Get under the skin of Newfoundland. This is a six night gastro-cultural winter adventure that your senses will never forget. Your digs for the week are Hares Ears Cottage, nestled in the cliffs of the quirky Outer Battery Neighbourhood in St. John's and the famed Fogo Island Inn. Your culinary adventure will be steeped in local characters, spectacular wildlife and wide-ranging memorable dining experiences, from the exquisite to the edgy. While traveling around St. John’s and Fogo Island our unique CapeRace Culinary MapGuide will lead you to many gastro-cultural experiences powered by colourful characters, local fun, indigenous music and cultural surprises that you'll only ever experience in Newfoundland.
Meet renowned Newfoundland chefs such as Todd Perrin, (Canada’s Top Chef contestant) of Mallard Restaurant and Jeremy Charles of award-winning Raymond's Fine Dining along with Murray McDonald from the Fogo Island Inn. Find out why the top chefs use wild rabbit and moose and foraged berries or be the judge of the best fish & chips in town, a battle raging between two St. John's restaurants that have sat side by side since 1951. Drop in on a 75-year old family business that still serves up take-out baked turkey legs over an ancient counter. Tour the QV Craft Brewery at Quidi Vidi Village and taste many of their craft beers including QV Iceberg Beer, made from 30,000 year old glacial ice. Walk in on their weekly ocean-side kitchen party held every Friday afternoon. Skate or play hockey on a frozen pond, hang out in a locals shed with a roaring woodstove, or venture out on a caribou-tracking expedition. Take a coastal hike and stop for a traditional Newfoundland outdoor boilup.
Fogo Island Inn
The perfect ending to this culinary cultural trip will be a stay at the world-renowned Fogo Island Inn, known as a place of wood-burning stoves, wry humor, dramatic seascapes and sensible luxury. Each guest suite is a contemporary expression of traditional outport design and decor: "handmade modern." You'll have a half day orientation with a dedicated community host and full use of the Inn's facilities: cinema, sauna, contemporary art gallery, gym and yoga space, heritage library, use of storm weather gear and rubber boots, and binoculars in each suite. All of the Inn’s rooms were created using only natural materials such as wood, wool, cotton, and linen and all furniture and textiles were custom designed, locally crafted. The only plastic in the guest rooms is the telephone.
After a healthy outdoor winter hike you can head to the fourth floor rooftop deck that houses the Inn’s wood-fired saunas and two outdoor hot tubs. The sauna to the north has views of the sea and is a great way to take in the landscape or to stargaze. The south-facing saunas receive direct sunlight into the cabinet with inland views of the rocks, churches, and the local artisan guild. Located at the end of the roof deck, the Inn’s two hot tubs afford both privacy and stunning views of the North Atlantic. Stargaze with uninterrupted views of the ocean over your shoulder and of the sky above you.
Your culinary experience here at the Inn reflects traditional cultural norms. Fogo Islanders have historically hunted, grown, foraged, and caught their food both out of necessity and for pleasure. The Inn carries on these traditions by foraging for berries, supporting local growers and fishers, and exploring the barrens surrounding the Inn in search of the perfect garnish for the spectacular culinary creations. Savoring Fogo Island Inn’s food is a cultural experience combining the best of Fogo Island’s customary foodways with the exciting forward-thinking of contemporary cuisine.
Fogo Island spans about 35 kilometres from east to west and 24 kilometres from north to south with 2,395 people living in 10 distinct communities. The Island boasts countless plant and animal species that thrive in its untamed wilderness. Although located just over halfway between the equator and the North Pole, the Labrador Current passing by Fogo Island's doorstep brings with it the makings for a subarctic landscape and a temperate maritime climate. The Island's boreal forest plays host to herds of caribou, beavers, foxes, mosses, grasses, and wildflowers. Migrating whales and icebergs visit in the spring, and fall’s berry season finds Fogo Island carpeted in at least two dozen varieties of edible berries.
Backstage Kitchen Pass
While touring St. John's and Fogo Island our custom guidebook written specifically for the trip will lead you to simple-kitchen gems set in idyllic wilderness settings and fantasic scenic and cultural wonders.