Episode 10: Essex County

Make 5 stops in Essex County, picking up local ingredients, exploring hidden gems and ending with a gorgeous Food & Drink–style feast.

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Discover the 5 Stops

Photography by Joe Panetta

Essex County - Discover the 5 Stops
1. Kavi Reserve at Wolfhead Distillery

1. Kavi Reserve at Wolfhead Distillery

Working out of Wolfhead Distillery, Kavi thoughtfully blends cold brew coffee with Canadian whisky to create this unique small-batch product.

2. Lee and Maria’s

2. Lee and Maria’s

Originally a small roadside stand, Lee and Maria’s has grown into a beautiful market that sells fresh local produce, which also comes in the form of cold-pressed juice. Pick up dairy and eggs, and even have your whole order delivered.

3. DelFrescoPure

3. DelFrescoPure

Ever wonder what a hydroponic greenhouse looks like? A sneak peek into DelFresco (shown in the episode) allows you to see how these farmers are extending Ontario’s growing season.

4. The Butcher of Kingsville

4. The Butcher of Kingsville

Specializing in responsibly raised meats from Ontario, this butcher offers a large range of different cuts, including steaks that are dry-aged at the shop. Watch for their new restaurant, opening next door.

5. Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery

5. Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery

Sunset visits are recommended! Pick up a bottle or two of this winery’s versatile, food-friendly wine and soak up the spectacular beachside views.

Discover other Essex County gems — from beers to wines — worth exploring.

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Products Featured in This Episode

Kavi Reserve Coffee Blended Canadian Whisky

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Sprucewood Shores Pinot Grigio VQA

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Sprucewood Shores Lady in Red VQA

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Wolfhead Distillery Grapefruit Vodka

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THE FEAST

 Our hosts, Devan Rajkumar and Miranda Keyes, cook up a surf-and-turf-style meal on the beach at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery using the bounty they picked up on their 5 Stops journey. Recreate your own version of the meal by using these Food & Drink recipes to guide you.

Vodka Paloma

Vodka Paloma

Miranda played around with a grapefruit vodka twist on a classic Paloma, using lime soda. Try your hand at one too!

Spicy Ceviche

Spicy Ceviche

Devan’s ceviche includes fresh fish with plums and spicy ingredients. Put together your own fiery, fruit-accompanied version using what’s fresh at the market and a recipe from our collection as inspiration.

Grilled Dry-Aged T-Bone Steaks

Grilled Dry-Aged T-Bone Steaks


A straightforward searing is the best way to showcase dry-aged beef’s intense flavour.

Roasted New Potatoes

Roasted New Potatoes

All tender Ontario potatoes need is a bit of butter and some pan-roasting! Try this Food & Drink recipe.

Sautéed Red Peppers & Onions

Sautéed Red Peppers & Onions

Who doesn’t love sweet onions and peppers? They make the perfect sidekick to grilled steak.

Strawberries & Cream with Coffee-Blended Whisky

Strawberries & Cream with Coffee-Blended Whisky

Traditionally, dessert is served with hot coffee, but we suggest savouring the sweet-tart flavours of strawberries with whipped (or ice) cream and cold-brew whisky.

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EPISODE 6: Creemore to Caledon

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