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
Fergies Fine Foods, Fergus
Goodfellows Field to Fork, Rockwood
Market Fresh, Guelph
Mosborough Country Market, Guelph/Eramosa
Polestar Hearth, Guelph
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Guelph/Eramosa
Wellington Country Marketplace, 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:

All Sorts Acre, Wellington North
Best Baa Dairy, Fergus
Bluewater Creamery, Guelph
Mapleton's Organic Dairy, Moorefield
Organic Meadow, Guelph

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
Cassoulet Catering, Puslinch
Chef Scotty Cooks, Guelph
Desert Rose Catering Co., Elora
Fergies Fine Foods, Fergus
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus
Garnishes Personal Chef Services, Guelph
Magnolia Fine Foods and Catering, Guelph
Savoy Culinary, Fergus
Schmecken BBQ, Guelph
Taste Fine Foods, Guelph
Union Market Square, Arkell

Christmas Trees tree icon

Make an experience out of getting your Christmas Tree this year. Head over to Madeira Farms in Rockwood, Elliot Tree Farm or Wintersigner's Tree Farm in Hillsburgh. 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.

Fan/Joy Restaurant, Hillsburgh
Garnishes Personal Chef Services, Guelph
Krisha Indian Cooking School, Guelph - Indian Cuisine
Laza Catering, Guelph - Ethiopian/Eritrean Cuisine
Magnolia Fine Foods and Catering, Guelph
Natalina's Kitchen, Guelph/Eramosa - Italian Cuisine
Savoy Culinary, Fergus

Local Cookbooks present icon

The Desert Rose Cookbook, by Resa Lent
Earth to Table Every Day: Cooking with Good Ingredients Through the Seasons Written, by Jeff Crump and Bettina Schormann
Farm To Table: Celebrating Stratford Chefs School Alumni Recipes and Perth County Producers, By Andrew Coppolino
Natalina’s Kitchen: Bringing Homemade Back by Natalina Bombino Campagnolo
Per La Famiglia: Memories and Recipes of Southern Italian Home Cooking  By Emily  Richards
Rock What You’ve Got: Recipes for Preventing Food Waste, by researchers from the Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS)
WineSense – The Three Keys to Understanding Wines, by Bob Desautels
The Girl Who Loves Cheese, by Ava Desautels Barr and Bob Desautels

Decorations present icon

Enjoy picking out fresh greanery, christmas pots, plants, wreaths and more:

Buds and Blossoms Farm, Elora
Creative Edge, Guelph
Elliot Tree Farm, Hillsburgh
Gerrie’s Garden Centre and Farm Market, Elora
LittleTree Garden Market, Fergus
Market Fresh, Guelph
Wintersinger's Tree Farm, Hillsburgh

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
Minga by 10C, Guelph - Variety of food skill building workshops
Natalina's Kitchen, 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:

All Sorts Acre, Wellington North
Alpaca Time, Harriston
Circle R Livestock, Wallenstein
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
Elora Mercantile, Elora
Fraberts Fresh Food, Fergus
Market Fresh, Guelph
Rootham's Gourmet, Aberfoyle

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
Circle R Livestock, Wallenstein
Coneybeare Honey, Fergus
Fairhaven Farm, Hillsburgh
Terra Verde Homestead, Conn
Tuckamore Bee Company, Puslinch
RiverBound Farms, Elora

Local Beverages 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:

Brothers Brewing Company Inc., Guelph
Elora Brewing Company, Elora
Fixed Gear Brewing Co., Guelph
Royal City Brewing Co., Guelph
Wellington Brewery, Guelph


Dixon's Distilled Spirits, Guelph
Silver Fox Distillery, Arthur

Wine, Cider and Fruit Wines:

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


Hibiscus beverages from Laza Food and Beverages in Guelph.


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 made in Wellington, explore a wonderful selection at Flowers to Fragrance.

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

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, 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.


Mosborough Country Market, Guelph Eramosa


The Kabbespatch, Drayton
Top Market Meats, Ariss


Pootcorners, Palmerston

Specialty Poultry:

(Pheasant, Quail, Partridge, Cornish Hen, Silkie, Duck, Goose and more)
Chassagne Farm, Puslinch
Top Market Meats, Ariss

Water Buffalo:

Majestic Water Buffalo, Erin


Black Powder Bison Company, Elora

Longhorn Beef:

4th Line Cattle Co., Erin
Circle Four Farms, Erin

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:

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 Co., Harriston
Market Fresh, Guelph
Mosborough Country Market, Guelph/Eramosa
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

Turkey no your thing? 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 Co., Harriston
Huber Farms Heritage Meats, Kenilworth
Market Fresh, Guelph
Reroot Organic Farm, Harriston
Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop and Bakery, Rockwood
Trotter's Butcher Shop, Guelph
Wellington Country Marketplace, Guelph/Eramosa

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

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 2020!


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