So much to do in Halton Region this fall

We are all very fortunate to live in such a beautiful region, especially during the fall season. There are such spectacular colours across our beautiful landscapes, and it’s also the perfect time to enjoy the bounty of what is grown right here in the region. By enjoying fresh quality produce packed with flavour and picked at the height of ripeness, you are supporting our local farmers and economy. Halton Region is committed to supporting our agricultural community and we have a number of events this year to encourage you to get out, get to know Halton a little better and enjoy the best we have to offer.

You won’t want to miss the exciting events planned this year. Visit our local Fall Fairs. Enjoy delectable local food at Harvest Halton. Jump on the Halton Pumpkin Trail. This fall in Halton there is something for everyone.

Fall Fairs

For over a century, Halton residents have enjoyed the tradition of the Region’s Fall Fairs. This year the fair season started off with the Georgetown Fall Fair, which was held September 11-13. The fair was a huge success and provided tons of fun for residents and visitors. Each fair has a variety of exhibits, events and attractions for the entire family to enjoy, including truck/tractor pulls, horse shows, demolition derbies, crafts, rides and performances by local artists. Check out the scheduled events at upcoming fairs:

Join me in extending our recognition and thanks to the Georgetown Agricultural Society, the Acton Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society – who work tirelessly to organize the Fall Fairs and make them a success. Their efforts allow us to celebrate an important part of our heritage and continue to build on our sense of community.

Pumpkin Trail

From September 14-October 31, explore the Pumpkin Trail: a self-guided tour that connects residents and visitors to local events and products. A printed map guides you to pumpkin-themed activities at a variety of Halton farms, attractions, restaurants, vendors and retailers. Hop on the Pumpkin Trail with your family and friends and rediscover many of your favourite spots throughout Halton. Don’t forget to bring along your map and vouchers to receive special offerings. Residents can also get paper copies of the map and vouchers by dialing 311 or visiting participating stops on the trail, the Halton Regional Centre, local tourism offices and Chambers of Commerce, and the Toronto Premium Outlets.

Harvest Halton

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds at this year’s Harvest Halton: a unique farm-to-chef experience that takes place at Country Heritage Park in Milton on October 4. This premier culinary event brings together our Halton Region farmers with some of Halton’s award-winning chefs and restaurants, giving residents and visitors a local dining experience like no other. We take great pride in our active and vibrant farming community and this annual event celebrates the local food they produce.

New this year, Harvest Halton will be held inside the historic Elliot-Harrop Barn, adding to the authentic farm experience and ensuring a rain or shine event. The event will also include:

  • More restaurants, farmers and vendors to explore;
  • Interactive displays and demos where you can learn more about the story of agriculture in Halton; and
  • Local wine and micro-breweries for your tasting enjoyment.

Bring the entire family to Harvest Halton and savour the fresh taste of our local food prepared by the experts!

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy and in attracting visitors to the region. Our fall events help us tell the story of agriculture in Halton and provide us with a bounty of opportunities to connect with and support the people who make it all happen. To learn more about Halton’s agricultural industry, attractions and events, please visit halton.ca/simplylocal. Halton is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire, and it is not hard to see with events like these what a great place it is to visit.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.” See you out at the events this fall!