.So many people are realizing the importance and just the overall quality of giving and receiving the gift of experiences and making memories over giving and receiving stuff. WindsorEats has put together our guide of great local experiences to help you help the ones you love create cherished memories that will live on beyond the lifespan of most “things”.
FOR THE CYCLIST IN YOUR LIFE
GET LIT ON FRIDAY NIGHTS!
If you’re giving a gift to someone who enjoys riding their bicycle, a season pass to the Friday Night Lights bike rides just may be the perfect gift that keeps giving all summer long. If you haven’t heard about it, FNL is a nighttime pub/grub crawl via bicycle with hundreds of your closest friends. Did we mention they all deck themselves out in bright and colourful lights?
A FOOD AND WINE FILLED WINE TRAIL RIDE
Our Wine Trail Rides were named as the best culinary tourism experience in Ontario…and we made them better since! Riders Meander the through the farmlands along the Lake Erie coastline a la bicyclette visiting 4 wineries to sample some of Canada’s best wines (Cab Franc from our region is to die for). To also help fuel the pedal power, they’ll also indulge in a progressive meal along the way.
FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY A DRAM OR TWO OF CANADIAN WHISKY
TOUR A DISTILLERY 3.5 MILLIONS YEARS IN THE MAKING
Wolfhead Distillery is the only craft distillery in the region and it is pumping out some quality whisky. Take a tour and see how they incorporate the resources found in its own backyard – limestone from the quarry next door – in producing unique flavours that push the boundaries of standard Canadian spirits.
EXPLORE DRINKS THAT MADE WALKERVILLE FAMOUS
The Drinks of Walkerville is the tour that best showcases all the reasons why Windsor, Ontario is also known as Whiskytown Canada. Named an Ontario Signature Experience, guests stroll through the historic town that Canadian Club built. Along the way you’ll tour North America’s largest distillery, taste several Canadian whiskies, enjoys some brews and also a few craft cocktails.
A FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO THAT GOLDEN NECTAR
The Whiskytown Festival isn’t your run of the mill whisky event held indoors during the colder months. The festival is styled like a garden party in August. Windsor is Canada’s deep south and the festival showcases that weather advantage.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO GET HANDS ON
THERE’S NO BUTTON NOSE WITH THIS CORN COB PIPE!
In the first experience of its kind in Windsor, guests will work alongside a world-renowned corn cob modifier as he guides you through creating a one of kind, handcrafted corn cob pipe. Each pipe is finished with a “secret sauce recipe” making it look like a hundred year old colonial era collectible.
Throughout the Be A Pipe Maker experience, this Master of the Cob will be at your side from picking the size of cob and bamboo shank to staining and creating a look that is uniquely your own to use for either tobacco or cannabis.
LEARN HOW TO HANDLE YOUR SAUSAGE
Windsor’s truly blessed to have so many absolutely amazing creators living within it. Robbie Bornais of Robbie’s Gourmet Sausages is one of them, being one of the best sausage makers in Canada. So, it’s only natural to learn from the best as be guides you step by step in the Be A Sausage Maker experience through making his own original recipes. You’ll even get to enjoy some cooked sausages you made as well as take some fresh ones home to enjoy later.
FOR THE BIG FOODIE IN YOUR LIFE
WINDSOR’S MOST SPECTACULAR DINING EXPERIENCE
Quite possibly the most anticipated culinary event that happens in Windsor each year. Tickets sell out months in advance for Dinner on a Pier. In fact, there already aren’t many left for 2019. Just imagine what a gift it would be to snag a couple seats.
THE WORLD’S ONLY ALL-POUTINE WALKING TOUR
It’s gluttonous. It’s messy. It’s oh, so tasty. The Dirty Poutine Tour is the world’s only all-poutine walking tour for good reason: it’s so filling!!! We definitely recommend wearing stretchy pants for what seems like a never-ending bowl of Canada’s iconic dish.
FOR THE WINE LOVER
A WINE FESTIVAL COMES BACK TO WINDSOR
We have a great wine growing region in Windsor-Essex and now we finally have a festival to showcase it again. The Cab Franc Festival, while highlighting how we’re Canada’s best region to grow and make Cab Franc wine, will offer many varieties to please any wine lover.