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Shop the Shore with the Harbour View in Port Rowan

In true small town fashion, local shop and business owners in the charming town of Port Rowan and surrounding area have come together again to host a unique 3-day shopping event. Whether you’re on the hunt for a good deal, browsing for antiques or treasures or scoping out some new home decor, Shop the Shore is where you’ll want to be on May 4-6. Hop from shop to shop throughout the village as shop owners feature some amazing deals, prizes and giveaways!

For the bargain hunter, you’ll find some local stores offering 10-30% off! Start by checking out the spring fashions at local clothing stores Cashmere & Cobwebs, Cheshires On Bay and Shear Creation Gift Shoppe. The discounts continue at C & C Home, home of Pickers Antiques Warehouse. You’ll find rustic accents, antiques and items for your home and cottage.  Then pop in to Lakeside Decor to take advantage of the incredible deals on stunning interior and exterior decor. Get a peek at the store’s whole new look and new products including Krahn Furniture and Ashley Furniture. And of course do some taste testing while you’re there and sample the Wicked Gourmet & Gourmet Village products.

If you’re anything like me, you plan your shopping trips around the food! Olde Time Deli & Eatery will be serving homemade lunches and soups and baking up some delicious treats. And you might as well enter the free draw and check out their selection of vintage and industrial giftware while you’re inside this authentic eatery. The Country Fork is offering a sweet lunch special on their home cooked meals.  Speaking of sweet, you might eye up their delectable dessert cabinet or let your eyes wander to the selection of unique and locally made giftware items featured in this charming restaurant. If you’re looking to enjoy a little something extra with your lunch, head out to Burning Kiln Winery for a free sample flight of their locally famous wine!

The lunch options continue along with a collection of vendor booths showcased at the Community Church and the Port Rowan Community Centre. Find some variety as the vendors display handmade products, cooking items, accessories, fashion, gifts and more. For more variety head over to Dizzy Lizzy’s to browse their gifts, games, toys and sweet treats. Then drop in to Star Gate General and Deer Creek Antiques & Creations to view their amazing rustic and antique selections.

You’ll find a serious selection of antiques at Franni’s Attic.  Browse through the collectibles while munching on some freshly popped pop corn and drop you name in the draw for a chance to claim a prize.  The exciting draws carry on for some great prizes at Doersken Country Store, Cattail Cove Interiors, and The Rustic Retreat. Enter for yet another prize as you pick out the perfect items for your garden this spring from The Rusty Pail’s selection of iron works and garden, cottage and beach decor!

You’ll even get to leave with a gift or a treat from a handful of businesses like Port Rowan Pharmasave and Port Rowan Thrift Shoppe during the 3 day shopping event. Receive a surprise gift as you sooth your senses with essential oils, salt blocks and other healing essentials at Embracing Wholeness. Pick up a few items from the beautiful collection of local photography, books and home and cottage decor at The Lighthouse On Bay before leaving with your gift. But be sure not to leave before digging in to their featured homemade fudge and old fashioned candy bar!

Ensuring a great time, Johnny Scatt will be back at Lakeside Decor on Bay Street with live entertainment. With eateries, clothing, furniture, gifts and antiques all available “you don’t have to go to the big city.  You can get just about everything you’d want in down town Port Rowan” says local shop owner Denise Kirby from Lakeside Decor.

3 days of deals, charming local shops, and stunning views of the Long Point Bay, what better place to shop this spring?

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.

Maple Syrup Season in Norfolk

Sugaring season is in full swing in Norfolk County which means delicious, local maple syrup is filling the shelves! Sugar shacks across the county, and the country, are working to hard to produce the sweet syrup that we love so much in the few weeks when that magical sap is flowing from the wondrous Sugar Maple Trees.

