Holiday Food and Gift Guide

Looking for unique gift ideas, decorations or ingredients for your holiday meals? Local farmers, retailers and artisans are ready for your business. Click here for a list of local farm and food businesses. For a list of specific holiday ingredients just scroll down. Happy shopping!

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Bread and Baking present iconplate fork and knife icon

Freshly baked bread and sweets are available at local bakeries to complement your holiday meals. Looking for a specific treat? Get your order in and pick up just before Christmas.

Elora Bread Trading Company, Elora
Fountainhead Health Store, Fergus
Market Fresh, Guelph
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Guelph/Eramosa
With the Grain, Guelph

Cheese and Dairy present iconplate fork and knife icon

Whether you are looking for delicious ingredients for a festive cheeseboard, a last minute gift for a cheese lover or ice cream for dessert, you can find it all here:

Best Baa Dairy, Fergus
Mapleton's Orgainic Dairy, Moorefield

Caterers and Personal Chefs plate fork and knife icon

You don't have to do it all. Here are some great local caterers and personal chefs to help with your holiday catering needs. It's your time to relax and enjoy!

Bella Roma Foods, Guelph
Belwood Country Market, Belwood
Chef Scotty Cooks, Guelph
Dar's Country Market, Elora
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus
Garnishes Personal Chef Services, Guelph
Laza Catering, Guelph
Magnolia Fine Foods and Catering, Guelph
Taste Fine Foods, Guelph
Tim Halley Catering, Ponsonby

Christmas Tree tree icon

Make an experience out of getting your Christmas Tree this year. Head over to Madeira Farms in Rockwood, grab a sled and select and cut your own unique tree to brighten up your home for Christmas. Hot apple cider and Christmas cookies await you when you get back. A great way to start your Holiday Season.

Pick up locally:

LittleTree Garden Market, Fergus
Mosborough Country Market, Guelph/Eramosa

Cooking Classes present icon

Looking for a perfect gift for the aspiring chef or anyone who loves cooking? Authentic Italian, Indian, Ethiopian/Eritrean or a customized classes are on the menu. Here are a few fantastic instructors to choose from.

La Cucina di Natalina, Guelph/Eramosa - Italian Cuisine
Garnishes Personal Chef Services, Guelph
Krisha Indian Cooking School, Guelph - Indian Cuisine
Laza Catering, Guelph - Ethiopian/Eritrean Cuisine
The Friendly Chef Adventures, Erin

Experiences and Tours present icon

The perfect gift for culinary adventurers:

Chef Scotty Cooks, Guelph and Area - Chef table dinners and Niagara wine tours on a unique food truck
La Cucina di Natalina, Guelph/Eramosa - Culinary adventure tours to Niagara and Italy
Taste Detours, Guelph - Locally flavoured Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tours

Farmers' Markets present iconplate fork and knife icon

If Christmas shopping on your list on Saturdays, why not stop by the farmers' market? There are lots of neat and locally made gift ideas waiting for you. Beeswax candles, local honey, preserves, lavender soaps, alpaca products and so much more. And of course you can get your grocery shopping done, too. How convenient! ‪

Elora Farmers' Market
Guelph Farmers' Market

Fibre Products present icon

Alpaca yarn and knitted products make great gifts and keep your loved ones warm this winter. Find locally produced fibre products at:

Alpaca Time, Harriston
Harmony Meadows Alpaca, Belwood
Pootcorners, Palmerston

Gift Baskets present icon

Throw together your own gift basket by purchasing goods from local farmers, markets or retailers. No time or gift wrapping skills? Why not order a stunning, custom made local food basket at

Creative Edge, Guelph
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus
Market Fresh, Guelph
Rootham's Gourmet, Aberfoyle
Sweet and Nutty, Rockwood

Gift Certificates present icon

Not just for last minute gift seekers. Gift certificates are great gift option. Seek out your favourite local restaurant, food retailer or even ask your farmer.

What about giving the gift of fresh vegetables for the upcoming season? Find a list of CSA farms here.

Honey, Beeswax Gifts present icon

Honey and Beeswax products make wonderful gifts. Stocking stuffer, host gifts - you can't go wrong with this local favourite. By buying directly from your local beekeeper you are also supporting their role in protecting and maintaining a healthy pollinator population which is essential for local food production. How sweet!

Cedarwood Honey, Harriston
Coneybeare Honey, Fergus
Fairhaven Farm, Hillsburgh
Terra Verde Homestead, Conn
Tuckamore Bee Company, Puslinch

Local Brews present iconplate fork and knife icon

Gifting a bottle of wine or bringing along beer to the celebration? Look for locally crafted beverages.

Craft Beer:

Elora Brewing Co., Elora
Royal City Brewing Co., Guelph
Wellington Brewery, Guelph

Spirits:

Dixon's Distilled Spirits, Guelph

Wine, Cider and Fruit Wines:

Cox Creek Cellars, Guelph/Eramosa
Heartwood Farm Cidery, Erin

Coffee:

Not technically a local beverage, but a staple in many holiday menus. For delicious, locally roasted coffee try Planet Bean Coffee in Guelph.

Local Lavender present icon

For beauty and wellness products grown and made in Wellington, explore a wonderful selections Flowers To Fragrance in Clifford.

Maple and Birch Syrup present icon

Stocking stuffer, hostess gift or ingredient for your holiday meal - maple syrup is delicious, versatile and a great gift. If you are looking for something even more unique, try locally made birch syrup, one of the newest trends in Canadian cuisine. See below or check your local farm markets for maple syrup.

Snyder Heritage Farms, Breslau
Wagram Springs Farm, Moorefield - Producers of birch syrup and birch products

Nuts present iconplate fork and knife icon

Another great option for a hostess gift, stocking stuffer or party nibbles, Ontario grown and roasted nuts are a great option. Find them locally at Jewels Under the Kilt in Fergus.

Specialty Meats plate fork and knife icon

Turkey not your thing? If you are you looking for a more unique ingredient for your Holiday meal Wellington County farms have you covered. You can find Ostrich, Rabbit, Elk and specialty poultry locally. Here is where you can purchase them - and not only for the Holiday season. Ask your farmer for availability throughout the year and add some excitement to your weekly meals.

Ostrich:

White Rock Ostrich Farm, Rockwood
Mosborough Country Market, Guelph Eramosa

Rabbit:

The Kabbespatch, Drayton
Top Market Meats, Ariss

Alpaca:

Pootcorners, Palmerston

Specialty Poultry:

(Pheasant, Quail, Partridge, Cornish Hen, Silkie, Duck, Goose and more)

Blue Haven Farm, Rockwood
Chassagne Farm, Puslinch
Top Market Meats, Ariss

Lamb plate fork and knife icon

Looking for another festive feast ingredient? Lamb is definitely a great, versatile choice and best of all, it's easy to find locally year round.

Circle R Livestock, Wallenstein
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Rockwood

Turkey plate fork and knife icon

Where is your bird from? Get your order in and savour a local TURKEY on Christmas Day. Here is how you find one:

Blue Haven Farm, Rockwood
Circle Four Farms, Erin
J and N Produce and Flowers, Ariss - 519.823.1995
Mapleton's Organic Dairy, Moorefield
Ross Enterprises Turkeys, Mapleton - 519.848.2270
Snyder Heritage Farms, Breslau
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Rockwood
Top Market Meats, Ariss

Pick up at a local food retailer:

Bella Roma Foods, Guelph
Dar's Country Market, Elora
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus
Harriston Packing Company, Harriston - 519.338.3330
Market Fresh, Guelph
Mosborough Country Market, Guelph/Eramosa
Paradise Farms Butcher Shop, Erin
Rowe Farms, Guelph
Trotter's Butcher Shop, Guelph
Valeriote's Market and Butchery, Guelph
Wellington Country Marketplace, Guelph/Eramosa

Beef/Pork plate fork and knife icon

Not a turkey kind of person? Select local traditional meats to flavour your holiday feast. From Summer Sausage to Filet Mignon, local suppliers have you covered.

Big John's Country Market, Kenilworth
Ell-Crest Farms, Moorefield
Harriston Packing, Harriston
Huber Farms Heritage Meats, Kenilworth
Market Fresh, Guelph
Reroot Organic Farm, Harriston
Steckle's Produce and Flowers, Harriston
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Rockwood
Trotter's Butcher Shop, Guelph
Whole Circle Farm, Erin

Vegetables and Fruit plate fork and knife icon

Round out your meal with local veggies. Potatoes, carrots, squash and other root and winter vegetables are readily available locally this time of year. And yes, it's ok to enjoy peaches and salsas in the middle of winter. Look for local canned fruit and vegetables when shopping for preserves.

Thank you

for choosing local food this Holiday Season and year round. By supporting your local farm and food businesses you help to build a more resilient community, keep jobs in town and preserve food choices for future generations. Learn more about the impact of buying local.

We wish you a happy Holiday Season and a healthy, flavourful 2018!

© 2018 County of Wellington, 74 Woolwich St. Guelph, Ontario N1H 3T9, T 519.837.2600, F 519.837.1909