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Guelph, ON — Interested in learning how to bake your own bread, make cider or successfully start a container garden? At the upcoming Taste Real® Local Food Fest, visitors have the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with traditional food growing and preparation skills. Sausage making, wild foraging, vegetable fermenting, growing oyster mushrooms and bee keeping are just some of the many exciting free food skills workshops offered by Minga by 10C.

On Sunday, June 23, the public is invited to celebrate local food in Guelph and Wellington County on the grounds of Ignatius Jesuit Centre from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The festival features exhibitors, vendors, live music, kids activities, craft beer and cider, orchard tours, as well as food and agricultural demonstrations, such as sheep shearing and spinning. Patrons are encouraged to come out and enjoy a local food lunch and samples from one of the many participating food establishments.

Farmers' Market Local Food Fest

Children of all ages are welcome, and the event offers a wide variety of family activities, including wagon rides, face painting, the Guelph Grotto climbing wall and more. The busy kids area offers many food and agriculture activities, including a planting workshop, butter making and more.

Hillside Festival is presenting live performances by local artists Rosi3, Michelle Munroe, Sember Wood, Alaina Sampson and Julie Tripp.

Prepared food vendors will also offer non-alcoholic drinks to pair with the fresh bites they are serving. It’s suggested that patrons bring a water bottle to refill onsite, and their Hillside Festival cups for local brews from Wellington Brewery, Royal City Brewing and Heartwood Farm and Cidery.

Butchery Demo Local Food Fest

Meet local food writers and cook book authors at the Bookshelf table – signed copies of their books will be available for purchase.

Guelph residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle bus or bike to the festival. Shuttles will be leaving from downtown Guelph (on Quebec Street beside the BMO – Bank of Montreal) and in the south end at St. Paul Catholic School on Clairfields Drive East.

The event is thankful for the continued support of the Neighbourhood Group of Companies and all sponsors and partners contributing to the event.

To view a full list of activities, vendors and sponsors, please visit www.tastereal.ca. To volunteer at the Local Food Fest, please sign up online.