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QMI Agency writer Jim Fox.

By Jim Fox, Special to Postmedia Network

Craig MacDonald, winemaker at Hillebrand, with some of the winery's luscious cabernet franc grapes. (QMI Agency)

Craig MacDonald, winemaker at Hillebrand, with some of the winery's luscious cabernet franc grapes. (QMI Agency)

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Once again, we're all over the map with tips about "one-tank trips" around Southern Ontario. Fine wine, food and fun are on the agenda for this road trip.

TASTING NIAGARA

The new Winemakers' Selections Tasting Pass will help to make a wine aficionado out of anyone. For $28, it provides for tastings of a featured VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine at each of the 28 members of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Visiting all those wineries on one trip is "a tall order," said Sherri Lockwood, winery group chair, who notes the tasting pass can be used throughout the year.

The program is designed to "encourage our guests to slow down, take their time and savour the carefully selected terroir wines" over multiple trips to wine country, she added.

Member wineries are: Cattail Creek, Chateau des Charmes, Colaner, Coyote's Run, Diamond, Hinterbrook, Ice House, Inniskillin, Jackson Triggs, Joseph's, Konzelmann, Lailey, Maleta, Marynissen, Niagara College, Palatine Hills, Peller Estates, Pillitteri, PondView, Ravine, Reif, Riverview, Southbrook, Stonechurch, Stratus, Strewn, Sunnybrook Farm and Trius at Hillebrand. Passes are available through wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com, 905-468-1950 and the wineries.

GET IT FRESH

Enjoy a 100-mile (OK, 160-km) diet with the latest edition of the Huron Perth Buy Local! Buy Fresh! map. It lists more than 100 farms and food retailers where consumers can find locally grown and produced goods, said Janice Dunbar of the Huron-Perth Farm to Table Network. "The map includes businesses with products ranging from fruits and vegetables to meat and bread to cheese and coffee," she said. It's available through huronperthfarmtotable.ca or 1-888-537-3163.

GOOD FORTUNE COOKING

Enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of Asia at the Fortune Cooking Festival on Sept. 16 at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.

The "celebration of Pan-Asian food and culture" builds on flavours of the Vietnamese Lantern Festival to be held the day before. Visitors can see culinary traditions and trends, and sample dishes from some of the city's top Asian restaurants. Highlights include an Iron Chef competition with local chefs, and cooking demonstrations from the Toronto Garlic Festival, Lamesa Filipino Kitchen and EDO's Ryo Ozawa. Contact harbourfrontcentre.com/summer or 416-973-4000

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