Episode 2: Bees, Cheese and Brewing Expertise
The Niagara Region attracts more than 13 million tourists every year—the majority of which are actually from Canada. But there’s a lot more to see than a waterfall. Here’s a look at both On-The-Lake and Off-The-Beaten-Path.
Discover the 5 Stops
Photography by Joe Panetta
1. The Pie Plate
A snapshot of this quaint place would include coffee and fresh fruit, cocktails and pizza (both whipped up using nearby ingredients) — with CanCon playing in the background. In short, locavores will feel right at home.
2. Rosewood Estates Winery
Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by breezy lavender bushes and buzzing bees. Creating interesting wines with minimal intervention, this winery celebrates all things bee-related. Take part in a mead tasting, bee tour or honey sampling.
3. Upper Canada Cheese Company
Known for using Guernsey (a breed of cow that yields high-fat milk), UCCC’s cheeses are a special treat. Find everything from fresh ricotta and curds to their flagship Comfort Cream and grillable Guernsey Girl cheeses.
4. Quiet Acres at MacSween Farms Ltd.
Picture-worthy fruits and vegetables are plentiful at Quiet Acres. But this is not just a pretty fruit stand — look for their baskets of imperfect produce or take advantage of the mixed fruit option, because sometimes you just want to try all the varieities.
5. Niagara Oast House Brewers
Take a turn at the big red barn, where you’ll discover seasonal brews and classic craft favourites. Also, find Brush Fire Smoke, which operates at the brewery. Their modern take on barbecue is worth the trip, and served with Oast beer, it’s a meal combo that’s tough to top.
Products Featured in This Episode
Our host, Devan, and guest Tania Ganassini (co-founder and executive chef for Staff Meals Niagara and Niagara College Canada culinary teacher) created an unforgettable dinner with friends at Oast using the bounty they picked up on their 5 Stop journey. Recreate your own version of the meal using Food & Drink recipes.
Fiery Cucumber Salad with Crushed Peanuts
Riff on the simple cucumber salad by adding chilies and crushed peanuts.