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Enjoy Waterloo Region’s bounty with Taste the Countryside

Taste the Countryside – currently ramping up to run September 23 to October 3 – is a ten-day prix fixe (set menu) dining event designed to support Waterloo Region’s rural food businesses. It’s an important initiative not only for sustaining business but for economic and community growth.

an outdoor vendor selling green and purple grapes, bags of carrots, cantaloupes, and other produce under a protable tent at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market

True Farm to Table: Waterloo Region Farmers’ Markets

Here is an overview of the farmers’ markets in Waterloo Region. The markets are clear in their pandemic safety protocols regarding distancing, directional arrows and masks: please check with specific markets for their rules and requirements and how they are implemented.

a man's hand squeezing fresh lime juice onto some fresh homemade tacos

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.

Family Meal Deals Guide

Our friends at Curated KW have put together a list of take-home meal ideas to help you spend less time cooking, and more time connecting, thanks to the Meal Deals Guide. 
This guide was developed through a partnership between Explore Waterloo Region and Curated KW.

teenage Asian boy throwing confetti into the air, smiling, as part of a celebration

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.

Spring Gift and Activity Guide

Developed through a partnership with Curated KW, the Spring Gift & Activity Guide is here, featuring great ideas for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day – any day! Great gift ideas that also support our local businesses.

Chef Sourabh Gandotra sitting inside the restaurant Public Kitchen and Bar for an interivew

Chef profile: Sourabh Gandotra, Public Kitchen & Bar

While the pandemic has knocked down a lot of businesses, Sourabh Gandotra is positive in the face of dining room closures and other Covid-19 restrictions. He maintains an excitement for what he has been able to do – and to learn – as a young cook at Public Kitchen & Bar.

A Foodie Road Trip Through Waterloo Region

FamilyFunCanada.com – If you live with food intolerances, you will know how hard it can be to eat out. But that is changing fast. On a recent 2-day getaway to the three cities of Waterloo Region—Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge—I discovered a host of great food outlets that cater to intolerances.

exterior view of Arabella Beer Bar in Kitchener also showing the Oktoberfest tent on their patio

Micr-‘O’-Fest: Arabella Park Beer Bar Serves up Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will be quite different this year with traditional festhallen closed. However, Canada’s largest Bavarian festival is re-imagining itself when it comes to food with a restaurant program, and Arabella Park Beer Bar is participating as a Micro-Festhalle

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