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At one well known local maple sugar shack, Chambers Pure Maple Products, they are busy tapping trees, boiling sap and turning their tasty syrup in to a variety of maple products, including their famous maple syrup! You can purchase any of these sweet products at their eclectic gift shop, ‘The Maple Shop’, in Villa Nova. And chances are you’ll also be able to find their syrup at quite a few local stores, shops and restaurants.

For a taste test of their smooth golden brown syrup, you once could to stop in at The Pancake House. For 20 years the Chamber’s would spend the busy sugaring season creating their tasty syrup while serving piping hot pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup to awaiting customers. Serving a seasonally fresh and delicious breakfast, of course The Pancake House was a popular place for those eight busy weeks of the season. Two years ago the Pancake House was converted in to The Maple Shop bringing a change of pace to the sugar season for the Chamber’s family.

Don’t worry you can still sample their fresh syrup at a few local restaurants. Kerrys St James Street Eatery in Waterford is loading their flapjack and sausage breakfast with Chamber’s Maple Syrup. Or, visit the Crepe House in Port Dover to try it layered over a sweet or savoury crepe.

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If you’re really looking to immerse yourself in the marvellous maple syrup tradition, then you must pay a visit to Richardson’s Farm & Market just west of Dunnville. Take a breathtaking tour through the sugar bush and experience the sap collection using both traditional and modern systems. Get a peak at the sap boiling and the syrup creation process.  And of course, enjoy some hot pancakes and sausage with some seriously fresh syrup.

Growing up, I remember tapping the maple trees around town and boiling the sap to make our very own maple syrup to load on our pancakes.  I’m no longer tapping trees, but I absolutely love a little local syrup as a tasty natural sweetener in my morning coffee.

So, my fellow Norfolk syrup lovers, what’s your favourite maple treat?

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Crepes, Croissants and Quiches in Norfolk County

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? These Norfolk County restaurants might agree and they are definitely creating some delicious breakfast masterpieces for you to enjoy!

 Ferrera

This little Simcoe gem is offering a seriously packed breakfast menu! The locally sourced and freshly crafted creations will amaze your taste buds. Breakfast poutine,  perch Benedict or tuscan chicken omelette, how’s that for a teaser? With stellar service, a delicious menu and an awesome atmosphere you will not be disappointed at this trendy eatery.  But be cautioned “Taste buds may experience happiness for the first time. This is normal. This new sensation will radiate throughout your body. May induce starry-eyed daydreaming and your best day ever.” – Ferrera

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Schofields Bistro

Spoil yourself on Sundays with an incredible brunch at Schofields Bistro. Their farm to table brunch creations are absolutely mouth-watering.  Choose between items like Belgian waffles, eggs Benedicts, omelettes, or quiche. With this delectable brunch menu crafted from local ingredients, good luck picking a favourite dish!

Harmony Pastry Shop & Cafe

Customers stop for breakfast at Harmony Cafe for more than just their delicious food. The comfortable atmosphere, kind service and home-style menu keeps customer coming back (for over 30 years)! We’d also suggest ordering some tasty pastries and fresh baked goods to take home and savour.

Crepe House

The Crepe House in Port Dover is serving a breakfast classic in a totally unique way, transforming local ingredients into delicious crepe creations! You haven’t had a crepe until you’ve ordered off their menu, legit. Customers are raving on social media calling their crepes “flawless” and their ingredients “lively and all topped up with deliciousness”. You know what you have to do now, enjoy your crepe!

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Trends

Wait until you get a look at the new breakfast menu at Trends! I am absolutely drooling over their “Avo on Rye” – avocado, poached egg &, goat cheese (or feta) on marble rye. Maybe you’d prefer the waffles and fried chicken? How about eggs Benedict, french toast, omelettes, pancakes or a breakfast wrap? I have no doubt that when you stop in you’ll be drooling over their epic breakfast menu too!

Uncle’s County Coffee

I know we’ve already raved about the coffee at Uncle’s in our Coffee Hot Spots Blog.  So, while you’re there getting a hot cup of their delicious java you seriously need to try their western wrap! It is loaded up with eggs, green peppers, onions, cheese and ham and did I say cheese? It is an absolute morning game changer! But you really can’t go wrong with any breakfast order at Uncles’s. 

