Calling all foodies! Do you need a new winter adventure to satisfy your every-food craving? Stratford, Ontario’s got you covered. We know what you’re thinking. Doesn’t winter suck in Stratford? Actually, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better time to visit. In fact, it’s easy to feast, explore, and entertain in Stratford, in every season. But shhh, don’t tell!
Covid-19 Update: Some locations and activities included in this blog post may have altered services or cancellations due to the current pandemic. Please check with each business or group directly or contact Stratford Tourism for more information.
Stratford is famous for the Festival, and many know about our quaint, little city because it’s the birthplace of the Biebs. But in addition to our Shakespearean history, and being known as the hometown of a certain pop-sensation, “Stratty” is also very well-known for its food culture.
Restaurants for every preference and taste.
If you’re in need of exquisite dining experiences, then you’re in luck. This beautiful and culture-rich city is FULL of delicious cuisine that’s going to have you tagging #FoodPorn on every photo you take. Anything you’re craving you can find in Stratford.
Culture comes alive at our many restaurants. Come for a lazy gut-busting breakfast, brunch or lunch. Stay for a relaxed casual or upscale dinner. Enjoy inspired Thai, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, South-African and other international flavours. But don’t forget about classic cravetastic North American, British, and pub-style restaurants. You won’t be short on options whether you crave meat, or prefer plant-based vegetarian and vegan delights.
One of the best things about Stratford dining? The many distinctive environments and atmospheres available to you. If you want something relaxed and laid-back, there are many pubs, coffee shops, and diners to choose from. If you prefer something a little more elegant for a special occasion or romantic night out, our gourmet restaurants will gladly welcome you. You’ll never go wrong; the restaurant vibes are good everywhere, we promise.
Foodie culture is more than just about eating out.
Our food culture isn’t only about our amazing restaurants; the city features a long list of dining events for every season. If you haven’t thought of Stratford as a winter destination before, you definitely will when you read about our winter foodie events.
Stratford can also help you perfect your at-home cooking techniques. Become your own personal-chef by attending classes taught by the best at Stratford’s Chefs School Open Kitchen. Each week they focus on a different specific cooking skill, so you hone your food prep and cooking skills. Classes are perfect for novice and advanced home cooks alike.
The January 26, 2020 class is all about roasting and baking, with featured plates including roast lamb with celeriac purée and pot-roasted root vegetables, roast monkfish with savoy cabbage and bacon butter sauce, coulibiac of salmon, and black bass en papillote. Is your mouth watering yet? Complete your culinary experience by learning about wine and cheese pairing.
After enjoying food prepared for you, or learning new food prep techniques you may need to practice at home, don’t forget to explore retail stores perfect for the foodie in everyone—stores that sell gourmet chocolates, cheese, wine, and more (yum) as well as every kind of kitchen tool or gadget you could need.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the fresh food markets are closed—at least, not here in Stratford! Here, we embrace the cold and continue our foodie traditions, so you can join too. On Saturdays visit the Stratford Farmers Market, and stay so you don’t miss the Slow Food Market on Sunday. At these markets you will find the best local foods: fresh cut meat, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, cheese, canned goods, pizza, honey, maple syrup, coffee, and so much more. You’ll even find ready-made meals you can take home with you to remember the great time you had in Stratford.
In Stratford, we’re passionate about all-things art, and in Stratford food and cuisine is art. So if you’re ready to let your tastebuds lead you, book your weekend getaway today. We’ve got the wine; you just need to bring yourself (and maybe your stretchy pants).
Be sure to TUNE IN NEXT WEEK to see what else Brittlestar has been hiding up his sleeve!