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Savour Stratford Bacon & Ale Trail

There’s nothing like a lovely hike, is there? And while it’s certainly worthwhile to explore the beautiful countryside in and around Stratford when you’re on foot, we really prefer trails of another kind—like our Chocolate Trail and our seasonal Maple Trail.

Stratford has been home to the Ontario Pork Congress for 40 years, and for good reason: Perth County is Ontario's top producer of pork. You may also have read about Stratford’s pub tours. And you may be thinking to yourself, “Pork AND beer? Could there BE two better things?” We propose that you answer that question by taking a hike on the Bacon and Ale Trail on a self-guided tour of food shops and pubs.

You can purchase your Bacon & Ale Trail Gift Certificate online or your passes in person at the Stratford Tourism office. Sunday purchases may be made at Treasures from 10am-4pm.

The pass, which sells for $25 plus HST, entitles you to five stops on a self-guided tour. Each ticket will entitle you to a tasting of a unique bacon-or-ale-inspired treat and the chance to speak to some of the area’s culinary stars, as well as a chance to visit Stratford's unique restaurants and retail locations. The Bacon & Ale Trail is offered year-round, and is valid for three days from date of purchase. You can also purchase a gift voucher that the recipient can redeem for a Bacon & Ale pass, either online or in person.

Best Little Pork Shoppe
 Boar's Head Pub interior Boar's Head Pub
Canadian Grub dish Canadian Grub to Go  Little Red's Pub & Eatery exterior Little Red's Pub & Eatery
Madelyn's Diner product Madelyn's Diner  McCully's Hill Farm exterior McCully's Hill Farm
Molly Bloom's Irish Pub product Molly Bloom's Irish Pub Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory product Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Treasures product Treasures    

Bacon & Ale products are as offered, subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Only one coupon per location. HST not included on Pass.


 

 
 

Best Little Pork Shoppe

2146 Line 34 Perth East 
Hwy 7 & 8 Shakespeare, ON 
519.625.8194
porkshoppe.com 

MONDAY - FRIDAY AND SUNDAY 
10 AM – 6 PM

 

SATURDAY 
9 AM – 6 PM

 

 

 

Celebrating over 25 years of providing the best local pork products to our customers new and old. Bacon offerings include: Ayrshire bacon, pea meal back bacon, pork and bacon wraps, bacon burgers and good old fashioned smoked side bacon. Located just east of the village of Shakespeare, we welcome all Bacon Trailers to peruse out our selection of goodies.

In addition to fresh pork and bacon products, we are famous for our whole hog sausages and smoked pork chops. Delight your senses with the smells wafting from our bakery….mmmm…. fresh breads, berry pies, cinnamon raisin brioche and Heirloom scones. A wide selection of locally produced condiments will tickle your imagination with endless gastronomic possibilities. Don’t forget to bring your camera to get a photo with “Percy” our 10’ pig!

Trail participants will enjoy 4 Bacon Burgers to BBQ and enjoy at home.

Savoury Steal: Visitors on the Bacon & Ale Trail receive a one-time 5% discount on other bacon meat products from the Best Little Pork Shoppe.

 
Boar's Head Pub logo

Boar's Head Pub

161 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H3
(519) 271-1400
queensinnstratford.com

 

DAILY 
11 AM – 1 AM

Boar's Head Pub exterior

Boar's Head Pub interior

For over 150 years, the Queen's has been a landmark for warm hospitality and excellent dining. Located within the heart of Stratford, the Inn is within walking distance of all four Festival Theatres, entertainment and shopping.

A visit to The Boar's Head Pub brings that song from Cheers “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” a little closer to home. Located in the historic family-owned and operated Queen’s Inn, The Boar’s Head Pub offers a serving of traditional Jalapeno Poppers, topped with caramelized red onion bacon marmalade and served with a half pint of Creemore Springs Beer.

 
 

Canadian Grub to Go 

85 Downie Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 1A4 
519.814.4782
chefrobertrose@me.com 
wawagrub.ca
@WawaGrub


SUNDAY  11 AM - 4 PM

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY 
11 AM - 6 PM

THURSDAY - SATURDAY  
11 AM – 8 PM

 

Canadian Grub to Go is a 'slow fast food' restaurant serving exclusively Canadian grown products. We specialize in finding unique products and showcasing the bounty of our country! All items are made in house with a direct farmer trail with easy access for guests to read.

Participants on the Bacon and Ale Trail receive our house-cured bacon BLT & beer mustard baguette sandwich.

Savoury Steal: Upgrade your BLT sandwich with soup or salad & bottled water for only $5.00.

 
Little Red's Pub & Eatery logo

Little Red's Pub & Eatery

159 Queen Street East 
St. Marys, ON N4X 1A2 
(226) 661-2233 
littlereds.ca
@littleredspub

TUESDAY TO SATURDAY 
11 AM – 2 PM 
5 PM - 9 PM

 

 
Little Red's Pub & Eatery exterior

Chris and Mary Woolf, owners of Little Red's Pub and Eatery, invite you to enjoy an Ontario craft beer with Perth Pork charcuterie and a sample from one of our St. Marys cheese makers. Experience the taste of Perth County in the heart of beautiful, historic downtown St. Marys.
 
