Culinary and Local Food & Drink
While you're visiting Grey County, why not endulge in some locally grown or locally produced food & drink! Buy Local! Buy Fresh! You won't taste anything as fresh & delicious as some local food straight from the field to your fork. Grey County boasts a variety of products ranging from fruits & vegetables, meat & dairy, honey & preserves, grains & baked goods, to wine & beer.
To search for some of these great locations, including dining, suppliers, markets, etc., please use our database search engine tool. (please note that many are listed under Arts & Culture as well as Dining.)
Grey County grows more apples than any other county in Ontario, producing more than 25% of Ontario's total apple product each year. Meaford, Thornbury and The Blue Mountains are the most popular areas for apple orchards, however there are some located further south near Ayton as well.
Check out our list of local orchards and markets, and get your crisp, Grey County grown apples.
Don't forget to check out the Apple Pie Trail while you're in the area as well! Travel quiet country roads during spring for the aroma of blooming apple blossoms and in the spring and fall for the smell of ripening apples and the smell of fresh baked apple pie!
The Horse and Buggy Trail (download brochure) - a farm gate experience in Southern Grey County! Open year round, the Trail follows the scenic back roads of Southgate. Visit the tidy farmsteads where you are welcome to browse for local food, maple syrup, eggs, flowers, preserves, fresh meat, baked goods, furniture and more!
Coffin Ridge's Vineyard, overlooking Georgian Bay
We are also home to two brand new vineyards producing local, award-winning wines: Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery & Georgian Hills Vineyards are not to be missed. Breweries are also making their mark in Grey County with the historic Neustadt Springs Brewery and the new MacLean's Ales near Durham.
Many of our restaurants serve up local cuisine
as a tribute to our region's agricultural products
and the personality and innovations of each chef.
Be sure to pick up your copy of the Grey Bruce
Agriculture & Culinary Map when you're in the area
to find your way around the local food hot spots.
Order yours now!
The 2nd Annual Feast in the Forest at Kolapore Springs Trout Hatchery, 2013
This amazing event brought together 15 top Grey County, Collingwood and Toronto area restaurants in the Kolapore Uplands Forest. Delicious libations by local wineries and breweries matched the treats. The day was topped off with great music by local artists.
Kolapore Springs partnered with Foodlink Grey Bruce to provide participating restaurants with unique ingredients from local producers and farmers.
To find more local farms, producers, markets and other places to buy these local products, as well as restaurants serving local cuisine, check out the Foodlink Grey Bruce network, operated by the Grey Bruce Agriculture & Culinary Association (Grey Bruce ACA). The Grey Bruce ACA is a volunteer, not for profit association building and promoting awareness of and demand for local food products and services.