You will Love Ontario’s Warm Apple Pie Trail to the Core
Warm apple pie. Now doesn’t that just sound heavenly? Well it does to me. This comforting combo of healthy fruit (remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away ;)) and flaky pie crust freshly baked infusing the household with the smell of an orchard just makes everything better. And Ontario listened. They decided the popularity of such a fragrant aroma, the comforting taste, and ultimate favourite sweet warranted a special trail devised to sample and purchase a variety of apple pies, tarts, drinks and other treats during the autumn season. And so the Apple Pie Trail was born.
A few Apple Pie Facts
- This dessert has been a favourite for more than 600 years!
- Although this sweet pastry is associated with American comfort food, the first apple pie was actually made in the UK
- Many versions of the original apple pie recipe were sweetened with fruits naturally as sugar was quite costly back 600 years!
- For the ultimate in apple pies, Granny Smith apples are some of the most ideal thanks to its less sweet taste
- Did you know Granny Smith was actually a real person? She was born in 1799 in the UK and emigrated to Australia in 1838. As she was famous for her apple farms, the green breed she accidentally created with crab apples and Macintosh apples was affectionately named after her.
- Some of the most common ways to serve apple pie is warm with ice cream for the ala mode dish and even with a slab of cheddar cheese.
- The most traditional apple pie has a lattice top. Other variations include crumbles, solid pastry lid, and open tart form with sliced apples decoratively placed on top of the filling.
- Apple pie is popular in the fall as the harvests are aplenty allowing for large numbers of pies made.
Now for the Apple Pie Trail…
So the Apple Pie Trail came to be thanks to the admiration of the area and all the culinary experts wishing to share their apple specialties with the world. Chefs, bartenders, creators, and farmers decided to make this a fun and exploratory venture to promote the beautiful ways apples make foods and cosmetics all the better.
You see, the Southern Georgian Bay region has a lengthy history in apple harvest spanning decades. With this delicious legacy, it seemed like the perfect setting for bringing artisans together with a similar objective in sharing apples with guests of the region.
The trail spans from Creemore all the way to Meaford. With more than 40 stops along the way, it is safe to say that your options are plentiful in choosing how to enjoy the ripe and versatile apple in the 21st century. Here are some of our favourite stops along the trail.
This beautiful little area of Ontario just 15 mins from Midland Ontario, is a haven for getaways and collecting some truly delicious apple delights. We had the pleasure of staying at a cozy and welcoming BNB while in the area and truly felt the hospitality was top-notch. More coming soon on this wonderful spot and their unique apple pecan souffle breakfast on the blog. Some of the great spots to pick up some apple treats include:
Giffens Country Market – here you can pick up some fresh apples from the farm for all your fall preserves, freshly backed apple pies, and cider perfect to mix with that shot of rum on a cold winter night.
Staynor Music and Park It
This fun market offers harvest ready apples, freshly baked apple pies, and hot apple cider to sip on as you listen to live music and ogle the classic cars in the lot. Open seasonally until winter!
Another lovely spot on the trail is Collingwood! Now if you have been following along on my journey through Ontario, you will have come across my coverage of Collingwood and its main attraction – Blue Mountain Village.
Within this wonderful getaway spot for skiers, families, and summer beach goers, lie some of the most incredible apple vendors on the trail.
Kaytoo Restaurant and Bar
This restaurant was definitely a highlight on our trip out to Blue. It is the perfect stop for anything Canadian you could want set right on Mill pond. Imagine a maple bacon Caesar garnished with a strip of bacon served with a bison burger. Divine right? Not finished yet…you must check out the reason they are on the apple pie trail – their homemade apple pie. This dessert made specially for the trail season is definitely a highlight on their menu. Head to the patio and indulge during the summer months on some truly authentic and delicious cuisine. To read more about our experience, check out our review here.
So not only does this eatery have some awesome pizza ( some of the best outside Italy in my humble foodie opinion) but they also landed on the Apple Pie Trail thanks to their bespoke cocktails infusing the prized fruit within their already amazing libations. Order a delicious apple-based drink to wash down the pizza of choice. Truly the perfect spot for lunch between adventure activities!
We had the pleasure of travelling through and exploring Thornbury on our road trip up to Tobermory (coverage coming soon!) And this little town has certainly charm that spans all four seasons. Not only is it adorable with beautiful little shops, delicious cafes, and a river of trout fishermen love, but it also made its mark on the Apple Pie Trail with some yummy treats to include in your harvest bounty.
The Cheese Gallery
Do you love cheese? Sometimes I wonder if part of me is mouse on the level of adoration I have for cheese. Well, if you are, do check out the wonderful Cheese Gallery here in Thornbury. They have a wonderful selection with such yums as balsamic infused bleu, brie, cheddar, and more. They have sandwiches, fresh daily specials, and some really cool kitsch to decorate your home. I particularly love their giant EAT sign. Just in case you wondered what to do with the cheese you buy. For the Apple Pie Trail, they have a special apple-smoked cheddar on offer as well as some delightful hot apple cider. Do stop in and add this to your apple delights.
Thornbury Bakery Cafe
Stop in here, one of the most famous eateries in town for a delicious apple pie! The cafe is not only a local favourite, but it also provides the yummy treats at Blue Mountain’s Scandinave Spa. Have a slice, savour a latte and just take in the moment while collecting as many treats on the Apple Pie Trail that you can.
These are only two of the wonderful spots on the trail that Thornbury has to offer. They have several seasonal farmer markets, a village cider house and much more. Stop in, stroll along the river, try spotting a trout, and indulge on some pie. You will be happy you did.
If you keep following the Apple Pie Trail you will meet so many wonderful vendors, farmers, bakers, bartenders, and restaurant owners who demonstrate their passion for food, libations and their craft through such unique flavour fusions, twists on the traditional recipe, and testing their artistic skills to bring delicious items to the human palate. Other stops on the trail include Creemore, Beaver Valley, and Meaford – all delightful towns that we are so blessed to have in the province. As we continue to showcase Ontario’s beauty, scenery, food scene, and entertainment, bet your bottom dollar that we will get there to explore just what they have to offer in our own back yard. Now, get in your car and head out to Soutwestern Ontario and enjoy an apple treat or two. You won’t regret it and they will be the best calorie-cheat you will ever make.
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