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The Great Taste of Canada Holiday Gift Guide 2023

By Gabrielle Mueller/

Great Taste of Canada

‘Tis the season to be merry and nothing makes us merrier than Canadian-made gifts for foodies! From hands-on experiences that will inspire and delight your taste buds to craft beverages, preserves and more, you’ll find it all here! Keep reading. 

Discover a World of Flavours, All in Canada

With so many communities calling Canada home, we’re happy to celebrate the unique flavours that make Canada such an inspiring country for foodies. 

Preserves, Condiments + More Gourmet Goodies

This collection of delicious gourmet goodies from across the country will add delight to any stocking, basket or tree this holiday season. 

Apple & Fig Spread
From Saltspring Kitchen Co. out of Salt Spring Island, B.C.
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Toss a little of this spread on a toasted baguette with brie, enjoy it in an adult-style grilled cheese sandwich or take a page out of Saltspring Kitchen Co.'s notebook and enjoy it stirred into a holiday cocktail. No matter what, it's sure to get you in the festive mood. 

Adventure Pack
From Paisley Notebook out of the Thompson-Okanagan, B.C.
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Straight from the kitchen of the uber-talented Chef Aman Dosanj, The Adventure Pack from Paisley Notebook includes a variety of spice mixes to punch up your meals, drinks and other tasty tidbits. According to Aman, "The idea is to make using Indian spices less intimidating and more fun one edible adventure at a time." We love that! 

Psst! Looking for even more epic gift ideas? Aman also hosts some amazing events in the Okanagan region. 

Dried Saskatoon Berries
From Prairie Berries out of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan
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Bring the sweetness of Saskatoon Berries to your plate any time of year. These dehydrated berries are perfect for the mixologist on your list! Use them as a rimmer, pop them onto oatmeal or yogurt and enjoy. 

Donair Spice
From Axe to Grind out of Middle Sackville, N.S. 
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You know when you travel somewhere, have a great meal and wish you could recreate it at home? Now you can. The quintessential Halifax donair is just a spice mix away with this perfect concoction from Axe to Grind in Nova Scotia.

Pancake/Cookie Mix
From Valley Kitchen out of Middleton, N.S.
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Is there anything better than whipping up some easy-peasy pancakes? YES. This pancake mix doubles as a cookie mix and it's made with flaxflour from Valley Kitchen- a true taste of place. We recommend checking out their twist on the mix with a recipe for apple chai holiday pancakes

Pemmican Strips
From Mitsoh out of Wabasca’s Bigstone Cree Nation in A.B.
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This traditional First Nations food is made in Wabasca Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta. An amazing source of energy, it is made using traditional methods, mixing dried meat, pounded berries and a few other natural ingredients. 

Discover Mitsoh's line of pemmican strips- we love the maple Saskatoon berry! 

Birch Bacon Jam
From Canadian Birch Co. from Grand Marais, M.B.
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What happens when you combine Canadian birch syrup with real bacon? A dang party in your mouth. Perfect for the grill master, bacon lover or all-around foodie on your list, this bacon jam won't last them a long time but it will be a good time. 

Duck Foie Gras with Champagne
From Les Canardises out of Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Q.C.
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Being fancy doesn't have to be cumbersome! This duck foie gras in champagne is made in Quebec and adds a little lavishness to any lifestyle. 

Craft Beverages

Harvest Ale
From Mackinnon Brothers Brewing Company out of Kingston, O.N.
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This Harvest Ale from Mackinnon Brothers' Brewing, just outside of Kingston, Ontario, is a must-try for craft beer lovers. Made with ingredients exclusively grown on the brewery's farm, this is a real Ontarian taste of place in a beautiful and bright yellow can. 

Côté Canal 
From 4 Origines Brewery out of Montreal, Q.C.
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Light in alcohol but full in malty goodness, this Session IPA from 4 Originies out of Montreal is a fantastic addition under the tree this year. Bonus points if you go there any enjoy one in the brewery yourself! All in the name of gift-giving, of course.

Boston Tree Gin
From Compass Distillers out of Halifax, N.S. 
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Did you know that the City of Halifax sends a Christmas tree to Boston every year to thank them for their help in the wake of the Halifax Explosion of 1917? This gin celebrates that tradition and a dollar from every bottle is donated to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, located in Halifax and started after many went blind from the explosion. 

Brazil Serras de Minas
From Barren Ground Coffee out of Yellowknife Northwest Territories
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With notes of caramel and dried fruits, this sippable medium dark roast is a crowd pleaser sure to boost your mornings. 

