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Food is more than what you eat. Local food is part of the sense of a place and is influenced by the soil, climate and the farmer who grew it. As a community founded on agriculture, our heritage in food production runs deep. Explore ways to reconnect with the food and where it is grown.

Farms connect us to our rural legacy and provide beautiful landscapes to inspire visitors.

The Sweetest Smell on Earth: A Canadian Maple Experience

Journey to a corner of the diverse Carolinian forest for this exclusive, interactive experience on a farm owned by seven generations of the same family. Richardson’s Farm & Market is tucked away in the rural landscapes of Haldimand County. Learn about how sap is made and connect with nature on a tour of the maple bush.

A new stay-at-home experience will help you and your family tap your own trees and discover how to make your own maple syrup through a Backyard Maple Syrup Making Package available through Richardson’s Farm & Market.

Events on an Organic Farm

At Shared Harvest Community Farm and Educational Centre, environmental stewardship and social responsibility are the name of the game. The farm grows organic produce in sustainable ways to protect the land, air, and water. Come out and enjoy some special events held annually on the farm.

Also ask about the Weed and Feed Nights – get dirty by helping weed an organic field while learning about soil and nutrition, and then enjoy a vegan dinner.

2 children looking into a maple tap bucket Close up of a bottle of Richardsons Farmand Market maple syrup
Picnic on the Grand River

The Carolinian Café and Eatery offers its own farm-grown meat and produce, local fresh greens, and seasonal fruits. Its picnic experience offers a custom order of a perfectly packed picnic for two including a trail map to the Grand River where you and that special someone can take in the natural beauty of the quaint hamlet of Cayuga. Or take your basket to Ruthven Park National Historic Site and enjoy on the beautiful grounds of this stunning location.

A couple picnic in front of a historic house Carolinian Cafe Owners smiling in front of the cafe
Rabi’s Grand Kitchen’s New Immersive Cooking Experience

If you want to learn how to cook the most classic and iconic Indian dishes — butter chicken, chana masala, palak paneer — look no further than Rabi’s Grand Kitchen, Haldimand County’s latest immersive experience for aspiring chefs. Under the supervision and guidance of Chef Rabi — an accomplished chef with over 20 years of experience — guests learn about the various spices and techniques involved with East Indian cuisine. After crafting a beautiful dish together, you will gather for a sit-down dinner to enjoy the fruits of your labour.  Visit Rabi’s Grand Kitchen to learn more.

Learn to Cook from Twisted Lemon’s Chef Dan

Before Twisted Lemon Restaurant was even a glint in the eyes of owners, Dan & Laurie, they were sharing knowledge and educating hungry fans from near and far from the comfort of their very own kitchen. Now, more than 10 years later, Chef Dan’s demonstrational cooking classes fill the private dining room in the restaurant and sell out in a day when the new schedules are released.

Food being stirred in pot Chef teaching how to cook. Chef Dan drizzles honey over salmon.