Eat Up Your February

Eat Up Your February

February 1 - 17, 2019

Did you know you can buy from local food producers and retailers all year-round?  While the winter months are traditionally a slow time at many local food operations, there are plenty of great food options available in Wellington County. Discover some of the best winter eats and local food options in February with Eat up your February!

Dining - Shopping - Events - Classes - Tours - Deals

2019 offers coming soon! Check out these amazing local food offerings from last year:

(Please review opening hours/days prior to visiting any Taste Real partner businesses. Unless otherwise stated all promotions run from February 2 – 18 2018.)

Where applicable, please use the TASTEREAL promo code online, or let the staff or farmer know that you saw the promotion on the Taste Real website.


Krisha Indian Cooking School, GUELPH/PUSLINCH
Learn authentic Indian cooking skills and join us for one of our upcoming hands-on cooking classes. Let us introduce you to the flavourful world of Indian cuisine and see how you can use local ingredients to recreate these dishes in your home kitchen.

  • Sign up during February 2-18 for any of our upcoming classes listed using the promo code TASTEREAL and receive a free package of our own Indian spice mix.

Minga Skill Building Hub Workshops, GUELPH/WELLINGTON COUNTY

  • Get 10% off any of Minga’s upcoming workshops when you sign up from Feb 2-18. Enter promo code TASTEREAL
    • Designing Tiny Homes, Cozy Cabins and Small Spaces: Insight, Foresight, and Practical Planning, February 10, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph/Eramosa
    • Natural Soap Making, February 15, Wellington County Museum and Archives, Elora
    • The Art of Pork Butchery,  February 20, Wellington County Museum and Archives, Elora
  • For a full line up of upcoming workshops visit their website.

Taste Detours, GUELPH
The award-winning Taste Detours will visit local businesses where you’ll enjoy our regional cuisine and learn about the people behind the restaurants, pubs and specialty food shops. Along the way your guide will share some little known history of the area and point out cultural landmarks. Buy your tickets online at

  • Love Bites Valentines Feast (February 9 and 10) Nosh to your heart’s delight on this specialty tour, and get a 10%  discount by using the promo code TASTEREAL at check out.
  • To The Core Food Tour (February 2 and 3) (February 16)
  • Little Bites Appetizer Tour (February 8 an 15)


Bella Roma Foods, GUELPH
Maybe one of Guelph’s best hidden gems, this local butcher shop is located in the old warehouse of Roma Salami, which was an important part of Guelph’s food history. Owner and head butcher Katherine prides herself in the relationships she has built with local farmers that supply high quality meats for her shop. You will find a wide variety of meats, cuts, prepared meals and other local foods at the shop. Check out the wide variety and flavours of store made sausages. The mild Italian sausage (also called ‘sweets) is still the same one Roma Salami used over 50 years ago.

  • For Eat Up Your February, visit Bella Roma Foods and save on poultry: Locally sourced, hormone free, free run, frozen turkeys on sale for $2.69/lb and 20% off hormone free, free run, frozen capons.

Best Baa Dairy, FERGUS
Home of one of Wellington County’s Must Tastes, the ‘Ramenbert’ cheese Best Baa Dairy is on the list of any cheese lover. High quality sheep milk cheeses, yogurts and other milk products fill the shelves of this local, artisan dairy.

  • During Eat Up Your February they give you an extra incentive to come and check out their dairy: 10% discount on any retail purchase a from their store at 820 Gartshore Street, Fergus

Blue Haven Farm, ROCKWOOD
Famous for their wide selection of pastured meats and eggs, Blue Haven Farm also grows garlic, Jerusalem artichokes and has a wide variety of specialty fowl, including, guinea fowl, duck, goose pheasant and more.

  • During Eat Up Your February, take advantage of special pricing on chicken and duck eggs
  • save on locally grown garlic at 3lbs for $10 and soup chickens at 2.99 lbs
  • Visit them at the farm or see them at the Guelph Farmers’ Market every Saturday. Mention that you saw this on the TASTE REAL site.

Gerrie’s Farm Market, ELORA
One of our favourite local farm markets, conveniently located on the edge of town, carries local goods year round. Famous for the flowers, seedling and plants in the spring, they have an excellent line up of local products grown on their own farm or sourced from nearby.

  • During Eat Up Your February, save 10% off local preserves (jams, jellies, pickles and sauces)
  • Save on extra lean ground beef $4.89/lb regular $5.89/lb

Fraberts Fresh Foods, FERGUS
Championing local food is part of the philosophy at Fraberts Fresh Food. You will find their shelves stocked with plenty of local food options year-round.

  • 10% off Frabert’s locally-raised chicken when you use the TASTEREAL promo code.
  • Watch for their special take out Valentines Dinner for two. Pre-order in store or by giving them a call.

