Visit Burlington for a wonderful variety of culinary experiences and discover our local terroir (taste of the earth).
Classes, Tours, Chef Demos & More!
If you like to combine learning with dining a number of local restaurants and businesses encourage you to find your inner chef!
Whether it be cooking over a hearth, in a modern kitchen or watching a chef prepare your food, there are lots of options for all age groups.
There are also virtual cooking classes that you can enjoy from the comfort (and safety) of your own home.
Don that apron and get cooking!
Paradiso Restaurant located in the quaint downtown Burlington Village Square, offers a cooking studio with demonstrations and hands on approach where you prepare a meal under the guidance of their chefs. They also offer kids classes during the summer months featuring items such as pizza and brunch. The Block Co. offers special events in their downtown location. Goodness Me on Fairview St. offers a number of courses and workshops. ECS Coffee offers in-store and virtual demos. Museums of Burlington coordinates cooking demonstrations and classes over the hearth in the historic Ireland House. Nuvo Taste is offering virtual cooking classes that you can do from the comfort of your own kitchen. Pre-registration is required.
NOTE: Most of these culinary experiences require advance registration and do often sell out, so best to book early.
Events for Foodies!
Burlington also offers a number of events that focus around the theme of food! A Taste of Burlington is a prix fixe dining program offered in winter & summer featuring some of Burlington’s best restaurants. Enjoy a prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner at great value and experience some of the fabulous restaurants that Burlington has to offer! Rib & Lobster Fest is held in May at Central Recreation Centre and is a popular event for locals and visitors. In August there is Lakeside a la Carte where you can wine and dine by the lake while enjoying samplings from a variety of local restaurants, as well as Ontario wineries and craft breweries. Labour day weekend make sure to head to the Waterfront in Downtown Burlington for Canada’s Largest Ribfest. This event features ribbers from across North America who are vying for the title of Best Ribs. EAT Burlington (Explore Authentic Tastes) is held in the fall and diners tour several downtown restaurants trying delicious food samples with beverage pairings.Throughout the year Burlington Food Tours provide downtown tours that include stops at restaurants where you meet the chefs, have a tour and enjoy some amazing menu items.
Pair that with a Beverage
Burlington is home to Nickel Brook brewery where you can enjoy samplings in their tap room and purchase their beer freshly made on-site. Pepperwood Bistro also features their own line of craft beers including Pepperwood Cream Ale, Pale Ale and Monkey Brown Ale. For several years a Burlington Beerfest has featured numerous craft breweries and have matched beverages with food pairings.
Combine your passion for fresh beer with your taste for adventure and check out the True Brew Path in the Heart of Ontario. You’ll see how craft beer is becoming a big part of our red-hot, culinary scene and be amazed at the loads of fun things to do as you move along the Path to taste the coolest artisan beers of independent breweries.
The Royal Botanical Gardens offers several culinary events annually in a beautiful botanic setting. For those that prefer grapes, visit Andrews Scenic Acres Winery in season. Those who visit this 10th Sideroad Winery north of Burlington will be treated to a sampling of wonderful award-winning wines, ranging from dry fruit and grape wines, to ice and dessert wines. With a retail outlet on-site you can purchase some to enjoy at home.
For those that want a hands-on experience many of our local farms and parks offer agricultural based events at their locations. Springridge Farm holds festivals throughout the year in addition to farm-yard fun. Andrews Scenic Acres offers a beautiful picnic area, a large creative playground, a farm animal corral and free hayrides and other seasonal family fun activities throughout the year. Chudleigh’s was established in 1957, and since then, they’ve been all about promoting farming to the mainstream. Over the years, the farm has evolved beyond “pick your own fruit” to include a fantastic children’s play area, a retail store, a licensed outdoor café and many exciting events.
In March indulge your taste for maple syrup by visiting one of the many festivals celebrating the “sugar-off” season. Crawford Lake celebrates Sweet Water Season with a demonstration of traditional First Nations techniques of tapping and preparing maple syrup. Mountsberg Conservation Area becomes Maple Town, a great way to see maple sugaring first hand plus lots of family fun. A stop at the Pancake House is a must! Bronte Creek Provincial Park Maple Syrup festival specializes in heritage interpretation up to 1900. Tour guides dress in turn-of-the-century clothing with attractions including a pancake house, candy shanty, guided tours of Maple Lane, gift shoppe, wagon rides, farm animals farmhouse tours and demonstrations.