Food, drinks and dining are an experience in Durham Region. We don’t just eat to stay healthy and give us energy. We get together with friends and family to share meals and enjoy time together. This is best when you can find the foods you’re used to and cook the dishes that make you feel at home. Luckily, there are lots of places here that sell ingredients, food and drinks from all over the world.

Food stores

There are lots of large food stores, often called grocery stores, all over the region. There are also bargain stores, bulk stores, whole foods stores, health food stores and international stores.

Global foods

Find where to buy specific ingredients that you’re used to on our global foods page.

With the variety here, it’s likely you’ll be able to find all the ingredients to make your favourite dishes. There are also hundreds of new foods and recipes to try.

Farmers’ markets and growing your own food

Durham has farmers’ markets where local farmers and food growers sell produce, vegetables, baked goods and homemade items and preserves. You can also grow your own food and eat it from your personal plants or garden and in public gardens.

Wine, beer and alcohol

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) governs alcohol laws in Ontario and Durham Region. You must be 19 years of age to buy and drink alcohol here. Most LCBO stores carry wine, beer and alcohol from around the world, and it’s likely you’ll be able to find some of your favourite brands in store.

Eating on a budget

Sometimes money can be tight, especially when you first arrive. Get tips on how to stay healthy while eating on a budget.

Food banks

If you are struggling to eat and afford food, there are food banks in the area that can help.

Food and cooking safety

Food safety in stores and in restaurants is regulated in Ontario. Learn about food and cooking safety at home and while you’re out.

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