Welcome to Arts ‘n Tarts!
Bakers connect our communities. They share stories about what’s going on and they bring the past to life with heritage recipes. Several of the bakers on the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour have joined forces with local artists, artistic traditions, and studio tours. Some bakers have even created specialty tarts inspired by local arts. The result is the sweet combination of “Arts ‘n Tarts” for visitors to enjoy with events popping up throughout 2018.
Explore this page to discover the communities and artistic traditions awaiting you across the Butter Tart Tour.
Click here to download our handy map which has location and contact info for each bakery on the tour.
Some of these specialty tarts can be in high demand, so it’s always a good idea to place an order in advance if you’re coming from afar.
Home to the World’s First Butter Tart Chocolate Bar.
It’s no wonder this creative confection was created in the hidden gem of a village called Warkworth. It’s a village populated by artists and makers of all kinds (Check out Ah! Warkworth for what’s happening.), and Warkworth just happens to be book-ended by two of the sweetest spots for miles around: at one end of town, you’ll find The Warkworth Bakery, and at the other end you’ll find Centre & Main Chocolate.
Like quotation marks around a favourite saying, these two shops got together develop something very special. Influenced by their endlessly creative community, they knew it had to be unique, it had to be beautiful, and it absolutely had to involve butter tarts!
Following months of sweet experimentation, their creation took shape. Centre & Main Chocolate transforms The Bakery’s award-winning buttertarts and blends them into their most exquisite chocolate. The result is as unique and unexpected as the village in which it was created.
The Butter Tart Chocolate Bar is available at both The Bakery and Centre & Main Chocolate. Bars costs $10 each. If you wish to reserve bars for pickup or place an order, please contact Centre & Main Chocolate by clicking here or The Bakery by clicking here.
The Big Apple T’Art
The orchards in & around Colborne are known across Ontario, not least because this area is home to the world’s biggest apple! If you’ve ever driven the stretch of the 401 Highway near Exit 497 you’ve seen The Big Apple. This apple-licious Ontario attraction is home to the 401 Brewery (serving local brews & ciders), a garden centre, market shops, a restaurant and of course a bakery. Learn more by clicking here.
The bakery at the Big Apple got together with nearby Hoselton: Art in Aluminum and the Colborne Art Gallery to come up with a stunning specialty tart that embodies the taste and art of the area.
Stop in on your next trip to try the brand new Big Apple T’Art which features apple custard with an apple streusel topping and English Toffee drizzle. Here is the Red Apple sculpture by Hoselton’s that inspired the T’Art.
The Big Apple is donating two dozen T’Arts to each major event at the Colborne Art Gallery this year. First-come, first served. These donated T’Arts are free for visitors! Opening events run from 2pm-4pm. Here are event dates so you know when to stop by to taste this tart and enjoy some art:
- June 9: Marion Meyers, “My Perspective on Windows and Doors.”
- July 28: group themed exhibition called “Layers.”
- September 15: Hellen van Poorten, “Home.”
- November 3: Christmas Market exhibition, a show designed with Christmas gifts in mind.
Of course, you can always stop by the Big Apple to buy some T’Arts. The Big Apple is donating 50 cents from the sale of each tart will to the Colborne Art Gallery. Hoselton’s will match that up to a total of $500 this season.
Here is your Google Map route to all three destinations in Colborne.
Discover nearby events on Northumberland Tourism’s Events Calendar – Click Here!
Bakery | Restaurant | Country Store | Market Shoppes
Open 7:30am – 8pm
262 Orchard Drive, Colborne.
51 King Street East, Colborne.
124 Big Apple Drive, Colborne.
Call for hours: 905-355-3993
The Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler (1868 – 1934) was a Canadian-American comedic actress. She starred in the first full-length film comedy and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931. Dressler was born in Cobourg, Ontario, and her childhood home is now the Marie Dressler Museum. Stephanie at the Dutch Oven was inspired by this local connection. Honouring Marie Dressler’s “razzle dazzle” this tart is full of strawberries soaked in Ontario ice wine, combined with cream cheese, and topped with white chocolate ganache. Click here to learn more about Stephanie in this “Meet Our Bakers” video.