Ritzy Cakes & Eatery

You will absolutely adore Ritzy Cakes in Waterford. A mouth watering ritzy melt, a classic egg and sausage breakfast dressed up with side of hash brown casserole, or a flawless fruit & yogurt parfait are just a few of the items off their menu.  And try not to fall head over heals in love with their incredible deluxe waffle! Breakfast will definitely be your favourite meal on the days you visit Ritzy Cakes & Eatery.

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Dekoning Meats

You can bet your breakfast is going to be fresh at this butcher’s on site restaurant.  This casual butcher breakfast spot is where the locals head for a delicious home style meal to fuel the day.  And those locals are raving that Dekonings bacon is “the best”!  I don’t think you can go wrong with an order of eggs paired with the best bacon, fresh from the butcher.


We’ve named a few drool-worthy Norfolk County breakfast spots.  Who serves your favourite breakfast dish?

Let us know if we have missed any awesome local breakfast creators that need to be added to our list.

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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Norfolk’s Fav Chicken Wings

Amazing adventures, locally grown goods, authentic wineries & breweries and inspired restaurants.  Norfolk County does a lot of things right and serving up epic chicken wings just happens to be one of them!

We took of a poll of Norfolk’s favourite places to order wings and here’s what you had to say about it!

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The Blue Elephant

This ever-evolving Simcoe favourite creates with fresh, local ingredients and continues to serve up exceptional wings to their patrons. The best part is that their rave worthy drum sticks, flats and sauces can be paired with their very own draught beer. With a variety of small batch fresh brew to chase down your dinner, you will not be disappointed on wing night at this local brew house!

The Catherwood & The Kiln

Tucked deep in rural Norfolk County is this inspired rustic gem. The Catherwood and the Kiln is best known for their gourmet pizza and incredible wings. Their facebook page is filled with rave reviews from happy customers on their authentic style, awesome service, and delicious food! Venture out to Vittoria and give this one a try for yourself.

The Boathouse

In the summer months, you’ll find this harbour front Port Rowan restaurant is a popular choice for both locals and tourists. Aside from their perfect pickerel and perch dishes (a tip from this Port Rowan local), their mouth watering wings have their customer’s buzzing! Maybe it’s the tequila lime sauce, or maybe it’s the lemon pepper rub that keep bringing customer back for more!  Saucy or dry, stop in at The Boathouse and order up a couple pounds of these juicy wings.

The Barrel

This traditional Italian restaurant has steadied as a local Simcoe favourite for as long as I can remember.  In traditional style, you can order the Barrel’s wings in mild, medium, hot, suicide, or honey garlic. There’s something to be said for enjoying a classic wing night at an authentic and comfortable local restaurant.

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The Beach House

A picture perfect beach front view is certainly not the best part about this Port Dover restaurant. Their incredible menu is the real treasure. Some may say it’s their perch, and some certainly say it’s their chicken wings! With menu inspirations from local sources as well as some local names found on the beer and wine menu, The Beach House is the perfect local place to enjoy a wing night out.

Sandbar on the Beach

With an enticing creative menu and incredible view, there’s no doubt that Sandbar on the Beach is serving up some popular chicken wings. With some serious wing sauce and dry rub options to choose from you’ll need need to make a few visits to this Turkey Point restaurant to try them all (which we highly suggest you do)! The relaxed beach vibes and unique local inspired menu make this waterfront restaurant is an awesome place to kick back and order up some their amazing wings!

211 Main

A 3 tier patio, live music, and a unique menu set the tone at this Port Dover Pub.  Their customers are raving about more than just a few of their menu creations and the chicken wings are definitely getting mention! These hand breaded favourites are tossed in some totally unique sauces including garlic maple cajun and peanut butter! You’ll need visit 211 Main to cross a couple of these amazing flavours off of your chicken wing bucket list.

