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NOTE: The shops on this trail are open for business, however, the Bacon & Ale Trail is currently not being sold. Please contact the business directly for their current hours of operation as they are ready to serve you. Check back for details on re-starting trail sales.

Savour Stratford Bacon & Ale Trail

You may be thinking to yourself "Bacon AND Beer!? - Could there be two better things?" We propose that you answer that question on our Bacon-and-Ale Trail!  Stratford is located in the heart of Ontario's largest pork producing areas and home to local craft brewers. Stratford's Bacon & Ale Trail is a self-guided experience you won't forget!

For $30 (+HST), you will choose five stops on a self-guided tour of unique restaurants and retail locations for bacon-or-ale-inspired treats, as well as the chance to speak to some of the area’s culinary stars!  Offered year-round, your passes will be valid for 1 week from the date of redemption.

Purchase your trails in person at Stratford Tourism, 47 Downie Street. Gift certificates are available onlineWhen you arrive in Stratford, be sure to stop in to see us at 47 Downie Street to exchange your gift certificate for your trail vouchers.

READ On!  Our feature locations, their offerings and hours are waiting for you!

Best Little Pork Shoppe exterior Best Little Pork Shoppe Black Angus Bakery product Black Angus Bakery & Catering
Black Swan Brewing product Black Swan Brewing Co. Boar's Head Pub interior Boar's Head Pub
Bradshaws Bacon and Ale Trail products Bradshaws Got it Made Bacon and Ale Trail stein Got it Made
jobsite brewing beer flight Jobsite Brewing Madelyn's Diner Stratford Madelyn's Diner
McCully's Hill Farm south of Stratford McCully's Hill Farm Mercer Beer Hall + Kitchen + Hotel
Rocky Mountain product Rocky Mtn Chocolate beer flight Shakespeare Brewing Company
Small-Mart General Mercantile Bacon and Ale Trail jelly beans Small-Mart General Mercantile soup surreal Soup Surreal
Treasures product Treasures    

Bacon & Ale products are as offered, subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Only one coupon per location. HST not included on Pass. *Please check hours of availability and call ahead. Limited availability on Monday and Tuesday. Groups: If your group plans on visiting the same locations, please call ahead and advise the participating business(es).

Best Little Pork Shoppe east of Stratford 

Best Little Pork Shoppe

2146 Line 34 Perth East 
Hwy 7 & 8 
Shakespeare, ON 

10 am - 5 pm

Best Little Pork Shoppe Stratford Bacon and Ale Trail offer 

The Best Little Pork Shoppe east of Stratford

Celebrating over 25 years of providing the best local pork products to our customers new and old. Bacon offerings include: Ayrshire bacon, pea meal back bacon, pork and bacon wraps, bacon burgers and good old fashioned smoked side bacon. Located just east of the village of Shakespeare, we welcome all Bacon Trailers to peruse out our selection of goodies.

In addition to fresh pork and bacon products, we are famous for our whole hog sausages and smoked pork chops. Delight your senses with the smells wafting from our bakery….mmmm…. fresh breads, berry pies, cinnamon raisin brioche and Heirloom scones. A wide selection of locally produced condiments will tickle your imagination with endless gastronomic possibilities. Don’t forget to bring your camera to get a photo with “Percy” our 10’ pig!

Trail participants will enjoy 4 Bacon Burgers to BBQ and enjoy at home.

Savoury StealVisitors on the Bacon & Ale Trail receive a one-time 5% discount on other bacon meat products from the Best Little Pork Shoppe.

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Black Angus Bakery & Catering

443 Erie Street, Unit 2 
Stratford, ON 


Tuesday  -  Friday:
8 am - 6 pm

10 am - 2 pm

 Maple Bacon Shortbread

We are offering a dozen Bacon Shortbread cookies to parcipants. We are a local bakery that specializes in homemade meals in smaller portions. These meals are made cooked and ready to heat and serve at home, work, office, school, etc. All of our meals are made from scratch at the bakery along with our home baking and gluten free items. We make items gluten free from tarts, shortbread, cookies, bread, lasagna, meat loaf, meatballs, pot pies, quiches, etc. Big or small we can make it all. Plus Susan makes cakes for all occasion. Customized to you your needs and dietary concerns.


Black Swan Brewing Co.

