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Autumn Flavours and Food Festivals

As I sit here –eating cinnamon apple overnight oats, sipping rich, nutty coffee, and feeling a crisp breeze float through my window –I could not be more in love with fall. This is the time when temperatures turn cold, but colours and flavours turn warm. It’s a time for hearty vegetables, creamy soups, spicy dishes, crunchy apples, and rich casseroles.

It’s also, for many, a time to give thanks; to come together as families, friends, and communities and appreciate what we have. This fall, check out one of the festivals below to applaud the hearty flavours of fall, celebrate those who work tirelessly to produce our food, and indulge in rich local offerings from across Ontario’s Highlands. No matter the temperature outside, the flavours at these events are sure to warm you from the inside, out.

The Water Buffalo Food Festival

Location: Stirling, ON
September 21, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Just thinking about this festival makes my mouth water. Soft mozzarella di bufala, ricotta, and tender meats, along with local wines and beers –yes, please! There’s also the chance to pet or ride a friendly water buffalo, and to snap a pic with an adorable baby buffalo calf.

Taste of the Valley

Location: Various Locations Across the Ottawa Valley
September 21 & October 5, 6 & 19, 2019

With jams, jellies, baked goods, fresh produce, furniture, art, and more, it’s a real wonder how many products can be found locally in the Ottawa Valley! The Taste of the Valley events move around the Ottawa Valley and go beyond a typical food festival, celebrating not only food, but all types of products produced by local residents. Check out an event this fall in Renfrew, Deep River, Arnprior, or Cobden.

Irondale’s Family Harvest Festival

Location: Irondale’s Heritage Church, Irondale
September 21, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There’s a special kind of excitement that fills me when I visit my local farm stand – excitement at the possibilities that can be found in the fresh food and the meals that can be created around seasonal products. This festival captures that excitement, celebrates the spirit of the community, and is the chance to discover the local flavours and rich history of the region, with informative displays, historical tours, and opportunities to meet and engage with local vendors and producers. With children’s games and crafts, and activities taking place throughout the day, there truly is something for the whole family.


Location: Hoch Farm, Killaloe
October 12, 2019
10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Every Saturday from mid-June to Thanksgiving, the Killaloe Farmers’ Market brings together local products and local flavours – essentially offering a food festival each weekend! You can also discover a piece of history at the Farmhouse Museum onsite and have the chance to uncover hidden gems at the Hoch Barn Flea Market. This fall, they’re amping up October 12th with a special Hochtoberfest celebration that has my mouth watering just at the thought. Celebrate the Eastern European culture with snacks like baklava, spinach and cheese roulades, cabbage rolls, and sausage or fish on a bun while you dance along to live German music. In addition to local food prepared and offered each weekend, there are also incredible hand-made products – like blankets, rugs, blown glass, wood and leather crafts –and locally produced food you can bring home to enjoy later –think maple syrup, jams and jellies, frozen meat, kambucha, garlic, and more.


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