 Uncle’s

Port Rowanites must love their chicken wings as this is the second restaurant from the quaint lakeside community that is serving up popular wings in Norfolk!  Uncle’s offers a casual vibe and is definitely doing the classics right. You will not be disappointed with an order of chicken wings (or any menu choice) from Uncle’s and you will certainly be welcomed with friendly small town service.

Three West Trends 

If you like your wings giant, juicy, saucy and with a perfect crunch then you will love the wings at Three West Trends in Simcoe. There is a full menu of sauces and rubs to choose from to dress your wings including apple butter mesquite, butter chicken, lemon pepper and (my personal favourite) hot butter! Make your visit Monday through Thursday to take advantage of their popular wing night special!

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Swazzee’s

There’s no doubt that this small town sports bar is serving up some crowd pleasing chicken wings. While it’s been a popular local establishment for years, it’s recent renovations have created an awesome space for watching a game, catching some live music, or joining in on Karaoke night. According to their fans, Swazzee’s in Waterford is the place to go for some great chicken wings and a fun night out!

The Hideaway

This particular wing joint is another rustic rural find.  The hideaway can be found on a side street in Langton and it’s worth a second look.  These delicious wings are served up smothered in flavourful sauce and we’ve also heard that their pizza is a must try.

Circus Room

Famous for their poutines and stacked burgers, their wings are getting noticed too. The Circus Room is offering some unique twists on family restaurant classics including the mouth watering wing sauces. Their exciting menu states that these delicious wings are fresh, local, and as large as they can get!

Craving an order of wings yet? Let us know which of these Norfolk favs you’ll be ordering your next pound of wings from!

15 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Norfolk

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We’re going to help you fight back against the dreaded winter blues.  Here are 15 things to do in our beloved Norfolk County to help keep you out of that winter slump.

Laugh it up at Sandbar on the Beach in Turkey Point. On the last Saturday of each month they host a Yuk Yuk’s event which includes an amazing buffet.

Bust out the broom and get a head start on your spring cleaning list.  With the indoor tasks out of the way you’ll have more time to spend on outdoor clean up in the spring. Norfolk County Council approved a 2018 county wide bulk pick up for this spring, so be prepared to get your items to the curb on time! 

Go ice fishing! Since we live near the lake, bundle up and head out on the ice (after you’ve checked out the ice safety conditions) to see what you can catch. Check out Jimmy Riggin in Long Point and Bayside Ice Fishing or Woodward’s Ice Fishing in St. Williams to get equipped for the sport. For the avid ice fisherman, putt your skills to the test in this upcoming tournament. But of course, safety first! Here are some ice fishing safety tips from Long Point’s Old Cut Boat Livery.

Trivia Night, Comedy Night, Movie Night, pick your passion!  New Limburg Brewery in Nixon hosts weekly events that are perfect for a date night or a hangout with friends. You can order from their epic beer menu of Belgian style ales and in house snacks. They’ve created an awesome space for you to just relax and have fun. Check out their Facebook page to see what’s going on each week.

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Re-decorate a room. Channel your inner interior decorator and give a neglected room some love. For you decor inspiration, check out Brushed Designs in Waterford.

Indulge in a night out, dinner and live music usually does the trick! 211 Main in Port Dover hosts a gastro pub atmosphere, an inspired menu, and local musicians.  Visit their Facebook page to see their menu and their live music schedule.

Focus on you. That’s right, slow down and make some time for you! We suggest checking out a yoga class or one of the other wellness services at Anume Health & Wellness Centre in Waterford. They even offer beer yoga for the boys!

Get creative! Attend a do-it-yourself sign making class hosted by Rural Inspirations. You’ll have a great time getting crafty and creating your personalized masterpiece. Their Facebook page showcases tons of sign inspirations and upcoming events.

