Local author, poet and foodie, Tracey Gainforth, says Cobourg has so much rich history—and great eating—she decided to share her born-and-raised-here insights with the public. “Cobourg is a place that if you leave, you always long to come back,” she says. She spent years away in Peterborough and Ottawa, and returned to town last year.
Take one of her walking or cycling food tours and you might taste charcuterie by Chef Andrew Stewart at 92 King, brownie bites from the Dutch Oven, cheese bread from MillStone Bakery, and more. She’ll also tell you stories about some of the historical sites and glory days of the beach and harbour. Part history lesson, part sweet and savoury tasting adventure! Northumberland Culinary 613-853-3250
TACOS + TEQUILA!
PULL UP A CHAIR ...
Butter chicken and beef brisket tacos? Absolutely! For a twist on the traditional Mexican street food, you can’t go wrong at El Camino and little sister Poco Camino. Longtime restaurateurs, Steven Sherman and his wife Kay, and partner David Cooper, brought the laidback cantina-on-a-beach style dining to town for a little something different. “We wanted something very casual, very relaxed,” says Steven, hanging out in the bench seating by El Camino’s sunlit front window.
The inspiration first sparked when he and Kay took the less-travelled route in Mexico 20 years ago in a VW van with two pit bulls (before marriage and kids). At one memorable stay along the coast, the two would walk the dogs for an hour to a taco stand “in the middle of nowhere” where the cook was impressed by their appetite—and how Kay could eat so many roasted jalapenos. It was there that they first started thinking about doing wraps or tacos, or something along those lines.
Several area restaurants and two kids later, they’ve done it with flair, especially with late-night favourite, Poco Camino, tucked away on Orange Street. Once the site of a taxi company, it’s now an artful “taco shack” where the patio extends to the gravel parking lot and there are 25 or so different tequilas behind the bar. Sips and shots!
Enjoy prix fixe menus at several local restaurants. It’s an incentive to sit back, relax and let the kitchen just do their thing and keep the courses coming. January 19-24.