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Friday

Reserve a table at the Dining Room in Hotel Saskatchewan to discover why chef Milton Rebello was awarded the bronze medal at the 2013 Canadian Culinary Championships. The menu showcases simple ingredients in unforgettable dishes; think smoked salmon eggs Benedict with trout caviar or short ribs braised in rhubarb cider from nearby Living Sky Winery. And the Wednesday and Saturday dinner menus made with whatever ingredients pique the chef’s interest at the local farmers’ market.

After dinner, hop a cab to the nearby Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina’s Old Warehouse District to sip a Palliser Porter (a rich black ale with sweet coffee flavour) or a smooth amber Last Mountain Lager. The busy brew pub makes many of its beers with Prairie Malt from Biggar, Saskatchewan, and every December produces a limited run of their legendary blackberry mead, created with local Lumsden honey. (There are 180 kilograms of it in one 800-litre batch.) It’s so beloved that folks line the street with barbecues and patio heaters the first Saturday in December for their chance to snatch up the new batch.

Saturday

Wake up with an espresso and a knockout fleur de sel caramel and dark chocolate tart baked fresh at the Hotel Saskatchewan outpost of Koko Patisserie. (Their treats are made with Saskatchewan-sourced organic flour.)

 

You’re just a 10-minute stroll away from the winter location of the Regina’s Farmers’ Market at Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre. Before leaving, snag some Prairie Cherry Jam from Over the Hill Orchards, which grows its own organic fruit, including peaches and apricots in the summer months.

For a fascinating peek at Saskatchewan’s Hutterite community, head to the Lajord Hutterite Colony, 25 minutes east of Regina. This farming community grows nearly all its own vegetables and raises its own chickens, cows, ducks and geese. Enjoy the fruits of their labour with a lunch of fried chicken, potato wedges, broccoli and a mean Saskatoon berry pie in the communal dining room.

Sunday

Start the day with a London Fog tea latte at Fresh and Sweet on Victoria Avenue. Can’t decide between the sweet and savoury menu? Breakfast packages mean you never have to: Bacon, eggs, hash browns and toast are served alongside chocolate banana bread French toast or a red velvet pancake.

Regina is home to a small but thriving Italian community, so don’t leave without a hearty meal and a glass of Chianti at Fortuna Ristorante Italiano. The Italian eatery is a product of five boyhood friends and second-generation Italian immigrants (including former mayor Pasquale Fiacco). “When you have dinner here, it’s not to eat and leave. It’s a celebration. It’s loud,” says Fiacco. Try the gnocchi – nonna’s recipe, of course – handcrafted by chef Gianni Pioggio. And did someone say lemon gelato?

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Linda

Monday, November 4th 2013 20:00
I'd like to try the pie at Lajord Hutterite Community. Is their dining room open to visitors at all times of the year, and if this is served at lunch, what are the exact times their lunchtime? A few more details would have been appreciated in this interesting blip.

Janice

Tuesday, November 5th 2013 09:55
Great tips on how to spend a weekend in Regina! As a local this would pretty much sum up my weekend minus a walk or paddle (you can rent canoes & kayaks) around Wascana Park. However the visit to Fortuna would not be on my list for a true Italian dining experience. I'd rather pick up sandwiches, caprese salad & cannoli from the Italian Star Deli, Carlo's primary business and hit the park for a picnic. To all that come, enjoy Regina and all that it has to offer!
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