A recap of stories from the month of July

As we round the bend on July, summer’s final stretch comes into view, and we find ourselves at the peak of summer road trip season. Some combination of heat, humidity, mainstream beer commercials, and the #vanlife hashtag on Instagram has us craving space and open vistas. Here at the good local, we’ve got one guiding principle that carries through these long days away from home: eat well.

Part of getting to know new places is digging into the local food culture. Whether you’re going far or near, a weekend in the city or a return to your roots, whether it’s discovering just how good food can be when cooked on an open fire, or finding an amazing microbrewery hidden just around the corner from the hotel, whether it’s the only legit coffee shop in a small town or catching tonight’s dinner on the end of a line, those culinary discoveries will be worth every bit of effort.

Experiment, read up, ask for recommendations. But the best trips are often the ones that include a little space in the schedule for unplugged wandering, for meeting new folks and getting the local perspective.

So go ahead, wander. And if you find something really special, like Washego’s best kept secret or the best peaches in Niagara, let us know! Throughout the month of August we celebrate the Canadian road trip. Use the hashtag #goodlocalroadtrip when you share your road trip story on Instagram and you will be entered to win a Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove by Coleman. Get out there, explore and create culinary adventures!

Featured photo by Lindsay Henwood

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Rubbermaid rooftop lunch in Photos

Rubbermaid hosted a lunch at the iconic Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto to share details about their new FreshWorks product line. Executive Chef Robert Mills demonstrated the ins and outs of DIY garden-fresh produce and how to extend the life of your fruits and vegetables.

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The Suppermarket

Writer Amanda McAllister and photographers Jeremy Hatch and Janet Tyrie perfectly capture the unique experience this evening market in Niagara on the Lake offers. With local vendors coming together every Wednesday night, the Suppermarket has become a tradition for locals and tourists alike!

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Pantry and Palate

Meghan Sheffield talks to author and radio producer Simon Thibault about his new cookbook Pantry and Palate. The book explores his Acadian roots by scouring old family recipes, ladies’ auxiliary cookbooks, and folk wisdom for 50 of the best-loved recipes of Acadians past and present.

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