Popcorn and a movie. You can’t go wrong with a classic movie night at Norfolk’s very own movie theatre, The Strand in Simcoe. Wether its a date night or a family night, check out what’s playing and order extra butter! 

Get in touch your wild side and take part in CRC’s Owl Prowl to learn about these awesome mysterious winged creatures of the night.  Meet some local owls up close then head out to the field and call in some wild ones! 

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Go for a hike and re-connect with nature. Trekking through the Backus trails in the winter season is a chance to see our beautiful county in a new perspective. The glistening trees and beautiful white blanket offer a very different view from the colourful forest of the summer (and there’s no bugs!) So, pull out you snow boots or snow shoes and hit the trails. 

Host a Norfolk inspired Wine & Cheese Party! Lucky for us, Norfolk has more than a handful of amazing wineries to choose from. Stock up on few bottles from these local wineries for your guests to sample. Then visit The Dover Cheese Shop in Port Dover and The Second Mouse Cheesetique in Delhi to pick up some fantastic specialty cheese options for pairing.

Sweeten up your day with some baked treats. Tie up your apron, get out the sugar and spend the day in the kitchen baking up some sweet creations.  You might even turn to your copy of Norfolk County’s Cook Book to find some locally inspired recipes. And for the non-bakers out there (like me), you can opt to skip the whisk and head over to Ritzy Cakes, Joy Bakery Cafe or Urban Parisian for some incredible baked treats.

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Try something new and take a beginners pottery class. Circle of Friends pottery is a creative learning studio for beginner potters of all ages. The art of pottery has been said to have some amazing health benefits including stress reduction.  So, give it a try and de-stress with this creative outlet. Find an upcoming class on their facebook page.

Take a lunch break in Port Rowan.  Country Fork has new a menu that your are definitely going to want to try.  Stop in for a delightful lunch then drive down to the harbour to take in the stunning views the lake has to offer at this beautiful time of year.

Ritzy Romance in Waterford

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something romantic in the air in Waterford, Ontario.  It could be the old buildings and heritage homes with beautiful architecture around every corner.  Or it could be the surrounding nature and towering trees spilling in to the towns core, lining the streets, and letting you know that you’re just steps away from immersing yourself in nature at Black Bridge, Shadow Lake or the Heritage Trail at any moment.

But certainly part of the romance comes from that warming small-town, tight community vibe that makes you feel welcome and right at home in Waterford. 

Untitled design (36)I was taking a course in this charming town and was advised by the locals that I absolutely had to visit Ritzy Cakes & Eatery on my lunch break. While their specialty is cakes, and I mean beautifully crafted and delicious cakes, their eatery menu and sweet treats are equally mouthwatering! 

Aside from their tempting menu, their genuine and friendly service stood out above all. The owner and staff at Ritzy Cakes truly embrace the spirit of small town service.  During our lunch break one of the members of the course had to leave the line at Ritzy Cakes after ordering with out getting his food due to timing. Ritzy Cakes took it upon themselves to deliver his order to the hall where we were gathered so that this gentleman didn’t go without a lunch. This was truly a display of admirable customer service.  Not to mention this man was lucky he didn’t miss his chance to enjoy a delicious Ritzy Sandwich!

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While sandwiches are always my preference, the menu at Ritzy Cakes & Eatery also boasts an all day breakfast featuring a Ritzy Melt and scrumptious waffles.  The lunch options also include panini’s, wraps, salads, and soups.  Of course, the delectable dessert menu takes the cake (pun intended)! My sandwich was stacked high and made to perfection.  For my desert, their apple fritter was highly recommended. I was actually told to get there early before they sell out because these freshly baked beauties go quickly.  I got their just in time to snag a warm apple fritter and I enjoyed every bite.

1After an awesome first experience at Ritzy Cakes & Eatery, I make sure to stop in whenever I am in town and I am never disappointed. I recommend you embrace the atmosphere next time you’re in Waterford and be sure to visit this quaint cake shop and eatery. You’ll surely be swept away by their genuine service and tasty creations.

