Our Canada: Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Our Canada: Fredericton, New Brunswick

Welcome to my Fredericton – the capital city of New Brunswick. Fredericton is one of Canada's friendliest cities, boasting a year-round playground full of fantastic food and beverages, exciting cultural events, and fun outdoor activities. Our very own Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is held over a period of six days each September and boasts 400-plus musicians from all over the world. If you visit during the cool winter months, Frostival, WinterfestHiver, Shivering Songs, and the NB HopSpiel curling events will keep you entertained when you aren't cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the many trails around town.

No visit to Fredericton is complete without exploring the famous Saint John River Valley, with scenery from the many vantage points on our network of trails. Spring and summer offer fresh air and a wide expanse of lush green, while fall will spoil visitors with a landscape painted red, gold, and plum.
ʉ۬A "must do" Fredericton activity is a Saturday morning trek to W.W. Boyce Farmer's Market. The market is a food lover's dream, with artisans selling everything from fresh meats and vegetables to the exotic foie gras. Just don't forget to stop by the cheese vendors and sample local or worldwide cheeses not found in the grocers around town.

On Sundays you can cross the Saint John River and make your way to our recently opened Northside market. The market has an eclectic vendor list for foodies, ranging from Korean barbecue to Ethiopian curries with Injera bread. A must-stop at the Northside market is Yerxa's Meats; they specialize in all-natural beef raised with no growth hormones and no antibiotics.

A walk through downtown Fredericton is a must, where visitors can take in a show at the playhouse, a meal at one of our many restaurants, or take some time to visit our local museum. Fredericton has something to offer everyone, no matter what time of year it is. If you are a golfer, Kingswood Golf was recognized as being one of the "Best places to play" by Golf Digest in 2008. 

Fredericton boasts a wide range of eateries and I must say, if you are looking for some great food and atmosphere, there is no better place than the Kings Street Ale House. For the beer lover, the ale house is the place to go – it not only serves our local Picaroons and Grimross beer, but hundreds of beers from all over the world (the beer menu is a thing of beauty).

The chef at the Alehouse house smokes pork butt, beef brisket, salmon, ribs, sirloin, and chicken, just to name a few. Sticking with the smoke theme, Sam Sneads Oak Grill and Tavern provides the diner, with what I would call the best chicken wings in the city. The menu has something for everyone, ranging from Baja fish tacos, to Memphis-style ribs, and the Cuban panini, and it is the perfect place to go after a round of golf. If you have a sweet tooth and a love of coffee, then you must stop by Chess Piece Patisserie, which is a true Parisian-style cafe offering such delights as macarons, croissants, pastries and more. Whatever your taste buds want, Fredericton's quaint farmers markets and downtown eateries have what you crave.

Kevin Gregory Masterchef Canada

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Our Canada: Fredericton, New Brunswick