More Culinary Tour Coverage on CHEX Television

CHEX TV is truly a dedicated supporter of community events in Peterborough.  And I am greatly appreciative of the fact that the NewsWatch 5:00 Show has covered another two businesses on the Farm to Table Peterborough Culinary Tour.

Please do tune in to the 5:00 Show.  They do a great job of keeping Peterborough residents informed about great programs, events, businesses, and organizations.

In the meantime, check out the great job they did in highlighting Sam’s Place Deli — The Best Dan Deli in Town and the Olde Stone Brewery.

As an added bonus, we get to see my friend and former colleague, Matt Higgs showcase the Endeavour Centre — a fabulous local sustainable building organization — on Peterborough Green-Up’s The Green UpDate.

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Get a Taste of the Brand New Kettle Drums Restaurant at Market Tomorrow

A media release from my friend, Jillian Bishop, from the Downtown Wednesday Market.

Come by tomorrow and check out the great food from guest chef, Lorianne Cichellio.


Guest Chef: Lorianne Cichellio from Kettle Drums

August 29th

On Wednesday August 29th, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market is excited to welcome back Lorianne Cichellio, who is now working with the newly opened Kettle Drums, as our guest Chef. She will be providing an on-site cooking demonstration and giving out samples between the hours of 11:00 and 1:00. Market-goers will learn exciting ways to creatively use local meats and seasonal produce available at the market.

This is the third season LA (as most folks call her) is joining us as guest Chef. She will be featuring Cross Wind Farms delicious chevre complimented by Waymac farms mushrooms & local seasonal herbs & produce. Come on down to the Louis St. Lot between to observe a Chef at work, sample creations & get some great dinner inspiration.

Right downtown Peterborough, every Wednesday between 8:30-2pm, market-goers can find a festive and bustling market full of their favourite vendors selling seasonal produce, meats, cheese, fresh flowers, baked goods, crafts, plants to grow, coffee and lunches to go. All market products are Kawarthas’ Own and Locally Grown!

For more information, pictures and video from last season, and links to our vendors, visit:

Contact: Jillian Bishop

Market Coordinator

Phone: 705.927.0727


Photo Essay: Lakefield Farmers’ Market

A photo essay of the Lakefield Farmers’ Market — a great little market that blends fresh, local, seasonal produce, crafts, and sumptuous snacks and meals. The market runs Thursdays throughout the summer from 10am-4pm.

Media Release: September Tours

Media Release
Farm to Table Food Tours Extend Through September
Extremely Popular Downtown Culinary Tours to Run for an Extra Month

For Immediate Release
August 23rd, 2012

One of the summer’s success stories will be stretching its way into autumn.

The Farm to Table Peterborough Downtown Culinary Tour will be operating throughout the month of September – and trying to continue a streak of sold out events for another few weeks.

“We were wondering whether or not to continue into September,” admits Owner/Tour Operator, Donald Fraser.  “But the run of success that we’ve had, and the great reviews have convinced me that there will be at least some patrons coming out.  Despite the end of the summer holidays.”

The weekly tours, which visit six downtown businesses each week, showcase local boutique food stores and downtown restaurants, highlighting small batch, artisan food production and local/seasonal cooking.  They run from 1pm to roughly 4pm each Wednesday, leaving from the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market.  Each venue provides generous samples of their products – including some wine and beer samples.

“It’s been a pretty impressive run,” notes Fraser.  “Other than the first week, we’ve sold out all of July and August.  I’ve been in the rather unhappy position of turning people away and setting up a waiting list.”

Reviews have been universally positive.

“Raves,” says Fraser.  “In fact, most people come up and thank me individually after the event.  Several people have come back for second tours.  The word of mouth – the buzz – has been fantastic.”

Of course the success of the tours is shared by the downtown businesses.

“It’s been some great direct marketing for all of the businesses on board,” explains Fraser.  “Were introducing new customers to restaurants and shops across the core and letting chefs and owners wow them with their talent, personalities, and incredible foods.  We know that many of these patrons are going to come back.  We also know that they are going to tell friends, families, colleagues about their experiences.  Add this to the media outreach and social media outreach, and you have thousands of people being introduced to these businesses.”

The tour has attracted a wide array of participants.

“What has been incredible is the diversity of people coming out,” says Fraser.  “We’ve had cottagers, people from communities outside of Peterborough – Lakefield, Bridgenorth, Young’s Point, Ennismore, Millbrook – groups of people from local workplaces, retirees, students…  You name it.  So many of these people have spent time in downtown without ever frequenting these businesses.  And so many of them are now vowing to return to these great businesses.”

According to Fraser, the success of the tour rests with the businesses visited.

“These people are artists.  They are educators.  They are showmen and showwomen.  And they have been absolutely wowing their audiences.  It’s been a genuine pleasure to watch them do their stuff and sample their incredible foods.”

For more information on the tour, including schedules, please visit or call Farm to Table Peterborough at 705-977-0604.


Farm to Table wants to bring a taste of Peterborough and the surrounding areas to you.  We write about, promote, and prepare local, seasonal food.  We also lead regular culinary tours of both downtown Peterborough and the surrounding areas.
With regular media outreach, workshops, and promotion of local producers and businesses, we shine the spotlight on local tastes.  We want to share our meals with you!

Donald Fraser has spent over a decade working in community-based environmental education. As a former TV segment producer/host, newspaper columnist, and workshop presenter, he has featured countless growers, food producers, restaurants, and local food enthusiasts.  His food writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines through Southern and Central Ontario.  Donald marries a keen understanding of “food miles” to a love of diverse cooking styles. He believes in having fun with food, mixing the gourmet with the common-day to present food that anyone can sink their teeth into.

Another Great Week on the Tour

Another great week on the Peterborough Farm to Table Culinary Tours. we had a great mix of locals, cottagers, and imports from afar. special thanks to Jennifer Brown Jones and the Lovesick Lake crew for helping make this a fun one.

Black Honey Dessert and Coffeehouse made some new fans — particularly a couple of gluten-free ones. The Night Kitchen blew some minds with their sheer number of pies — and with the killer pulled pork/strawberry number. Sam’s Place – ”The Best Dan Deli In Town” got some mouths watering with the panchetta sammies. Rare Grill House started out great, but then the crew got a bit scared of the pork tongue — perhaps this wasn’t the bravest bunch. 😉 Brad Watt then charmed the crowd with his wit and wonderful stories. Chasing the Cheese was… well… their usual. Which means, bloody awesome. Good to see plenty of cheese sales this week. Oddly enough, the crew was more intent on drinking the wine than learning about it at Le Petit Bar, though at least 3 people said they were “definitely” coming back.

Now?  Now, I’m burnt out.  It’s been a long three hours.  And time for a cold beer.