The Blue Mountain Village and the Apple Pie Trail welcomed eight new Apple Pie Trail partners this week at The Collingwood Brewery as it heads into its seventh year promoting culinary tourism in the greater Blue Mountain region.
The eight new businesses to join this award-winning trail are; The Collingwood Brewery, Side Launch Brewing Company in Collingwood, iwa SPA opening July 2015 in the Blue Mountain Village, Copper Blues Bar and Grill in the Blue Mountain Village, Sisi Trattoria in Thornbury, Thornbury Farmer's Market, McGinty's Cafe in Meaford and the Meaford Hall Arts & Culture Centre.
In total, 36 stops are represented along the 2015/16 culinary tourism trail featuring orchards, shops, restaurants, spas, cideries, wineries, galleries, museums and active adventures. The Trail runs from Collingwood to Blue Mountain Village, through the Beaver Valley and down to Thornbury and Meaford along the shores of Georgian Bay. Only those businesses that produce or source Georgian Bay and Ontario apple products are permitted to join and of course they must all offer a visitor experience. The Trail is open year round and best discovered over 2-3 days, either by foot in the town sections or by car, bike or motorcycle in the countryside.
The Ontario Culinary Tourism Association in partnership with Ontario Tourism has recognized the Trail as a leader since 2011. In 2011/12 the Trail was awarded Best Culinary Tourism Experience and in 2014 the Trail was presented with Ontario's Best Culinary Tourism Leadership award. Additionally in 2014, OMAFRA presented the Trail with its Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence alongside other local leaders in agriculture like Miller's Diary of Creemore.
Not only is this Ontario's largest apple growing area, Grey Country is actually the most concentrated apple growing region with more orchards in the Beaver Valley than in any other county in the country. As the locals know, orchards dot the landscape throughout Simcoe and Grey County and are significant economic contributors to the area.
"The Apple Pie Trail is the ultimate touring experience for the active, culinary tourist to discover the people, places and authentic culinary experiences that make this area so beautiful and exceptional." said Patti Kendall, Trail founder and Director of Marketing at Blue Mountain Village Association. "The more visitors know about the area, the more likely they are to either stay longer or return another time."
In addition to 36Trail Stops the Trail is supported by area tourism partners including Blue Mountain Resort, The Westin Trillium House, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, The Red Prince Apple, Free Spirit Tours, Summer Bound Tours, the Municipality of Meaford, the Town of The Blue Mountains and the Town of Collingwood.
Apple Pie Trail partner locations:
Collingwood: Collingwood Cooking Academy , The Collingwood Brewery, Espresso Post, Azzurra, Heavenly Cafe, Bonnie Dorgelo Jewellery & Paintings, Collingwood Farmers' Market, Northwinds Brewhouse & Eatery, Side Launch Brewing Company, Currie's Farm Market
Blue Mountain Village: iwa SPA, Copper Blues Bar & Grill, The Pottery Restaurant
Craigleith: Craigleith Heritage Depot
Beaver Valley: Ravenna Country Market, Georgian Hills Vineyard, T&K Ferri Orchards, Apple Top Farm, Farmer's Pantry, Blackbird Pie Co., Beaver Valley Orchard and Cidery
Clarksburg: The Honey House, Loft Gallery
Thornbury: Simplicity Bistro, Thornbury Farmers' Market, The Cheese Gallery, Thornbury Bakery Cafe, Sisi Trattoria, Bruce Wine Bar Kitchen, Goldsmith's Orchard Market
Meaford: Grandma Lambe's, McGinty's Cafe, Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, Meaford Museum, Meaford Farmers' Market, Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery