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Artisan Cheese

Our FAB Region has the infrastructure to support artisan cheese-making

Artisan Foods

Condiments, flours, artisan cheeses, charcuterie...

Craft Beer, Ciders, Distilling, Beverages

Distilling, brewing, cider making...

The Food and Beverage (FAB) Region partners are pleased to announce a new video series showcasing four craft brewers in their region – 555 Brewing Co., Bancroft Brewing Co., The Napanee Beer Company and Wolfe Island Spring Craft Brewery. The videos may be viewed here.   The goal of the video series is to raise awareness of the FAB Region through profiling some emerging craft breweries.

In late 2013, in anticipation of the craft brewery boom,the FAB team developed a downloadable handbook on “How to Start A Craft Brewery” as a way to offer supporting resources to aspiring craft brewers and to generate leads and interest in the region. The videos are yet another tool the team has created to support startups.   In their interviews, the brewers provide advice to new brewers, discuss what they would do differently, the most difficult obstacles they faced when starting out and where they see the industry going.

Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region is an investment marketing partnership structured to attract and grow small scale (artisanal) food and beverage businesses.   The partners are the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) and the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox and Addington. The partners strategically focused on craft brewing in 2013 based on both the region’s agricultural and tourism strengths and growth in the sector.   Now today, with over 20 breweries and counting, the economic development offices have proved an excellent resource for new business inquiries and those looking to start a craft brewery. This initiative has been supported by the Frontenac CFDC, the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington and the Community Futures of North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin.

For more information contact

Trevor Crowe, Prince Edward County 613.476.2148 ext: 2504  TCrowe@pecounty.on.ca

Stephen Paul, County of Lennox and Addington 613-354-4883 ext 3234 or spaul@lennox-addington.on.ca

Andrew Redden, County of Hastings 613.966.6712 ext. 4011 reddena@hastingscounty.com

Anne Prichard, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation 613-372-1414 Ext. 204 or anne@frontenaccfdc.com


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For more information contact

Anne Prichard

Executive Director

Frontenac CFDC

613-372-1414 Ext 204


The Township of Stirling-Rawdon is selling their former Public Works Building.  The site was also once home to the Township’s police services and administration office.

Investment opportunity in Stirling

Investment opportunity in Stirling










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Perhaps this could be a location for a brewer or some other artisan food and beverage business.

Contact the sales representative for more information and view details on the property here.

Frontenac CFDC

Andrew Redden, County of Hastings; Jan Dines, Chair of Frontenac CFDC; Anne Prichard, Frontenac CFDC


Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region has received a prestigious Community Economic Development Award out of many nominations from across the province at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations. CED Media Release EN.


Entrepreneurs Devin and Leslie Huffman will soon be building what’s considered to be Ontario’s first micro malt house.  To be situated in Hastings County, just North of Belleville, the business will be known as Barn Owl Malt.

According to a story by Jerome Lessard printed in the Belleville Intelligencer, the Huffmans say, “We aim to be in production with a one-tonne capacity by the mid, late summer”.  The Intelligencer also notes that the business will use a three-step process of steeping (wetting), germinating (sprouting) and kilning (drying) to produce a base grain product used in the production of beer.

This is exciting news for the brewing industry as the Huffman’s will provide brewers with malted grains made right here in Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region.

If you would like to invest in this FAB Region as well, contact us today!

The cities of Belleville and Quinte West, along with presenting sponsor Scotiabank, are hosting the Beyond the City Lights Rural Tourism Conference on March 20, 2013 at the Maranatha Church in Belleville.  The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs is a partner.

The theme of the conference is “It’s All About the Local Food”, which will focus on promoting the entire value chain including the producer, processor, supplier and consumer and how they can benefit from current culinary and agri-tourism trends.

According to Quinte West Economic Development Manager Linda Lisle,  “The idea stemmed from a Regional Local Foods Business Retention and Expansion Project that was recently completed across nine municipalities surrounding and including the two cities”.

Guest speaker will be Jane Eckert, an agri-tourism expert who has turned her family’s farm into one of St. Louis, Missouri’s most popular entertainment and tourist destinations, attracting 400,000 guests annually.   Other session topics will cover industry trends, marketing ideas and strategies, collaboration, customer service, special events and more.