144 Downie Street
Stratford, ON

Sunday and Monday:
12 pm  - 5 pm

Tuesday - Saturday:  
11 am - 9 pm

Beer tasting flight

‘Drink better beer’ is the motto of two Stratford beer loving entrepreneurs who are always striving to add flavour forward beers to augment Black Swan’s steady offering of English Pale Ale, Porter and India Pale Ale! Black Swan produces kegged beer distributed to many restaurants in Stratford and across Ontario as well as at their taproom. You are invited to explore the world of craft microbrewing at Black Swan’s taproom with a mini tasting flight of 4 seasonal craft beers on the Savour Stratford Bacon & Ale Trail. Compare style and character to find your favourite before you purchase a ‘growler’ or two to take home and share with friends.

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Boar's Head Pub

161 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 3H3
(519) 271-1400


11 am  – 12 am

Boar's Head drink and food
Boar's Head Pub exterior

For over 150 years, the Queen's has been a landmark for warm hospitality and excellent dining. Located within the heart of Stratford, the Inn is within walking distance of all four Festival Theatres, entertainment and shopping.

A visit to The Boar's Head Pub brings that song from Cheers “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” a little closer to home. Located in the historic family-owned and operated Queen’s Inn, The Boar’s Head Pub offers a serving of traditional Jalapeno Poppers, topped with caramelized red onion bacon marmalade and served with a half pint of Creemore Springs Beer.

Bradshaws logo


129 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON

Monday - Thursday & Saturday:
10 am – 6 pm
10 am – 8 pm
11 am – 5 pm


Join us at Bradshaws to choose from Stonewall Kitchen’s Maple Bacon Onion Spread, Bacon Caesar Dressing or Bacon Ranch Dressing. Bradshaws is a purveyor of Canadian artisanal products and contains one of the best gourmet kitchen departments in the country. A truly memorable shopping experience.

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Got it Made

27 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON

Tuesday  - Saturday:
10 am – 5 pm

12 pm – 4 pm


January 20th - 27th


February 17th - 24th

Got it Made Bacon and Ale Trail stein

Got It Made is a thoughtfully curated shop that carries foods from 80+ independent makers from Stratford and Southwestern Ontario. Calling all “Beer Pigs,” this beer mug was designed for you! Beer not included, but any of the local Breweries can take care of that for you!

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Jobsite Brewing

45 Cambria Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1G8

4 pm - 8 pm 

11 am - 8 pm

Thursday  - Saturday:
11 am  - 9 pm

12 pm  - 7 pm

jobsite brewing beer flight

Welcome to the Jobsite, you won’t find any sawdust here just great beers and amazing wood fire pizza. Enjoy a flight of four samples, mix and match between our four regulars and the ever changing apprentice series beers. Give yourself some time to walk around the production area and see how your beers are made, you may even be in while the brewer is brewing. We’re sure this will be the most fun you’ve had at a jobsite.

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Madelyn's Diner

377 Huron Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 5T7 

Tuesday - Saturday: 
7 am - 8 pm

8 am - 1:30 pm



Madelyn's Diner product
Madelyn's Diner exterior

Madelyn's Diner has been serving up good food, good fun and good local service with local friends and family for 29 years. Established in 1985, this family-owned and operated business has flourished with customers from around the world. Since the beginning, Madelyn's has served quality local meats from area farmers, including Yungblut Meats and Perth Pork Products.

Participants on the Bacon and Ale Trail will enjoy a 1/2 pound butter tart, filled with finely chopped local bacon, baked in our sweet buttery filling surrounded by flakey pastry and served up with a warm cup of coffee! Madelyn's Diner partnered with Yungblut Meats in 2012 to create this Award-Winning combination for the Savour Stratford Culinary Festival, Best Dessert Award. The Bacon Butter tart also claimed the #2 spot in the Ontario Culinary Adventure Guide in 2013. With over 65,000 butter tarts sold since 2009, we are #buttertartmania.

Be warned, these tasty treats sell out fast and are a limited daily feature.

McCully's Hill Farm sign

McCully's Hill Farm

4074 County Road 9 
St. Marys, ON N0M 2G0

January and February:

10 am - 5 pm
9 am - 5 pm

Maple syrup festival:
March weekends:
10 am - 2 pm



Experience the beauty and bounty of the Perth County countryside. For over 160 years the McCullys Farm has grown fresh foods in harmony with the environment. Our seasonal events/festivals and educational programs celebrate the past, present and future of agriculture, food and healthy living. Enjoy fresh baking, homemade pickles and preserves and McCully's maple syrup and farm raised meats.

