Ottawa’s Culinary Delights
In the variety of neighbourhoods across the city you’ll discover plenty of culinary delights. Over the last few years, Ottawa’s dining scene has earned many accolades and received recognition for a number of its eateries, gaining a reputation for innovative ideas and delicious cuisine.
Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu
Immerse yourself in a mouth-watering, gastronomic experience. For more than a century Le Cordon Bleu has developed a reputation of attracting the world’s top chefs of today to teach the next great chefs of tomorrow. Now an international network of schools, Le Cordon Bleu set up a world-class facility in Canada’s capital — the only location in the country. The school’s teaching chefs offer one-day classes throughout the year for visitors, allowing you the opportunity to learn from the best. And their on-site restaurant, Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu, dishes some of the finest cuisine in the city.
The Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Le Baccara gourmet French-inspired restaurant is one of only a handful of Canadian restaurants awarded the CAA-AAA Five Diamond distinction. Le Baccara's open-kitchen design offers an intimate view of the chefs as they put the finishing touches on their delectable dishes, which can be paired with a superb vintage from their extensive wine list. Guests are welcome to visit the wine cellar, which houses 500 different varieties and is part of a 13,000-bottle collection.
C’est Bon Epicurean Adventures
Visitors and residents alike will learn about the evolution of Ottawa's food scene through the award-winning restaurants and wonderful ethnic and fine food shops located in several Ottawa neighbourhoods: the ByWard Market, Wellington West and Preston Street. Guests will experience the city "as locals do," by discovering food-related businesses and meeting the Chefs, producers and food artisans who are responsible for Ottawa's thriving food scene. Come sample some of the best food in Ottawa with C’est Bon Epicurean Adventures!
As one of Ontario's designated culinary tourism destinations, the city, its restaurants and its local food producers are all working together to bring locally grown and prepared foods to tables across the region through an initiative called Savour Ottawa. Savour Ottawa works to develop and promote Ottawa and its surrounding area as a premier, year-round culinary destination, with robust offerings of local foods and experiences for both locals and visitors to the area.
Love maple? Locally-owned company TreeWell is taking maple sap to a whole new level. This refreshing sparkling non-alcoholic beverage is made from Canadian maple sap and is subtly sweet. The new Ottawa company states that its “TreeWell Sapéritif” is best served chilled in a tall champagne flute! TreeWell Sapéritif can be found at several Ottawa businesses including Emulsify, Wild Oat Bakery Café and Restaurant and La Bottega Nicastro. TreeWell gets its maple sap from Golden Maples Farm in nearby Lanark County. The sap is then brought back to Ottawa where it is processed and bottled.
Fulton’s Tree to Table Maple Culinary Experience
Take a guided tour of Fulton’s Pancake House and Sugar Bush in nearby Pakenham, Ontario, to learn the history and methods of maple syrup production to present day. Enjoy a sample of real maple sap at your first stop and learn how pure maple (either syrup or sugar) can be used in a variety of ways! Take your guided tour in a wagon in the summer and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the winter months. Recipes and samples are provided along the way.
Ottawa Wine and Food Festival
From November 6-9 at the Ottawa Convention Centre, enjoy the fall edition of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival! Over four days, take advantage of this expo that unites world-class wine makers, tasters and chefs from across the country. This festival culminates in the pouring of more than 1,400 wines and spirits, and is enjoyed by up to 25,000 wine and food enthusiasts.
The festival’s Taste and Discover Series offer wine tasting seminars for the novice to the beginner connoisseur. And don’t miss Tasting Alley! This is one of the expo’s most popular events, allowing guests to participate in a 2-hour VIP wine and spirit tasting session.
Though Ottawa has a culinary reputation that spans dozens of international cuisine varieties and cooking styles, some travellers may be searching for something uniquely Canadian during their tours of Ottawa. As a country, Canada has produced a number of popular dishes that have been embraced by the world over, yet few treats are as commonly associated with the country as the Québécois treat known as poutine. The dish involves a mountain of gravy and cheese curds set atop a basket of golden French fries, and has become an immensely popular treat with travellers looking for a hearty snack.
Last fall, Sparks Street hosted the biggest Poutine Festival in the world. The festival was also back by popular demand this past spring. This fall season will see the festival come back again! From October 23-26, purveyors of poutine and the restaurants of Sparks Street will offer up their take on Canada’s dish! Get your curd on!
This brewery is brand new to the ByWard Market neighbourhood! Opened just this summer, Lowertown Brewery offers fresh pub fair including Canadian staples such as Butcher Gravy Poutine and Maple Peanut Candied Bacon! The second floor of Lowertown is home to new restaurant Sens House, which features a retractable roof –the first of its kind in Canada! Relax with great beer, Canadian culinary favourites and take in a game with Ottawa’s ice hockey heroes the Ottawa Senators.
On Sparks Street from September 25-28, North America’s greatest barbecuing ladies and gentlemen will slather meat with their secret recipes. Come sample some of the best BBQ chicken and ribs you’ll ever taste while teams from Canada and the United States compete at the Ottawa Ribtoberfest!