It’s always fun to shop for food!

What are you craving? A fine artisanal gouda? A handmade dark chocolate truffle? Smoked venison sausage? Fresh Made Pasta? Gourmet is the name of the game this season in Downtown Collingwood, with specialty food stores serving up special treats for your dining table.

Bring home hors d’oeuvres that will turn your home into a gourmet bistro—why not try fresh bread coupled with olive oil & balsamic vinegar from the Collingwood Olive Oil or The Lively Olive? Stop by for a sample of the many varieties of olive oils and balsamics for a perfect pairing!

Gourmet cheese is another decadent appetizer, and Dags & Willow Fine Cheese and Gourmet Shop is the place to go for an experience that will tantalize your taste buds. Their cheeses are crafted by small, independent cheese-makers around the globe— pop by and sample flavourful cheeses from Italy, Spain, France, England, the Netherlands, and of course, Canada’s finest. Take your taste buds on an adventure with these sumptuous snacks.

For your entrée, shop local at Blue Ridge Meats for a fine cut of beef, pork, goat, lamb or deer. Try steaks, ribs, brisket, Polish kielbasa, summer sausage, chorizo and many other cuts of meat from this modern butcher. Everything is freshly prepared and handmade.

Feeling like Italian? Stop by the Tesoro Mercato for fresh-made pasta and sauces of all varieties, pre-made entrees, including lasagna, cannelloni and homemade soup. And you can’t have a party without dessert! The Mercato offers an assortment of gelato and sorbet. Crave the Chocolatier and the Collingwood Sweet Shoppe are the best places to find a sweet last course, including a variety of chocolate treats and peanut brittle, made right on site.

Eating healthy this winter? Visit the Collingwood’s Farm to Table for local, organic, and non genetically modified food. Health smart and earth smart, these products are as delicious as they are ethical. This stop also offers a wide variety of gluten-free options.

You don’t need to go to a restaurant for a special party — pick up a few of these gourmet treats and bring the restaurant into your home. Perfect for a casual gathering of family and friends, a romantic evening for two, or a formal event, the food from these specialty grocers will not disappoint.