Taste of the TSW

A celebration of food and community along the historic Trent-Severn Waterway

Discover the creative culinary dishes and tasty treats inspired by the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

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Three people in the bow of a boat wave to the operator as they navigate the lock in Bobcaygeon

Visit Kawarthas Northumberland communities and sample food inspired by their connection to this special place. Local bakeries, breweries and restaurants have stepped up with special culinary creations designed to celebrate the Trent-Severn Waterway. 

With eighty percent of the historic waterway within Kawarthas Northumberland, communities from across the region, including designated Trent-Severn Trail Towns, are  showcasing their local flavour inspired by the Trent-Severn Waterway through desserts, drinks and dishes offered up by local businesses to visitors who come by boat, bike or car.

Make it a part of your trip plan this season. See a list of participating businesses below, or look for the ‘Taste of the TSW’ sign in the window and take the opportunity to try new and much-loved creations from some of the best food and beverage purveyors along the Waterway.

Taste of the TSW Creations

Food and beverage providers are busy working on new recipes to celebrate the Taste of the TSW. Here’s what they’ve cooked up so far—tap or hover over each box to read more.

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McGillicafey's - TSW Hub Burger, Trail Town IPA & Lock 18 Lager

13 Bridge St N, Hastings
You can't miss McGillicafey's if you're heading through Hastings. Try their flavourful Trail Town IPA or the easy-drinking Lock 18 Lager. If beer isn't your beverage, get into the Trail Town spirit with the TSW Hub Burger, topped with bacon, goat cheese, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, and their signature smoked tomato aioli. See you soon down at the pub!
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Pizza Alloro - Trail Town Special

5 Main St, Buckhorn
A large pizza with pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms and onions for $21.94 is a special that, unlike a pizza, can’t be topped. Call Pizza Alloro to order takeout and ask for the Trail Town Special!
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Sideways Bar & Grill - Trail Town Canal Canoe & Trail Town Hot Dog Poutine

18 Bridge St. West, Campbellford
Work up an appetite after a day on the Trent-Severn Waterway? Order from Sideways Bar & Grill and treat yourself to an all-beef jumbo dog, AKA a Canal Canoe. Or try the indulgent Trail Town Hot Dog Poutine for a TSW twist on a Canadian classic.
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Sideways Trail Town Lager Beer by Church Key Brewery

18 Bridge St. West, Campbellford
Also available at Sideways Bar & Grill is the Trail Town Lager, produced in collaboration with Church-Key Brewing Company. Check the link in the title for nuanced tasting notes – suffice to say this is a refreshing, lively brew that pairs well with summer days along the Trent-Severn Waterway.
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Fresh Dreams – Spring Mix Salad with Wild Forest Berries

373 Queen St, Peterborough
Spanish cuisine restaurant Fresh Dreams has always made the most of local ingredients, and the spring mix salad with wild forest berries is a prime example. A fine addition to an ever-evolving, creative menu.
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Revelstoke Cafe – Liftlock Burger

641 George St North, Peterborough
If you’re passionate about plant-based diets or simply curious about inventive vegan recipes, Revelstoke is a must-visit. Their new Liftlock Burger is made from double beyond meat patties on freshly baked brioche bread with vegan mature cheddar, piled high with all the toppings including specialty sauce and homemade aioli.
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Hobart’s Lighthouse – Drops of Juniper

2281 McCracken’s Landing Rd, Lakefield
Hobart’s Lighthouse offers a unique location on the shores of beautiful Stony Lake. Their Drops of Juniper cocktail is impressive too! The best drink to have lakeside looking out over the stunning lake with the sun shining down. It will leave you humming a sweet tune.
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Bridgewater Coffee & Pizza – Hastings Lock 18 Butter Tarts

16 Bridge St N, Hastings
Butter tarts abound in Kawarthas Northumberland, and Bridgewater’s stand out. As you pass through Hastings on a Trail Town adventure, make time to stop in and try the Lock 18 Butter Tart.
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The Silver Bean Cafe – Otonabean Espresso

