10 Ways to EAT Local

  1. Restaurants with local flavour

Our chefs go out of their way to bring fresh, sustainably produced food to the menu.  Please your palate at Bistro 54, CCs on the Rideau, FIELDHOUSE, Fiddleheads, Heirloom Café Bistro, O’Reilly’s Ale House, Sunflower Bake Shop in Perth, Tay River Aqua Spa, the Good Food Company and the Stone Cellar.


  1. Farmers’ Markets

Experience the latest tastes of the season each week while connecting with the people who grow your food! You can find a local farmers’ market in Almonte, Carleton Place, McDonald’s Corners and Perth from May to October. See what’s in season on our local flavour harvest chart at www.lanarklocalflavour.ca.


  1. Farm Gates

Can’t wait for a weekly farmers’ market? Go right to the gate! There are dozens of farms peppering Lanark County that offer farm-gate sales – everything from seasonal produce, meat, poultry and eggs to herbs, garlic and honey. Farmer profiles are available online at www.lanarklocalflavour.ca or call 1-888-452-6275 to receive a map.


  1. Specialty Food Shops

Whether it’s delectable candies, scrumptious preserves, baked goods or the bounty of a sustainably produced harvest, you will find our finest at the Beckwith Butcher, Coutts Country Flavours, Dandelion Foods, Foodsmiths Good Food Store, Peches & Poivres, the Purest Bakery, or Mr. Beef in Pakenham. From fine foods to groceries, you can bring home the best.


  1. Beer & Liquor

Tour Top Shelf Distillers in Perth, with on-site vodka and gin production, plus whisky scheduled to be ready in one years’ time. Nearby, the Perth Brewery has expanded its tasting bar, featuring delectable lagers, pilsners, ambers, stouts and seasonal treats from locally sourced ingredients. Cartwright Springs Brewery in the heart of Pakenham uses natural spring water as the main ingredient for its creations. Carleton Place is home to Stalwart Brewing Co., which offers a variety of full-flavoured ale with a range of styles, along with special and seasonal brews (like rye stout, or peach and apricot in pale ale). Visit Lanark County’s newest brewhouse with a stop in Almonte at Crooked Mile Brewery, and sample unique British-inspired ales. Speaking of British, for the full tavern experience, visit the Old Mill at Ashton, hailed as the first English pub in the Ottawa Valley.

  1. Maple

Maple season is year-round in the Maple Syrup Capital of Ontario! Taste the spring harvest of syrup at the camp during the height of maple syrup production on Maple Weekend (April 1 to 2) and celebrate Spring’s harvest at the 41st annual Festival of the Maples (April 29). Visit www.lanarkcountytourism.com for more marvellous mmmmaple!


  1. Ribs

At Ribfest, renowned professional ribbers will be set to sizzle (late July) at the Perth Fairgrounds. There will be lots of family fun to be had during this annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Perth.


  1. Garlic

Have you tried garlic fudge? Take in the Perth Garlic Festival (August 12 to 13) and discover myriad ways to enjoy this heavenly herb!  www.perthgarlicfestival.com


  1. Barns, Farms and Wicked Chefs

It sells out fast! This popular foodie event held on Aug. 26 is a benefit that supports the Table Community Food Centre and is a showcase of the best of Lanark County’s farmers and chefs, located on the grounds of EcoTay, a historic farm in Tay Valley.  www.thetablecfc.org


  1. Lanark County Harvest Festival

All this passion for local flavour culminates at the Lanark County Harvest Festival (Sept. 10), where you can find fine food, cooking demonstrations, farm vendors and much more! This festival was named a provincial finalist for Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year – don’t miss your chance to find out why!