Taste of Huron relaunches with new website, tours - May 31, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
As part of its official relaunch earlier this month, the Taste of Huron hosted two special tours last week showing off some of the best food in the county.
The established brand was relaunched on May 1 with the help of Community Futures Huron and will now include “Taste Your Own Adventure” tours, guided tours and contests, as well as a revamped website at tasteofhuron.com.
On Friday, The Citizen was part of a tour of the northern and central portions of the county and some of the area’s essential food stops. Three limousines made their way through the county making 11 stops along the way.
The first stop was the Port Albert General Store, which became famous when owner Steve Buchanan pushed back against the Provincial Liberal government and Premier Kathleen Wynne by banning her from the store. He said he would have to close the store in the winter months due to the passing of Bill 148, which increased the minimum wage.
Buchanan said that he is planning an expansion of the store, which is already known for its pizza, to include a restaurant and pub that will utilize fresh, local ingredients.
On the tour, they served a vegetarian ravioli with local asparagus, mushrooms and parmesan cheese.
The tour then made three stops in Blyth, trying salads and baked goods at Queens Bakery and the breakfast perogies at Part II Bistro before heading to Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company for a glass of its best-selling Shindig lager.
The group then stopped at Beach Street Station in Goderich, which only just opened a few years ago, where the choice was perch and chips, a turkey sandwich or grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Adam Marshall, Vice-President of Operations for the restaurant, said that the menu does its best to utilize local producers of meat and produce, including the community supported agriculture operation, Firmly Rooted.
From there, the group then made its way to Cait’s Café in Goderich for some of its freshly-made pastries and then to Square Brew, which had recently made a name for itself on the craft beer scene.
The final Goderich-area stop was Maitland Market and Supply, the newly-established organic farmers’ market just east of Goderich on Hwy. 8.
The building, which used to be a veterinarian’s office, is now home to a market and farm which grows its own produce and sells products from other local producers as well.
After a quick stop at Bayfield Berry Farm to try its new varieties of cider blends, which can now be purchased in take-away, three-litre boxes, the tour ended at Bayfield’s Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, one of the county’s biggest success stories of recent years.
For more information on the newly-revamped Taste of Huron, visit it online at tasteofhuron.com.