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Lunch Break in Port Rowan | Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery

Embracing the sweet smell of freshly made waffle cones from Twin’s Ice Cream Parlour when we’re arriving to work in the morning. Having five or six strangers greet us with a friendly “hello” on our daily walk to the post office. Visiting the Farmer’s Market by the lake on our Friday afternoon break. There are definitely a few perks to working out of an office in Port Rowan, Norfolk County.  Popping over to the Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery on our lunch break is one of our favourite perks! 

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I typically order the Black Forest Ham & Swiss on freshly baked, thick cut bread.  Of course, it is topped with a crisp pickle and served with a side of my choosing. My favourite desert? The homemade maple walnut tarts are to die for! I mean if dying for a sweet, perfectly gooey and crumbling tart is your thing, because clearly it’s mine.  But I don’t speak for the masses. Sandy says the apple fritters and cinnamon buns dripping with fresh icing are her customer’s favourite desserts.

The menu features generous wraps and sandwiches made with fresh local ingredients and typically features a drool-worthy daily special. Supporting local suppliers is something Sandy is proud of. You can find goods at the Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery from Jensen Cheese, Kernal Peanuts, Gunn’s Hill Cheese, Fiedler Meat Products and more.

Untitled design (59)Sandy has been serving great food to Port Rowan locals and visitors for 19+ years as the previous owner and cook at Sunrise Cafe and she has always had a desire for opening a local deli. The Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery offers a shabby-chic and small town vibe making it easy to get comfortable and enjoy your visit. More than just lunch items, you can purchase meat, cheese, fruit and veggies platters “made with love” and local goods. Aside from the fantastic eats and baked goods, the deli & eatery offers Dutch sauces, spices, mixes, preserves and goods for sales.

Two years ago this November, Sandy & George opened the doors to the Olde Tyme Deli & Eatery in Port Rowan. Our advice to you, make the trip to Port Rowan to try out this local favourite.

10 Things To Do in Norfolk Before Summer is Over

Anyone who has visited Ontario’s Southwest Coast during the summer months would agree that they were lucky to enjoy the breeze from the lake, the locally sourced dining experiences, the sandy beaches, and the abundance of available outdoor activities. Summer is nearing an end and it’s time to squeeze in every last bit of fun that Norfolk County has to offer. This is our list of 10 things to do in Norfolk County before the summer is over!

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Head out to Lakeside Vista to take in the epic views over-looking Lake Erie and join in the 3 day Music & Arts Festival. This years Saturday headliner? THE TREWS!  This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for the kids and 18 awesome concerts. Camping, beer tent and food vendors are all available on site. Start packing up the truck, this event is taking place this weekend, August 25-27, 2017! As an added bonus, founders of the festival and Lakeside Vista owners Ryan and Lisa VandenBussche announced that all proceeds from the event will be donated to Six ’N’ Pix!

Wine Down Wednesday

blog5Through to the last Wednesday in August, you can enjoy a mid-week “wine down” at Burning Kiln Winery. Wind-down on the picturesque patio with a glass of your favourite wine, live music, bonfire, lawn games, and David’s On Tour food truck specials. Burning Kiln hosts a relaxing atmosphere perched above the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve escarpment with views of the flourishing vineyards and surrounding countryside.  The perfect setting to sip away the summer evenings.

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Yoga in the serene lavender fields at Apple Hill Lavender Farm, Yoga (and berries and wine) in the blueberry patch at Blueberry Hill Estates, Yoga (and live music and beer) in the hops at Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm! Paige Logan, AKA the Yoga Paige, has been hosting a number of yoga inspired events around Norfolk County and offering amazing blog7opportunities to experience Norfolk in a more relaxing and mindful manner. If you’re ready to unwind outdoors and flow with Paige then follow her on Facebook to find her classes at The Yoga Paige.

Turkey Point Mountain Biking Trails

A casual roadside bike ride is nice, but it can’t quite compare to the excitement of mountain biking through the Turkey Point trails.  Thanks to the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club, Turkey Point boasts over 50km of well maintained and clearly mapped trails.  The trails can be tackled by riders of all skill levels. Take it from a beginner, the ride was exhilarating and a ton of fun. Of course, I mostly stuck to the beginner trails with the exception of bravely attempting two intermediate runs. For the experts riders, Turkey Point is known for offering some of the best trail riding in Ontario! If you’re just getting started, you can sign up for a guided tour with Long Point Eco-Tours. So, strap on your helmet and spin up some dirt this summer.

