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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 and Pumpkin Trails.

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. 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.

The pass, which sells for $30 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.

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Black Swan Brewing product Black Swan Brewing Co. Boar's Head Pub interior Boar's Head Pub
Downie Street Burgers The Hub @ 27 Marketplace
Kandy Cakes Madelyn's Diner
McCully's Hill Farm   coming soon
Monforte on Wellington product Monforte on Wellington Rocky Mountain 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.
*Please check hours of availability and call ahead. Limited availability on Monday and Tuesday.



Best Little Pork Shoppe

2146 Line 34 Perth East 
Hwy 7 & 8 Shakespeare, ON 

10 AM – 6 PM

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.


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Black Angus Bakery & Catering

443 Erie Street, Unit 2 
Stratford, ON 

8 AM - 6 PM

10 AM - 2 PM



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We are offering a dozen Bacon Shortbread cookies to parcipants. We are a local bakery that specializes in homemade meals in smaller portions. These meals are made cooked and ready to heat and serve at home, work, office, school, etc. All of our meals are made from scratch at the bakery along with our home baking and gluten free items. We make items gluten free from tarts, shortbread, cookies, bread, lasagna, meat loaf, meatballs, pot pies, quiches, etc. Big or small we can make it all. Plus Susan makes cakes for all occasion. Customized to you your needs and dietary concerns.


Black Swan Brewing Co.

144 Downie Street
Stratford, ON
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Noon - 5 PM

11 AM - 9 PM

Beer tasting flight

‘Drink better beer’ is the motto of two Stratford beer loving entrepreneurs who are always striving to add flavour forward beers to augment Black Swan’s steady offering of English Pale Ale, Porter and India Pale Ale! Black Swan produces kegged beer distributed to many restaurants in Stratford and across Ontario as well as at their taproom. You are invited to explore the world of craft microbrewing at Black Swan’s taproom with a mini tasting flight of 4 seasonal craft beers on the Savour Stratford Bacon & Ale Trail. Compare style and character to find your favourite before you purchase a ‘growler’ or two to take home and share with friends.
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Boar's Head Pub

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


11 AM – 1 AM

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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 Restaurant

85 Downie Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 1A4 

10 am - 3 pm

9 am - 8 pm

10 am - 8 pm

11 am - 8 pm

11 am - 5 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.


Downie Street Burgers

107 Downie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1X2

11 AM - 7 PM

11 AM - 8 PM

11 AM - 9 PM

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Everyone loves a good burger. At Downie Street Burgers, we make the best burgers! With 14 signature burger options or our Build Your Own menu, thereis something for everyone. We also offer delcious vegetrain options and gluten free buns. At Downie Street Burgers, we have created the perfect combination of bacon and beer in our homemade Bacon Jam. Our Bacon Jam is made using locally brewed Black Swan EPA which makes for a rich, salty & sweet treat.Enjoy a small Bacon Jam poutine and a flight of Black Swan’s EPA. And if you are still craving more, we recommend our Bacon Jam burger! Not available Fridays and Saturday's 5 -8pm.


The Hub @ 27 Marketplace

27 Marketplace
Stratford, ON 


11 AM - 12 AM




The Hub, on the second floor of 27 Marketplace, has the hottest roof top terrace with over 140 beers to choose from, 17 flat screen TVs to enjoy, live entertainment and a dance floor, it is the place you'll want to be.

Sample our Escargot Fricassee served with bacon, mushrooms, sherry cream and garlic bread. They pair perfectly with a glass of Leffe Blondé Abbey Ale – a Belgian beer whose recipe dates back 800 years to one of the most highly regarded Abbey breweries in Belgium. Enjoy them both while on the Trail!


Kandy Cakes

47 York Street
Stratford, ON

10:30 am - 5 pm

10 am - 5 pm

12 pm - 5 pm

cupcakes Designer style, creativity and flavour meet here under the cupcake facade for an indulgence you won’t want to miss. Choose two large decadent cupcakes on the trail – Sea Salt Caramel Bacon or Dark Chocolate Porter infused with Black Swan’s porter. Can’t decide? Try one of each! Your Chocolate Trail voucher can be redeemed for 2 designer cupcakes. 



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Madelyn's Diner

377 Huron Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 5T7 

7 AM - 8 PM

Offer available Friday and Saturday ONLY

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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 and served up with a warm cup of coffee! 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 treats sell out fast. Available Friday & Saturday only.

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McCully's Hill Farm

4074 County Road 9 
St. Marys, ON N0M 2G0


July through December
10 AM - 5 PM
9 AM - 5 PM

January & February
9 AM - 5 PM

March (Maple Syrup Festival Month) FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
10 AM - 5 PM

April through June
10 AM - 5 PM
9 AM - 5 PM

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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. Enjoy fresh baking, homemade pickles and preserves and McCully's maple syrup and farm raised meats.

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!


Monforte on Wellington

80 Wellington Street
Stratford, ON 

9:30 AM - 9 PM

9:30 AM - 7 PM




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At Monforte, we're convinced the small things do indeed make a difference, that agriculture is best practiced on a human scale, and that our cheeses, each in its own way, reflect something a little deeper than the technology behind mass manufactured food - a little of the poetry and passion of life itself.

Trail participants will enjoy an Ontario craft beer sample paired with house-made charcuterie featuring pork from David Martin's whey-fed pigs, and of course, a tasting of Monforte cheese. Delight in the difference that delicous, local ingredients make!


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

10 Downie Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 7K4 

10 AM - 5 PM

10 AM - 7 PM

12 PM - 4:30 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).



151 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 2L3


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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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