13 luxurious and unique foods to try in New Brunswick
New Brunswick is perhaps Canada’s most underrated foodie destination. This small eastern province is blessed with large farmlands, numerous coastlines and a warm and welcoming population that takes hospitality to the next level. I have savored the delicious specialties of New Brunswick all my life, first on family vacations, later, during long summer camp seasons, and finally on my own trips later in life (including including a press trip this year). I have never eaten badly and I have no doubts that the region is going to be one of the next great foodie destinations in the world. On your next visit to New Brunswick, keep your eyes peeled for some of these luxurious and unique foods.
1. Lobster, lobster and more lobster
You can’t talk about luxury food in New Brunswick without mentioning lobster. However, the best way to enjoy this local staple is in the most luxurious setting: at a beachside barbecue, in a lobster roll shack on a dock, or served with melted butter and cold salads at a community fundraiser or church hall. If you are up for an adventure off the beaten track, Ellis to go, a seasonal operation in the small community of Stonehaven, gets rave reviews New Brunswickers I chatted with.
The humble ploye is perhaps the most comfortable food in all of New Brunswick. This delicious cross between a pancake and a pancake is made with a mixture of buckwheat and wheat flour, along with water and baking soda. Early settlers from Edmundston and northern New Brunswick embraced ploye and its use of buckwheat as a reliable alternative to the more finicky wheat crop. What came out was a quick-baking bread that was served for breakfast (as an alternative to pancakes), lunch (alongside soups and stews instead of rolls), and dinner (as dessert). I like them best covered in butter and brown sugar, but ployes are just as tasty with molasses or even cretons (a seasoned pork spread). Now almost exclusively served at Frank’s Bar and Grill at the Edmundston Four Points by Sheraton hotel or from the vendors of the community farmer’s market.
3. Violin heads
New Brunswick’s tender green fiddleheads are a classic sign of spring that I look forward to each year. The province is one of the world’s leading producers of this vegetable, which is actually the tightly coiled head of a young ostrich fern. In fact, the community of Tide Head is known as “World capital of fiddleheads. “These delicious greens are at their best when steamed with a little lemon juice and lots of butter, much like asparagus or baby beans. You can feast on fiddleheads anywhere in New -Brunswick in early spring or enjoy marinated all year round.
4. Craft beer
For a small province, New Brunswick has an oversized craft beer scene and has nearly 50 breweries. Ten of these are located in the capital, Fredericton, giving the city about one brewery for every 5,400 people. No wonder it’s known as the brewing capital of Atlantic Canada. Cider lover, I fell in love with York County Cider but I was also captivated by the good vibrations of Picarons, a dog-friendly brewery with its own “stick library” to keep puppies busy. Those who explore the city Playroom trail discover breweries with amazing food trucks and onsite restaurants, great live music and events like trivia games, and special community-driven little perks (like the $ 1 you’ll save on your first beer if you arrive by bike at Maybee Brewing Company.)
Potato chips are certainly not unique to New Brunswick, but savvy Canadians will tell you New Brunswick does it best. It is not just because the province is one of the major producers of potatoes. The Covered Bridge Company makes pot-style potato chips using potatoes she grows. In addition to the usual classic flavors, it also launched a Canadian favorite: Storm fleas. Storm Crisps are a blend of creamy dill, homemade ketchup, steaming barbecue, and salt and vinegar crisps, all wrapped together in one bag and ready to comfort anyone stuck in a winter snowstorm (or who just wants to some salty and tangy comfort food!) Its head office, which offers factory tours, is across the street from another great foodie spot: Moonshine Creek Distillery.
Chocolate, like potato chips, is found all over the world, but New Brunswick has a special reputation for this foodie favorite. The town of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, is home to Ganong, the oldest chocolate and candy company in Canada. Since 1873, she has produced delicious chocolates in a memorable way. It was the company behind the first candy bar in North America (well, depending on who you’re talking to – the people at Hershey were neck and neck). And in 1932, he launched the first heart-shaped box of chocolates in North America. Its chocolate covered cherries, Delecto peanut bunches and Pal-o-Mine chocolate bars are iconic Canadian treats.
7. Chicken bones
Ganong doesn’t just make chocolate. Its range extends to beans in jelly, mints, fruit snacks and… chicken bones. Yes, the name is a bit strange. Chicken bones are a hot pink rectangular hard candy shaped like a real chicken bone (assuming you use your imagination a bit). The hard candy tastes like spicy cinnamon and there is a line of sweet and sour chocolate running down the center of each “bone”. This spicy and sweet concoction is my favorite candy and a must-have item for anyone visiting New Brunswick. As well as enjoying them as a snack, you’ll also find chicken bone flavored lattes, ice cream, and even liqueur. I grabbed my bottle at Moonshine Creek.
8. Chicken fricot
New Brunswickers are rightly proud of their Acadian culture, as well as their rich culinary heritage. The following four elements all come from Acadian cuisine.
Topping the list of exceptional Acadian comfort foods is chicken nuggets. This variation on classic chicken soup combines chicken, potatoes, carrots and small, soft meatballs in a clear broth flavored with onion and herbs. It is usually served with homemade buns or buttermilk cookies and it is simply delicious!
9. Grated Pancakes
Grated pancakes are another tasty option. These potato patties are crispy on the outside but chewy and chewy on the inside and I love to eat them like ployes: covered in butter and brown sugar. Maple syrup, jam, and molasses are good alternatives.
Foodies keen to try something new will want to dive into the grated. A mixture of grated potatoes seasoned with onion, pork fat, salt and pepper, and cooked in a casserole dish until the top is golden and crisp. I have to admit it’s not my favorite (chicken fricot is top of my list!) But a lot of people love it. You can try all three dishes, and several more, at restaurants like La Sagouine in the community of Bouctouche.
Save room for desserts like sister animals. These baked pastry mills are super sweet and look like a cinnamon bun. But the real treat comes when you pronounce the name: sister’s farts translates to “nuns farts!”
Can seaweed really taste like bacon? New Brunswick dulse fans think so! This seaweed is mainly harvested off the province’s Grand Manan Island before ending up in snacks and grocery stores. Ganong makes a truffle dulse as part of his New Brunswick Truffle Collection (with blueberry cheesecake, chicken bone, molasses and maple). You can buy sachets of this savory and tasty snack at Saint John City Market at sellers like Slocum & Ferris (who are known to put a DLT sandwich (dulse, lettuce, tomato) on the menu as an alternative to BLT). Dulse is also featured in their homemade “sea spice”, an alternative to steak spices.
13. Try this luxury picnic by the water
New Brunswick is so pretty that it would be a shame not to enjoy some of its delicious food outdoors. Pretty much everything on this list would taste better if enjoyed by the water’s edge, but if you’d rather not pack your own picnic, a local business can do just that for you.
from Fredericton Sweet and savory grazing company hosts dreamy, bohemian-inspired, Instagram-worthy picnics at city public parks (including a riverside spot in Carleton Park, where I first enjoyed their services.) he company takes care of all the work, setting up plush picnic blankets, comfy pillows, a table with linens, candles and wine glasses, plus fresh flowers, warm blankets and even dog beds. Gorgeous ‘pasture boxes’ with cheese, cold cuts, honey, nuts, fruit and chocolate include local produce (like Rabbittown cold brew tea and Bear bites dog biscuits) complete the experience. Without a doubt, this New Brunswick picnic was one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had – and it was even more enjoyable since I didn’t have to deal with the cleaning. !
While you are in New Brunswick, take advantage of these experiences: