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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three artisan soaps wrapped with string on a tableBeauty and Wellness present icon

Did you know you can find locally made beauty and wellness products made with local ingredients right here, in Wellington County? Hand-crafted soaps and natural botanical wellness products are a treat and make great gifts. Discover wellness products.

 

flight of four beers on tableLocal Beverages present iconplate fork and knife icon

What would Christmas be without a beverage to accompany the abundance of food? You can gift a bottle of wine or bring along beer or cider to the occasion. Check out our local non-alcoholic options as well. Look for locally crafted beverages.

 

loaves of artisian bread on displayBread 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. Find a bakery near you.

 

two hands holding ice cream conesCheese 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 in Wellington County. Find your farm fresh dairy.

 

two hands with knife cutting red onionCaterers and Personal Chefs plate fork and knife icon

You don't have to do it all. From personalized plates, to full size catering, here are some great local caterers and personal chefs to help with your holiday catering needs. It's your time to relax and enjoy! Find for your caterer.

 

family of 3 pointing to evergreen treesChristmas Trees and Decorations present icontree icon

Make an experience out of getting your Christmas Tree - create memories and cut your own Christmas tree this year. You can also enjoy picking out fresh greenery, Christmas pots, plants, wreaths and more. Find your decor.

 

two women making fresh pasty with a rolling machineCooking Classes and Workshops 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. Find a fantastic instructor.

 

cookbooks sitting on table with coffee and plantLocal Cookbooks present icon

What home cook or foodie wouldn’t love to receive a new cookbook for the upcoming holiday season? Get inspired with recipes from our region. Discover local food and farm books.

 

charcuterie board with cheese, meat and breadExperiences and Tours present icon

The perfect gift for culinary adventurers. Food, farm, and brewery tours offer a unique way to get to know a place. Whether you are a visitor or call Guelph Wellington your home, we invite you to learn and discover unique tastes and flavours. Give the gift of an experience.

 

vegetables laid out on table with purchase signsFarmers' 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. And of course you can get your grocery shopping done, too. How convenient! Visit open farmers' markets.

 

white and brown alpacas standing in a fieldFibre Products present icon

Alpaca yarn and knitted products are sustainable, renewable, and make great gifts. They are also sure to keep your loved ones warm this winter. Find locally produced fibre products.

 

crate full of vegetablesFarm Shares present iconplate fork and knife icon

Give the gift of local produce for the upcoming season. Winter and Summer CSA's (Community Shared Agriculture) offer direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by local farmers. Find a farm.

 

gift basket full of fruit, bread and beverages on a blanket.Gift Boxes and 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. Find your basket maker.

 

gift certificate on table with christmas lights and decorationsGift Certificates present icon

Not just for last minute gift seekers. Gift certificates are great gift option for that special someone - it also helps to support our local businesses. Seek out your favourite local restaurant, food retailer or even ask your farmer.

 

jar of honey and honeycomb on a tableHoney and Beeswax Gifts present icon

Honey and Beeswax products make wonderful, unique gifts. From stocking stuffers, to host gifts - you can't go wrong with this local, naturally made favourite. Discover local apiaries.

 

tin sap buckets hanging on a treeMaple and Birch Syrup present icon

Stocking stuffer, hostess gift or ingredient for your holiday meal - maple syrup is delicious and versatile. If you are looking for something even more unique, try locally made birch syrup. Check your local farm markets for maple syrup or view syrup farms here.

 

jars or preserves on a shelfPreserves present iconplate fork and knife icon

Open a jar of sunshine! Preserves are a great way to extend the local food season and enjoy peaches and salsas in the middle of winter. Look for locally canned fruit and vegetables when shopping for preserves.

 

close up of granola with dried cranberries and pumpkin seedsSnacks present iconplate fork and knife icon

Raise your hand if you love snacks! We can’t keep away from these locally made ones. Whether you are looking for a unique gift or just want to treat yourself, we recommend you give these products a try.

 

plate of cooked quail surrounded by vegetablesSpecialty 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. Ask your farmer for availability throughout the year. Try something new.

 

cooked lamb chops with rosemaryLamb plate fork and knife icon

Looking for another festive feast ingredient? Change it up and try lamb. It is definitely a great, versatile choice and best of all, it's easy to find locally year-round. Discover lamb farms and retailers.

 

close up of chickens in their coopFarm Fresh Poultry plate fork and knife icon

Where is your bird from? Whatever your food traditions, it's easy to source your local. Get your order in and savour local farm fresh poultry on Christmas Day. Here is how you find yours.

 

butcher knife and meat sitting on tableBeef and Pork plate fork and knife icon

Turkey not your thing? Select local traditional meats to flavour your holiday feast. From summer sausage to filet mignon, local suppliers have you covered. Discover farms and retailers.

 

basket full of vegetables on display at a farmers' marketVegetables and Fruit plate fork and knife icon

Potatoes, carrots, squash and other winter vegetables are readily available this time of year, and so are sprouts and winter greens. Check with local CSA farms for winter shares, or pick up at farmers’ markets or local produce farms.

 

presents with red bows on tableUnique Gifts present icon

For more unique gift ideas, browse Taste Real partner business’ social media feeds and discover treasures like Pfisterer Farm’s vegetaBALES, a 100% compostable, complete vegetable gardening kit and more.

 

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 safe, happy Holiday Season and a healthy, flavourful 2021!

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