Culinary Experiences

Come to Burlington for a wonderful variety of culinary experiences and discover our local terroir (taste of the earth)! If you like to combine learning with dining a number of local restaurants encourage you to find your inner chef!  Whether it be cooking or enjoying your food, Burlington has a lot to offer and provides many different options for any age group. Choose from cooking classes, demonstrations or enjoy award winning cuisine and chefs.  There is often a culinary event every week so make sure to check out the calendar for information on the next culinary experience!

Katie Wulkers, Jack StrawlaneDon your apron and get cooking!

Paradiso Restaurant located in the quaint downtown Village Square, offers a cooking studio with demonstrations and hands on approach where you prepare a meal under the guidance of their chefs. They also offer kids classes during the summer featuring items such as pizza and brunch.  The LCBO on Appleby offers a full range of demonstrations from BBQ to Indian food. These classes are taught by award winning chefs from Burlington and beyond. There are also wine classes offered for anyone who would like to learn more about the wide variety of wines available. Goodness Me on Fairview St. offers a number of courses and workshops.  ECS Coffee offers in-store events and classes at their Burlington store.

NOTE: Most of these culinary experiences require advance registration.

Pair that with a Beverage

Burlington is home to Nickel Brook brewery where you can pre-book a tour the facility, enjoy samplings and then visit the retail outlet to purchase their products on-site. Pepperwood Bistro also features their own line of craft beers including Pepperwood Cream Ale, Pale Ale, Monkey Brown Ale, Framboise and Red Ale.  For several years a Winter Festival of Beer has featured numerous craft breweries and have matched beverages with food pairings.

Combine your passion for fresh beer with your taste for adventure and check out the True Brew Path in the Heart of Ontario.   You’ll see how craft beer is becoming a big part of our red-hot, culinary scene and be amazed at the loads of fun things to do as you move along the Path to taste the coolest artisanal beers of six independent breweries. 

The Royal Botanical Gardens offers several culinary events annually in a beautiful botanic setting.  For those that prefer grapes, visit Scotch Block Winery in season. Those who visit this 10th Sideroad Winery will be treated to a sampling of wonderful award-winning wines, ranging from dry fruit and grape wines, to ice and dessert wines. Plus with a retail outlet on-site you can bring some home for later.

Events for Foodies!

Burlington also offers a number of events that focus around the theme of food!  A Taste of Burlington is a prix fixe dining program offered in Feb/Mar featuring some of Burlington’s best restaurants.  Enjoy a three course lunch and/or dinner at great value and experience all that Burlington has to offer! Attend the program launch to sample a variety of menu items from Taste of Burlington participating restaurants.  The launch event is held before the program begins and advanced tickets are required.  Rib & Lobster Fest is held in May at Central Recreation Centre and is a popular event for locals and visitors.  Every August at Lakeside a la Carte you can wine and dine by the lake while enjoying samplings from a variety of local restaurants, as well as Ontario wineries and micro-breweries.  Labour day weekend head to the Waterfront at Downtown Burlington for Canada’s Largest Ribfest.  This event features ribbers from across North America who are vying for the title of Best Ribs.

Burlington Chocolate Trail

Chocolate Trail GoodiesThe Burlington Chocolate Trail is the perfect outlet for the chocoholic in you.   You can indulge in a wide variety of chocolate treats, artisan food,  spa treatments and chocolate themed events during the month of May.  The trail features local chocolatiers making amazing creations; artisan food producers with a wide variety of chocolate treats and boutiques and spas to pamper yourself in chocolate treatments. Pick up your self-guided trail map at Tourism Burlington or any of our participating chocolate trail merchants or download it online.

“Agri”tainment

For those that want a hands-on experience many of our local farms and parks offer agricultural based events at their locations. Springridge Farm holds festivals throughout the year in addition to fun-yard fun.  Andrews Scenic Acres offers a beautiful picnic area, a large creative playground, a farm animal corral and free hayrides and other seasonal family fun activities throughout the year.  Chudleigh’s was established in 1957, and since then, they’ve been all about promoting farming to the mainstream. Over the years, the farm has evolved beyond “pick your own fruit” to include a fantastic children’s play area, a retail store, a licensed outdoor café and many exciting events.  White Rock Ostrich Farm gives you an opportunity to visit a real working Ostrich farm!  At the farm, they provide a fun and interesting learning experience for kids & adults of all ages.

In March indulge your taste for maple syrup by visiting one of the many festivals celebrating the “sugar-off” season.  Crawford Lake celebrates Sweet Water Season with a demonstration of traditional First Nations techniques of tapping and preparing maple syrup. Mountsberg Conservation Area becomes Maple Town, a great way to see maple sugaring first hand plus lots of family fun.  Bronte Creek Provincial Park Maple Syrup festival specializes in heritage interpretation up to 1900.  Tour guides dress in turn-of-the-century clothing with attractions including a pancake house, candy shanty, guided tours of Maple Lane, gift shoppe, wagon rides, farm animals farmhouse tours and demonstrations. Danbrie Farm opens the doors to its 25 acre maple sugar bush to celebrate a distinctly Canadian harvest.

Links

Partners:

Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website
Christy’s Gourmet Gifts 3530 Mainway Drive 905.336.9080
Ideal Tours Burlington Niagara 180 James St. S , 905.783.8687
JeSpa, House of Beauty & Wellness 612 Brant Street 905.631.2951
LA Candy Bar 1369 Plains Rd. E. 289.245.1866
Liaison College of Culinary Arts 2273 Royal Windsor Drive 905.842.4336
Molly Cake 361 Brant Street 905.631.9647
Mrs. B’s Gifthouse 4129 Harvester Rd 905.634.6334
Nickel Brook Beer/Better Bitters 864 Drury Lane 905.681.2739
Nickel Brook Brewing Co 864 Drury Lane 905.681.2739
Paradiso 2041 Pine Street 905.639.1176
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Burlington Mall 777 Guelph Line 905.631.5900
Tourism Burlington Visitor Centre 414 Locust St 905.634.5594
Walker’s Chocolates 3350 Fairview Street 905.634.2462
Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website