Prince Edward County may be best known for its wineries and farm-to-table food scene. The Royal Hotel’s gorgeous (dog friendly) back patio with plenty of heaters is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or a glass of wine well into the fall, the acclaimed Bocado Restaurant is the spot for amazing tapas, Theia serves the freshest new ideas in gourmet fare, and La Condesa whips up wicked margaritas and Mexican seafood dishes.
But, in addition to its foodie repertoire, the island region on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario is quickly becoming a cultural destination — especially with the opening of Base31. The new arts hub, which sits on the site of a former 70-acre WWII air training base in Picton, is a great addition to any get-away in The County.
After an ambitious revitalization by P.E.C. Community Partners, Base31 is now home to over 70 tenants, including art galleries, artisans and local makers; public art exhibits; and a whole roster of events and entertainment.
Over the summer, Base31 hosted some amazing, Juno award-winning talent, from the pop music of up-and-coming superstar Charlotte Cardin, who was amazing, and the much acclaimed band The Arkells, who did an old school campfire concert, to a Joni Mitchell Tribute with a 50-piece orchestra and everything in between. Pop-ups serving farm-to-table food and drink accompany the Drill Hall events on a massive covered patio — great for mingling pre-show and at intermission.
Base31 recently launched their fall line-up, with a lot more interesting events and activities for kids and families, great musical talent including Justin Rutledge and Susan Aglukark at the Sergeants Mess Hall and Christmas parties.
Check out Base31's full fall lineup at base31.ca