Taste of Canada

Get a true taste of local food and drink in Hamilton Halton Brant. This is the time to enjoy maple syrup celebrations, our True Brew Path of craft breweries, seasonal fruit festivals, and the emerging Hamilton foodie scene.  

THE PUMPKIN TRAIL

Connect with local farmers, savour autumn flavours and find plenty of pumpkin-themed activities as you explore Halton’s Pumpkins to Pastries Trail. A self-guided map connects visitors to a variety of exceptional fall events and products available throughout the region.

FARM ACTIVITIES

Pick your own fresh Ontario apples, enjoy a country lunch at the waterfall dining area or pack your own for the picnic area and grab a fresh pie at the retail shop at Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm. Relax and let the little ones explore the farm’s play area featuring a straw maze, playground, sand pit, tire swings, pony rides, tractor rides and more.

Seasonal festivals, wagon rides, a playground and corn trail, farm animals, barn market, café, bakery and gift shop make Springridge Farm the perfect place for a full day of fun. Time your visit with their harvest festival to celebrate this year’s pumpkin crop!

Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery is a place for the young and the young at heart. Pick-your-own apples, ride the farm train, visit the children’s village and petting zoo and find fresh baked goods at the Country Bakery with the little ones, or tour the winery estate complete with tastings and settle in for a farm-to-table dining experience at the Country Café. For a unique overnight experience, try their Caboose Farm Stay where you’ll sleep in a retired CNR caboose then awake to find breakfast items at your doorstep to cook up yourself.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park's Children’s Playbarn is a 150-year-old barn that has been transformed into a huge children's play loft for climbing and jumping.

Experience a taste of rural life in Hamilton at the Farm Crawl in May, July and August. Each farmer organizes events and designs its activities around experiencing the farm's operations. 

FARMERS MARKETS

Stop for farm-fresh produce and baked goods at Dyment's FarmLindley's Farm and be sure to check out farmers’ markets in AncasterAldershotMiltonBurlington and Brantford during your visit.

WINERIES

Scotch Block Winery, a hidden gem nestled in an area of rich farmland, boasts delicious wines and breathtaking Niagara Escarpment views. Visitors can sample wonderful wines ranging from dry fruit and grape wines, to Icewine and dessert wines.

Take a self-guided tour of Ridge Road Estate Winery’s vineyards and follow the paths to the scenic edge of the Niagara Escarpment to experience the natural beauty of this unique location. Spend time in their bistro-style tasting room afterwards and get to know their wines, or enjoy a glass from the vineyard-side patio.

FARM TO TABLE CUISINE

The spring is a wonderful time to experience the flavours of locally grown produce and the chefs of Hamilton Halton Brant do an amazing job of showcasing the region's bounty in creative farm-to-table fare. Click here for the latest dish on some of the area's best destination dining

AGRICULTURAL FAIRS

March is the month for all things Maple. Learn the history and heritage behind making syrup at the Maple Syrup Festival at Bronte Creek, enjoy piping hot pancakes at Mountsberg's Maple Town and take a walk through the sugar bush at Westfield's Heritage Village.

The Rockton World’s Fair has been a Thanksgiving tradition for over 160 years that attracts 50,000 people from all over the world for three days of traditional fall fair fun, including a demolition derby, midway rides and a spelling bee, as well as a pumpkin competition, a pie-making contest and horse-riding shows.

From midway games, rides and crunchy candy apples to tractor and truck pulls, demolition derbies, farm-animal petting areas and livestock shows, there’s fun for everyone at the fall fairs in ActonAncasterBurford and Georgetown.

The St. George Applefest makes for a great day of festival fun. Enjoy good food, fresh produce, tons of unique shopping and ongoing entertainment. The little ones will love the petting zoo, pony rides and inflatable castle.

Combine fall fair festivities with history and heritage at Battlefield House Museum and Park’s Apple Festival or Ireland House Museums Applefest Fall Fair. 

Looking for other fall farm fun? Check out our Farm Trips for Foodies blog post.

Consider some serious sampling with our suggestions on how to spend two days wining and dining in our region or start the celebrations with these ideas: 

 

  • Sugarbush Maple Syrup Fest

    Special family-fun activities on weekends in March and March Break! More >

    Come out and tap into spring! Enjoy demonstrations, pony rides, activities.... and of course pancakes and real maple syrup!
    Special family-fun activities on weekends in March and March Break!