Normandale Century Inn

We recently discovered this hidden Norfolk Treasure while out for a Sunday drive. The live music on the packed patio undoubtedly caught our attention. We hadn’t visited the Normandale Century Inn before so naturally we were curious what was drawing the crowd.  To describe our visit, pleasantly surprised would be understatement. The menu was packed with items created with local ingredients and the drink selections showcased local wineries and breweries. It was a fantastic tribute to Norfolk County and surrounding area.  If you have yet to visit the serene hamlet of Normandale be sure to do so before September 3 on a Sunday afternoon when The Normandale Century Inn is featuring live music!

Long Point Country Bayfest

September long weekend is widely celebrated as the last long weekend of summer, before the leaves start to turn and the days get shorter. In Port Rowan, we celebrate Labour Day long weekend with an epic Annual Festival! Originally known as Tomato Fest, Bayfest takes place on the water front and in the streets of Port Rowan just a short drive North of Long Point Beach. There are many activities to take part in including the soap-box derby, casting competition, and midway rides. In true festival fashion you’ll find vendors, food, entertainment and of course a parade. The festival kicks off with Friday night’s Fire Up Festival and hosts a finale of fireworks on Sunday. Celebrate another summer in the books with the family at Long Point Country Bayfest September 1-3, 2017.

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blog3At Waterford Ponds or in Lake Erie off the Port Dover beach, South Coast Watersports hosts a ton of awesome paddle board activities! Who knew you could do so much on a paddle board? Sure, you can rent a board and go for a paddle. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can paddle in to a game of SUP Polo, undergo some race training, or work on your balance with SUP yoga.  Check out their rentals and events calendar and get paddling.

Norfolk County Beerstock

Get hoppin’ on Sblog2eptember 30th in Powell Park with the Crepe House. Beerstock, sounds epic right? Sipping on samples of craft beer, and tasting wines and ciders from local wineries. All while listening to live music and joining in lawn games in the midst of the bustling tourist town of Port Dover. Of course, you’ll be able to try out some inspiring menu items from local food vendor as well.  It doesn’t get too much better than this, or does it? Actually, you can purchase the VIP package and also enjoy breakfast at the Crepe House followed by a trip to the ropes course at Radical Lines Aerial Adventure Park escorted by Ride the Bine.  Cheers!

Backus Woods’ Trails

blog4The enchanting trails that wind through the Carolinian Backus Woods’ forest located just North of Port Rowan offer breathtaking hiking trails. The trails are accessible year round but they are fantastic to experience at summers end and in to the fall. We typically depart from the trail head on the 3rd concession surrounding ourselves in Norfolk’s wildlife and work our way North on the trails sheltered by the canopy of towering trees. The trails are maintained by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and there are a number of access points and routes to explore. Pick up a trail map and lace up your hiking shoes.

Ride the Bine

If you haven’t already heard then I guess it’s time someone filled you in, Ontario’s ridetehbineSouthwest is becoming a sought after winery and craft brewery destination! Ride the Bine is in their first season and is providing guided tours to some of Norfolk’s wineries and breweries for both locals and tourists. They are inspired by their industry experience and passion for Norfolk County and that passion truly shows through their memorable tours. Gather a group and join the team at Ride the Bine for a cruise through Norfolk’s countryside.


With only a few weeks left and so much to do, how will you be spending the final weeks of summer in Norfolk County?

Rockin’ on the Point

Long Point Ratepayer’s Association is going to be Rockin’ on the Point this Saturday Aug 12 from 4-7pm with RAMJET fundraising to fight the phragmites.

The LPRA needs your help in order to keep working to control the phragmites to BRING BACK our wetlands and  SAVE our beaches!

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Read more about the fight against the phragmites by clicking below.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO “FIGHT THE PHRAG”

Join the LPRA this Saturday at the 5th Annual Rockin’ on the Point Fundraiser and enjoy live music by RAMJET, silent auction, door prizes, and food for purchase! Don’t forget to BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).

Tickets are being sold for $10 and can be purcahsesd from any LPRA Director, at #9 Old Cut Blvd, or at the door.

At The Old Cut Boat Livery

As usual, the event will be held at The Old Cut Boat Livery at the end of Roger’s Ave in Long Point.

The LPRA has offered a huge shout out and thank you to Ray & Sue Ferris from the Old Cut Boat Livery for housing this event 5 years in a row!

Ray & Sue are in their 45th season as owners & operators of the Old Cut Boat Livery which was previously owned & operated as the Boat Livery by Ray’s parents Harvey & Evelyn! Stop in to visit Ray & Sue whenever you are in Long Point. The Old Cut Boat Livery offers a boat launch and sells live minnows, worms, leeches, ice, fishing licences, gas and propane refills!

