Great Taste of Ontario Passport

Great Taste of Ontario Passport – Taste Your Way Through the Benchlands


The Great Taste of Ontario is a collection of digital passports and stories to help you fall in love with the food and drink of Ontario again, and again.

Each season, you can download one of 40 passports to help guide your planning and inspire you to explore our big, BIG province. Then, hit the open road to visit the growers and makers who make Ontario so special. Each time you check in along the way, you’ll be one step closer to redeeming some sweet Ontario-made prizes – all while supporting communities across Ontario too!

Learn how it works below or skip ahead to download your first passport.

Start Exploring the Niagara Benchlands

Bench Brewing Company

3991 King St., Beamsville
Phone: (905) 563-3991

Bench Brewing Company is a Belgian-inspired farmhouse brewery located on 8 acres of farmland in the Niagara Benchlands. Their brewery is situated in the Town of Lincoln, right in the heart of the the region’s rural but sophisticated wine regions. With an onsite restaurant and bottle shop, there is lots to do and taste on your next visit.

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Cherry Lane

4320 Victoria Ave., Vineland
Phone: 1 (877) Cherry-6

Cherry Lane farms has been puckering up lips since 1907! Located in the heart of Vineland, Ontario, visitors to the farm will see 400 acres of fruit trees, as well as a cherry and a peach processing plant.

Today, the fruit used in the production of Cherry Lane Concentrated Tart Cherry Juice is grown both on the family farm and by other growers in the tender fruit belt of the Niagara Region. “Good things grow in Ontario” is more than a Fruitland slogan at Cherry Lane. It’s the beginning of a generations-long story that started with a tart cherry pucker.

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Creekside Estate Winery

2170 Fourth Ave, Jordan Station
Phone: (905) 562-0035 ext 236

Creekside Estate Winery opened in 1997 in small-town Jordan, Ontario. The Winery is run by a passionate (some say fanatical) group of industry veterans who have decades of experience in their respective fields. The team of self-described cork dorks love what they do, and have fun doing it. Visit one of the Niagara Benchlands’ largest underground cellars, taste delicious Sryah paired with local cuisine or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while spying on our winemaking team.

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Grand Oak Culinary Market

4600 Victoria Ave., Vineland
Phone: (289) 567.0487

Located just seconds off of the QEW, Grand Oak is conveniently situated halfway between Niagara Falls and Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Whether you come to sample our fresh bread, pick up your meal-to-go or enjoy custom catering, or if you’ve come to see the iconic cupola or the 500+ year old Oak Tree from which it was named; whatever your experience, Grand Oak will showcase the same qualities: superb hospitality, and a deep-rooted passion for their craft.

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Littlefoot Farm Quality Meats

4107 Quarry Rd., Beamsville
Phone: (905) 704-8763

At Littlefoot Farm all of their products are naturally raised; outdoors, in the fresh air and sunshine, grass pastured and fed local, non GMO mixed grains, supplemented with fruits and vegetables.

There are no drugs, antibiotics or hormones added to their meat or eggs. Totally fresh from the farm…the way our grandparents remember.

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Smoke and Moonshine

5205 King St., Beamsville
Phone: (289) 237-8153

BBQ for people who love BBQ! Located in the heart of the Niagara Benchlands, Smoke and Moonshine crafts high-quality BBQ in a setting that is modern, comfortable and enjoyable. They serve only the best authentic BBQ fare with friendly service that is sure to make you feel right at home.

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Tay’s Treats

3771 Nineteenth St., Jordan Station
Phone: (289) 567-0771

Tay’s Treats is a little pink bake shop located in the heart of the Niagara Benchlands. They believe in fresh, made from scratch goodies and try to use as much locally-sourced produce as possible. They carry an assortment of squares, cookies, cupcakes, custom cakes, frozen quiche and soups, canned goods and jams, mini cheesecakes, ice cream (seasonally) and more! Be sure to put Tay’s Treats on your list the next time you’re in the Benchlands!

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Upper Canada Cheese Company

4159 Jordan Rd., Jordan Station
Phone: (905) 562.9730

Established in 2005, Upper Canada Cheese Company proudly offers a wide selection of delicious award-winning cheeses handmade with fresh locally-produced Guernsey milk from a single herd, and quality Ontario goat milk. Handcrafted on site, these all-natural artisan cheeses have no artificial preservatives or ingredients. These cheeses and other gourmet foods, beverages and treats are for sale in the shop.

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Vineland Estate Winery and Restaurant (FeastOn Certified)

3620 Moyer Rd., Vineland
Phone: (905) 562-7088 ext. 133

Nestled on the slope of the Niagara Escarpment, Vineland Estates winery and signature restaurant are one of the most memorable stops on the Benchlands wine route. Besides their retail store and tasting bar that reside within a circa 1877 “wooden cathedral” log barn, visitors can also discover the acclaimed, “Top Twenty Winery Restaurants in the World” for true local cuisine. Chef George and his passionate team present all that is fine, local and fresh. Winemaker Brian celebrates near 30 years of devotion to this 180 acre parcel with world renown Cabernet Franc, expressive Riesling, rare Pinot Meunier and memorable Chardonnay.

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Need a little inspiration to get you started?

Let your tastebuds do the trip planning!

Check out our selection of recent travel blogs and trip itineraries below for a little planning inspiration.

With something for everyone, you can be sure that there is an exciting taste adventure for even the most discerning foodies and libation lovers on your list.