    Location 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd., Halton Hills, L0P 1N0

    Web http://maplesyrupfest.com/home/terra-cotta-conservation-area.dot


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  • Maple Syrup Festival

    Fresh Ontario maple syrup begins flowing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park on the first Saturday in March when the park's… More >

    Fresh Ontario maple syrup begins flowing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park on the first Saturday in March when the park's annual Maple Syrup Festival gets under way. The maple syrup festivities are open to the public from 9:30am to 3:00pm every weekend in March and March Break.Enjoy a guided tour of  Maple Lane, where interpreters costumed for the 1890's demonstrate different historical ways of collecting and making maple syrup. The tour ends in the middle of Spruce Lane Farm where you can learn how to make fresh maple sugar or enjoy a stick of delicious maple taffy before visiting the various farm animals in the yard. New this year is our family activity centre where the kids can have fun and do lots of exciting games. Make sure you don't miss Spruce Lane Farmhouse, a living history museum that recreates life from 1899. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and purchase a bottle of syrup to take home. And what's a Maple Syrup Festival without a pancake meal? Hop on a wagon that will take you to the Pancake House where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes and sausages with pure maple syrup.

     

    Dates: March 4th, 5th, 11th - 19th, 25th and 26th 

     

    Location 1219 Burloak Dr., Oakville, L6M 4J7

    Web http://www.brontecreek.org/index.php/the-park/featured-events/maple-festival.html


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  • Sweet Water Session

    Visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples as you… More >

    Visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples as you take in an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration. Nostalgia is served warm and gooey in the afternoon as staff demonstrate how to make taffy on snow. Try a tasting flight of different grades and types of syrup before heading to the gift shop to pick up a tasty souvenir. Kids will enjoy winning a prize for completing the maple themed discovery hunt! Sweet Water Demonstrations - 11am, 1pm & 3pm Syrup Sampling - 12pm & 2pm Maple taffy on snow - 12pm until 4pm 

    On Weekends and During March Break. 

    Location 2596 Brittania Rd. W, Burlington, L7P 0G3

    Web http://www.conservationhalton.ca/event-details?eventID=63


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  • Maple Town

    What’s Canada without our famous Maple Syrup? Mountsberg’s sugar bush has been producing maple magic for almost 150 years, and… More >

    What’s Canada without our famous Maple Syrup? Mountsberg’s sugar bush has been producing maple magic for almost 150 years, and educating the public for more than 30 years! Approximately 600 trees are tapped during what could certainly be deemed the most Canadian of the seasons, where watery sap is transformed into sweet maple syrup in the Sugar Shanty. See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup, and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles. Learn the secrets of making Maple Candy and taste FREE candy samples. *Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods. *Enjoy a guided wagon ride through the sugar bush and learn about the history of maple syrup. Climb, jump, and run in the Play Barn. See dramatic birds of prey demonstrations in the Raptor Centre at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. View bison, eagles, hawks and owls along the Wildlife Walkway. Participate in even more exciting activities over our “Theme Weekends.”

    On weekends and during March Break. 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Location 2596 Brittania Rd. W, Burlington, L7P 0G3

    Web http://www.conservationhalton.ca/maple-town


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  • Ontarian Culinary Experiences

    The RBG Culinary Journey (4-6 dinners) will showcase different Ontario regions and their cuisine, emphasizing local ingredients and traditions. Stay… More >

    The RBG Culinary Journey (4-6 dinners) will showcase different Ontario regions and their cuisine, emphasizing local ingredients and traditions. Stay tuned for confirmed dates.

    Location 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington, L7T 4H4

    Web http://www.rbg.ca/150-arts


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  • Maple Syrup by Lamplight

    Come and enjoy a truly Canadian experience in a unique, natural setting. Learn about maple syrup production, taste real maple… More >

    Come and enjoy a truly Canadian experience in a unique, natural setting. Learn about maple syrup production, taste real maple syrup and enjoy a maple inspired treat and a hot beverage by a bonfire. Capture the memorable night at our sugarbush photo booth with props and maple trees as your background. Recommend for ages 18 and over. 

    To purchase tickets pleace click on the link below. 

    Time 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Location 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd., Halton Hills, L0P 1N0

    Web http://maplesyrupfest.com/home/terra-cotta-conservation-area.dot


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  • Maple Syrup Festival

    What’s Canada without our famous Maple Syrup? Come check out the Paris Lion Maple Syrup Festival and see Wood carving… More >

    What’s Canada without our famous Maple Syrup? Come check out the Paris Lion Maple Syrup Festival and see Wood carving demonstrations, Maple Candy making demonstrations and many maple syrup products, crafts, merchandise and food.

    Web http://parislions.ca/events


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  • Oakville Farmers' Market & Cultural Activities

    Downtown Oakville will come alive with cultural events and activities every Saturday from June to October thanks to Oakville’s Summer… More >

    Downtown Oakville will come alive with cultural events and activities every Saturday from June to October thanks to Oakville’s Summer Cultural Connection, a summer events initiative launched by the Town of Oakville and supported by a generous donation from Union Gas. One of these events includes a farmers’ market and creative cultural programming featuring town partners and local organizations on George Street every Saturday from June 3rd to October 28th, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will celebrate Canadas 150th Birthday!

