Best provincial cuisine in Ontario
- Canada Travel Tips
- Wednesday, 19 October 2011 18:16
Cities throughout Ontario often have signature dishes that visitors and locals love to indulge in. Some may have been acquired from outside influences and others have been a favourite in the area for generations. When travellers journey to Ontario, they should consider sampling some of these delicious foods to get a true sense of the region and its traditions. National Geographic offers some of the best treats and meals to try while on holiday in this stunning province.
Although picking wild blueberries near Sudbury is a favourite summer pastime, travellers can enjoy this tasty fruit year-round in products made from the berry, including jams and other spreads. Some farms grow blueberries year-round in greenhouses so they can be enjoyed fresh even during the cold winter months.
Toronto is a melting pot of wonderful cultural influences. The Little Italy district has some of the best homemade pasta around and should not be missed while on holiday in this buzzing metropolis. Travellers can take home a taste of authentic Italian pasta as well by picking up some Primo brand products, which is based in Toronto.
Maple syrup may come to mind when visitors think of Canada’s most iconic cuisines. Arguably the best and freshest kinds can be found in Lanark County, which lies outside of Ottawa and Kingston. Not only can guests try some great dishes infused with maple, but they may also take guided tours of this region to see how the syrup is produced and refined into the final product. Almost anywhere travellers decide to roam throughout Ontario, however, will offer maple syrup and candy items at the local stores and farmer’s markets year-round.
Ottawa is known for a tasty dessert or snack that can be enjoyed any time of the year. Known as Beavertails, these tasty pastries are flattened whole-wheat dough, deep-fried and covered in a myriad of different toppings. Some favourite ingredients include cream cheese, chocolate spread, peanut butter candies, or simply cinnamon and sugar.
To get one of the delicious treats, travellers in Ottawa can find stalls and stores throughout the city, says the Beavertail official website. If they wish to visit the flagship store, visitors may journey to the Fort William Mall and check out the Beavertail stand there, which serves hot and fresh pastries every day to hundreds of satisfied customers.