The Best Burgers of Norfolk County

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Admit it, you love burgers!  Well, so does the Erie’s Edge team. We truly can’t resist a mouth-watering patty topped with fried, fresh, or classic fixings.  

Here are a few of our team’s favourite burger spots in our very own, Norfolk County (in no particular order)!

Fererra, Food With Attitude

Untitled design (24)Fererra’s didn’t set out to be known for their burgers, but based on the feedback from our original Burger blog post, they certainly have created some burger masterpieces. I’ll tease you with elements of the Erie’s Edge team’s favourite Ferrera burger, the Pacino! It’s made from VG meats lean ground chuck and this 9 oz patty is topped with house made “extreme” beans, sautéed red onion, banana peppers, cheddar cheese, bacon, arugula, and finally it is finished off with house made tangy BBQ sauce and house made chipotle drizzle served on their signature black buns. But they didn’t stop there, their other burgers are equally as tantalizing. The Big Sexy and The Black Betty are also dressed with house made sauces and originally prepared toppings. These in-demand burgers are proudly created with quality and care by the Ferrera team and they can’t wait to craft one up for you!

Sandbar On The Beach

Sandbar On The Beach is loading up their 100% prime rib patties with all kind’s of toppings, even Peanut butter! I certainly haven’t been br4ave enough to try the P.B. burger yet but I  have been loving the pickled peppers, beer battered jalapenos, and panko friend bacon topping options.  The favourite for one Erie’s Edge team member at Sandbar On The Beach is the French Cowboy Burger.  This burger is rocking some perfectly smoked Montreal brisket and crunchy onion rings. For the record, it’s not all deep fried and meat, meat, meat. The Turkey Point local restaurant also puts an awesome fresh take on their prime rib sandwiches with both the Beach Burger and the Campos Burger. All to be enjoyed with an awesome lakefront view.

211 Main

3Jalapeño Popper Burger, enough said! This “upscale but not uptight” gastropub in Port Dover really nailed it with this one, which was dubbed a favourite burger from an Erie’s Edge team member.  I’m sure you’ve guessed the mix of toppings on this hand made, locally raised, AAA patty; jalapeno’s, mozzarella and cream cheese. 211 Main seems to be really nailing their cheese game when it comes to burgers.  Aside from the popper burger, their menu boasts a double smoked maple bacon cheese burger, a blue haze burger featuring Dover Cheese Shop smoked blue cheese, and a black bean burger topped with goat cheese. Cheese please!

Uncle’s Country Coffee

I was told by another Erie’s Edge team member that a burger from Uncle’s Country Coffee was worth the title of a favourite.  Since this burger mention was located in Port Rowan, just a few minutes from our office, you can’t blame me for ordering one on my next lunch break. “Bacon Cheese Burger with all the fixings, please”. It was simple, but it sure was mighty! The perfectly proportioned typical toppings came stacked on a delicious juicy patty. I am now faced with the burden of resisting the Uncle Burger to curb my beef patty cravings on a regular basis. Thanks Uncle’s!

Willie’s

5If you ask almost anyone from Port Dover, including one of our Erie’s Edge team members, they will undoubtedly tell you that “Willie’s is the best”.  With a humble explanation of “it’s topped with peameal bacon, cheese and their famous homemade Willie’s sauce.” This quarter-pound charbroiled beef burger is equally popular with the summer-time tourists.  Worth a mention is the good vibe, beach side atmosphere that comes with enjoying a famous Willie’s burger in Port Dover!

David’s on Tour

1Another seasonal burger favourite for an Erie’s Edge team member is David’s on Tour located at Burning Kiln Winery.  Though I haven’t tried their burger myself, because I am shamefully addicted to their Walnut Crusted French Brie Chunks which I order at almost every visit, I’ve heard rave burger reviews! They switch it up with a new burger each week, so you never have to choose a single favourite. Ask your server to pair it with a glass of Burning Kiln wine, dine on the patio with a gorgeous view for a nice relaxing dinner. Meet you there?

