A five-storey, 600,000 cubic feet industrial space is transformed for this walkthrough exhibit.
The mystery isn’t the meal you’ll be eating, but rather, where the ingredients will come from.
Foodies who want to learn about locally sustainable grub can head to the King George B&B in Miramichi, N.B., where proprietor Sara MacInnis runs the Mystery Food Adventure.
The whole thing plays out a bit like a scavenger hunt. You describe your ideal meal to MacInnis, who then creates an itinerary, hands over a GPS and sends you out on a mission to collect meat, fresh seafood, produce and other yummy treats from all over Miramichi and its surrounding areas.
Depending on the meal you and MacInnis come up with, you may find yourself visiting any number of local fishers, farmers and vendors who are more than happy to supply the proper ingredients (as well as lots of recipes and stories).
If your ideal meal is beef-based, it’s likely you’ll visit Earl’s Meat Shop, where Earl Sutherland will show you around and describe how he raises his cattle before letting you choose your cut of meat and a rub to go with it.
If you’re hankering for something sweet, MacInnis might direct you to Julia Trevors at Bartibog River Soaps for decadent chocolate fudge, which Julia makes from her own goat’s milk.
Once all the ingredients have been collected, you return to the B&B with your bounty and can then choose to help MacInnis prepare the meal.
A self-taught cook, MacInnis created the Mystery Food Adventure after moving to New Brunswick from Ontario and finding it difficult to source local food. Now, she says, her guests can interact with growers and fishers while taking in Miramichi’s bountiful countryside.
The Mystery Food Adventure package includes two nights’ stay at the B&B, two breakfasts and, of course, one supper. The package is available until October 15. ($300 per couple)
Three Days in Miramichi, New Brunswick
Located an hour and half north of Moncton, spend a long weekend in Miramichi to explore all this 3,000-year-old region has to offer. Go salmon fishing or stand-up paddleboarding on the Miramichi River, tour National Historic Sites and canoe through Kouchibouguac National Park.