Thanks to its location on the fertile soil of the Saint John River and its thriving artisanal scene, New Brunswick’s capital city is teeming with farm-fresh and handcrafted products.Here’s what to try.
Inside downtown’s historic former courthouse is a restaurant and gallery showcasing the best of the area’s food and art. Everything on Isaac’s menu, from the apple chutney to the triple layer mocha fudge frosting chocolate cake, is made in-house from scratch. Try the maple curry salmon made with Bay of Fundy fish or the braised beef melt, cooked in Picaroons Irish Red beer.
Check out the 64-year-old market’s two food truck alleys and 250 vendors every Saturday morning on George Street, and be sure to try Cap’n Mike’s lobster rolls, Milda’s fiddlehead pizza and Fromagerie Au Fond des Bois’ 22 varieties of goat cheese. Save room for Adorable Chocolat’s delightful line of Choco-Cocagne chocolates, made with local fruits and ingredients from the owner’s garden (think ginger and pear, or pink pepper and strawberry basil).
Named after a tool used in New Brunswick’s logging industry, Picaroons is one of the province’s oldest microbreweries. Since the brewery opened in 1995, its small-batch, British-style ale made with homegrown organic hops has won all kinds of national and international awards and accolades. Pop into the brewtique on Queen Street for a sample or fill a growler with one of eight beers on tap, like Plaid 2 the Bone and Yippee IPA.
Don’t Miss: The Atlantic-Canada Donair
This East Coast specialty consists of spiced beef (cooked on a vertical spit), onion and tomato wrapped in a pita and drenched in creamy garlic sauce. Find it at just about any pizza place along with garlic fingers, another Atlantic-Canadian staple.