The Combine

Famously serving… drum roll please… the award winning Combine Burger! Let me get right to it. This Simcoe restaurant is proudly serving fre2sh, locally sourced, home made dishes and they are doing it oh so well. It’s no surprise that their burger, featuring local Jensen’s aged cheddar cheese, was picked as a fave from one of our Erie’s Edge team members.  This beefy patty is also accompanied by smoked bacon, caramelized onions and the Combine’s very own home made grainy mustard mayo and ‘352’ smoked tomato ketchup. It still gets better. Visit The Combine on a Pattyshack Wednesday to get this burger for a great deal!

There you have it. The Erie’s Edge teams favourite Norfolk burgers. We know you have one too. So, what’s your favourite?

5(Norfolk)Things We’re Thankful for This Fall

5 (Norfolk) Things We're Thankful for this Fall

The leaves are changing colour, the air is getting crisp, harvest is in full swing for many crops. Autumn is my favourite season for so many reason’s.  Here are 5 of my favourite things about the Fall season in Norfolk County in no particular order (however I could probably list 30).

Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show

It’s pretty hard to sum up the Norfolk County Fair in a few sentences.  It’s more of a feeling, it’s hard to describe. You know that feeling you used to get when you first woke up Christmas morning before you saw the gifts under the tree?  Yeah, that’s the feeling! The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show has just kicked off it’s 177th year, I can already smell the fair food and and hear the rides. It isn’t all about the rides, games and food either.  The agriculture and livestock buildings are just as exciting, there is such a sense of local pride. I couldn’t possibly explain it, go see for yourself!

Waterford Heritage Trail

We’re lucky to live in a County filled with an abundance of beautiful walking trails and outdoor spaces to enjoy. The Waterford Heritage Trail is a must-see in the fall, particularly at Black Bridge.  The bridge over looks the Waterford ponds and it is a stunning view when the leaves are changing in to their autumn colours.  You may spend more time stopped to enjoy the views and wildlife then hiking or biking but, either way, you’ll enjoy the experience. Make sure to add this to your to do list this fall.

Frank E’s Country Store

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Frank E’s in Vanessa, you must make the trip.  They are proud 3rd generation apple farmers producing quality products. I guess it’s obvious, you can stop by and pick up some farm fresh quality apples (in an abundance of varieties) and their incredible apple cider. But Frank E’s is more than a one stop shop.  Customer’s are raving about their mustards and other preserves.  You will also find mother-watering baked goods, soups and frozen entree’s. It gets better, depending on the time of year, they are serving delicious homemade breakfast and lunch. Not to mention how incredibly friendly and kind they are. Seriously, make sure you pay them a visit before their season ends to grab a bite to eat and to stock up on goods for the winter.

Waterford Pumpkinfest

No, Pumpkinfest is not a festival of pumpkins spice latte’s. Pumpkinfest is a classic Norfolk County festival celebrating the season and the community!  From the iconic towering pumpkin tower and the creepy Spookhouse, to the epic parade and the Friday night fireworks, Pumpkinfest is a perfect family fall event.  On the schedule this year is SUP racing, soapbox derby, live entertainment and carnival rides and games.  Of course, there is much more than that happening at this 4-day festival. Mark your calendar for Oct 12-15 this year!

The Apple Place (Apple Cider Donuts)

You may have enjoyed an apple cider donut before.  But if you have not had one from The Apple Place in Simcoe, then you’ve been missing out. If you’re stopping by my place this thanksgiving weekend then hold the bottle of wine and pie, I’ll take a box of freshly baked apple cider donuts please. While you’re at The Apple Place, check out all of the other goodies and treats they have to offer including apples, cider, honey, and other baked goods!

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There you have it, five truly Norfolk things that I am thankful for this Fall! What are your favourite things about Norfolk County in the Fall?