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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  • 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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