Driving down narrow, winding roads of La Salette you stumble upon Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm, Norfolk County’s first brewery that is also a farm and grows its own hops. Inside the brewery, it has a homey and cozy feel, with a small retail shop to the left and a sturdy bar to the right. There is a wide variety of merchandise ranging from clothing to beer related accessories to Picard’s Peanuts and house made Extreme Kettle Chips.
Touring the brewery is a fun and eye-opening experience, as we learn how local ingredients are incorporated in their beer and food. The brewhouse is overwhelming with the large liquor tanks towering throughout the room. Moving on to the chip machine, we learn about how the Extreme Kettle Chips are made. The chip making process is fascinating. Potatoes are washed, cut, and then bathed in their Dakota Pearl Potato Ale before being fried, seasoned, and packaged. It’s a hectic time when the chip bags get filled and packed into boxes just fill the room during the 5 to 6 week production time.
At the end of the brewhouse and chip production tour, it’s the perfect time to sip on a glass of Dakota Pearl Potato Ale and take a tour of the field of hops, an activity highly encouraged by the staff at Ramblin’ Road. Infused with Dakota Pearl potatoes grown on Picard’s Peanuts Farm, this beer is light and crisp with a frothy head. The earthy tones of the potato blends nicely with Ramblin’ Road’s floral and citrusy hops, delivering a satisfying finish to this cream ale. All in all, taking a leisurely stroll through the sandy soils through rows upon rows of hops while the sun peaks through the tall vines definitely ends the tour of the brewery farm nicely.
Next visit, it will be worth to head up to their aptly named restaurant, The Roost, to grab a bite to eat for lunch.
Located in Aylmer of Elgin County, Rush Creek Wines is an award winning winery quickly transforming into a new hub for the community as Ron the winemaker has great things planned for the years to come. Since he joined in 2015, the winery has won many awards for their fruit wines every year. With his recent venture into producing the winery’s first grape wine, we hope this one is an award winner as well.
When you first arrive at the winery, it can be slightly overwhelming with the huge selection of wines available. The wines range from dry to sweet, dark to vibrant colours, all with unique flavours and aromas. With such a diverse selection of wines, Rush Creek may become the first winery to have wines in all colours of the rainbow.
Their award winning Raspberry-Chocolate wine is truly special, featuring a mouthwatering chocolate and raspberry aromas and rich flavours. It’s smooth in texture and finishes nicely. Paired with dark chocolate, it’s like entering chocolate heaven. If not a chocolate fan, their Nectarine is a beautifully clear wine. It has a rich, peachy aroma, and tastes like a perfectly ripe nectarine. Semi-sweet with a nice finish, it is the perfect wine to send off the summer.
As mentioned before, Ron aims to transform the winery into a place for the community and a must-see destination for tourists. Behind the wine tasting room is another retail shop where there is something for everyone. Here, you can find Rush Creek Wines’ own coffee blend, artisanal cheese, artwork, various memorabilia, jellies and preserves, clothing, and more. Community events are also in the work such as drive-in movie nights, local musicians and artists showcasing their talent, bake sales, and more. Here at the OSCWGA are excited to see what’s to come from Rush Creek Wines.
On behalf of the Simcoe Farmers Market, we would like to thank everyone who came out to the Farm-to-Table dinner. The dinner was a delicious success and we had an amazing time! We would also like to thank everyone who donated to the Silent Auction. All of the items were sold and all of the participants seemed to love them!
Sponsors: Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, Simcoe Reformer, myFM, Norfolk County.
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Norfolk County’s Official Jazz Festival – South Coast Jazz Main Event Headliners Announcement and reserved pre-sales for July 23.
July 23 Port Dover Arena, 809 St George St, Port Dover, NORFOLK COUNTY
July 23/24 (Also see other show lineups at participating wineries -Burning Kiln Winery 1709 Front Rd St Williams and Frisky Beaver 183 Tisdale Rd, Port Dover)
July 23 Port Dover Arena DAY
11am – 12 am (11-530 all ages * minors must accompanied by an adult
July 23 Port Dover Arena EVE
6 pm- 12 am 19 + must show 2 pieces of ID
*Guests must arrive by 7 pm to guaranteed seats*
ALL DAY PASSES THAT INCLUDE ALL EVENTS ARE ON SALE
ADVANCED PRE-SALES ARE OPEN
*Purchase tickets before July 5 for best available reserved seating.
No reserved seating guaranteed after July 5th – it will be first come first served the day of the event. Get your tickets now as we are expect to sell out.
The Galen Weston Band featuring
David Sanborn (6x Grammy winner)
The Shuffle Demons
David Restivo and more