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What’s brewing this summer?

The pandemic has contributed to the growth of local craft beer and small-batch breweries, which have seen a boost in sales as they continued to gain market share. Here’s a sampling of a few local breweries and what they have on the brew menu for the summer months.

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OUR FAVORITE ONTARIO TAKE OUT: WATERLOO REGION

Culinary Tourism Alliance – Indoor dining is currently shut down across Ontario, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the best restaurants our province has to offer. Here are some of our favourite spots to order takeout in Wateroo Region.

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5 New Food Trucks are rolling into the Region

The pandemic has put the brakes on many aspects of our food culture, but it hasn’t completely slowed entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to food trucks. There are a number of new additions to the food-truck circuit. Here is a short guide to some of the new food trucks and the people operating them.

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10 Alt Tacos (and 3 almost Tacos) to Try

Throughout Waterloo Region, tacos rule – and not only on “Taco Tuesdays.” Looking for a fresh fold on the humble taco? We’ve put together a list of “alternative” tacos that hold the meat and amp up the vegetarian and plant-based flavours.

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Creative Ways to Celebrate at Home

You can celebrate your birthday, baby shower, graduation, anniversary, and any other milestones safely from home. With a little creativity, you can make the moments you’re experiencing now, into cherished memories worthy of reminiscing.

barristas making coffee beverages at EcoCafe in St. Jacobs

Serving Up Success: How EcoCafe Survived a Pandemic in a Small Town

Lightspeed – When the pandemic hit communities globally in the spring of 2020 and tourism came to a screeching halt, EcoCafe founder and owner Edward Denyer had to think fast. He started getting creative, rethinking methodology, adopting new technologies and redesigning the cafe space.

a view of the empty patio at Wildcraft Grill & Bar in Waterloo on a sunny day with the table umbrellas up

Patios are springing up in Waterloo Region

The patios in the Charcoal Group of Restaurants have been open since February 25, according to managing partner Jody Palubiski. More than ever during the pandemic, patios have become a critical part of a restaurant’s business model.

wooden hand painted sign at the end of a laneway of a Mennonite farm promoting maple syrup for sale

March Maple Syrup Madness!

Maple syrup is a year-long favourite condiment and ingredient and one with a very long history that needs to be acknowledged. Long before Europeans arrived in North America and introduced the honeybee, Canada’s indigenous peoples were drawing sap from trees and creating the sweet elixir: maple syrup

all the ingredients for a DIY Margarita beverage, lined up on the bar at Taco Farm in Waterloo

BYOB: Be Your Own Bartender

Becoming a better home bartender requires only a few basics – tools and techniques – and a bit of patience. Of course, bars and restaurants that offer newly legal take-away beverages and DIY drink kits for purchase help too.

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