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Poker Run in Port Rowan

The Tillsonburg Power & Sail Squadron is hosting a Poker Run on Saturday August 12, 2017 and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. Door Prizes, Sweet Corn on the Cob and Hot Dogs to follow!

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Where: Port Rowan

When: Sat Aug 12, 2017 – Poker Run starts at 10am, Corn Roast starts at 4pm

What: Poker Run, Prizes and Corn Roast

Entry Fee: $10/Hand

Details: Register at Marina Shores, Booths Harbour from 10am to 1pm.  Card Pickups at Marina Shores, EC10, Old Cut Boat Livery, Booths Harbour and the Pavilion in Port Rowan. Corn Roast to follow at the Port Rowan Pavilion


FIRST PRIZE $100, SECOND PRIZE $50, THIRD PRIZE, $25


For more information visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Tillsonburg-Power-and-Sail-Squadron-533838236798272/

View From the Top | Inasphere Wines

We spent the beginning hours of another hot summer Saturday evening sipping on local wine and looking out over 105 acres of thriving farmland only ending at the vivid bank of Lake Erie.

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It’s not hard to believe that this view is found in the heart of Norfolk’s increasingly popular tourist scene between Turkey Point and Long Point at Norfolk’s newest winery to open their retail doors, Inasphere Wines. Southwestern Ontario is quickly becoming a destination known for offering incredible wines and unforgettable experiences and a stop at Inasphere Wines on Front Road lives up to the claim.

We rolled up the driveway shortly before closing time, taking note as we passed the fully stocked produce stand not wanting to forget to stock up on farm fresh veggies on our way out. The aforementioned stunning views are the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the charming winery set visibly in a colourful barn. The warm breeze dressed in floral from the surrounding greenery and inviting patio didn’t go unnoticed.

“Inasphere Wines is making an outstanding contribution to the growing wine and brew scene in Norfolk County with their authentic flavours and genuine character”

Making our way into the amiable retail shop, it was time to enjoy some wine! I usually shy away from Rieslings but the heat of this July day was calling for one. The Riesling was crisp and light and perfectly sweet, I knew instantly I would be coming back for another. My fiancé chose the rustic Cabernet Franc.  He enjoyed the dry red wine’s earthy notes, we were off to a great start with this visit.

The staff was sincere and down to earth, we certainly felt that local, small-town vibe. The winery is set on the owner’s 3rd generation family farm.  Husband and wife, Ryan & Shantel Bosgoed, own and operate the vegetable farm and vineyard where the retail shop and sipping area is established. It’s clear by the well-kept farm and shop and the flourishing fields that the pair take great pride in their families work.

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After a chat with the staff about all things Norfolk and wine, we made our way outside to enjoy our wine, and the view. The patio already had a few seats full so we made our way over the adirondack chairs which were set up over-looking the fields derived from reclaimed Long Point marshlands with Lake Erie waters in the distance, perfection.

It goes without saying that we popped back inside to purchase a few bottles to take home with us before departing. We also made sure we filled up on some tomatoes and sweet corn from their produce stand. Inasphere Wines offered us an exceptional experience and we cannot wait to go back for another tasting.

Small but mighty, Inasphere Wines is making an outstanding contribution to the growing wine and brew scene in Norfolk County with their authentic flavours and genuine character. I would highly suggest you stop by and visit Ryan & Shantel at 1454 Front Rd, St. Williams.

Schofield’s Bistro

This past Christmas I was the lucky winner of the Erie’s Edge Real Estate Facebook contest – Best Decorated tree. I won a $100 gift certificate to the Norfolk County Restaurant of my choice. The choice for me was a no brainer…Schofield’s Bistro.

I have lived in Port Dover all of my life and have eaten at all of the great restaurants that the town has to offer. When a new establishment opens, I can’t wait to try their food. I am usually not disappointed. When I first dined at Schofield’s Bistro on Main Street four years ago, I was amazed.

Their food which is described as “casual gourmet with Norfolk flavour” is outstanding, but where it comes from is even better. Everyone who lives in Norfolk County knows how great the variety of fresh ingredients that our area has to offer are. Schofield’s Bistor uses these local elements to their advantage. Not only do their dishes consist of farm to table ingredients, they offer a variety of options that feature the work of other local businesses such as The Port Dover Cheese Shop, Silver Lake Vodka, and my personal favourite, The Little Cheesecake Company.

Schofield’s offers a variety of succulent dishes ranging from their popular Grazing Plate appetizer which features the chef’s weekly selection of artisanal crafted charcuterie to their beef tenderloin medallions. They also offer different daily specials, depending what is in season. I cannot get enough of their linguine alfredo with chicken. The creamy white wine sauce is packed with cheesy flavour and the chicken is grilled to perfection. The dish is served with crusty garlic loaf that I look forward to every time I dine there. 