130 King Street, Peterborough
It’s easy to see why The Silver Bean calls itself “Your waterfront cottage in the city.” For the Taste of the TSW, this welcoming destination has partnered with Peterborough’s Rapids End Coffee Roastery to create a custom espresso roast: the Otonabean Espresso. Also available for purchase as beans to take home.
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Belmont Lake Brewery – The Long and Winding Trent Amber Ale

54 Fire Road 17, Havelock
Belmont Brewery’s specialists in English-style beers claim they worked eight days a week to produce an amber ale in honour of the Waterway. The effort has paid off – try the Long and Winding Trent Amber Ale, the latest addition to their already impressive roster of beers.
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Coboconk Go-Karts and Ice Cream – TSTT Traditional British Afternoon Tea

6923 ON-35, Coboconk
Traditional British afternoon tea in a box! This offering comes complete with Yorkshire gold teabag, sugar, honey, a wedge of lemon, Carnation milk, crustless sandwiches, petit four cake, chocolate dipped strawberry, French macaroon, creamed horn, cream puff, scone, clotted cream, and mini jam jar. Order based on the number of guests and you’re set.
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Kawartha Sparkling Ale & Kawartha Summer Ale - Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

4 May St, Fenelon Falls
Fenelon Falls’ hometown brewery is situated in a lovingly renovated heritage building. The former livery stable now produces some of the region’s best suds. Kawartha Sparkling Ale takes inspiration from Australian brewers, who developed a bottle-conditioned and over-carbonated style to provide smooth, crisp beer in the hot Australian weather. Kawartha Summer Ale is an American-style pale ale, with US and New Zealand hops.
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Burleigh Falls Inn & Suites – The Burleigh River Raft

4791 Hwy 28, North Kawartha
Burleigh Falls Inn & Suite’s signature brunch plate includes a house-made basil flatbread topped with local microgreens and chives, Leahy Stock Farm pulled bacon, spinach, and two perfectly poached Ontario Eggs finished with house Hollandaise. Available on the Weekend Brunch Menu, the Burleigh Falls River Raft pairs beautifully with the signature Cruiser Cocktail, or house-made Lovesick Lavender Lemonade.
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Wildflower Bakery – Red Fife and Kawartha Honey Sourdough Bread

4 Oak St, Havelock
Red Fife is a Canadian heritage wheat first grown in 1842 by David Fife, a farmer in Otonabee Township, Peterborough County. To this bread we also added Kawartha-sourced wildflower honey. So the local bees and wildflowers play a part in creating this bread! Imagine bringing along this delicious bread on a picnic by the water. It would pair really well with a local artisan cheese. Truly, you'd be enjoying the taste of the TSW!
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The Purple Door Craft And Christmas Store – Lock 36 Cone

1718 Kirkfield Road, Kirkfield
The Taste of the TSW experience is all about treating yourself, which is why the Lock 36 Cone is a waffle cone with one scoop of mint chip and one scoop of the flavour of your choice. With sprinkles on top, of course!
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Bigley’s Sweet Treats – Lock 32 Sweet Sundae

39 Bolton St, Bobcaygeon
Evoking the spirit of carefree summers at the cottage, the Lock 32 Sweet Sundae is made with creamy vanilla soft serve topped with whipped cream, hot fudge, and chewy brownie. Consider it the cherry on top of your visit to Bobcaygeon.
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Lock 27 Tap & Grill – Lock 27 Draft & Lock 27 Homemade 7oz Smoked Burgers

2824 River Ave, Youngs Point
The perfect pairing: Lock 27 Draft made with two-row malted barley and cold-aged for a crisp, clean flavour, and a juicy Lock 27 Homemade 7oz Smoked Burger infused with flavour. Tastes even better when eaten while taking in the view across Clear Lake.
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Rice Lake Hard Cider – Original Dry, Cranberry Dry & Slo-Hopped Dry

4741 County Road 45, Baltimore
Inspired by life on Rice Lake and fermented from fresh-pressed local apples, Rice Lake Original Dry Cider can be enjoyed from the shores overlooking Rice Lake—or when you just wish you were at the lake. If you prefer a flavoured cider, try Rice Lake Cranberry Dry Cider. Featuring an orange-pink hue reminiscent of a Rice Lake sunset, this version is blended with Ontario cranberry juice for a deliciously tart, refreshing taste.
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D’s Island Shack – Lock 13 Jerk Chicken Roti