Cold Brew Twist
From Back Road Coffee Roasters out of Mississauga, O.N.
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Forget the griding, pressing and brewing! This Cold Brew Twist from Back Road Coffee Roasters out of Mississauga brings a unique mocktail of caffeinated goodness to the coffee lover on your list. They've also got a great line of coffee concentrates to step up your hot and cold beverage game with ease. 

Eggnog Cream Liquor
From Vodkow out of Almonte, O.N.
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Vodkow prides itself on their sustainability and crafts an epic lineup of dairy-based sips including its carbon-neutral vodka made out of unused milk sugars. During the holidays, their eggnog cream liquor is made with 100% Canadian cream and is the perfect addition to cocktails and coffees alike. Happy sipping! 

BC Craft Gin
Wayward Distillery out of Vancouver Island, B.C.
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This gin from the Rainbow Registered folks at Wayward Distillery out of Vancouver Island celebrates the pollinators that call the province home. See what the buzz is all about. 

Cranberry Rosemary Bitters
From Abiding Citizen out of Winnipeg, M.B.
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The lineup of bitters coming out of Abiding Citizen in Winnipeg are next level and sure to please the mixologist on your list. We particularly enjoy the cranberry rosemary bitters this time of year- perfect for mimosas. *chefs kiss*

Sweet Tooth

Holiday Booster Box
From Peace by Chocolate out of Antigonish, N.S.
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Available in two sizes, combines the best holiday treats from Peace by Chocolate out of Nova Scotia. Made using a variety of Syrian-inspired fillings and ingredients, these chocolates offer up a world of flavour. Read more about the inspiring story behind this chocolate factory online.

Ian’s Christmas Cake
From Cabotto Chocolate out of Englishtown, N.S.
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Christmas Cake- you either hate it or you love it. For us, it's a must around the holiday season and this one happens to feel like it was pulled out of the oven by your mom. 

Candy Cane Bark
From Hummingbird Chocolate out of Almonte, O.N.
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Candy canes and chocolate combined? That's practically a love letter in a bag. This sweet treat is perfect for teachers, babysitters, friends and family alike. How could you go wrong? You can't.

Other Fun Artisan Products

Goat Milk Soap
From Wild Comfort Body Care out of Oxford County, ON. 
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Made using locally sourced goat milk, this soap out of Oxford County will have your skin feeling creamy and smooth even through the harsh winter! Want more? Wild Comfort also crafts a goat milk lotion in partnership with the folks at Udderly Ridiculous Ice Cream for a little extra oomph. 

Saskatoon Berry Pie T-shirt
From Hardpressed out of Saskatoon, S.K.
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An homage to the berry Saskatoon was made for? Yeah, we'll wear that. Even better that it's all about pie. This creation from the folks at Hardpressed out of Saskatoon is pure provincial pride and we love that. Pair it up with their Saskatoon berry socks for the cutest bundle on the block. 

Food Tours

What better plan to eat your way through a city than with a local guide? Get the inside scoop on delicious eats with these culinary tours.

Kensington Market Taste the World Tour
From Tasty Tours out of Toronto, ON. 
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Dive into a world of flavour with this guided walk-through Kensington Market in downtown Toronto. You’ll visit he area’s first indie coffee shop, feast on epic Takoyaki balls and shop at a historic Caribbean grocery store among other delicious things! 

Eat the Castle Food Tour
From Alberta Food Tours out of Banff Lake Louise, AB. 
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Explore the historic Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff one bite at a time! From the signature sips and appetizers to a wow-inducing meal and French-inspired eats too, this unique experience should be on any foodie's bucket list this holiday season. 

Dine Like a Critic
From Alexandra Gill out of Richmond, BC. 
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Join Alexandra Gill, former food critic for the Globe & Mail, on a culinary adventure through Richmond British Columbia. Meet the chefs, enjoy exclusive tastings and so much more, all guided by Alexandra. 

Gourmet Getaways

Cozy up in all your glory at these gourmet spots across the country!

Relais & Châteaux
Properties across the country, book online

With properties spread across British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, Relais and Châteaux offers peak luxury and delicious eats. With passionate chefs at each property putting seasonality at the forefront of their menus, each stay is a practice is relaxation and nourishing cuisine. 

Enjoy your holiday season

No matter what's wrapped in boxes and bows this year, we hope your holiday season is restful and spent with those you love most over great, locally-sourced food and drink!