As a picky eater, I enjoy checking out a restaurant’s website prior to visiting. Schofield’s website does not disappoint and describes everything they have to offer in detail. Make sure to check it out at http://www.schofieldsbistro.com. Their Twitter and Instagram pages are also great as they often post their specials which will be sure to get your mouth watering!

The ambiance of Schofield’s Bistro is just right. It is located in a historical building and features hardwood floors and exposed brick walls which are decorated with pictures of Port Dover’s past and the work of local artists which is available for purchase. The tables are always decorated with fresh flowers and in the evening, the lights are dimmed and candles are lit, making it my favourite date night location with my fiance. Schofield’s is next door to The Lighthouse Festival Theatre and offers a dinner special for those attending a show. This is perfect both locals and those visiting from out of town.

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The Little Cheesecake Company’s Coconut Cream Cheesecake available at Schofield’s Bistro

If you are attending the theatre, or just looking for a great place to dine with friends or someone special, do not overlook Port Dover’s Schofield’s Bistro.

Written by Andrea McIntyre, winner of the Erie’s Edge Christmas tree contest.

10 Things to Do in Norfolk County this Long Weekend

The Victoria Day long holiday weekend, commonly referred to as the May two-four weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

There’s lots to see and do in Norfolk County. Here are some ideas:

1.  Long Point Eco-AdventuresLooking for a unique outdoor adventure experience that is out of the ordinary? From zip lining through the canopy of Carolinian forest, to stargazing at Long Point Observatory, to kayaking down Big Creek into Long Point Biosphere, Long Point Eco-Adventures provides eco-friendly adventures and vacations that develop new skills and provide exciting experiences for families and friends.

2.  Enjoy a footlong hot dog at The ArborThe Arbor has been feeding the appetites of the locals as well as the  thousands of tourists that visit since 1919. Famous for Golden Glow (fresh fruit drinks) fresh cut fries, Ritz Red Hots (foot long hot dogs) with an amazing array of condiments and a great selection of Ice Creams. 

3.  Visit the Long Point Bird ObservatoryIf you’re interested in birds or even think you might be, then a trip to Long Point Bird Observatory is in order. You don’t need binoculars or fancy equipment to enjoy birds at LPBO. During migration, banding demonstrations (from 9:00 a.m. until noon daily, weather permitting) make it possible for you to see the birds up close.

4.  For Mouth Watering Pizza, head to The Catherwood and The Kiln. Not only is this historic building a pizza parlour but also a patio, art gallery and museum.

5.  Check out a production at the Lighthouse Festival TheatreThe 2016 summer season of the Lighthouse Festival Theatre offers something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the comedy “Real Estate” playing June 8th to 25th.Real Estate LFT

6.  Have a Crepe Day! From a propane powered mobile street cart on the Port Dover pier for three years to a European style patio and inside dining room, the Food Network got it right when they featured this one of a kind eatery on “You Gotta Eat Here”.Eggs Benedict

7.  The Burning Kiln Winery. Burning Kiln Winery is a good news story: the building is an architecturally repurposed tobacco pack barn and our multi-award-winning wines carry on a Norfolk County tradition of agricultural excellence. Experience a unique, spectacular winery which honours our agricultural heritage and celebrates the culinary and cultural bounty of Norfolk County.

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8.  Visit Andy’s Drive-InNorfolk’s only 50’s Inspired Drive-In, The moment you arrive, you will enjoy not only the casual atmosphere but there’s just a special ambience that adds fun and relaxation.

This place is a Norfolk County institution and has been around since the 40’s. Back then there were only a few paved roads and not a lot going on.  Now Norfolk has grown exponentially, but Andy’s Drive-In is still serving up amazing burger, fries and some seriously amazingly thick milkshakes.Andy's Drive-In

9.  Twins Ice Cream Parlour. That irresistible aroma in the air on Bay Street, Port Rowan is flowing from Twins Ice Cream Parlour preparing homemade waffle cones and bowls. Serving frozen yogurt and over 40 flavours of ice cream.

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10.  Take a stroll along Norfolk’s Waterfront TrailNorfolk’s shoreline is dotted with provincial parks, conservation areas, three public beaches and marshes that make it a naturalist’s haven. The Trail follows mostly quiet rural roads and passes through a couple of small towns and the larger Port Dover.

Of course, we know there are a lot of other things to do in Norfolk. What did we not include on our list that you’re going to do this weekend?