy any appetite. Ruby’s Cookhouse, in small town Aylmer, provides a comfortable and welcoming environment with friendly staff and great food that will make you feel right at home. Come on in and enjoy the many delicious options we have to offer!

583 John Street North Aylmer, ON 519–773–8786 www.rubyscookhouse.com Mon–Wed: 7am–9pm Thurs–Sat: 7am–10pm Sun: 8am–9 pm


RUSH CREEK WINES

Award-winning wines Elgin County’s Award Winning Winery - Rush Creek Wines is owned and operated by the Barr family who recently purchased the winery in late fall of 2017 from previous owner, Bonnie Young. The winery continues to have the fan favourites that are loved by their loyal customers. They have taken initiative to develop wines on their own and recently released a spectacular Riesling Wine. Since Ron came on as master winemaker six years ago, Rush Creek has proudly won several medals on the international stage. The winery also features one of the largest retail antique and toy collectibles shop in the entire area. In 2019, the winery will plan to host to “Dad n Daughter Fish n Chips” serving up fresh perch and chip meals for lunch and dinner. We welcome all to Rush Creek Wines – we look forward to your visit.

WINERIES

48995 Jamestown Line RR #2, Aylmer (Malahide), ON 519–773–5432 www.rushcreekwines.com Wed, Thurs: 11am–5pm Fri, Sat: 11am–6pm Sun: 11am–5pm

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CONQUER FARMS

Come and conquer fresh! As a young family-owned farm, we are passionate about growing fresh, wholesome, and nutrient dense vegetables on our healthy soils. From farm to table, our quality produce is always bursting with flavour. We’re open 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday, with our freshly picked vegetables available daily. You can order in bulk or come enjoy a day at the farm and pick your own! We also offer weekly vegetable boxes (CSA shares) throughout the growing season.

MAKRETS

Come and conquer fresh! Lest we forget what fresh tastes like!

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5731 Imperial Rd, RR #2 Aylmer, ON 519–765–1269 www.conquerfarms.com Mon-Sun


SIMPLY SCOOPS

Ice Cream Shoppe & Eatery Choose from 48 flavours of hard ice cream, 3 flavours of soft ice cream, and a wide variety of frozen treats, featuring Simply Scoops signature dessert “The Belgian”. You can dine on the patio or the air conditioned restaurant. If you are in a hurry, Simply Scoops offers a complete take out menu. Be sure to stop and treat yourself to something that is simply delicious! Check out their Tasty Ice Cream Treats 38on Robinson Street savourelgin.ca.

Port Burwell, ON 519–874–1390 www.simplyscoops.com Daily May–Oct (til Thanksgiving weekend) Sun–Thurs: 11am–9pm Fri, Sat: 11am–9:30pm October: Hours vary due to weather – please check website for changes

RESTAURANTS + SWEETS

Established in 1995, Simply Scoops has become a staple in the heart of Port Burwell and a hot spot to cool down on a warm summer’s day. Simply Scoops is truly a local treasure, serving the finest locally sourced ice cream, burgers, and fresh cut fries.

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