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Savour Stratford Bacon & Ale Trail

You may be thinking to yourself "Bacon AND Beer!? - Could there be two better things?" We propose that you answer that question on our Bacon-and-Ale Trail!  Stratford is located in the heart of Ontario's largest pork producing areas and home to local craft brewers. Stratford's Bacon & Ale Trail is a self-guided experience you won't forget!

You can purchase your trail vouchers for $30 (+HST) in person at the Stratford Tourism office.  You will choose five stops on a self-guided tour of unique restaurants and retail locations for bacon-or-ale-inspired treats, as well as the chance to speak to some of the area’s culinary stars!  Offered year-round, your passes will be valid for 1 week from the date of redemption. You can also purchase a gift certificate on-line that the recipient can redeem later for a Bacon & Ale pass in person.

READ On!  Our feature locations, their offerings and hours are waiting for you!

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Black Swan Brewing product Black Swan Brewing Co. Boar's Head Pub interior Boar's Head Pub
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Madelyn's Diner McCully's Hill Farm
Mercer Beer Hall + Kitchen + Hotel Rocky Mountain product Rocky Mtn Chocolate
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Treasures product Treasures bacon and ale candles Village Craft and Candle Inc.

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. Groups: If your group plans on visiting the same locations, please call ahead and advise the participating business(es).


 

Best Little Pork Shoppe

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

SUNDAY TO FRIDAY
10AM – 6PM


SATURDAY
9AM - 6PM

 

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 StealVisitors 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 
519.273.2253
exner@execulink.com
blackangusrestaurant.ca
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TUESDAY - FRIDAY
8AM - 6PM
 

SATURDAY
10AM - 2PM

 

 Maple Bacon Shortbread

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.

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Black Swan Brewing Co.

144 Downie Street
Stratford, ON
519.814.7926
blackswanbrewing@outlook.com
blackswanbrewing.ca
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SUNDAY AND MONDAY
NOON - 5PM


TUESDAY TO SATURDAY
11AM - 9PM

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
queensinnstratford.com

 

DAILY 
11AM – 1AM

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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.

Mercer Beer Hall + Kitchen + Hotel

104-108 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON
519.271.9202
mercerhall.com
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AVAILABLE DAILY
2PM - 5PM


 

Mercer Beer Hall + Kitchen + Hotel commits to local, seasonal ingredients presented in a global way. The seasonal menu is ever changing with a wide variety of options. We extend our local philosophy to VQA approved wines and Ontario Craft beers. One of the greatest lists in Ontario! Our focus is to always highlight the greatest local products available.

Join Mercer on the Bacon & Ale Trail for a comparison tasting of two styles of artisan bacon paired with 6oz pour of a local craft beer. Bacon and beer is the perfect pairing. We guarantee it! Available daily 2PM - 5PM

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Downie Street Burgers

107 Downie Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1X2
519.508.550
the_manager@downiestreetburgers.ca
downiestreetburgers.ca
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AVAILABLE
TUESDAY TO SUNDAY
2PM - 4:30PM

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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, there is 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 Bacon Jam poutine while on the trail. And if you are still craving more, we recommend our Bacon Jam burger!
Trail participants welcome 2PM - 4:30PM.

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Soup Surreal

98 Wellington Street
Stratford, ON 
519.497.5167
soupsurreal.com
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TUESDAY TO FRIDAY
11AM - 6PM


SATURDAY 
11AM - 4PM

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What's your flavour? Rotating through more than 45+ flavours, Soup Surreal offers 2 favourites featuring either Bacon or Ale ina special frozen take home portion. Try our savoury Gouda, Beer and Onion, featuring Black Swan EPA, and our nostalgic Maple Bacon; a smooth puree of Maple, Bacon and Beans. Take away one of each, or two of your favourites.

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Kandy Cakes

47 York Street
Stratford, ON
519.508.3835
kandycakes1@gmail.com
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TUESDAY TO FRIDAY
10:30AM - 5PM
 

SATURDAY
10AM - 5PM
 

SUNDAY
NOON - 5PM

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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 
519.273.5296 
madelynsdiner@hotmail.com
madelynsdiner.ca
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TUESDAY TO SATURDAY 
7AM - 8PM


SUNDAY
8AM - 1:30PM

*LIMITED DAILY FEATURE

 

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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 and are a limited daily feature.

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McCully's Hill Farm

4074 County Road 9 
St. Marys, ON N0M 2G0
519.284.2564
mccullys.ca
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SUNDAY TO FRIDAY
10AM - 5PM


SATURDAY
9AM - 5PM

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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!

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Shakespeare Brewing Company

2178 Line 34
Shakespeare, ON
519.777.5469
shakespeare.brewing@gmail.com
shakespearebrewingcompany.ca
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THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
NOON - 6PM


SATURDAY
11AM - 6PM


SUNDAY
11AM - 4PM

beer flight

Come to Shakespeare Brewing Company to enjoy a flight of our small batch seasonal beers. Our artisanal approach brings the agricultural component that completes the customer vision of true craft beer.

 

Rocky Mtn Chocolate

10 Downie Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 7K4 
519.272.2807
stratford@rockychoc.com
rockychoc.com
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SUNDAY
11AM - 8PM


MONDAY
10AM - 5:30PM
 

TUESDAY TO SATURDAY
9AM - 9PM

 

You are in for a real treat at Rocky Mtn Chocolate 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 StealEnjoy 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
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OPEN DAILY AT 10AM 

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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.

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Village Craft and Candle Inc.

158 Queen Street East
St. Marys, ON
519.284.9900
villagecraftandcandle.com
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MONDAY TO FRIDAY
10AM - 5:30PM


SATURDAY
9AM - 4PM


SUNDAY
NOON - 3PM

village craft and candle bacon and ale candles

It's not very often you find Bacon and Ale candles. With over 400 fragrances, those possibilities exist here! Stop in for your set of Campfire Bacon & Citrus Ale candles, made on site. Poke and ponder meets DIY enthusiasts in this unique shop. Cheers!

Walking through the doors will awaken your senses. So much to see and smell, this gift shop has every imaginable style and fragrance of candle. Nestled amongst pillows and wall art, you will spot unique, hand made items and treasured finds. Through the arches to the store's interior sits the "Candle Bar" where the creating takes place. Opportunity to observe/create is offered to visitors. Take home a new hobby or launch your very own crafting career. It's not uncommon to hear a tape gun in the back, packing orders to ship across Canada. Visit is at villagecraftandcandle.com to view our wares.

“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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