May 2013 Ontario Food Events

Here’s the round up for May 2013 food events in Ontario (outside of Toronto).  So many events were wine and food combined that we combined the two sections for easier browsing. Check back often as we will update as we become aware of new events.  If you have others, please feel free to submit them to us.

Elora Culinary Walking Tour,  Saturdays. 1 p.m – 3 p.m. The Village Olive Grove, Elora. Come for a stroll through the streets of historic Elora and enjoy the culinary delights it has to offer. to reserve a spot.
Wine & Herb, weekends in May. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend a weekend exploring our neighbourhood of wineries and enjoy different herb-themed food pairing matched to a premium VQA wine selected to highlight the flavour and aroma of the herb. Wine & Herb

Waterloo Region Food & Drink Show, May 2-4. Hours vary. Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. $12 admission plus sample tokens. Eat and drink your way through the finest Waterloo Region has to offer.  Food & Drink Expo

8th annual Ironic Chef, May 3. Evening. Vineland Estate Winery, Vineland. $140. Chef Justin and his team are ready to take on Chef Wes Lesco for bragging rights for 2013. Evening reception and dinner. Price includes paired wines. Ironic Chef

Foraging for Edible Plants with Peter Blush, May 4. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stratford Dog Park. $30. Forage for wild edible plants such as wild leeks, stinging nettles and fiddleheads with local forager, Peter Blush. 519-271-5140 or

Get Fresh in the Valley, May 4-5. Participating wineries in Niagara’s Twenty Valley. $42.50. Passport program for sampling new vintage and aromatic wines paired with spring flavours. Get Fresh in the Valley

GE Café Chefs Series, May 5. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local Community Food Centre, Stratford. $75. Develop your culinary skills during a three-hour class with Chef Jonathan Gushue, Langdon Hall, Cambridge. 519-271-5140 or

Beekeeping Workshop,  May 5. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Grandview Beeyard/Merry Golf Club, Muskoka. $30. Jim Smith of Poppa Jim’s Honey will be teaching everything you need to know about keeping your own bees and making honey.

Come What May with Chef Ian Middleton, May 6. 3 p.m. Your Local Market Co-op, Stratford. Chef Ian Middleton, from Down The Street Restaurant, will execute this lesson using only seasonal ingredients he finds around Your Local Market Co-op in order to cook a full meal.  During the class the students will learn what’s in season, how to cook with it quickly and with an emphasis on spring in Stratford. Your Local Market Co-op.

Mother’s Day Tea and Chocolate Pairing, May 11. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tea Leaves Tasting Bar, Stratford. $32.50. Surprise mom with a special Mother’s Day tasting led by Canada’s Tea Sommelier, Karen Hartwick, and paired with chocolate from Rheo Thompson Candies. 519-271-5140 or

Spring Foraging with Peter Blush, May 12 and 20. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hullet Wildlife Area, Stratford. $30. Foraging adventure at Hullet Wildlife area, searching for wild leeks, fiddleheads and morel mushrooms.  Includes recipes to add to your Mother’s Day experience. 519-271-5140 or

Savour Stratford Tutored Tasting: Cider and Cheese, May 25. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Milky Whey, Stratford. $30. Breaking from the tradition of Wine and Cheese can open your taste buds up to a whole new world of fantastic pairings. 519-271-5140 or

May Cooking Class with Denis Cotter, May 26. 2 p.m. Your Local Market Co-op, Stratford. Free. Registration required. Denis Cotter, founding chef-owner of renowned vegetarian restaurant “Cafe Paradiso” in Cork, Ireland, will demonstrate and discuss ways to create complex, rich flavours in vegetarian food.  Your Local Market Co-op.

Raising Chickens Workshop, May 26. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Grampa’s Farm, Kearney. $30. Learn how to raise and care for laying and broiler chickens for your own eggs and meat.

GE Café Chefs Series, May 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local Community Food Centre, Stratford. $75. Develop your culinary skills during a three-hour class with Chef Paul Finkelstein, Screaming Avocado, Stratford.  519-271-5140 or

Thanks to Tiffany Mayer from Eating Niagara for compiling the event listings for Ontario

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One Response to May 2013 Ontario Food Events

  1. Jennifer Andrews May 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I just wanted to add another event to this list – the Guelph Wellington Spring Rural Romp, which will be taking place on May 25th, 2013 in the Guelph and surrrounding area. I attended a couple years ago and enjoyed visiting the area farms and sampling local foods. It is essentially a self-guided tour hosted by Taste Real, an organization dedicated to local food. Their website can be found here:

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