Prince Edward County, that beautiful beach, plus the amazing food and breweries and wineries! It’s all foodie heaven. Last time I was there I wasn’t a mom and the vacation was about wine, the beach and relaxing. Fast forward five years, and a two year old and our week in Prince Edward County (PEC) is more about reconnecting as a family in that way you do when you’re away from it all on holiday, playing in the waves at Sandbanks and of course eating.
Here’s my short-list of the best spots we ate. All were super kid friendly. I picked late August as our week to go (warmer lake water) and rented a little two bedroom cottage in Picton on Airbnb (because two bedrooms is so key).
The Agrarian Market in Picton has a gorgeous old wrap around porch where we ate our breakfasts – coffee, a pastry, some cheeses and peaches. Their selection of cheese, meat, preserves, breads wowed me. Delicious coffee too. One could pack a killer picnic basket with just ten minutes in there!
Lunch at the Midtown Brewing Company in Wellington was one of those stumble upon gems. They brew their own beers and ciders which were lovely, but it was the food that blew me away. Fish croquettes for Oscar, Neil had a meatball sandwich topped with fior de latte and I devoured a wild greens salad and hogged the charcuterie board. Best part? The owners have kids and there was a beautiful thoughtful nook with shelves of toys, trucks and games.
Wood fired oven pizza is my weakness. No surprise I loved the pizza at Norman Hardie Winery. We arrived starving after spending the morning at the beach, right at the time when Oscar takes his midday 90 minute nap. A 45 minute wait for a table – yikes. What’s a foodie mama to do but order two pizzas to go, eat them sitting on the grass among the grapes and then pile back into the car so her boy can nap? True story and the staff were lovely and accommodating.
Best for last. Had my favourite meal at Parsons Brewing Company. The tacos and burgers were delicious. Perfect summer fare. They have a huge play structure for adults and kids. We played teetherball, horseshoes, Frisbee and climbed the giant wooden playground while we waited for our food.
I hear great things about PEC in October, when they harvest the grapes. Whenever you go, hope you love the laid back vibe and food as much as we did. Tell me in the comments if you’ve been and any places you love. I think our family will probably go back every summer.