Photo by Sara Bakker/Sara Jean Photography
Thanks to its location on the fertile soil of the Saint John River and its thriving artisanal scene, New Brunswick’s capital city is teeming with farm-fresh and handcrafted products.
Here’s what to try.
Inside downtown’s historic former courthouse is a restaurant and gallery showcasing the best of the area’s food and art. Everything on Isaac’s menu, from the apple chutney to the triple layer mocha fudge frosting chocolate cake, is made in-house from scratch. Try the maple curry salmon made with Bay of Fundy fish or the braised beef melt, cooked in Picaroons Irish Red beer.
Check out the 66-year-old market’s two food truck alleys and 250 vendors every Saturday morning on George Street, and be sure to try Cap’n Mike’s lobster rolls, Milda’s fiddlehead pizza and Fromagerie Au Fond des Bois’ 22 varieties of goat cheese.
Named after a tool used in New Brunswick’s logging industry, Picaroons is one of the province’s oldest microbreweries. Since the brewery opened in 1995, its small-batch, British-style ale made with homegrown organic hops has won all kinds of national and international awards and accolades. Pop into the brewtique on Queen Street for a sample or fill a growler with one of eight beers on tap, like Plaid 2 the Bone and Yippee IPA.
Don’t Miss: The Atlantic-Canada Donair
This East Coast specialty consists of spiced beef (cooked on a vertical spit), onion and tomato wrapped in a pita and drenched in creamy garlic sauce. Find it at just about any pizza place along with garlic fingers, another Atlantic-Canadian staple.
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.