Four Foodie Things To Do In Waterloo You May Not Know About


The Waterloo Region is one of Southern Ontario’s best-kept secrets in my opinion. With backed up traffic on Highway 401 and the 403, it only takes 1.5 hours to get to Waterloo from Toronto. From London, Ontario it is the same drive time yet I feel that many don’t realize how many amazing and awesome foodie things to do in Waterloo there are. I’ve already shared a number of stories on the Ale Trail, cycling in Mennonite Country, and kayaking on the Grand River, but now I want to share with you four foodie things to do that you may not know exist throughout the Waterloo Region. If you are up for some adventure you will discover that there are many awesome things to do in Waterloo, these are just the tip of the iceberg.

A busy Saturday crowd at the St Jacobs Farmers' Market - one of many things to do in Waterloo

Kitchen Kuttings 2 Arthur St S Elmira – The town of Elmira is home to Kitchen Kuttings, your place for locally produced cheeses, bulk goods and Summer Sausage that is famous across Canada. Planning on picnicking during your visit? Stock up here. Looking to host the perfect Holiday party? Get everything you need here. Seriously they have everything from nuts to crackers plus a whole lot of candy and it is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. A taste of their in-house made fudge will convince you to stock up and of course who can resist their Summer Sausage. Seriously try the Beef or Pork and tell me you didn’t buy some. Absolutely a hidden gem that the locals have known about for years.

Kitchen Kuttings in Elmira, Ontario

Fudge made at Kitchen Kuttings in Elmira

Kitchen Kuttings Beef & Pork famous Summer Sausage

St Jacobs Market 878 Weber St N, Woolwich – If you are from Toronto you probably think that Evergreen Brickworks or the St Lawrence Market is the be all of Farmers’ Markets. They are great, for sure, but St Jacobs is home to the largest year-round Farmers’ Market in all Canada. In the summer months, the biggest challenge is finding parking. During the winter you can head indoors so you can escape the cold. The market is open all year Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 am to 3:30 pm.  From mid-June to Labour Day the market is also open Tuesdays from 8 am to 3 pm. The locals shop on Thursdays as it is slightly less busy. you haven’t been to Waterloo until you’ve done the St Jacobs Farmers’ Market.

St Jacobs Farmers' Market

Ontario Peaches for sale

A little country attire inside at the St Jacobs Farmers' Market

A busy Saturday crowd at the St Jacobs Farmers' Market - one of many things to do in Waterloo

Murphy’s Law Distillery 90 Earl Martin Dr, Elmira – If you have taken a shine to visiting micro craft distilleries then you will want to sample the moonshine made at Murphy’s Law Distillery. A small but mighty distillery that is crafting some unique flavours. You can take one of 6 tours available on Saturday to see how they make their moonshine. The first tour starts at 11 am when the doors open and include a tasting. Be sure to try the Caramel and the Apple Pie, they will surprise you with how good they are.

Murphy's Law Distillery

Mountainoak Cheese 3165 Huron Road, New Hamburg – You are going to have a “gouda” time when you visit Mountainoak Cheese in the rural countryside of New Hamburg. The Van Bergeijk family emigrated from Holland in 1996 and began operating the dairy farm they now call home. Today their passion is making the best Gouda in Canada from their own cows. The Farmstead Gold just won best Canadian Cheese at the International Cheese Awards in England. Don’t stop your tasting at the Gold though. I fell in love with their Celery Gouda and the Dill. What will be your favourite?

Mountainoak Cheese in New Hamburg

Inside Mountainoak Cheese - one of the things to do in Waterloo

Mountainoak Cheese wheels aging

I told you there were some amazing foodie things to do in Waterloo, didn’t I? I am only scratching the surface here. I think you should plan a road trip and experience it for yourself. Maybe you will uncover a hidden gem that I haven’t been to yet. Please share the love so I can visit on my next trip.

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Thanks to Explore Waterloo for hosting me in the region and making this trip possible. My views and opinions are 100% my own.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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