Craving some tasty treats after exploring the colourful fall foliage in Canada’s Capital? The bountiful harvest in and around Ottawa provides inspiration for all kinds of delicious concoctions. Here are some local favourites you can sink your teeth into:
Fall flavours on tap
Ottawa’s thriving craft breweries regularly launch seasonal beers to quench your thirst. Visit Big Rig Brewery or one of their two pubs to try their “Tales From the Patch” spiced pumpkin porter. Or stop by one of The Clocktower’s numerous locations before October 31st for their popular pumpkin ale. Not a fan of pumpkin beer? You might want to visit Kichesippi brewery near the trendy Westboro neighbourhood for their milk stout “Bristol Stout”, or Beau’s brewery just east of Ottawa for their spiced weissebier “The Spice Principal”. Cheers!
It’s easy to indulge your sweet tooth in the fall. BeaverTails – the original Ottawa pastry treat – offers a special PumpkinTail, which is topped with pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon and whipped cream. The bakers at SconeWitch add pumpkin spice scones to their menu of savoury and sweet baked goods. You’ll have to visit Moo Shu Ice Cream to see what special weekly flavours they’ve concocted based on seasonal ingredients and holidays such as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Thanksgiving. And for cookies almost too pretty to eat, visit French bakery Moulin de Provence. In the fall, their shortbread cookies come in fall-themed shapes (think pumpkin and maple leaves) and are decorated with colourful icing.
Feel good by cozying up with a warm beverage and supporting local at the same time. Local coffee, tea and food chain Bridgehead serves pumpkin spice lattes, warm apple cider (sourced from local farm Hall’s), and even a chai-der (half chai tea, half apple cider)! In the ByWard Market neighbourhood, the folks at Stubbe Chocolates use Callebaut Belgian brut cocoa to create what may be the best hot chocolates in the city. And when you need a decadent warm cocktail, head to the Hintonburg Public House in the Wellington West area for a classic hot buttered rum, made with Ottawa’s own North of 7 Leatherback Rum. Yum!
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