Gourmet Trip to Saskatchewan – Visit Canada
Saskatchewan summer trips inspired by food
Who doesn’t enjoy a good summer road trip with the windows down, the music blaring and nothing but the open road and the vast prairie sky to gaze at?
Saskatchewan is a great place to get off the well-trodden tourist trail of Canada. We have hidden gems galore, with plenty of tasty stops along the way. If you’re a fan of local food and farm shops, micro-distilleries, artisan shops or experiential restaurants, you’ll find it all in Saskatchewan.
Read on for a must-have tourist guide to Saskatchewan!
Saskatchewan is downright delicious!
This is all based on stories from my new book, Flat Out Delicious: Your Definitive Guide to Saskatchewan’s Food Artisans.
Where to Eat in Southwest Saskatchewan
Harvest Eatery | Shaunavon
Saskatchewan’s southwestern region is wildly beautiful and diverse – and right in the middle of this region, the town of Shaunavon has it all.
In addition to being home to the country music group Hunter Brothers, the southwestern town is a culinary destination in Saskatchewan.
Husband and wife chef duo Garret “Rusty” and Kristy Thienes opened Harvest Eatery in 2013, a welcoming place where they offer an eclectic mix of sustainable Saskatchewan comfort food.
“We know who grows the food, how they take care of it, what their methods are. That’s what’s going to keep the restaurant (and our food system) going,” Rusty said.
Think bean-roasted carrots, bison tartare, wild boar ravioli and Lake Diefenbaker trout gravlax, with a wine list to match any discerning palate.
The coolest thing about this restaurant is that you’ll feel equally at home whether you show up in jeans or high heels.
Where to Eat in Southeast Saskatchewan
The Grotto | Vibank, Sask.
Many of Saskatchewan’s best-hidden restaurant gems can be found in the southeast region. The Happy Nun is in Forget and Carnduff is home to the Olive Branch Bistro. Find authentic Neapolitan pizza in Ogema at Solo Italia.
The Grotto is perhaps Saskatchewan’s most unique restaurant – and it’s one of the best places to eat authentic, homemade Mexican food.
Kevin and Cecilia Zimmerman own this lively little place inside a former Ursuline convent built in 1923. Much of the history has been preserved, including the altar space in the old chapel, which now houses the main dining room.
The original grotto is behind the building, in an area where Cecilia keeps planters, overflowing with fresh produce and aromatic herbs.
Both are self-taught culinary wizards. Cecilia honed her skills after moving to Vibank with Kevin. She missed Oaxacan food, the region where she grew up in southern Mexico.
She returned there, learning the recipes and tricks of the trade from people in the small communities. And it is these authentic tastes that she brings to the Grotto.
The Grotto is open Saturday nights for Cecilia’s Mexican dinners and Fridays for Kevin’s Southern BBB feasts.
Reservations usually have to be made weeks in advance, as there is only one seat per night. Believe me, the wait and the drive are worth it.
“We cook just for those who come, so it’s personal,” says Kevin.
Where to eat in Moose Jaw
The traveling market
If city life has gotten you a bit disconnected from farming, Nadine Lee has a solution.
Nadine has dedicated the last decade of her life to building partnerships between city dwellers and those who produce food using holistic practices. In doing so, it also helps small farmers to become economically viable.
“Food is a really great way for people to find their connection that we’ve really been separated from,” she said.
Nadine and her partner Michael Neuman operate Wandering Market, Moose Jaw’s first local food hub.
Farmers and food producers can sell or trade their wares at the Wandering Market, which does the marketing work and resells to the public.
Find seasonal products, meat, eggs, dairy products, bread, pastries, preserves, tea, coffee, noodles, raw honey, cereals and legumes, as well as kimchi and Nadine’s sauerkraut at the market.
Where to eat in Regina
Creek in Cathedral Bistro
Creek in Cathedral’s executive chef, Ricardo Rodriguez, hails from Patagonia, at the southern tip of Argentina, and brings a South American flair and flavor to the bistro.
He has lived in Saskatchewan since 2001 and during that time he fell in love with local ingredients.
“We can bring in anything from around the world, but what makes us special is our own products from the Prairies. »
Le Creek is one of the few farm-to-table restaurants in the province. Owner Jasmine Godenir and her parents both cultivate large gardens for the bistro.
The local market
Tim and Carla Shultz dreamed of a more accessible local food system in southern Saskatchewan.
Their goal — to bring a farmers’ market to people through an online platform — expanded in 2019 when they opened The Local Market in Regina’s warehouse district.
“It was a vision for a better market for growers,” Tim said. We felt there was a place to create a platform for growers to market their products, to help them elevate their business and let growers focus on production. ”
It was also a way to bring local food options together and make it easier for consumers to access them all year round. Products from over 100 Saskatchewan food producers and artisans are available in-store and on the Local & Fresh online platform.
The Local Market includes a commercial kitchen for chefs to host pop-up events and is home to the Everyday Kitchen with its gourmet donuts and great coffee.