This year’s theme for the Northumberland Hills Studio Tour (Sept. 8-9, 2018) is “Come Fill Up Your Senses,” and pairing this tart with some studio tours in the countryside is the perfect way to soak up this magical time of year.
The sunflowers bloom every September in Northumberland County at the same latitude as the sunflowers in France that inspired Van Gogh’s famous series of “Sunflowers” paintings. Stephanie at the Dutch Oven collaborated with the committee that organizes the annual Northumberland Hills Studio Tour. Together they created a butter tart that captures the warmth and colours of the season & Van Gogh’s famous “Sunflowers” series of paintings. Local cermaic artist Melanie Horner (Firing Time) worked with Stephanie on the asymetrical arrangement of spiced peaches, toasted almonds and chocolate ganache, giving this tart an abstract kinship with the colours and shapes of Van Gogh’s paintings. This tart also captures the rich scents and flavours of fall with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. It’s the perfect way to fill up your senses with that magical time in late summer/early fall.
The Stompin’ Tom Maple Whisky Butter Tart
Diane Rogers owns Doo Doo’s Bakery in Bailieboro and she’s known across Ontario for her award-winning butter tarts. In her own words, here is how she came up with the award-winning Stompin’ Tom Whisky Butter Tart.
“There’s all sorts of things that came to my mind when I think about arts and inspiration. When I go down to old railway stop in Hiawatha First Nation, I really like Jodie Paudash’s art. Most of his drawings are about nature. He’s pretty well known for his stuff. He did the new totem pole at the Riverview Zoo in Peterborough.”
“I also like Zimart. They’re just down the road here on Rice Lake. Love their art. It’s all about rock carving traditions from Zimbabwe. They have a lovely outdoor space to walk through with all the sculptures. I’ve been there during the closing party at the end of the season. They had lovely music and food and being in the open space of the garden with the music and sculptures was cool.”
“There’s so much like that around here in terms of arts stuff. But when I got the staff together to come up with ideas it was really Stompin’ Tom that came to mind. We started to think about great Canadian artists, and he’s one of them. It just kinda resonated. I have good memories of growing up with my parents listening to his music and Ian and Sylvia Tyson. Any time we had family or people over, we’d listen to them. Stompin’ Tom also has ties to Peterborough. He got his nickname here.”
“So then we tried to think that if we made a butter tart for him, what would he like? Whisky seemed like a good idea, and the Sortilege Canadian Whisky with Maple Syrup in it seemed perfect. So we started testing it out. First we all tried the whisky. It’s nice sipping whisky, on the rocks, a bit sweet with the maple syrup. We started by adding a tablespoon of the whisky to each butter tart. I think now we use two teaspoons per tart. That seems to be the best fit. The whisky is about a third of the butter tart filling. If you want to, try it out at home. It’s really about your own tastes.”
“Some of Stompin Tom’s family actually got in touch with me. They wrote an email. ‘Do you really have a Stompin’ Tom butter tart?’ they asked. She wanted to get some tarts to take to a relative.”
Irish Ale & Pretzel
Artistry is as much about the fine arts & the performing arts as it is about the culinary arts. People in Peterborough County are pretty passionate about their local craft beer artisans. The Publican House recently brought home two Canadian Brewing Awards. If you are interested in tasting the best of both worlds, Cassandra at the Peachy Keene Cafe has combined the Publican House Henry’s Irish Ale with her butter tart filling and topped it with some pretzel bits.
The Pastry Peddler Cafe sponsors the award-winning local 4th Line Theatre and they wanted to create a tart that shows their appreciation for the theatre. Baker Brad Katz loves Turtles Chocolates, so he sought to capture that flavour in a butter tart. They use the special Pastry Peddler butter tart filling with pecans, adding in some dulce de leche and topping it with Belgian chocolate and sea salt. Read all about it in this great article by the Millbrook Times.
Music is so much at the heart of both Peterborough and Bobcaygeon that Janet & Brian (Baked4U in Peterborough) and Kathleen (Kawartha Coffee Co. in Bobcaygeon) decided they wanted to create a sweet tribute to the Hip and Gord. The “Bobcaygeon” song and the concert the Hip did in Bobcaygeon created a shared memory for the small community that brought everyone together just like the Hip brought all of Canada together.
