Local author, poet and foodie, Tracey Gainforth, says Cobourg has so much rich history—and great eating—she decided to share her born-and-raised-here insights with the public. “Cobourg is a place that if you leave, you always long to come back,” she says. She spent years away in Peterborough and Ottawa, and returned to town last year.
Take one of her walking or cycling food tours and you might taste charcuterie by Chef Andrew Stewart at 92 King, brownie bites from the Dutch Oven, cheese bread from MillStone Bakery, and more. She’ll also tell you stories about some of the historical sites and glory days of the beach and harbour. Part history lesson, part sweet and savoury tasting adventure! Northumberland Culinary 613-853-3250
MEET THE MAKERS
What used to be a gas station and garage at a crossroads coming into the west side of town is now producing a fine fuel to wet your whistle. Just two years in, William Street Beer Company has developed quite the following, and several local restaurants offer the ales and bitters on tap.
For a guy who didn’t even like beer when he first tried it in high school, Rick Bailey, co-owner and the man behind the brew recipes, has found his true calling—if fans of Northumberland Hills Brewery have anything to say about it.
Right in the heart of Ontario apple country, on a less-travelled road in the village of Codrington, just north of Brighton—exactly where company co-owner Jennifer Jarrell McRae grew up. As a kid, she loved to run barefoot through her friend’s apple orchard. Many years later, Jennifer and her husband, Chris, were making cider from local apples at home for friends and family who encouraged them to go into business with their first-rate recipe.
TACOS + TEQUILA!
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Butter chicken and beef brisket tacos? Absolutely! For a twist on the traditional Mexican street food, you can’t go wrong at El Camino. Longtime restaurateurs, Steven Sherman and his wife Kay, and partner David Cooper, brought the laidback cantina-on-a-beach style dining to town for a little something different. “We wanted something very casual, very relaxed,” says Steven, hanging out in the bench seating by El Camino’s sunlit front window.
The inspiration first sparked when he and Kay took the less-travelled route in Mexico 20 years ago in a VW van with two pit bulls (before marriage and kids). At one memorable stay along the coast, the two would walk the dogs for an hour to a taco stand “in the middle of nowhere” where the cook was impressed by their appetite—and how Kay could eat so many roasted jalapenos. It was there that they first started thinking about doing wraps or tacos, or something along those lines.