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: 

 

  • 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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  • 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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  • Oakville's Canada Day
    Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, Oakville, ON

    Join us in Oakville to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Oakville’s Canada Day is presented by Lexus of Oakville and the… More >

    Join us in Oakville to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! Oakville’s Canada Day is presented by Lexus of Oakville and the over 200 merchants of the Bronte BIA, with support from the Town of Oakville and its corporate sponsors. This day-long event will feature activities for the whole family, including: Farmer’s Market, Vendor Village featuring local crafts and artisans, Music and performances all day long on three stages, Bouncy castles, and A spectacular fireworks show over lake Ontario

    Time 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Web http://brontevillage.net/canada-150/


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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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  • O Canada Summer Camp
    Ireland House Museum

    Join us this summer to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario! Four of our five weeks will focus… More >

    Join us this summer to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario! Four of our five weeks will focus on 1867 and provide campers a fun, hands-on opportunity to step back in time to experience life at the founding of our country and province. Our last week will cover the last 150 years of Canadian history, featuring highlights from around the country!

     

    July 10 – 14: July 17 – 21: July 24 – 28: House and Farm August 14 – 18: Entertainment August 21 – 25: 150 Years in 5 Days

    Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Cost: $175.00 per week, or $40.00 per day

    Age: 5 - 12 years Extended hours available upon request from 8:00 am – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The cost is $6.00 per session. Museum members receive 25% off the camp registration fee! Extended hours are excluded. Some activities will take place outdoors, so please dress your campers for the weather.

     

    To register, please visit www.museumsofburlington.ca, or call 905-332-9888.

    Location 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, L7P 5A8

    Email MuseumEducation@burlington.ca

    Web https://museumsofburlington.ca/ireland-house/education/camps


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  • Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest
    CockShutt Park

    The Kinsmen Club of Brantford would like to extend a warm invitation for you to participate in our Brantford Kinsmen… More >

    The Kinsmen Club of Brantford would like to extend a warm invitation for you to participate in our Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest, scheduled to take place on August 11 - 13, 2017
     
    With plenty of fun and action lined up, this will definitely be an experience that you will remember for life! set in the beautiful CockShutt Park right in the heart of Brantford Ontario and great musicians on stage, a range of tantalizing meaty delights, plenty of fun activities for the kids, Brantford Kinsmen Annual Ribfest has all this and a lot more awaiting you this year. Yes, this is because the Ribfest is bigger and better with more great artist’s performances lined up, this festival is sure to be just the perfect cherry on top of a fabulous summer! So look for three days of non-stop entertainment by looking for the best bargain deals to Brantford Ontario. Guaranteeing a spectacular time, the Ribfest is also known to be one of Brantford Kinsmen’s biggest fundraising events! So while you indulge in great fun, you will also be contributing to a great cause!
     
    Keep the Tasty Delights Coming
    Keep your appetites on the roll ladies and gentlemen because the scrumptiously delicious delights that will be served at this Ribfest will surely make you forget all your diet schedules! Yes, the mouthwatering ribs and chicken doesn’t get better than this! With the tastiest ribs, hamburgers and BBQ platters that you’ve ever tasted along with roasted corn, blooming onions, baked potatoes, hot dogs and sizzling hot fries, this festival will surely be a heaven for all you food lovers! And if all these sizzling meaty treats awaken your dessert cravings, then you need not worry because this is also well taken care of. Indulge in the finest funnel cakes, snow cones and refreshing ice creams to satisfy those cravings. With the perfect outdoor setting and the soothing sensation of the summer sun, food simply never tasted this good! Come relax a while in our beer garden with a tasty beverage, open all day..
     
    There is a lot to this happening festival than serving the best ribs around! Yes, get ready for some great unbelievable performances by some of your favorite bands that will surely get you moving. Be a part of the thousands of Canadians and tourists from across the globe enjoying this perfect atmosphere. This year the annual Ribfest brings you Blues/Lite-Rock/Country musical lineups that you and your family will surely love! So make sure you do not miss these sensational and mind-blowing performances for a perfect weekend that you will treasure for life!
     
    But that’s not all; the Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest is also known for exhibiting great activities for the kids so while you enjoy your meaty delights and dance to music by some of the greatest bands, your kids will also be having a great time and a lot more further adds to the endless entertainment options. All this and a lot more is what await you at the Brantford Kinsmen Ribfest this year in August. So don’t think twice and be a part of this great fundraiser and also non-stop fun and action. Rain or shine, the organizers and the Kinsmen Club of Brantford welcome you to come and enjoy this thrilling weekend.
     
    While the event is free to attend, we asks the community to contribute a donation on their way into the park. THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT
     
    Check the website for the latest updates. www.brantfordribfest.ca

    Location 35 Sherwood Drive, Brantford, N3T 1N3

    Email ribfest@brantfordkinsmen.ca

    Web http://www.brantfordribfest.ca/


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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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