Prince Edward County, that beautiful beach, plus the wineries, breweries, 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 amazing food.
Here’s my short-list of the best spots we ate, and all were super kid friendly. I picked late August as our week to go (warm water) and rented a little two bedroom cottage in Picton on Airbnb (because two bedrooms).
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 (I stole a few bites) and I had a wild greens salad and shared my charcuterie board. Best part? The owners have kids and there was a beautiful thoughtful nook with shelves of toys, trucks and games. And every table has a clear view of it.
What’s summer without gelato and ice cream, right? Nice Ice Baby in Wellingon makes all their own ice creams and gelatos in house, made all natural with nothing artificial. Their cones are also all made on site: waffle, cookie, and gluten free sugar cones. We shared the mint chocolate chip, and vanilla (made with coconut milk), which were both awesome. The shop has a lawn out back for littles to run and lots of Muskoka chairs for you to kick back and lounge.
Wood fired oven pizza is my weakness. No surprise I loved the pizza at Norman Hardie Winery. A spot that also produces some of the best wine in PEC. 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. I look forward to going back here maybe next summer with my husband (only) and a reservation.
Best for last. Had my favourite meal at Parsons Brewing Company. A new spot that opened up recently. Neil had the flight of beer, and loved every single one. And the three of us played teetherball, horseshoes, Frisbee and climbed the giant wooden playground while we waited for our food. The meal was some of the best tacos I have had outside of Mexico. All served on house made blue corn soft tortillas. I loved the pulled pork carnita taco, Oscar ate two [!!] of the roasted cauliflower, beet mouse, toasted pepita seed veggie tacos. Neil’s fave was the carne asada (steak).
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.