Episode 9: Lanark County
Make 5 stops in Lanark County, picking up local ingredients, exploring hidden gems and ending with a gorgeous Food & Drink–style feast.
Discover the 5 Stops
Photography by Joe Panetta
1. Top Shelf Distillers
Savour the local terroir in Top Shelf’s spirits — the distillery sources ingredients from within one hour of its location. Plus, you’ll feel good when you purchase these products, because the company ensures a tree is planted for every bottle sold.
2. Perth Farmers’ Market
Shopping at the Perth Farmers’ Market allows you to pick up delicious goods from the region. You’ll find a variety of microgreens, heirloom vegetables and fruits, cheeses, honey, preserves, fresh flowers and more.
3. Dairy Distillery
In order to produce its creamy and smooth vodka, Dairy Distillery ferments a milk product into sugar and uses a unique yeast. This eco-conscious distillery says its vodka only requires about half the carbon footprint used to prepare other classic grain- and potato-based vodkas.
4. Hummingbird Chocolate
Preparing confections from bean to bar, Hummingbird takes special care to taste and adjust chocolate preparation at various stages (roasting, grinding, conching and aging) so each bar boasts incredible flavour.
5. Almonte Riverside Inn and Lobby Bar
Housed in a heritage building, this inn and restaurant bar with a view is a hot spot in Almonte.
Products Featured in This Episode
Our host, Miranda, and guest Shahir Massoud (Canadian chef, cookbook author and TV regular) prepare a vegetarian supper (with plant-based dishes, too) at Almonte Riverside Inn 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.
Cucumber, Tomato & Microgreens Salad
Shahir Massoud tosses sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, and then simply dresses them with olive oil, lemon and salt before garnishing with microgreens and chopped dill.
Charred Crostini 3 Ways
Grilled crostini makes an excellent base for all kinds of creative toppings, like these ones, featured in this episode:
- Sautéed broccolini and tomatoes with shredded basil and parsley leaves
- Homemade ranch dressing, sliced tomatoes and microgreens
- Paper-thin radish slices and cheese with pickled onions
Maple Moonshine Cider Cocktail
Try Maple Moonshine as the spirit base in an apple cider cocktail. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and an apple slice.
Vodkow Irish Coffee
Create your own twist on a classic Irish Coffee by using Vodkow in place of whisky, rimming the glass with sugar and topping the whipped cream with raspberries.
Silky Chocolate Fondue
A creamy and velvety fondue served with fall fruit makes for the perfect finale to a light meal.