Best Anniversary Dinner in Almonte…

What do you do when you have a special occasion to celebrate (like your 39th Wedding Anniversary) and you can’t decide WHICH of your favourite restaurants to celebrate at? You simply choose them ALL! That’s what I planned for our anniversary dinner this year – and we had a blast! It’s called a “Progressive Dinner”, and I made reservations at each of the locations for a one-hour window, and then we were able to walk our way between each of the locations and get the best of everything! I find that sitting down to eat a big meal at a restaurant always leaves me feeling too full, so I was excited to do little samplings at each of the restaurants, with a little “stroll” in between to at least keep moving!

Almonte Riverside Inn & Lobby Bar: Located on Bridge Street, right beside the bridge, the former Judges’ house was converted to an Inn and Lobby Bar several years ago. The Almonte Lobby Bar is a fun spot to stop in for a drink and a bite. Our first stop at the Lobby Bar had Hunter as our cook and Angie playing bartender. (They are also the owners of the Lobby Bar!) We started our anniversary celebration with one of Angie’s signature cocktails – the Jamaican-something-or-other, which Ken LOVED! We shared the Halloumi Caprese Salad and the Mushrooms on Toast – because they were both too delicious to choose only one of.

Café Postino: Our next stop was on Mill Street, in the Old Almonte Post Office. I am a pretty “fussy” wine drinker – I like what I like and I would rather drink water than suffer with a wine that I don’t like! Café Postino often features both a red and white, so I was very happy to find a beautiful full-bodied California Cabernet Sauvignon being offered on our special night. (My back-up would have been a glass of Prosecco!) We were very happy to share a plate of Deep-Fried Calamari. Calories don’t count on anniversaries, just in case you were wondering!

Heirloom Café Bistro: Chef (and owner) Richard Kletnieks was very happy to oblige with our one-hour reservation for a Friday night. Heirloom has also started to feature a seasonal cocktail menu, but Ken was very happy to settle for a glass of Scotch – his favourite drink. We shared a Charcuterie Platter, which featured some beautiful cheeses and meats from Peche et Poivre, our favorite cheese shop in Almonte. It was a perfect sampling of charcuterie.

Joe’s Italian Kitchen: Almonte’s newest restaurant and becoming one of our favourites, is right below Heirloom Café. Not much of a walk between courses but that’s okay. I figured we had several options here. IF we weren’t feeling particularly full of our other courses we could always share one of their delicious pizzas. We have two favourites there – the Joe Pesci or the Sophia Laurent, so we would not be hungry. Alternatively, we could order a cappuccino and share a dessert! And, we decided we were already full of our other courses, so we shared the Panna Cotta dessert and each had a cappuccino.

We had a fantastic evening celebrating and enjoying as many of Almonte’s wonderful restaurants as we could cram into an evening. This was a really fun evening and I would gladly do it again – with a group of friends (and permission from the restaurants too).

If you decide to do an Almonte Date Night Progressive Dinner, feel free share your photos with me on Facebook and Instagram!

Fall Street Market

With the cooler temperatures this week there is no denying that it’s Fall! This means, it’s time for Almonte’s Fall Street Market! The vendors and businesses located on Mill Street in Almonte, come together to host this great event, which features pumpkins, demos, live music, in-store specials, food, refreshments and much, much more! This year, the Fall market will take place on Thursday, October 10th beginning at 5pm. It’s a great way for the whole family to enjoy some classic Almonte fun!

Downtown Almonte hosts Street Markets year-round, 1 per season. The Fall Market is a great way to get into the spirit of fall and Thanksgiving. Hosted just days before Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll be able to stock up on Fall decor & prepare for your family get together. Many of the vendors will have sales and outdoor shopping stations set-up. There are great activities for the little ones as well, including pumpkin painting!

This year’s fall Street Market will include a few new attractions, as well as some local favourites. Included in the line-up will be Korny Klowns, Dairy Distillery and Don’s Meat Market Street Food, just to name a few. As well, a large group of the Mill Street shops will have their doors open and stalls set up outside offering different activities as well as great deals.

The purpose of Almonte’s Street Markets is to promote downtown businesses and local vendors. It’s a great way for our residents and those from neighbouring towns, to come together in a friendly-way and “shop local”. Hosted and funded by a group called “Destination Almonte”, they aim to attract Almonte locals as well as tourists to the wonderful evening. Destination Almonte is comprised mainly of local small businesses who work together to promote our community. They host events throughout the year, including the Street Market nights.

There are a few more potential attractions that may be added to the list this Fall, but, you’ll have to attend this great evening to find out who they are! The event takes place mainly outside, except when you’re indoors shopping, so dress according to weather conditions. It is held rain or shine and admission is free! Head down to Mill Street this Thursday between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and be sure to share your experience with me on Facebook and Instagram!