We all miss it. The hike, the feast, the Cod Wars — the food! Even if you were able to recreate your own Roots, Rants and Roars experience this year with My Food Hike, we miss those delicious flavours all the time. Luckily you can carry over those ocean picnic vibes with the plethora of products from the Bonavista Peninsula that are available right here in St. John’s (and if you haven’t been able to snag one of those cooler backpacks, you can now purchase one from the RRR online shop), so you can have a taste of Roots, Rants and Roars all year round.
From local jams and sea salt to Chaga kombucha and spruce tip bologna, here is where to find a taste of Roots, Rants and Roars in St. John’s. So go ahead, fill yer bags!
This small-batch kombuchary channels the ancient method of fermenting tea to showcase the flavours of Newfoundland and Labrador. Strawberry rhubarb, wild blueberry, chaga or ginger turmeric kombucha are great on their own but make for fantastic holiday cocktails too. Their headquarters is located on Church Street in Bonavista, but their kombucha is also available at the Bees Knees in St. John’s.
Talk about salt of the earth in Bonavista. This savoury-making salt company offers products like juniper smoked sea salt, coffee sea salt and green alder sea salt in addition to classic sea salt and is available in many stores in St. John’s like Home on Water, Urban Market 1919 and the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.
This Bonavista cosmetic company produces vegan soaps, shampoos and bath bombs infused with iceberg water and local plants. Their signature scent, Wild River Mint + Rosemary, can barely stay on the shelves at places like Johnny Ruth and Whink in St. John’s, but other scents like Wild Calendula + Orange and Wild Lavender + Fir Needle are just as captivating (and relaxing).
Small-batch loose tea is the name of the game for this Bonavista company but you can pick up their arctic rose and citrus white tea, Newfoundland spruce and chai or Labrador at retail stores like Hillhead House and Urban Market 1919 in St. John’s.
This cheese company has been producing for almost a decade now, and it’s always a familiar taste at Roots, Rants and Roars. Cheeses like White Fleet with Black Pepper, Logy Bay Jack and Smoked Avalon Cheddar are widely available in St. John’s at Tilt House, Manna Bakery, and Chinched Restaurant and Deli.
There are few things in NL more comforting than a warm slice of fresh bread with a big slather of jam and Rocket Bakery offers up some of the city’s best with their selection of fresh bread and jams like Strawberry Rhubarb, Partridgeberry, Blueberry or Plumboy Rhubarb. You can snag some for your bag at one of their three locations: downtown on Water Street, Churchill Square or on Bannister Street in Mount Pearl.
Another familiar face at Roots, Rants and Roars, this St. John’s restaurant and deli offers some of the best local charcuterie on the island, from their chipotle cheese curds sausages to the spruce tip mortadella. You can pop down to their Bates Hill deli to grab some hand-crafted meats, or stop by Lester’s Farmers’ Market, Simply for Life or NL Sausage Company who stock Chinched packs on the regular.