December is the perfect time to discover the sweet and savory treats of the quaint downtowns of Port Perry and Newmarket, in the Central Counties just north of Toronto. Here’s a few of our picks for delicious discoveries on your foodie tour.
Tucked away in a historic building just off the main street, Port Perry’s Old Flame Brewery is the perfect mix of local history and modern specialty beer. Take a tour of the brewery, and sample the six Old Flame brews, including local favourite ‘Perry Loved Mary’.
Two words: Butter Tarts!
Whether you are wandering the main street of Port Perry, or exploring downtown Newmarket, chances are you are steps from some of Ontario’s best butter tarts. Port Perry’s The Pantry Shelf is known for their beer butter tart, made with beer from the Old Flame Brewery. Newmarket’s The Maid’s Cottage (voted home to some of the best butter tarts in Ontario by @OntarioTravel fans!) has a delicious selection of butter tarts, including pumpkin, coconut, pecan and more. The hardest part is choosing which variety to try!
Craving some winter comfort food? These delicious home-cooked goodies are just the ticket. In Port Perry, check out Herrington’s Butcher Shop for a huge selection of award-winning chicken, beef and turkey pies. Marwin’s Global Bistro is known for their Old Flame & Cheddar Soup (made with beer from the Old Flame Brewery).
Visions of sugar plums … These two sweet stops on your culinary tour will have foodies of all ages feeling like a kid in a candy shop. The Nutty Chocolatier and Hank’s Pastries in Port Perry are the perfect spot to pick up your holiday desserts and showcase local businesses on your holiday table. Try the handmade truffles and the candy cane fudge at the Nutty Chocolatier , all made locally with butter from Kawartha Dairy. A few doors down, at Hank’s Pastries you can find their famous cinnamon buns and delicious apple fritters, not to mention Christmas cookies, breads, buns and much more.
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