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 watching how your food is prepared, 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 prepared by amazing chefs.  There are frequent culinary events so make sure to check out our social media for information on the next culinary experience!

Don 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 Block Co. offers special events in their downtown location.  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.  Museums of Burlington coordinates cooking demonstrations and classes over the hearth in the historic Ireland House.  This classes are very popular and sell out quickly.

NOTE: Most of these culinary experiences require advance registration.

Events for Foodies!

taste of burlington groupBurlington 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 & August 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. EAT Burlington (Explore Authentic Tastes) is held in the fall and diners tour several downtown restaurants trying delicious food samples with beverage pairings.Throughout the year Burlington Food Tours provide monthly downtown tours that include stops at 4-5 restaurants where you meet the chefs, have a tour and enjoy some amazing menu items.

Pair that with a Beverage

Burlington is home to Nickel Brook brewery where you can enjoy samplings at their tap house and purchase their products on-site. Pepperwood Bistro also features their own line of craft beers including Pepperwood Cream Ale, Pale Ale and Monkey Brown Ale. 5 West BrewPub & Kitchen located in north Burlington has a Signature Series of craft beers handcrafted in house by their brewer using the very best in Canadian, British, American and German Hops and Malts. For several years a Burlington Beerfest 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 artisan beers of independent breweries. 

The Royal Botanical Gardens offers several culinary events annually in a beautiful botanic setting.  For those that prefer grapes, visit Andrews Scenic Acres 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.


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.

Maple CandyIn 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.



Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website
Burlington Food Tours 905.330.8212
Food Tour Adventures 905.447.5826
Liaison College of Culinary Arts 2273 Royal Windsor Drive 905.842.4336
Nickel Brook Brewing Co 864 Drury Lane 905.681.2739
Paradiso 2041 Pine Street 905.639.1176
Walker’s Chocolates 3350 Fairview Street 905.634.2462
Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website