All summer long both Peterborough & Bobcaygeon celebrate music. Thursday evening “Concerts in the Park” happen at the Bobcaygeon Bandstand by Lock 32 on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Peterborough’s Musicfest also has free concerts on Wednesday and Saturday evenings throughout July and August. So a sweet celebration of music and the Hip was naturally the first thing that came to mind for Janet, Brian & Kathleen.
They started thinking about what Gord really loved and remembered an interview in which he talked about how he’d like to end poverty and how much he loved fishing in Ontario. When Gord was asked what his biggest guiding star for living life was, he answered that “Life’s too short for bad coffee.” Brian is a huge Hip fan and immediately thought of the “Coffee Girl” song. With that inspiration, the “Coffee Girl” butter tart was created. This tart is available at both Baked4U in Peterborough and at Kawartha Coffee Co. in Bobcaygeon. Kawartha Coffee Co. is a destination on the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail. Learn more here.
The Group of Seven
Inspired by Lawren Harris’ “Decorative Landscape” (1917), Lisa Dixon, Meghan Lee Shew, and Jessica Mabee at Black Honey Bakery and Coffee Shop sought to create a butter tart that captured the warm colours of the painting as well as the earthy tones of the spruce trees and the Canadian Shield. Many artists are inspired by how the Canadian Shield reveals itself in the Kawarthas. This butter tart incorporates locally-sourced honey and spruce tip syrup by Elderberry Herbals. Including Gin in the filling was Meghan’s idea. Gin derives its flavour from the Juniper Berry, adding another authentic flavour from the Canadian Shield. The butter tart is topped with some rosemary leaves, giving it a hint of green and some additional earthy flavour. Click here to listen to Nana aba Duncan of CBC Radio Fresh Air taste this butter tart and learn about how it is made.
Under the Sea
Created by Janet at Baked4U, this tart is inspired by the live performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” running at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope from August 14 to September 9. Janet got the idea to colour her pastry from a pie-maker she follows on Instagram. The pastel blue and pearls evoke Ariel’s under-sea world, and the red topping hint at Ariel’s vibrant hair. Please click here to call or email Janet if you want to make sure some of these special tarts are available when you arrive. During the run of “Little Mermaid” at The Capitol these special tarts will also be available in Port Hope at Basils Market & Deli. Call in advance if you’d like some (905-885-4002).
The L.A.B. Tart
Karen at Kawartha Shortbread in Fenelon Falls created the “Lattice Apple Buttertart” (The LAB Tart for short) to celebrate the Lakeview Arts Barn (commonly called the LAB) in Bobcaygeon. Click here to watch our “Meet our Bakers” video with Karen.
Part of the Arts & Heritage Trail, the Lakeview Arts Barn was originally a cattle barn. In 1967 it was converted into a dance hall. In 2006 an extensive renovation transformed the venue once again and welcomed Globus Theatre as the company-in-residence. Globus offers summer theatre at the LAB along with dinner on site. This year, Globus has created a special Butter Tart Tour murder mystery dinner experience.
The Great Butter Tart Tour Tragedy
A Treat of a Murder Mystery
In collaboration with Globus Theatre at the Lakeview Arts Barn in Bobcaygeon
Life is usually pretty sweet for the butter tart tour bakers but, recently, treachery beyond the treats has led to a sticky situation.
The question is… How to find a murderer when everyone prides themselves on being nicer than pie?!
The Sweet Details:
- A delicious, FeastON certified, locally-sourced meal.
- Dessert: a butter tart tasting experience, of course!
- Solve the sweetest murder mystery ever.
- Enjoy the company of some of the bakers from the Butter Tart Tour.
- Buy some extra butter tarts to take home with you.
- Monday, July 30
- Saturday, September 29
Tickets $71/person + HST
Doors open at 6pm. Event starts at 6:30pm.
Book now >> Call the Box Office
Driving directions & details about Globus Theatre at the Lakeview Arts Barn: lakeviewartsbarn.com