Dig into Local Food and Agriculture on the Fall Rural Romp

Experience the local harvest at the 13th Annual Taste Real Fall Rural Romp, set for Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Rompers will have the opportunity to taste their way through Southern Wellington County and Guelph on this self-guided farm and food tour.

A record number of 22 locations are open to the public that day, including farms, markets, restaurants, a tree nursery and the food garden at the Wellington Terrace Long Term Care home. Local beverage producers, including a brewery, distillery, cidery and winery are part of the event and will be offering samples and facility tours.

The Rural Romp promises to keep your feet moving, your stomach full and your table bursting with farm fresh food. Highlights include farm tours, wagon and buggy rides, feeding farm animals, greenhouse visits, nature hikes, pumpkin picking, free trees and hands-on learning activities for young and old.

There will be plenty of opportunity to snack on local food with 15 locations offering breakfast, lunch or product samples. Farm fresh foods, fresh baking, beverages and fall decorations will also be available for purchase at local farmers’ markets and farm stores.

“We are excited to showcase such a variety of agri-food stops”, says Christina Mann, Taste Real Coordinator for the County of Wellington. “Visitors will be able to experience a behind-the-scene look at beverage processing facilities, public local food projects and a variety farm operations.”

 “The Romp is also a fun day out, exploring the countryside and discovering local food options in your backyard”, adds Mann.

Participants are encouraged to share their Rural Romp adventures on social media using the hashtags #RuralRomp and #tastereal.

Rompers are asked to dig a little deeper by answering a specific treasure hunt question at each location. Additional activities include a photo contest and a ‘Felfie’ (Farm Selfie) Contest.

For Fall Rural Romp locations, to download a map, or for more information visit www.tastereal.ca. Romp Maps are also available at all participating locations. There is no admission charge to participate in the event.

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