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Taste, Tour, Explore! – Ride the Bine

From two local ladies with a true love for Norfolk came one incredible idea! Last year Amanda & Susan broke the mold in Norfolk launching a unique tour featuring local beer, wine, cider, agriculture and Norfolk County charm.

For tourists and locals alike this new tour was a opportunity to immerse into Norfolk County’s culture.  A true experience of the County’s emerging beer, wine & cider industry along with it’s deep agriculture roots.  And of course the breathtaking views and beautiful landscape that our country side has to offer.

Ride the Bine offers tours curated by local guides to provide an extraordinary experience sipping and tasting your way across Ontario’s South Coast.  Visits to Norfolk’s inspiring wineries and authentic breweries enjoying the flavourful wines, ciders and craft beers were amongst the original tour options. The new season’s tour line up will include some local food, sightseeing, awesome full beer tours and stops at brand new facilities offered on seven new tours! And those just are a few of the new and shiny items for 2018.

Soaring through their first season with incredible success, Susan & Amanda are proud to be part of a supportive local force. “Such a huge group of people in the community put supporting local first and has allowed for a very successful first season”  said co-owner, Susan Judd. Pushing through obstacles and finding their footing as a new business in a fast paced industry doesn’t come without challenges.  But the entrepreneurial duo surpassed all expectations with their work ethic and infectious passion earning the the title of Norfolk County Youth Entrepreneurs of the Year at Norfolk’s Economic Development Symposium.

“Their passion, knowledge and spirit for Norfolk is inspiring! We love that we have an opportunity to work so closely with them, the team is truly amazing.” – Shantel Bosgoed, Inasphere Wines.

The love goes both ways between Ride the Bine and the vendors “Working with these businesses is what makes our job even more special!” – Susan Judd

With incredible success comes exciting growth for the Ride the Bine team entering in to their second season. Along with the seven new tours they’ll be introducing a new Mercedes Sprinter to the fleet.  They’ll also be including some neighbouring county’s with stops in Haldimand, London & St. Thomas area’s and coordinating custom pick ups for a door-to-door experience.

Ride the Bine is also excited to introduce their From the Field experience! Let’s face it, a visit through Norfolk isn’t complete until your hands are a little dirty and you’re enjoying some fresh local product. With the From the Field tour experience you’ll be sipping your delicious drinks and heading out to pick your own bounty from Norfolk County’s sprawling fields. I cannot wait to sign up for this adventure! And if you like new adventures, keep you eyes peeled on Social Media throughout the year. Ride the Bine will be announcing one-off speciality tours that you are not going to want to miss!

As an emerging wine region, a craft beer and cider hot spot, a farm to table producer and a “place where almost anything grows” Norfolk County is evolving in to a completely unique experience. The spirited team at Ride the Bine is providing the perfect opportunity for you to relax and explore the coast with them.

Excited to Eat & Drink in Norfolk

Signs of spring have started to tease us which means it won’t be long until we are enjoying longer days and beautiful weather. But, spring isn’t the only exciting thing just around the corner, Eat & Drink Norfolk is now just weeks away!

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If you’ve been to this epic Norfolk County event in the past, then I’m sure you understand the anticipation.  On the chance that you haven’t been then I will recommend that you make this your year!

Eat & Drink Norfolk is a local event hosted by The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show celebrating many of the amazing restaurants, food producers, wineries and breweries from our beautiful county!

“Eat & Drink Norfolk is now in its 9th year! The event keeps on growing due to the support of the community. We live in Ontario’s Garden, the greatest county in Canada, and that abundance is reflected in what the local restaurants, wineries and breweries produce and offer at the event! That is one of the main reasons we’ve been named one of “Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events” for 3 years in a row!” – Chantal Zorad, Special Events Manager

For three evenings you can taste test, sip and sample the best creations from Norfolk’s favourites vendors. The social atmosphere and live entertainment offer a great time for everyone.  And of course you can partake in a little friendly competition by voting for your favourite restaurant, winery and brewery.

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This year the event will take place April 5-7 at the AUD in Simcoe.  For more details and ticket purchases (which are available online this year!) visit The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show website.

I am looking forward to getting my hands on some cider samples from Villa Nova Estate Winery or Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery.  Which local restaurants, wineries and breweries are you excited to taste at the show this year?

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Beer Cafe in Norfolk County | New Limburg Brewing Co.

It’s possible, I may become a regular at New Limburg Brewing Co. Tucked away in the village of Nixon right here in Norfolk County, New Limburg is brewing up some noble Belgian style beers.

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This summer we visited the microbrewery which is housed in a converted rural elementary school giving it the coolest nostalgic vibes.  The drinking fountains are in tact in the hallways and the class room chalk boards pose as the tasting room decor. Don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re back in school! The tap room is set up like a European beer cafe creating a totally amazing atmosphere for tasting a few cold Belgian style ales.

Through the entrance we navigated the hallway past the retail area to the busy tasting room where tables and chairs were occupied by customer’s enjoying beers, food, and card games as well as the company. At the bar, with many menu options to choose from, we made our ale selections then passed up a seat in the tap room to enjoy some sun on the spacious outdoor patio. We were already in love with the authentic atmosphere and the genuine service so it was no surprise that we absolutely loved the beer. 

To start, we sampled their flagship beer the Belgian Blonde. Refreshing citrus and spice with a smooth hop flavour, it is no wonder many local restaurants are serving this easy-drinking ale. Once we were out on the patio, we used the cleverly convenient bar service window to order our next rounds. We sipped on Petit Blonde and Wit. While we enjoyed them all, it was the light and fruity Wit that my taste buds fell in love with. I ordered a growler (a growler is typically a ceramic or glass jug which is used to fill and transport draught beer from local or microbreweries) of Wit to go!

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It is without a doubt that we will be retuning to the brewery, and not just for a growler fill up.  I am excited to try the Trappist beers as well as the limited editions. My fingers are crossed that the limited edition Hibiscus Wit will be available when I’m there.

Now, I have to take a moment and divert away form the ale talk because I just have to make mention of the phenomenal coffee that we sipped on! It is definitely a must try for an afternoon pick me up or, for a warm up if you plan to visit New Limburg this fall. We didn’t order any food on our visit however, a few other patrons were raving about their snacks.  In true Norfolk fashion, New Limburg’s menu showcases locally sourced items and we’ve heard the bread & homemade herb & spiced butter was mouth watering with every bite.

The authenticity of the family owned and operated Belgian style brewery is a true gift to Norfolk County.  The beers are rave worthy and the genuine atmosphere makes for unique rural experience. Hopefully we’ll see you there on our next visit, cheers!