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/events/culture-farmers-market_1.html


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  • Mayor's Historical Picnic

    Enjoy an afternoon of family fun on Oakville’s beautiful lakefront at the Mayor’s Historical Picnic in the Park. Everyone is… More >

    Enjoy an afternoon of family fun on Oakville’s beautiful lakefront at the Mayor’s Historical Picnic in the Park. Everyone is welcome at this event hosted by the Oakville Historical Society and admission is FREE! Bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs. Live music, dancing and family fun in Lakeside Park. This event will celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday. 

    Web http://www.oakville.ca/events/mayor-picnic.html


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  • Oakville Family Ribfest 150th Celebration Enhancement

    Hours: Saturday: 11am-11pm On-site parking is available for $10 per vehicle. Enter on Sheridan College Drive (opposite White Oaks Blvd),… More >

    Come out on June 23-25, 2017 for yummy ribs at Oakvilles family ribfest and celebrate Canada's 150th. 

    Hours:

    Friday: 4pm-11pm
    Saturday: 11am-11pm
    Sunday: 11am-7pm

    Parking:

    On-site parking is available for $10 per vehicle. Enter on Sheridan College Drive (opposite White Oaks Blvd), west off Trafalgar Drive, north of the Ribfest site. People movers will take you from the parking lot to the main gate.

    Free parking within walking distance of the Ribfest site is available at the Oakville Town Hall at 1225 Trafalgar Road, just south of the Ribfest site.

    Web https://oakvillefamilyribfest.com/


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  • Thirsty Thursdays

    Tour and Tot: On this one-hour themed tour, you’ll learn about the drinking traditions of sailors from the time of… More >

    Tour and Tot: On this one-hour themed tour, you’ll learn about the drinking traditions of sailors from the time of Lord Nelson to the men who sailed on Haida. Learn a little salty sailor talk along the way! We’ll top off your tour with a rum ration. Fee: $14.60 per person
    This program runs every Thursday in July and August at 7pm. Pre-registration required. To purchase tickets please call: 905-526-6742
    *Book this tour any time for your group of 10 or more! Make it part of your Bachelor or Birthday party and inquire about our facility rentals. 
     

    Time Every Thursday

    Location 658 Catharine St N, Hamilton, L8L 8K4

    Web http://www.hmcshaida.com/


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  • Canada's Largest Rib Fest

    Here are a number of ways you can measure why we have the title of "Canada's Largest Ribfest." You could… More >

    Here are a number of ways you can measure why we have the title of "Canada's Largest Ribfest." You could measure by attendance numbers... we broke the attendance record in 2009 when more than 175,000 people attended the festival! You could measure by the amount of ribs we sold...would you believe that more than 150,000 pounds of ribs were sold over the course of the four-day event? Well, it's true! You could measure by the number of Rib Teams that participate...we annually welcome 20 "Ribber Teams" from across North America! You could measure by the amount of money raised for the community...more than $3 million has been raised for local community organizations and charities over the last 19 years! Come on out and join in the fun and food at Canada's Largest Ribfest!

    Web http://www.canadaslargestribfest.com/


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  • St. George AppleFest

    Spend the day and enjoy a rural experience.  Listed as a Top 100 Festival in Ontario (2 years) and a… More >

    Spend the day and enjoy a rural experience.  Listed as a Top 100 Festival in Ontario (2 years) and a Marquee Event within the County of Brant, St. George AppleFest is an affordable family outing.  There is everything apple - homemade pies, fresh apples of many varieties, apple dumplings, apple cider, candied apples.

    The pungent aroma of crisp, ripe apples from local orchards is in sharp contrast to the sweetness of kettle corn, candied apples and apple dumplings topped with hot caramel sauce.  Savour samples of treats as you meander among the vendors.  Local eateries provide a variety - Italian, British pub fare, High Tea, fresh roasted coffee & apple fritters.

    Over 120 vendors display crafts from near and far that produce a kaleidoscope of colour as you roam the streets and parks.  Local farm markets display an array of fresh produce and delicious preserves.  Check out our local retail stores for unique gifts and decor.

    Children's laughter mingles with the strains of fiddle music from the Main Stage where on-going daily entertainment delights the crowds.  Savour ice cold beer or a glass of Niagara wine in our adjoining fully licensed Spirit Garden.   Satruday night enjoy an old-fashioned FREE Street Party.

    Children of all ages enjoy the spectacular petting zoo.  Inflatable activities, apple-on-a-string game and pony rides are children's favourites.

    Coaches are welcome.  FREE admission.  FREE parking.  FREE shuttle.  Accessible parking

    LOCATION:  St. George, Ontario  N0E 1N0

    WEBSITE:  www.stgeorgeapplefest.com

    EMAIL:  stgeorgeapplefest@bellnet.ca

    Time Every year

    Location 36 Main Street, S, St. George, N0E 1N0

    Email stgeorgeapplefest@bellnet.ca

    Web http://www.stgeorgeapplefest.com


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