Bruce County! We’ve teamed up with some of your favourite local foodies to bring you Grey-Bruce’s Top 10 dairy spots for your next dairy indulging road trip!
This week’s Top 5 of the ten are brought to you by Alison of Instagram’s @My_Food_Adventures, where she’ll bring you along to her favourite, and arguably some of the best cafés, restaurants, and shops in the area. Read on and don’t forget to stay tuned for the others next week!
948 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound
There’s no better place in Owen Sound for fluffy, buttery baked goods. The best part about Birgit’s Bakery Café has to be that each and every item is made from scratch using the best local ingredients from milk to butter. Start your day with a latte and some treats (because you can’t choose just one). Depending on the day, my go-to’s range from a rustic blueberry or walnut pecan butter tart in the chilly months, to a frozen strawberry flakey in the summer – it’s basically an ice cream sandwich! My favourite thing to do once I’ve grabbed my goodies is to head across way and admire the beautiful street art.
947 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound
There’re a few great places in the area for wide selections of local artisan cheese – The Milk Maid being one of them! With a store filled with Ontario produced cheese and accompaniments, it’s the perfect one-stop-shop for your next DIY cheeseboard. Whether you’re snacking for one or pre-fueling a dinner party, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Whenever I stop in for product or pre-order their cheese boxes or charcuterie cups, I never leave without some Thunder Oak Smoked Gouda. My favourite thing to do is stock up for a picnic lunch at one of the many waterfalls, like Jones or Ingliss Falls, each of which are within just minutes of the store.
415763 10 Line, Clarksburg
The Roost Wine Company located in Clarksburg is amongst some of the finest wineries in the area. With beautiful outdoor seating, the summer and fall are my favourite times to visit. Whether I’m on a night out with friends or acquainting guests with the area, I always book ahead for one of their tastings. Each one boasts the bounty of Ontario with their house made wines being paired with grazing plates filled with fresh, local artisan cheeses. With their rotating selection, this was the first place I fell in love with Gunn’s Hill cheese all the way from Woodstock!
8 Bruce Street S, Thornbury
The Bruce Wine Bar is a treasured dinner stop in my household. Located right in Thornbury, their restaurant uses only the finest local ingredients including butter and cheeses from makers like Thornloe and Quality. Our go-to menu items are sharable plates including the classic wood fired margherita pizza and tomato burrata salad. We love their ingredients so much that after a visit, we stop in their bodega and then head across the street to The Cheese Gallery for the very same cheeses to make our favourite dishes at home too!
88 8th Street E, Owen Sound
Naagan is a hidden gem in and of itself. This unique dining experience based on progressive Aboriginal cuisine offers weekend only 9-course tasting menus, alongside drink pairings, out of the Owen Sound Farmer’s Market. With a focus on locally sourced, grown, and foraged ingredients, Chef Zach includes locally produced yogurt and kefir Saugeen County Dairy in many of his meals. Much like the art of artisanal cheesemaking, Naagan’s philosophy is connecting ourselves to our food, and our food to our land.