Food scene ten years on, Part 2

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Waterloo region was once largely known for Oktoberfest and all things German — and perhaps still is though in a limited way.

As our food culture has diversified — the reach has grown, and that can be seen in food, beverage and retail. (Part 1 of the column is here.)

Let’s start with beer, as an example. In 2013, there were only a few craft breweries of note in Ontario. Today there are about 270 craft breweries in the province.

Cambridge brews at Old Galt Bottle Shop (Photo/

In Waterloo, Innocente opened in Waterloo in 2014. In Kitchener, Together We’re Bitter opened in 2016; Counterpoint Brewing in 2019. In Cambridge, population 140,000 people, there are at least a dozen craft breweries, with Barncat Artisan Ales opening in 2016 and Four Fathers opened in 2018, for instance.

For more of the story, please visit CBC-KW.

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