Inside the new gourmet travel series from the experts at Food & Drink
One of the coveted bibles of the foodie movement is Food & Drink, the LCBO’s seasonal magazine of recipes, entertaining tips and insider information on the latest in wine, beer and spirits. This fall, the magazine’s gourmet obsessives are launching a brand new web series that hops across the province in search of the best local vintners, craft brewers, distillers and culinary artisans.
In each episode of 5 Stops, launching September 19, hosts Miranda Keyes and Devan Rajkumar explore a particularly bucolic destination, from Niagara to Manitoulin. Along the way, they’ll stop in at five amazing places to collect ingredients for an inventive meal and matching cocktail, which they’ll make at the end of the show. (The episodes are a snappy eight to 12 minutes each.)
The debut instalment is set in Prince Edward County, the coveted cottage destination on the north shore of Lake Ontario, known for its sandy beaches, 40 wineries, craft beer scene and artisanal food. The Globe and Mail named the County “the gastronomic capital of Ontario.”
For their first stop, Keyes (a magazine food stylist and chef) and Rajkumar (chef brand ambassador of the Food Dudes, a high-end catering company) visit the Hinterland Wine Company in Hillier, the first winery in Canada to produce only sparkling wine. Among other things, they learn about Charmat method sparkling wines.
Next up is Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, a Picton company that uses renewable energy sources to produce their spectacular variety of award-winning handmade cheeses.
From there, it’s off to Vicki’s Veggies, a roadside vegetable stand in Milford that fronts a 12-acre farm where Vicki Emlaw, an eighth-generation Ontario farmer, offers a wide selection of heirloom organic vegetables, including more than 100 varieties of tomatoes.
Then it’s Kinsip House of Fine Spirits, one of only three farm-based craft distilleries in the province, home to grain-to-grass products that are fermented, distilled and aged onsite, including small-batch rum, whiskey, gin and vodka. The property is also home to Big Mike’s, a food truck serving up central Texas-style BBQ.
Finally, Keyes and Rajkumar end their day at Sand and Pearl, a fresh seafood paradise named one of the best restaurants of 2018 by En Route magazine—home to hot-buttered Atlantic lobster rolls, Manitoulin Island smoked trout nicoise, an oyster bar and craft beer from Sweetgrass, a microbrewery that’s located on the expansive property.
At episode’s end, Keyes and Rajkumar, with the help of Sand and Pearl chef Alana Ferguson, combine their day’s findings into a delicious meal—watch the video to check out their dinner at dusk.
In the next episode of 5 Stops, Devan Rajkumar and Top Chef Canada’s Tania Ganassini visit Niagara region.