27 Front St N, Campbellford
Feedback for D’s Island Shack has been overwhelming positive since the Caribbean food truck opened in May of 2021. Now D's is a Market and Cafe located right on Front Street and still enormously popular. The Lock 13 Jerk Chicken Roti is one reason why—a delicious combination of spicy jerk chicken served on a bed of sweet, earthy puréed pumpkin and wrapped in a soft, fluffy, warm roti, it brings new and exciting flavours to the Campbellford food scene.
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Square Plates Family Restaurant – Swingbridge Reuben Burger

836 Armour Road, Peterborough
Square Plates has been a dependable family restaurant in Peterborough’s East City for years. They’ve outdone themselves with the Swingbridge Reuben Burger, a burger patty piled high with corned beef, cheese, sauerkraut and special sauce, topped with pickles and served with your choice of fresh cut fries or home fries.
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The Water Lily – Lock 18 Latte

8 Bridge St N, Hastings
The Lock 18 Latte is a delicious way to start off your day, or a perfect way to end it. Since it’s just steps from the Hastings swing bridge, the Water Lily is also a convenient stop during your Trail Town explorations.
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Doo Doo’s Bakery – Kawarthas Classic Butter Tart

187 County Rd 28, Bailieboro
Doo Doo’s melt-in-your-mouth pastry and ooey gooey filling make the Kawarthas Classic Butter Tart hard to resist. But don’t just take our word for it—Doo Doo’s has taken top honours in the Royal Winter Fair butter tart categories several years running, along with a trophy room’s worth of other awards.
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Jack’s Family Restaurant – Lift Lock Lemonade

1 Strickland Street, Lakefield, & 91 George Street, Peterborough
Refreshing blue lemonade topped with a candy fish! Jack’s Family Restaurant is always a crowdpleaser, and their summery Lift Lock Lemonade is one more reason to order from Jack’s.
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Globus Theatre at the LAB – Taste of the Trent Cocktail

2300 Pigeon Lake Rd, Bobcaygeon
Situated just outside Bobcaygeon in an extensively renovated cattle barn, the Lakeview Arts Barn is one of the region’s most appealing venues. It’s the perfect place to sip on a Taste of the Trent Cocktail, a delicious summery cocktail made with local blueberries, vodka and blue Curacao.
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The Locker at the Falls – "Some Like It Hot" Fish Tacos

9 Lindsay St, Fenelon Falls
What's better than fish tacos with an impressive water view? Try the Locker at the Falls delicious "Some like it Hot" Fish Tacos. This is a summer menu fan favourite BUT they've kicked it up a notch by including a locally sourced hot sauce.
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The Chocolate Rabbit – Lock 26 Trail Mix Canoe

11 Queen St, Lakefield
Just steps away from the Trent-Severn Waterway in the charming village of Lakefield is the most heavenly Chocolate Shop - The Chocolate Rabbit. You can't miss the decadent aroma as you walk in. You'll want to try the Lock 26 Trail Mix Canoe. A delicious mixed chocolate canoe, filled with Energy Trail Mix, designed to keep your energy up as you travel The Trent-Severn Waterway!
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The Little Pie Shack – Lock 34 Lemon Meringue Pie

6 Francis St E, Fenelon Falls
Located just off the main street in Fenelon Falls, The Little Pie Shack is worth the trip alone for a pinktastic photo op in front of the colourfully painted building. Once inside you'll find an assortment of goodies that will keep up coming back. The pie list is extensive including the Lock 34 Lemon Meringue Pie.
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Neski's Lunchbox - Kawartha Cinna - Bites

5584 HWY 35 Rosedale, ON
Just south of Rosedale Lock 35 in the parking lot of the Curious Bear Market Place you'll find the most tasty food truck - Neski's Lunchbox. Try their Kawartha Cinna-Bites with frosting dip.
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Plan Your Route

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