Madelyn's Diner logo

Madelyn's Diner

377 Huron Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 5T7 
519.273.5296 
madelynsdiner.ca
@MadelynsDiner

SUNDAY 
8 AM – 1:30 PM

MONDAY
8 AM - 2 PM

TUESDAY – SATURDAY 
7 AM - 8 PM

Madelyn's Diner product

Madelyn's Diner exterior

Madelyn's Diner has been serving up good food, good fun and good local service with local friends and family for 29 years. Established in 1985, this family-owned and operated business has flourished with customers from around the world. Since the beginning, Madelyn's has served quality local meats from area farmers, including Yungblut Meats and Perth Pork Products.

Participants on the Bacon and Ale Trail will enjoy a 1/2 pound butter tart, filled with finely chopped local bacon, baked in our sweet buttery filling surrounded by flakey pastry. Madelyn's Diner partnered with Yungblut Meats in 2012 to create this Award-Winning combination for the Savour Stratford Culinary Festival, Best Dessert Award. The Bacon Butter tart also claimed the #2 spot in the Ontario Culinary Adventure Guide in 2013. With over 65,000 butter tarts sold since 2009, we are #buttertartmania.

Be warned, these tasty treat sell out fast. Available Friday & Saturday only.

 

Mercer Hall 

104 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H2 
519.271.9202
mercerhallinn.com
@MHResto


 

 

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 
4 PM - 11 PM

 

 

Your stop on the Bacon and Ale Trail at Mercer Hall offers the quintessential Bacon and Ale experience. We serve a slab of our house-cured bacon, accompanied by the perfect pairing of a local craft beer from one of our ten taps.

Sample your way through a variety of local pork products and Ontario craft brews and VQA wines! Bacon and ale is just the beginning.

 
 

Molly Bloom's Irish Pub 

26 Brunswick Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3L8 
519.271.2778
djwigs@hotmail.com
mollybloomsstratford.ca
@MollysStratford

 

MONDAY 
11 AM – 10 PM

TUESDAY TO WEDNESDAY 
11 AM – 12 AM

THURSDAY TO SATURDAY 
11 AM – 2 AM

SUNDAY
11 AM - 12 AM

 

Molly Bloom's provides Stratford's only authentic Irish Pub-style dining experience (from the menu, to the atmosphere, to the wide selection of draught beers and liquors to the musical entertainment). We are committed to providing guests with the best quality product, using fresh local ingredients whenever possible.

We are proud to feature one of our local product partners, Perth Pork Products, and their delicious double smoked bacon in our award winning soup! Trail participants can sample Molly Bloom's Irish Pub four-time award winning "Loaded Baked Potato Soup" served with a sample of Mill Street Brewery's Tankhouse Ale!

Savoury Steal: Trail participants can buy one meal and two beverages at regular price and get a second meal of equal or lesser value for half price!

 
McCully's Hill Farm sign

McCully's Hill Farm

4074 County Road 9 
St. Marys, ON N0M 2G0
519.284.8559
mccullys.ca
@McCullysHill

 


SATURDAYS
9 AM - 5 PM

McCully's Hill Farm exterior

Experience the beauty and bounty of the Perth County countryside. For over 160 years the McCullys Farm has grown fresh foods in harmony with the environment. Our seasonal events/festivals and educational programs celebrate the past, present and future of agriculture, food and healthy living.

McCully’s Hill Farm offers a pound of their farm-raised bacon to take home and share with your family. McCully’s invites you to taste the difference. You’re sure to return for more!

 
 

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

10 Downie Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 7K4 
519.272.2807
stratford@rockychoc.com
rockychoc.com

SUNDAY 
12 PM- 4:30 PM

MONDAY 
10 AM - 5 PM

TUESDAY - SATURDAY   
10 AM - 5:30 PM

 

 

 

 

You are in for a real treat at Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory in the heart of Downtown Stratford! Come see us at 10 Downie Street in a beautifully restored historic building (Festival Square Mall). You will like what we’ve done with the place!! We really do have something for everyone! Candy and Caramel Apples, Gelato, Sorbet, and frozen Yogurt, frozen chocolate dipped bananas and cheesecakes. Of course we also have gift chocolate and treats to take home to family and friends, or back to the hotel or B&B as a thank you to staff or hosts there for being well looked after while in town! Try our candy brittles (especially our chili garlic peanut brittle) and our Rocky Pop. You are sure to enjoy!

It's our pleasure to offer to you our decadent chocolate covered toffee with smokey bacon flavor. Have the best of both worlds when you combine our bacon treat layered in our toffee and creamy milk chocolate.

Savoury Steal: Enjoy a chocolate bar on us (milk/white/dark) when purchasing a one-pound bag of Rocky Pop (store made caramel popcorn with a variety of delicious nuts).

 

Treasures

151 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 2L3 
519.272.1715
jc_treasures@hotmail.com
facebook.com/TreasuresStratford
@TreasuresStrtfd

OPEN DAILY AT 10 AM 

 
 Treasures product

We all know that being dirty is bad, and beer is good--so a luxurious soap made from beer has got to be wonderful! You will love this bar of pure and natural soap made from real beer! Great for washing your hair, and shaving too! Offer includes a quirky BeerMo bottle moustache.

Treasures is a fun and funky little shop that has proudly offered an eclectic collection of local and Canadian made product for over ten years. If you are looking for quality hand crafted items, including exquisite hand stitched Mennonite quilts, a visit to Treasures is a must! Welcome to Treasures—it's just like coming home.

Savoury Steal: Trail participants receive another bar of your choice of luscious Kogi Naturals Handmade Soap at 50% off!

 

“Stratford itself is the type of walkable wholesome town Rodgers and Hammerstein might write a musical about.”

- Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler

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