Last fall on a misty, and cool Sunday afternoon I decided to brave the damp weather to take in the first Harvest Halton. This event married three of my favorite things, local foods, music and area wines (and beer) all in a unique setting at Country Heritage Park.
Now if you haven’t visited Country Heritage Park for an event or tour, it is well worth the trip particularly in the fall as it is nestled at the foot of the escarpment. With historic buildings, antique farm equipment, tools and furnishing and a renowned quilt collection it is a great outing for families, couples etc. Located right off Tremaine Rd. you can see the buildings in this park from Hwy #401 and is close to Kelso Conservation Area in Milton.
I had conveniently purchased my ticket online in advance and then armed with my umbrella I hopped on the wagon which was shuttling participants to the event area of the park. This saved a short but soggy walk and was a welcomed option especially by families. I was greeted by a very helpful volunteer who provided a quick outline of where everything was located. In addition to the culinary tastings provided by restaurants such as Burlington’s own Paradiso and local beer from Nickel Brook, I met many other farmers who were offering delicious products. I spent the rest of the afternoon happily chatting with friends and colleagues while enjoying a wide variety of food and beverages in this great location.
In it’s second year the event will be held on Sunday, October 5 from 1 – 5 pm. There are 11 restaurants and 22 farmers participating and each chef will be paired with local farmers and will provide signature ingredients fresh from the harvest. Satisfy your thirst and increase your knowledge of Halton’s craft breweries and famous fruit winery (non-alcoholic options also available). Enjoy live music (see schedule below), an artisan market (bring cash for these purchases), wagon rides, children’s activities and learn more about the benefits of eating local. Children 18 and under are free of charge so this is an affordable family friendly event.
From 1 – 3 p.m.
From 3 – 5 p.m.
This event is part of the Halton Pumpkin Trail with activities held from September 19 to October 31 to celebrate the fall season. Explore all things pumpkin from events, markets, culinary experiences, specialty shops and local attractions. Stop in to our Visitor Centre to pick up your Pumpkin Trail map. Visit the Halton Region website for further details, see more of last year’s photos and other testimonials.