McCully’s Hill Farm offers a package of their farm-raised bacon to take home and share with your family. McCully’s invites you to taste the difference. You’re sure to return for more!

Mercer Kitchen and Beer Hall Stratford logo

Mercer Beer Hall + Kitchen + Hotel

104-108 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON

11AM - 4PM


Mercer Beer Hall + Kitchen + Hotel commits to local, seasonal ingredients presented in a global way. The seasonal menu is ever changing with a wide variety of options. We extend our local philosophy to VQA approved wines and Ontario Craft beers. One of the greatest lists in Ontario! Our focus is to always highlight the greatest local products available.

Join Mercer on the Bacon & Ale Trail for a comparison tasting of two styles of artisan bacon paired with 6oz pour of a local craft beer. Bacon and beer is the perfect pairing. We guarantee it! Available daily 11AM - 4PM

 Rocky MTN Chocolate Stratford

Rocky Mtn Chocolate

10 Downie Street 
Stratford, ON N5A 7K4 

Monday - Thursday & Saturday:
10 am - 5 pm

10 am - 7 pm

12 pm - 4:30 pm

Rocky MTN Chocolate Stratford

Rocky MTN Chocolate Stratford 

You are in for a real treat at Rocky Mtn Chocolate in the heart of Downtown Stratford! Come see us at 10 Downie Street in a beautifully restored historic building (Festival Square Mall). You will like what we’ve done with the place!! We really do have something for everyone! Candy and Caramel Apples, Gelato, Sorbet, and frozen Yogurt, frozen chocolate dipped bananas and cheesecakes. Of course we also have gift chocolate and treats to take home to family and friends, or back to the hotel or B&B as a thank you to staff or hosts there for being well looked after while in town! Try our candy brittles (especially our chili garlic peanut brittle) and our Rocky Pop. You are sure to enjoy!

Rocky Mtn Chocolate presents two decadent offerings including, bacon toffee caramel and a new craft beer caramel. Savour the best of both worlds when you combine our bacon treat layered in toffee caramel and our craft beer flavoured caramel. 

Sweet Steal
Buy $30 of product and enjoy a $10 Ridge Bar ON US!

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Shakespeare Brewing Company

2178 Line 34
Shakespeare, ON

Please contact for our hours of operation:  

beer flight

Come to Shakespeare Brewing Company to enjoy a flight of our small batch seasonal beers. Our artisanal approach brings the agricultural component that completes the customer vision of true craft beer.

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Small-Mart General Mercantile

119 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON

Monday - Saturday:  
10 am  – 6 pm

11 am  – 5 pm


Small-Mart Bacon and Ale Trail Bacon Jelly Beans

Stop by Small – Mart General Mercantile for your soon-to-be favourite snack – Bacon Flavoured Jelly Beans! A contemporary concept shop with a vintage feel.

soup surreal exterior

Soup Surreal

98 Wellington Street
Stratford, ON 

Tuesday - Friday:  
11 am - 6 pm

11 am - 4 pm


What's your flavour? Rotating through more than 45+ flavours, Soup Surreal offers 2 favourites featuring either Bacon or Ale ina special frozen take home portion. Try our savoury Gouda, Beer and Onion, featuring Black Swan EPA, and our nostalgic Maple Bacon; a smooth puree of Maple, Bacon and Beans. Take away one of each, or two of your favourites.

Treasures Stratford logo


151 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON N5A 2L3

January 2nd - February 18th:

Wednesday - Saturday 10 am

Treasures Stratford bacon soap Treasures product

We all know that being dirty is bad, and beer is good--so a luxurious soap made from beer has got to be wonderful! You will love this bar of pure and natural soap made from real beer! Great for washing your hair, and shaving too! Offer includes a quirky BeerMo bottle moustache.

Treasures is a fun and funky little shop that has proudly offered an eclectic collection of local and Canadian made product for over ten years. If you are looking for quality hand crafted items, including exquisite hand stitched Mennonite quilts, a visit to Treasures is a must! Welcome to Treasures—it's just like coming home.

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