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"Food To Go" in The County

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By Cynthia Peters

Eating outside is one of the joys of summer. Whether it’s in your backyard, on a boat or at a park, dining al fresco can be a wonderful experience to share with family and friends.

Finding the perfect setting to dine is easy in the County. With many waterside parks and beaches throughout the region, you have a wide variety of sizes and scenes. For families, places such as the Sandbanks or North Beach are popular destinations. For a more secluded setting for couples, Lake on the Mountain might be a romantic getaway. Visit the County’s web site to search for your perfect destination at

When you decide on your favorite spot, planning the meal that suits your family or friends is the next step. When I reflect on my childhood picnics, I recall my Mother’s homemade potato salad, cold roasted chicken, macaroni salad and tea biscuits. While all good, today’s picnic can offer a lot more in regards to variety and tastes. If you are renting a cottage in the area this summer you may have the space and time to prepare your own dishes too.  Pick up a baguette or two and some local fruit to round off your meal. Also a bottle of our local chilled rose would hit the spot on a hot summer afternoon. Some of my favorites include Huff’s Rose and Long Dog’s Tumbling Stone.

If you are making the County a weekend vacation, there are some great take-away solutions that make fine picnic fare. Gourmet to Go in Picton offers a ready to go boxed lunch called “The County Exploration Kit”. It includes a freshly prepared sandwich, small salad, dessert, drink and County maps and brochures to help you find your way.  Down the street at Pinch Gourmet, there is a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, charcuterie, cheeses and desserts that travel well. Or is you want a local dog, drop in at Buddha Dog a pick up few mini beef hotdogs with local cheeses and sauces. In Belleville area, L’Auberge de France offers bistro style items from homemade quiches to croque monsieur sandwiches and if your lucky enough on to get there in time on Saturday, heavenly croissants. If seafood is your preference, look no further to Maritime Lobster Express for a fresh lobster roll to go or other prepared foods.

So whatever to plan to serve, bring along a few blankets, a fun tablecloth and of course some bug spray. And on your way home, you might want to stop in for an ice cream treat at Slickers, now with two locations  -- downtown Bloomfield and at Highway 33 and 1.


“Food to GO” Locations  

221 Main Street, Picton

Pinch Gourmet
280 Main Street, Picton

Buddha Dog
172 Main Street, Picton

L’Auberge de France
304 Front Street, Bellville

Maritime Lobster Express
393 Sidney St., Belleville






Great story! Makes me want to go to the county right now!
Post Reply By Alexander in TORONTO on 6/18/2009 2:45:42 PM

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