Mapleton’s Organic Dairy, MOOREFIELD
You’ll always find a good reason to visit Mapleton’s Organic Dairy. Famous for their excellent on-site made ice cream and yogurt, you can find many more great local foods in their farm store.

  • During Eat Up Your February, save 10% off chicken and don’t forget to check out their special promotion on duck meat and organ meats. We highly recommend you pick up some ice cream, too!

Pootcorner Alpaca, MOOREFIELD
Ever tried Alpaca meat? At Pootcorner’s farm store you will find Alpaca roasts, steaks, sausages, and other cuts, as well as shelf stable alpaca summer sausage and pepperettes all year long. You are invited to come visit the alpacas then stop at the farm store to stock up on this delicious lean meat.

  • Join them on Saturday February 17, 9:00 am-5:00 pm for free samples!

Salad Days Farm, BELWOOD
This is a great time to think ahead to summer and all the wonderful produce that will be filling local fields and greenhouses. Ever signed up to a CSA farm share? Order before the season (now) and pick up your weekly produce share from convenient locations throughout the Wellington County.

  • Salad Days Farm offers a pick up at their farm north of Belwood or at the Elora Farmers’ Market and if you sign up for their CSA during Eat Up Your February, you receive $25 off your order. Use promo code TASTEREAL.

Learn more about farm shares in Wellington County on our CSA page.

Terra Verde Homestead, CONN
Terra Verde runs certified organic local CSA farm share program and raises heirloom chickens, ducks, Guinea Fowl, Kune Kune pigs and honey bees.

  • Visit them during Eat Up Your February to receive 10% off chicken, eggs, or honey

Wagram Springs, MOOREFIELD
Birch syrup is making a foray in some of the best kitchens throughout the country, but is yet a relatively unknown, locally grown ingredient to many of us. Here is your chance to try it, and see why all the chefs are so excited about it.

  • As they prepare for the 2018 birch syrup harvest, Wagram Springs is offering 10% discount off their existing inventory including 100% Pure Canadian Birch Syrup, Birch Syrup Caramels and ‘New to our product line’ Birch Vinaigrette and Birch Vinegar!
  • Orders may be placed at Wagram Springs web store with the promo code TASTEREAL.

Zocalo Organics, HILLSBURGH
Get to know the farmers at Zocalo Organics! They offer a CSA Farm Share program with pick up at the farm in Hillsburgh or in Guelph. Sign up during Eat Up Your February and receive something sweet with your first pick up.

  • Sign up for our Veggie Share CSA between February 2-18 and receive a free jar of honey at your first pick-up of the season.
  • Sign up online and use the promo code TASTEREAL

Learn more about farm shares in Wellington County on our CSA page.


Dixon’s Distilled Spirits, GUELPH
Guelph Wellington’s only distillery had deep roots in local food. Learn about the journey their grain take pre-and post processing and how they collaborate with local producers and artisans.

  • During Eat Up Your February, enjoy a complimentary tour and samples at the distillery. You can even pick up some delicious Shady Grove Maple Syrup at 30% off when visiting the distillery store.
  • Tours run Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm (106-355 Elmira Rd North) book ahead by emailing

Wellington Brewery, GUELPH
Being Canada’s oldest independently owned microbrewery, Wellington Brewery is always worth a visit. Enjoy samples in the Duke House tap room, tour the brewery, or browse through their extensive lines of favourites or one off brews in the retail store.

  • Sampling Hours:
    Wed-Fri: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Sat: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Guided Tours:
    Every Saturday at 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm
    950 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON N1K 1G2


Breadalbane Inn, FERGUS
Dine out and enjoy a local food meal featuring one of our Wellington County suppliers at the historic Breadalbane Inn. Reserve your table.

  • Take some tastes home with you – get 2 bottles of their famous house made dressing for $20 during Eat Up Your February!
  • Watch for their special menu on Valentines Day!


Tailwinds B and B, HILLSBURGH
We invite you to spend the night and extend your stay in Wellington County! At Tailwind B and B you get more than just great hospitality – the hosts serve up an excellent local food breakfast, too.

Where urban style meets country charm!  Come explore the Elora Cataract Trailway only steps from our front door.  After your adventure or as fuel to start one, enjoy a delicious breakfast with locally grown seasonal produce from our neighbours at Everdale!

  • Book a room during the month of February for any date in 2018 and receive a sweet treat from locally produced Edible Promotions!
  • Add promo code TASTEREAL to the comments sections when you book are room at


by Elora Bread Trading Co, Elora
February 4, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
More information and registration

by Wellington Brewery
February 12, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
950 Woodlawn Rd. W. – Guelph
More information and registration

by Transition Guelph
February 13, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

Tytler Public School, Guelph
More information and registration

by Minga Skill Building
February 15, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Wellington County Museum and Archives, Elora
More information and registration

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