Episode 7: In Oxford County

Make 5 stops in Oxford 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 David Pike

Oxford County - Discover the 5 Stops

1. Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese

1. Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese

Located in Woodstock, this cheesery is adored for its award-winning products created using Swiss-influenced techniques and recipes. Pop into the shop and pick up cheeses — including fresh curds on Fridays — that are made with ingredients from family dairy farm.

2. Upper Thames Brewing Company

2. Upper Thames Brewing Company

A brewery plus brew pub, Upper Thames offers Canadian craft beer made only with locally sourced ingredients — highlights include double dry-hopped ale, seasonal offerings, preservative-free unfiltered IPAs and non-alcoholic root beer.

3. Mountainoak Cheese Ltd.

3. Mountainoak Cheese Ltd.

Some of Ontario’s best gouda is produced by Mountainoak — its milk source is the family dairy farm. Snack on the classic variety or try interesting flavours such as fenugreek (maple-tasting) or nettle (a zingy weed that grows plentifully in Ontario), or grab hard-to-find fresh quark.

4. Perry’s Corners Farm + Nith Valley Organics

4. Perry’s Corners Farm + Nith Valley Organics

Perry’s specializes in holistic farming practices and offers grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured chicken and heritage pork (including a special breed called English Large Black). Be sure to pick up some summer sausage. Next door, Nith Valley grows organic produce such as tomatoes and snacking peppers.

5. Willibald Farm Distillery & Restaurant

5. Willibald Farm Distillery & Restaurant

Not just your average distillery, Willibald is also a restaurant. Savour a farm-style menu alongside cocktails made from its Farm Distillery Gin (aged in American oak casks) or pink gin (aged in Niagara wine barrels, which lend the pink hue). Plus, you can now sample brews at the Willibald brewery, which just opened!


Products Featured in This Episode

Upper Thames Brewing Take a Hike

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Willibald Farm Distillery Gin

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Willibald Farm Distillery Pink Gin Wine Cask Finish

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THE FEAST

With the bounty picked up on their 5 Stops journey, our host, Miranda, put together cheese and charcuterie boards along with guest mixologist Chantelle Gabino, who also stirred up cocktails with the people at Willibald.

Willibald Pink Gin Spritz

Willibald Pink Gin Spritz

Pour a simply beautiful cocktail using Willibald Farm Distillery Pink Gin.

Willibald Martinez

Willibald Martinez


Get inspired by this episode and make the best cheese and charcuterie boards you’ve ever created. Plus, find Food & Drink tips and guidelines for assembling the ultimate cheeseboard.

A Sweet-Style Cheeseboard

A Sweet-Style Cheeseboard

Create a delicious spread by arranging cheeses like Gunn’s Hill 5 Brothers and Brigid Brie alongside honeycomb, edible flowers, herbed almonds and fresh fruit. Brush flatbread with oil and sprinkle with flaky salt to eat with the cheese.

Epic Savoury Charcuterie Board

Epic Savoury Charcuterie Board

Put together an incredible grazing board with local cured meats such as lonza, coppa and summer sausage. Go the extra mile by incorporating a mix of cheeses, such as Mountainoak Wild Nettle and fresh quark, which you can spoon into a bowl and garnish with chopped fresh dill. Add sliced boiled eggs and colourful tomatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper. Bonus points for including tangy pickled beans as an accompaniment.


Check out Willibald’s meal and create your own version using Food & Drink recipes to guide you.

Floral & Fresh Garden Salad

Floral & Fresh Garden Salad

Embellish a classic green salad with thinly sliced radishes and heirloom carrots.

Farmhouse Grilled Sausage & Corn on the Cob

Farmhouse Grilled Sausage & Corn on the Cob

You can’t go wrong with simply grilled sausages and fresh corn.

Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Oven-Roasted Potatoes

What’s more pleasing than crispy-on-the-outside and tender-on-the-inside old-fashioned roasted potatoes?!

MORE EPISODES

Stay tuned for episodes 3 to 10  — coming soon!

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EPISODE 2: Unexpected Niagara

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EPISODE 3: Ontario’s Secret Garden

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EPISODE 4: The Blue Mountains

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EPISODE 5: Sudbury and Manitoulin

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