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Craft Beer Night in Vanier brings the craft revolution to the east end

This article originally appeared in VanierNow, which explains the east-end-centric point of view. Beer lovers in Vanier are likely well aware of the explosive growth of the craft beer scene. In Ottawa and beyond, the craft beer movement seems to be expanding at breakneck speeds and, with it, the growing masses of beer aficionados waiting impatiently for […]

Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.

Townies invited to Wakefield’s 1st winter market – celebration of community & old world charm

Inspired by the quaint winter markets still popular across Europe, Wakefielder Jackie Hansen proposed that her village launch one of their own. This Saturday, that community will welcome revelers from across the Outaouais and NCR to celebrate the season at the Wakefield Christmas Market. I got a chance to ask Jackie what’s in store and […]

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Foodie Friday: Taste some lesser-known goodies at the Underground Chef’s Market

There’s another food event in town this weekend. The Underground Chef’s Market is bringing together some amateur and professional food folks at the Ottawa Convention Centre to experiment with their ideas and show off some skills. It should be an interesting opportunity to taste some new stuff. There are only two names on the list […]

Lisa Gualtieri and Justin Palmer of Herbivor Farm.

City folk can try farming thanks to new program

Lisa Gualtieri and Justin Palmer had mused about becoming organic farmers. To take the giant leap of throwing everything into a farm as amateurs, though, was a daunting proposition. Enter Just Food’s Start-Up Farm Program. Currently winding down its first year, Ottawa’s very first Start-Up Farm Program provides participants with access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, […]

Bread and Sons Bakery. All photos courtesy of Sanita Fejzic.

Best Of: Artisanal Bakeries

In choosing my top bakeries, I had two things in mind: quality and authenticity. Of course, between these words you’ll find my personal taste. While compiling this completely subjective list, my aim was to bring to light the artisans whose hands have baked the kind of goods that have left me satisfied and craving for […]

beau's oktoberfest

Foodie Friday: Five must-eats at Beau’s Oktoberfest

I know when I think about Beau’s Oktoberfest, three things come to mind: locally-brewed beer, preventative hangover cures, and how much fun it is to say “Vankleek.” But one of the more underrated aspects of the two-day festival — at least, in terms of being the main reason people make the 90-km trek from Ottawa […]

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Bake on! Ottawa Cookie Jam comes to town

Ever dreamt of being in a room surrounded by delicious, drool-inducing cookies with a license to sample as you please? I have, and it looks like my dreams are coming true as the first inaugural Ottawa Cookie Jam rolls into town on October 5 at Parkdale United Church. And while my dreams of having free […]

In Vankleek Hill, photos courtesy of Days Out Ontario, unless otherwise specified.

Five fall finds an hour (or less) east of the city

Post by Caitlin Carpenter. The old adage of “head west, young man” may be backwards in Ottawa. Most areas in and around Ottawa have been thoroughly mined by locals for hidden gems. However, the communities to the east of Ottawa are often overlooked. Non-existent traffic and crowds, fresh ingredients, affordable stays, and bucolic scenery should […]