Episode 5: Sudbury and Manitoulin Island
Make 5 stops in Sudbury and Manitoulin Island, 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. Crosscut Distillery
Attached to the distillery, Crosscut’s tasting room is surrounded by aging barrels. Pull up a bar stool and sample award-winning sips distilled with Canadian botanicals. Each of these interesting spirits (including gin and vodka) is excellent for mixing up a great cocktail — which you can get there too!
2. 3 Cows and a Cone
From the retro sign outside to the selection of scoops and milkshakes, this classic ice cream joint would please any nostalgic person with a sweet tooth.
3. The Island Jar + Heartwood Mushrooms
In the heart of Little Current, on the island, is a hub of local goods. Find it all: tasty lunch offerings, locally made kombucha, jellies, smoked trout, game meat, dried herbs (indigenous to Canada) and locally grown produce, including Heartwood Mushrooms’ picture-perfect fungi.
4. Manitoulin Brewing Co.
Each of the tasty brews made here is a Manitoulin namesake, such as Haw Eaters’ Brew (a homage to the history of hawberry consumption on the island) and Swing Bridge (a local landmark). Stop by to try the seasonal beers and go-to classics. Or chow down on hearty fare from the Trough on the patio.
5. Great Spirit Circle Trail: Bannock & Berries
Learn about the traditions and making of bannock (cooked over a flaming-hot grill) and then savour it with tea and jam when you sign up for a Bannock & Berries experience.
Products Featured in This Episode
Our host, Miranda, and guest Justine Martin (bakeshop boss, cupcake connoisseur and owner-operator of Guilty Pleasures Bakeshop + Bar), along with her husband, Rob Burlington, created a campfire dinner with friends at a pal’s lakeside Manitoulin Island home using the bounty they picked up on their 5 Stop journey. Recreate your own version of the meal with Food & Drink recipes.
Island Gin & Tonic
Take your G&T to the next level with a beautiful garnish like fresh hyssop or lavender.
Blueberry Lavender Cocktail
Experiment with a Manitoulin ingredient like blueberries, lavender (in a syrup) or hawberry jelly to reimagine our Lavender Blueberry Collins.
Venison Stew with Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms
Try simmering venison stew over a hot fire alongside roasted tomatoes and grilled mushrooms.
Stay tuned and check back for episodes 6 to 10 — coming soon!