Choose-your-own adventure in Prince Edward County

Choose from more than 50 stops at restaurants, markets, galleries and studios on the Arts Trail and Taste Trail, with talented local producers and artisans along the way.

Here at Foodism, we're no stranger to hopping on a train, plane or automobile to enjoy the foodie spoils of other cities. And we'd be willing to bet that culinary travel is pretty familiar to you, too. While we have a new restaurant for every day of the year here in Toronto, there's something so thrilling about exploring a new region, one dish at a time.

Prince Edward County, just a couple of hours outside Toronto, has an abundance of great places to eat and drink – find sheep’s milk pressed into manchego cheese, chicken wings dusted with sumac and ice cream studded with chunks of freshly-baked apple pie from some of The County's most inventive restaurants. Sampling the Taste Trailis the perfect excuse to plan a fall trip.Visitors will get a unique opportunity to not only stop along the way for cider, craft beer, locally grown food and all the other things that make the region great, but also to chat with the people behind all that goodness.

Stop in at the Grange of Prince Edward Winery to sample their estate grown wines and enjoy a stroll around the beautiful grounds, vineyards and gardens. Feast on the finest of local produce at East & Main Bistro, where comfort food is elevated to unforgettable. Or head to Picton to enjoy a local pint with a wood-fired pizza at 555 Brewing Co. The beer often has a story – it’s brewed on site – and the menu changes to reflect seasonal ingredients.

The County might be famed for its gastronomic prowess, but art is just as prevalent. Once your bellies are full, grab a slice of culture with one of the many stops along the Arts Trail. Drive through the stunning countryside, stopping along the way at the modern galleries and rustic barn studios in the area. Head to Mad Dog Gallery, a renovated century barn on the way to the Sandbanks Provincial Park that specializes in traditional and contemporary fine art by local artists from Prince Edward County. Meet glass artist Caroline Shuttle at Element Arts or fibre artist Tara Wilkinson at her refurbished chicken coop – known as The Love Nest – and take home a piece of The County.

Download the Arts and Taste Trail guides today and start planning your own fall itinerary – and don't forget to tag @VisitTheCounty as you explore.