Dig into local food at the Taste Real Fall Rural Romp

MEDIA RELEASE — Experience Guelph-Wellington’s local harvest at the 12th Annual Taste Real Fall Rural Romp, taking place Saturday, September 29 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 featuring 17 different locations. Romp stops include a wide variety of agri-food operations, including farms, markets, a brewery, cidery, distillery, tree nursery and an agricultural research centre. Meeting Farm Animals on the Rural Romp 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, live music, free trees, and hands-on learning activities for both young and old participants. There will be plenty of opportunities to snack on local food and drink samples at many of the locations. Rompers are invited to come out for breakfast at The Green Legacy Tree Nursery, or break for a farm lunch at Heartwood Farm and Cidery, Salad Days Farm, Thatcher Farms and Wellington Country Market Place. 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 have such a variety of agri-food stops on the Romp this year,” says Christina Mann, Taste Real Coordinator for the County of Wellington. “It showcases many different components of the local agriculture and food sector. The public gets a behind-the-scene experience at an agriculture research lab, beverage processing facilities, and a variety of different farm operations, including two urban farms.“ Alpaca at Harmony Meadows Rural Romp Location “The Romp is also a great opportunity to get to know some of our local farmers and food entrepreneurs and learn where our food comes from,” adds Mann. Participants are encouraged to share their Rural Romp adventures on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #RuralRomp and #tastereal hashtags. Rompers are asked to dig a little deeper this year 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 tastereal.ca. Romp Maps are also available at all participating locations. There is no admission charge to participate in the event.

About Taste Real

Taste Real is an initiative of the County of Wellington that works with over 100 food and farm businesses to promote local food and local food experiences in Guelph and Wellington County. Taste Real partner businesses include farms, farmers’ markets, retail outlets, restaurants, food processors, caterers and craft breweries.
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