Agrifoods has posted their annual listing of agricultural events: summer festivals, farm days and harvest fairs that your family can enjoy this year! We'll be referencing these events and this listing a lot in the coming months and adding our own updates as more activities are planned across the province. So bookmark this post and keep coming back to it for farm fresh fun times!
The provincial Harvest Celebration last weekend was a great success! But that certainly doesn't mean that the agricultural community is taking a break now. Producers, farmer's markets and community gardens province-wide are bustling with their harvests, and fall fair organizers are busy putting together many more events. This coming week is absolutely hopping with harvest celebrations! Below is information on what's going on in Stephenville, Harbour Grace, and Torbay. And like we mentioned in the last post, there's a schedule of events from Agrifoods that can keep you up to speed on where to go for your local food celebrations in October too!
Stephenville Community Market Harvest Day Festival
The Community Market and Garden at the Lions Club site on Woodland Street, Stephenville, will be the location of a Harvest Day Festival being celebrated this Saturday, September 25th.
Highlights of the day's scheduled activities include:
- Over thirty vendors selling a variety of items from a new crop of fresh locally grown vegetables to crafts, baked goods and new to you items.
- A presentation and demonstration from 11am to 12:30 pm on “Safe Food Preservation – Bottling, Canning” by Carolyn Wheeler with the Western Environment Centre.
- Fresh, Local Corn Boil
- Children's Activities from 1pm to 3pm including face painting, mascot visits, games, prizes
- Local Band “Empty Threat” will be playing from 2pm to 3:30 pm
- A Jigs Dinner starting at 5:30 pm followed by an evening dance beginning at 8:30pm. The ingredients for the jigs dinner will be all local farm produce. The “Kippers”, a local musical group, will be performing during the dinner. The recorded music for the dance will be by D.J. Bill Barry.
Admission is free for the Harvest Day Festival Activities with the exception of the dinner and dance for which there is an admission charge of $12 per person. There is a $5 admission for those wishing to attend only the dance. Tickets may be picked up at the Lions Club from Wednesday to Friday or from members of the Market Committee.
The Stephenville Food Bank will have a booth at the festival and the general public are asked to bring along donations of non-perishable food items.
For further information please contact Mary-Ann Lainey, Market Coordinator, ph. (709) 643-2795, or Bob Diamond, Market Committee Chair ph. 709 643-6362
Harbour Grace 52nd Trinity-Conception Agriculture, Homecrafts Fall Fair and Miss Newfoundland & Labrador Pageant
SW Moores Memorial Stadium, Harbour Grace.
Featuring Aerial Trapeze Acts, School Tours, Vegetable Bus, Local Artwork, Let's Make a Deal, Games of Chance, Giant Parade, Seniors' Day, Petting Farm, Face Painting, Live Entertainment, Magic Show and...
September 21-26 Thomas Amusements. Sponsored by the Trinity- Conception Fair.
September 23-26 Produce & Preserves Events. For more information call 596 6201
September 23rd Grade 5 Agricultural Spelling Bee. 7:30pm Call 945-3007 for additional information
September 24th Miss Teen Trinity Conception Pageant – Doors open at 6:30pm
September 25th Hypnotist Gary Summers. Doors open at 6:30pm
September 25th and 26th 52nd Miss Newfoundland & Labrador Pageant. For information call 596-0506
September 26th Trinity- Conception Fair Baby Contest. 1:30pm Ages 1-2 1/2 years and Prince and Princess 3:00pm Ages 2 ½ to 4 ½ For more information: 596-6201.
Torbay Farmer’s Market
October 3rd (Please Note that the market scheduled for Sept. 26th has been cancelled due to issues following Hurricane Igor)
The Town of Torbay will be hosting its annual Torbay Farmer’s Market. Come out and enjoy the afternoon with events for the whole family, including lots of activities for children!
There is sure to be something there for everyone, from produce and baked goods to arts, crafts, clothes and so much more. There will also be some food available and free hot chocolate for everyone.
The market will be located at the Torbay Kinsmen Community Centre from 12:00pm – 4:00pm on both Sundays. Booths will be inside and outside.
For more information please contact Jeff Lawlor, Economic Development Officer, at 437-6532 ext 264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the dates of Sept. 16-19 if you're in the Torbay area because you're not going to want to miss the provincial Agrifoods & Garden Show 2010 Harvest Celebration! This annual event showcases NL's agricultural merits with fall fair activities, a farmer's market, petting farm, healthy cooking displays, and booths from organizations across the province. Keep an eye out there for the NL Agricultural Historical Society showcasing root cellars! Check out the poster for the event here:
And if you're not nearby enough to go to that harvest celebration, there are still lots of others happening across the province in the next few months! And each highlights the great things that different regions have to offer agriculturally. For a list of the different regional celebrations see the schedule of agricultural events. If there's a community garden in your area, odds are they'll be celebrating the harvest and having work-bees to wrap up the growing season too, so contact them directly to get involved. You can find community gardens listed in the FSN Food Security Initiative Inventory by region.
Fall fairs, harvest celebrations, and agricultural shows are a great way to enjoy a day out with your family and friends, learn about our provincial food system, and reconnect to farming traditions. And don't forget all the yummy local food there! See you at the fair!