Niagara Food


A look at the history and culture of food, wine, and culinary culture in southern Ontario’s Niagara region.

The Niagara region has a unique culinary history and tradition. From its mild microclimate that supports the cultivation of tender fruits — peaches, cherries, and more — to its role as the birthplace of the Canadian wine industry and home to a new generation of trailblazing chefs and restaurateurs, the Niagara region boasts a food and wine heritage that rivals any in North America. Niagara food writer, advocate, and activist Tiffany Mayer provides a thoughtful look at the many elements of Niagara’s culinary past and present, including the planting of the first orchards and vineyards, the rise and fall of the local canning industry, the artisans responsible for crafting the region’s most beloved food products, and the Greenbelt Act, which protects more than a million acres of the area’s most precious agricultural land.


Written with a journalistic eye, Mayer’s appreciation for Niagara’s land is evident throughout her book.

[Mayer’s] awareness of the beauty and essence of local food and wines is outstanding, and she comes at it with humility. Give this book to your friends, give it for a Christmas gift. Give it to anyone you care about because we have to spread the word about Niagara’s bounty. (September, 2014)

This incredibly researched look at the Niagara region's unique culinary history…is a must-read for Niagarans.

Niagara Life Magazine

About the Author

Tiffany Mayer

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Tiffany Mayer

Award-winning journalist Tiffany Mayer runs Eating Niagara, a blog devoted to local food and agriculture in Ontario's Niagara Region. For nearly a decade Mayer worked as a daily news and freelance reporter, covering agriculture and culinary topics for a range of publications, including the St. Catharines Standard. Mayer also founded the Garden of Eating-Niagara, a non-profit that harvests fruit for social agencies in the region. She lives in St.