Ah, autumn. We know, you’re in denial; but it’s not all wind chill and short days. It’s also harvest season — that time of year when farm stands are over flowing and hot cider is served at every turn.
In fact, it’s such an incredible time of year that there’s an entire genre of festival dedicated to it. Harvest Festivals are a long standing tradition in Ontario. Every community does them a little different, but the theme is always the same: celebrating our food, our farmers and our communities.
Here’s 10 Harvest Festivals we’re looking forward too this — gasp! — Autumn.
Amherstberg, ON September 9 – 11, 2016
The WE Harvest Fest is the first Feast On? Certified event in Southwestern Ontario! Besides the usual farmers market, live music and festivities — Amherstberg is offering up food tours, wine tastings and tons of craft beer.
Christie Lake, ON August 26 – 28, 2016
This year’s event includes a line up of over 80 vendors, farmers, attractions and workshops — on top of a stellar line up of musical artists including Justin Dunlop, Jessie Bower, Jessica Mitchell, Tomi Swick and The Redhill Valleys.
Blue Mountains, ON October 8-10, 2016
Every autumn, the Village at Blue Mountain, alongside Thornbury & Clarksburg, come alive to celebrate the peak of apple season. It’s prime time to explore The Apple Pie Trail and take the young ones apple picking!
Morrisburg, ON October 1 – 30, 2016
The annual event at Upper Canada Village is hauntingly beautiful and dare I say spellbinding. Leading up to Halloween, the area is filled with jack-o-lanterns of all shapes and sizes… thousands of them!
Carlton Place, ON September 11, 2016
This is probably the most classic harvest festival on our list. On the roster are dozens of farm stands, live music and cooking demos to tempt your taste buds. We’re particularly jazzed about the Bees & Honey talk by Paul Lacelle of Lacelle’s Apiary.
Meaford, ON September 30, 2016
Nothing says harvest season like a scarecrow, or in this case, over 250 of them! The town of Meaford (which is home to some seriously delicious perogie) gets invade, literally. You’ll find scare crows dangling sassily from downtown lamp posts, hiding in bushes and trees, lounging happily on benches, peeking out from behind cornstalks and resting comfortably on porches and verandas.
October 4 – 10, 2016
The fourth largest fair in Ontario, the Norfolk County Fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art demos, competitions, midway rides, and this year, there’s a loads of local food to be had too with Taste of Norfolk. Taste of Norfolk will be taking place October 7th to October 10th in the Rec Centre Arena where you can discover Norfolk County�s bounty of wineries, breweries and restaurants under one roof!
Brooklin, ON September 10, 2016
Drop into the unique shops and meet the local owners of Brooklin, one of our favorite Tiny Towns! It’s a great chance to enjoy the rich autumn colours and bountiful fall produce Durham Region has to offer.