Reach right down to the roots of your passion for food and drink, and what do you find? A thirst for authentic experiences that you simply must share with others.

Come renew your roots by tapping into ours, with this Food & Drink Lover’s Guide to Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Farm to Table Downtown Culinary Tours

Explore the City of Peterborough by foot and by form and disover the culinary delights that the area has to offer. These tours showcase local boutique food stores and downtown restaurants, highlighting small batch, artisan food production and local/seasonal cooking. Tours run from 1pm-4pm each Wednesday from June through September, departing from the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market.

Wild Foodies Paddling Excursion

Join The Land Canadian Adventures paddling one of the Kawarthas’ hidden waterway gems, Nogies Creek. They have partnered with Kawartha Country Wines and edible wilds expert and ecotherapist Courtney Jeffrey to help you find and forage for your own delicious natural produce, and add them to your repertoire of super-local and organic culinary creations. From mushrooms to berries, deciduous buds to roots, you’ll discover a whole new way to supplement your diet while enjoying time one of the Kawarthas’ most beautiful locations. All paddling excursions begin with a dock-talk and a lesson to help ensure our party paddles swiftly and safely along our course. You might also enjoy their Paddle to the Pub excursion too!

Tres Hombres

Experience a celebration of epicurean life in the Kawarthas region through secret culinary gatherings in previously undisclosed, unconventional venues, hosted by three local chefs.

Love Festivals & Food?

With more than 600 events a year taking place in our region, there’s always something happening for food lovers! Here are just a few of the food-inspired events to tickle your taste buds:

Downtown Delicious

From the Taste of Downtown, to Peterborough Ribfest, and Live & Local Lunches, Downtown Peterborough boasts an incredible variety of dining establishments and festivals for your dining pleasure, including Peterborough’s famous Hunter Street Cafe district.

Tart me Up in the Kawarthas

This mini tour, part of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour, allows for both North and South travel options from Peterborough. The North route travels up the scenic Otonabee River through Lakefield and Young’s Point where you can watch the boats as they merge through Lock 27 on the Trent Severn Waterway and into the kissing point of the two Buckhorn lakes. The South route travels down into Millbrook and Bailieboro where award-winning tarts await.

Follow the Chip Truck Trail

You’re not spending hours chewing through traffic to get here, so why zip through a typical drive thru window to pick up a quick bite en route to the lake? Chip Trucks in Peterborough & the Kawarthas are all over the map –covering the corners of our county. And let’s face it: french fries are a comforting indulgence and classic cottage country fare. The simplicity of a potato, cut into hearty steak cut fries or small shoestring fries, seasoned up, fried golden brown and served with a genuine smile.

Craving something golden, rich & squeaky? Poutine is a way to bite right into the Canadian way of life. And it is readily available at chip trucks throughout the area. When you’re cottage bound and your tummy is grumbling, we recommend swinging by one of these great locations on the Chip Truck Trail through the Kawartha

BBQs & Brews

What goes together better than BBQ & Brews? Nothing. Peterborough & the Kawarthas has a vibrant local food scene – pair that with the growing craft beer scene and you have a combination that is sure to having you licking your lips!

Get to Know our Chefs & Producers

When is the last time you had an opportunity to meet the people who produce the food that you eat? How about getting to know the Chefs who lovingly prepare your meals when you visit a local restaurant? Meet the Chefs and the Producers of Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Even if you never visit a farm in this region, one will visit you.

Under Water Dining at Lock 21


Imagine this. You’re paddling a voyageur canoe along the Trent-Severn Waterway and into a large chamber. Effortlessly your canoe begins to rise – you’re in the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, a National Historic site of Canada. Now turn that canoe around and get ready for your descent. Eyes wide open – you have a spectacular countryside view, and then you glance down – it’s a dramatic 65 foot drop!

Not to worry, it’s a safe descent and waiting to greet you is “Richard B Rogers” the man who engineered this magnificent structure, opened in 1904. As you sip mocktails and savour hors’doeuvres on the bullnose he’ll share with you stories of the design, construction and workings of this engineering wonder.

Now it’s time to follow the current Lock Master on a tour of the inner sanctum – a place where few get to venture – and an opportunity to hear the stories of the lock, the operations, its secrets and ghostly residents! A rare treat indeed.

Hidden under the raised lock chamber await a trio of local talented chefs who have prepared an intimate 6 course dinner of the finest and freshest Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ culinary scene has to offer. Retire to the turbine chamber for dessert and appertifs as you cross another unique experience off of your bucket list.

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