In addition to a great day of networking, delegates will be treated to a lunchtime “Culinary Experience” featuring locally sourced dishes created by local culinary experts and is being sponsored by Regional Tourism Organizations 9 & 8; The Great Waterway and Kawarthas & Northumberland who have joined together to help promote this conference across Eastern Ontario. Other sponsors of the event include the East Central Ontario Training Board, Trenval Business Development Corp., Nestle Canada Inc., Quinte Economic Development Commission, Canadian Blast Freezers, Northumberland County and the Hastings County Cattlemen’s Association.

Visit www.beyondthecitylights.ca for more information and registration details.

Corbyville (just North of Belleville in Hastings County) is infamous for the distillery that once operated there.  A few historic structures remain and the new owner is interested in talking to someone who would like to locate a micro-brewery or micro-distillery there.

There are three buildings (see photos below), two of which have an area of about 4,000 sq feet each, while the other stone building is about 2,000 sq feet.  What is amazing about these buildings is the character and heritage.  They are also situated alongside the Moira River, they are adjacent to the populated urban areas of Belleville and the City of Quinte West, and it takes less than a 5 minute drive to get to the 401 highway.

The interior heights of the buildings are 18 feet.  While possibilities are many, it’s been thought that one building may be used for staging product, one for production and another for storage.

To see a slideshow on what once took place in Corbyville, checkout this video on YouTube.

For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Richard Courneyea at 613.968.4440 or at his work email workingapparel@sympatico.ca 

Hastings County Beer Fest a Success!


On October 13, 2012, our FAB Region played host to the 2nd Annual Hastings County Beer Festival.  A larger crowd than last year enjoyed sampling craft beer from more than 20 Ontario brewers paired with food grown and prepared right here in our FAB Region.

Here are some photos taken at the event.

If you or anyone you know wants to get on board with the growing craft brewing momentum, get in touch with us today and we can help.


Craft Beer Festival Coming Soon!!!


Our FAB Region is pleased to be home to the Hastings County Beer Festival!  Coming soon on October 13, your admission ticket will provide you with all the food, beer, wine, cheese, cider and more… …all the samples you can handle!  There will also be expert brewing demonstrations and live entertainment from some Juno Award winning musicians.  That’s a steal for only $40!!!

It’s held at the Farmtown Park again in Stirling (formerly the Agricultural Museum at the Fairgrounds). Those who attended last year were ecstatic and can’t wait for this year’s rendition.

Get your tickets now while they’re available and bring your friends! Join the event page on Facebook too.

For those who live in the Belleville area, shuttle buses will be available as per the poster at left (click poster to enlarge).

As always, visit www.hastingsbeerfestival.ca for the latest information and to purchase your tickets online.

Water Buffalo Food!


While the rain poured and the wind blew, hundreds came out to enjoy another edition of the Stirling Water Buffalo Food Festival on September 8.

Several chefs and restaurants competed for the prize of best meal using either meat or cheese sourced from Water Buffalo.  The results in terms of who won were not ready as of the time of this post.

But a great article appeared in the EMC News providing a great deal more information about how it all went.

The Ontario Government issued a news release today stating that the LCBO is enjoying the most successful year in its history, helping to create jobs through promoting Ontario’s wine and beer industries.

Through campaigns such as I Love Canada and goLOCAL sales of local beer and wine are increasing and customers are engaged by taking pride in supporting local producers. In 2011-12:

  • Sales from Ontario Craft Brewers led all product segments with almost 45 per cent growth as more consumers chose to “go local” with Ontario craft beers because of their premium quality and distinctive styles.
  • Sales of VQA table wines increased by nine per cent, reaching almost $106 million. Since 2006-07, sales of Ontario VQA wines have more than doubled, thanks to the craftsmanship of Ontario winemakers who produce high-quality, award-winning products.
  • Interest in premium wine and spirits continues to grow as VINTAGES releases some 6,000 products a year (120 to 150 new products are released every two weeks).

The message from all of these stats is that local Ontario craft beer and wine sales are increasing. What a great opportunity to invest now and open your brewery or winery in our FAB Region! We can help… contact us today!