The Pine Dinner Series - Bringing Worldwide Culture to Fork and Knife

The pine dinner series aims to use locally sourced ingredients while telling a story of worldly culture.  After spending the last few years in China and travelling through Asia, the pair wanted to bring their stories, encounters and experiences back to Canadian soil and share their findings in an intimate + immersive setting. All dishes are made with love and come equipped with some type of anecdote, importance, or piece of comfort. It’s an extremely personal experience and one that’ll stay with you forever.

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Taking Unboxing to a Local Level - Acre75 Gathered

Virginia (Owner of Acre 75) has recently launched her latest project, Acres 75 Gathered - a seasonal subscription box of thoughtfully curated items from her online store. Each box will contain over 6 products, made and cared for by a small business located somewhere rural in Canada. It’s saweeeeet!

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Craft Cider, Delicious Nibbles + a Local Tour - The In-Cider Scoop on Ciderfest

In spirit of celebrating all things cider, the Apple Pie Trail’s own Ciderfest is BACK and happening from June 7-16th - that’s 10 whole days of cider pairings and yummy nibbles to boot. Ciderfest locations span from Duntroon all the way over to Meaford, so there are opportunities for all. Sign me up!

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Primitive Patterns - Helping Us Reconnect Through Fitness

Primitive Patterns is becoming locally known for their dynamic outdoor fitness classes that they run at the heart of Sunset Point, the inukshuk. Rain or shine the team is 100% committed to providing you with an experience that’ll leave you replenished, connected and clear minded. Currently they have 5 trained instructors on the roster, each bringing their own unique educational knowledge and passion to the programs - each and every day.

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Always Cooking With Soul - Jeff Beltran

Known for his Ch’waffle creations and most recently his ramen pop-up events at Gibson and Company, Collingwood local Jeff Beltran deserves a high-five and gold star for his flavour packed dishes. Dishes likes the breakfast poutine he whipped up for me a few years ago that I’m STILL talking about. He’s a true local gem!

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The Daisy Market - Bringing Change To Our Community

One step into The Daisy Market and it’s hard not to feel instantly welcomed. First impression leaves you appreciating the open concept space that with a range of wonderful products that promote an eco-friendly lifestyle and a waste-less mindset, something I personally want to educate myself on a little more. Prior to opening, Owner Cass Dinsmore had been searching for that one thing that she felt passionate about and that one thing she could wake up and love doing – turns out The Daisy Market is that one thing.

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A Lokal Guide: Gifts for the Little Ones

I’m never not amazed by the bundle of talented women that surround me including some fierce small business owners– behind the scenes creating, making, supporting, being mom’s and everything in between. I wanted to round up some of my favourite local businesses that specialize in adorable handmade baby goods so that I could support these entrepreneurs I speak so highly of.

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Keepin' Things Sweet with Beaver Valley Maple

There is something so satisfying about indulging in some good ol’ local syrup or even thinking about it I suppose. Stuff so good you don’t even have to convince yourself twice about having a straight up spoonful. All of the above applies to Beaver Valley Maple, a 100% organic pure maple syrup new to the Grey Bruce Simcoe shelves, made with love in the heart of the Beaver Valley.

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Joel Gray - The Harvest Dinner Series

I wish I could grant you the opportunity to taste what you're about to view in these photos, but that isn't possible (yet).  Here in words, I've captured my experience in hopes that by the end of this post, you'll be inspired to plan a visit over to Flesherton and witness the magic, flavour and heart that goes into these harvest dinners. 

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Admiring the Town from a New Perspective

We have such a diverse amount of talent in the South Georgian Bay area and for me, I wake up feeling so grateful for the fresh water, the lush hills, the forests and of course the hardworking small business owners that truly bring our community together and make it so dang special. One local business that resonated with me was Blink Eyewear, owned and operated by the lovely Jessica Strype. Giving us a lens to see this local beauty.

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Happy Birthday, Lokal Digs. You Are Two!

Happy Birthday, Digs! The fact that two years have come and gone in a pinch still amazes me. Oh my blog, you were conceptualized over morning brunch and brought to life by a creative spark nested within, ready to set flame. Having a blog is comparable to owning a business. You create a brand, a voice, a standard, a reputation and it's hard work. But you know, I wouldn't change a thing about it.

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Two Boss Babes Making Local Waves

It makes me so happy when I see local friends joining forces to bring change within our community, or as they like to say "making waves". Local gals Tamara Hibbard (Dream by Day) and Aysia Garbe (Bay Blue) have recently teamed up to bring to life a series of artisan markets, aimed at bringing together Ontario crafters while raising awareness for local non-profits and initiatives. Oh boy do we need this!

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Shop Canadian Made With Acre75.ca

With the rise of artisan markets in our rural areas, I find it impossible to hit them all up or even yet, tour to other local towns to check out their roster. Therefore, I am always SO pumped when I find new ways to easily order products online in one spot from various Canadian artists, entrepreneurs, woodworkers, and crafters. Insert Acre75.ca!

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All Good Things at Press Juice Co.

There is something so special about this quaint spot that I frequent on my days off. Located in the heart of bustlin' Collingwood, Press Juice Co. has been slinging nutrient packed smoothies, whipping up next-level salads and offering meal options using natural + organic ingredients since day one.  Fit for the gluten free, the vegan, the vegetarian, the dairy free, and the girl like me who more often than not needs a healthy change-up from all that pizza consumption.

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Gettin' Down and Cheesy This Holiday Season

My peeps know that curating and building a cheeseboard is something that I take very seriously. From the initial cheese shopping to the perfect art of prosciutto placement, I'm kind of the big cheese (well, at least I think so). This holiday season, I extended my cheese hunt to the cutest shop in Owen Sound, The Milk Maid Fine Cheese + Gourmet Food.

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Fuel Your Body With SoulFire Holistics

Alex Kimble, owner of SoulFire Holistics, is changing the way I feel about eating healthy. With years of hard work and dedication, Alex has nurtured her business into something much more than she could have imagined. Soulfire Holistics is a 3 division business including Yoga, Lifestyle Coaching and Nutrition. Together these strands encompass all that Alex is passionate about and it truly shines through in her devotion to her community.

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Guest Post: A Guide for Vegan Hotspots in Collingwood, Ontario

I've invited Wilderness Soap Co. Owner, Laura, to share with us her fave vegan restaurants and shops of Collingwood as she leads a plant-based lifestyle each and every day. Living in a small town can be hard for options but there are some flavourful, vegan-friendly spots worth mentioning for those on the hunt. 

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Wake Up and Smell the Apples

It's no secret that I love autumn and all that it brings. If you didn't know, now you do! From cozy sweaters and pumpkin carving, to apple picking and craft shows, there is no shortage of things to do in the Georgian Triangle. It's a quick season, but just enough time to pack everything in before the big Thanksgiving feast. 

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