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Savour Simcoe one of many of events promoting local food producers

Brittany Doner, SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER

Ben Rugman, of the Barrie Country Club, serves up oven-baked flatbread at the 2012 Savour Simcoe. This year's event runs Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Simcoe County Museum.
 MIRIAM KING/QMI FILE

Ben Rugman, of the Barrie Country Club, serves up oven-baked flatbread at the 2012 Savour Simcoe. This year's event runs Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Simcoe County Museum. MIRIAM KING/QMI FILE

Summer may be winding down, but the excitement doesn’t have to end.

Cooler nights and earlier sunsets means autumn is on the way and your calendar will soon fill with festivals, fairs and all things food.

“Fall fairs are a wonderful way to celebrate local food and agriculture while supporting our local economy,” said Cal Patterson, warden of Simcoe County. “The county is home to many fairs with rich histories and traditions, providing a great way to create lasting memories with family and friends.”

From livestock and vegetable competitions to bake-offs for bragging rights, local fairs are a hotbed of old and new traditions that can be enjoyed by the whole community.

“We love fairs because they’re a fun way to spend the day with friends and family, and get outside to enjoy the weather,” said county resident Tiffany Liscoumb.

Autumn also means harvest time, and all the food-related festivals that go with it.

The sixth annual Savour Simcoe event, occurring Sunday, is a premier culinary tasting experience that pairs local chefs with local farmers, food producers, craft brewers and wineries to highlight all that Simcoe County’s local food system has to offer.

“Tickets are becoming limited, so we are encouraging any last-minute attendees to purchase their tickets prior to the event,” said Sandra Trainor, executive director of Simcoe County Farm Fresh Marketing Association, the organization putting on the event.

Tickets are available online at simcoecountyfarmfresh.ca/savoursimcoe or can be purchased by calling 705-734-2075.

Don’t fret if you’ve already made plans for this weekend. There will be plenty more opportunities to enjoy local food and agriculture across the county.

They include Barrie Fair, Aug. 21-25, Simcoe County Farm Fresh’s sixth annual Savour Simcoe Event at Simcoe County Museum, Aug. 25, Orillia Fall Fair, Sept. 6-8, Oro World’s Fair, Sept. 13-14, Beeton Fall Fair, Sept. 13-15, Great Northern Exhibition, Collingwood and area, Sept. 20-22, Thanksgiving Harvest Festival/Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, near Midland, Oct. 12-13, and Elmvale Fall Fair, Oct. 10-12.

Does your community have another local food and agriculture related event not listed here?

If so, share your event with the Food Partners Alliance at fpa@simcoe.ca.

Brittany Doner is project manager of Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter.


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