Fall fun in Halton

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy and in attracting visitors to the region. The harvest season provides us with wonderful opportunities to showcase our local farmers, retailers, restaurants and attractions. This fall, explore all that Halton has to offer by experiencing the best local food and farms in Halton. From fall fairs to Harvest Halton and the new Pumpkin to Pastries Trail, Halton has something for everyone.

Pumpkins to Pastries Trail

Cute Little Girls Pulling Their Pumpkins In A Wagon

Halton’s new Pumpkins to Pastries Trail profiles the people and places that produce and offer local food in Halton. Explore themed events, on-farm markets, restaurants, specialty shops and local attractions for a taste of the harvest season.

Join us from September 12 to October 31 on Halton Region’s Pumpkins to Pastries Trail and explore the best local food, farms and fall experiences around Halton! Visit halton.ca/pumpkinstopastries for more details.

Fall fairs

farmfairFall fairs have been a favourite tradition of Halton residents for over a century, offering a variety of exhibits, events and attractions for the entire family to enjoy.

Check with your local fair to see the entire list of events:

I would like to thank the three committees – Georgetown Agricultural Society, Acton Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society – who work tirelessly year after year to ensure the fairs are a success.

Harvest Halton

Pumpkin pie on rustic background

Harvest Halton is an annual premier culinary event that brings Halton’s finest restaurants and local farmers together for an unforgettable farm-to-chef experience. This year, the celebration of local food and the autumn harvest will be held at two locations across Halton.

Each event will feature some of the region’s top chefs along with local farmers, breweries, and more. Come down and experience great food and entertainment:

  • Thursday, September 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Toronto Premium Outlets
  • Sunday, October 16 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. in downtown Oakville

Visit halton.ca/harvest for more details and to see which farmers and restaurants will be featured at each event.

Halton Region is home to an active and vibrant farming industry. As part of the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018, Regional Council is committed to supporting the economic sustainability of our agricultural sector. Our fall events help to showcase this industry and provide us with excellent opportunities to support the residents who make it all happen.

To learn more about Halton’s agricultural industry, attractions and events, please visit halton.ca/tourism.

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”.

Discover Halton’s agricultural heritage with exciting fall events

One of the greatest things about living in Halton Region is that you get to experience our rich agriculture heritage either near or right outside your door. We are fortunate to live in a community where we have easy access to the freshest, quality ingredients grown by our local farmers and are surrounded by beautiful and lush scenery that makes it all possible.

With fall just around the corner, there’s no better way to experience the best our rural communities have to offer than to attend this year’s events celebrating Halton’s agriculture. Events include local Fall Fairs, Harvest Halton and the Halton Pumpkin Trail where you can meet local farmers and sample/buy their products; take part in fun activities for all ages such as tractor pulls, barrel racing, face painting, dancing and music; or sit back and enjoy the changing fall colours. There’s a lot to do this fall season, so I invite you to join me and discover more about Halton’s agriculture heritage.

Fall Fairs

A favourite tradition of Halton residents for over a century, this year’s Fall Fairs offer a variety of new exhibits, events and attractions for the entire family to enjoy. Activities include truck and tractor pulls, horse shows, demolition derbies, crafts, rides and live performances by local artists. Check with your local fair to see what they are offering:

I’d like to recognize and thank the three committees – Georgetown Agricultural SocietyActon Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society – who have worked very hard to organize the Fall Fairs to make them a success. The events planned by these committees bring us together as a community and celebrate an important part of our heritage.

Harvest Halton

A unique event you won’t want to miss this fall is Harvest Halton, a farm to chef experience taking place at Country Heritage Park in Milton on October 5.  Halton Region is home to an active and vibrant farming community and this annual event celebrates the great pride we take in our local food.  At this year’s event some of the Region’s farmers team up with award-winning chefs and restaurants to bring residents and visitors an amazing culinary experience.  Bring the entire family to Harvest Halton and take the opportunity to sample unique farm fresh dishes.

Pumpkin Trail

This fall you can also explore the Halton Pumpkin Trail, a self-guided map that connects residents and visitors to local events and products from mid-September to October 31.  The map guides you to where you can find pumpkin-themed activities, farms to sample and buy products, and restaurants to savour local cuisines. It’s a great way to find hidden (or not so hidden) gems within our great region with friends and family.

Agriculture is an essential industry in the Region and is a major reason why people enjoy living in and visiting Halton. These fall events connect us to the people and the products that drive this industry and they remind us of the importance of preserving and supporting it.  To learn more about Halton’s agricultural industry, attractions and events please visit halton.ca/simplylocal.

We also have another important event in the region this fall – Epic Tour Halton. This annual cycling event, happening September 7, tests an individual’s long distance endurance by choosing one of six distances to ride – 170km, 140kms, 110kms, 80kms, 50kms, or 10kms – all beginning and ending at Kelso Conservation Area. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 3,000 cyclists to Halton Region and we anticipate this year’s event will be even more successful. For more information, visit the event’s website at PwC Epic Tour Halton.

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!

Fall Fairs in Halton

With the fall season in full-swing I recently had the pleasure of attending some of the Fall Fairs in Halton.  The Georgetown, Acton, and Milton Fall Fairs have become a favourite tradition of Halton residents for the past century, with Acton celebrating its 100th year and Georgetown and Milton’s impressive 167 and 160 years, respectively.

I would like to recognize and thank the three organizing committees (Georgetown Agricultural Society, Acton Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society) for continuing to host these events for our community. Fall fair1

The Fall Fairs provide a great opportunity to unite and educate the residents in the area by showcasing the rich history of our agricultural industry as well as the diversity and innovation of Halton’s farms.  Agriculture is an important industry in Halton and one of the priorities of Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.  Events like the Fall Fairs and the Farm Tour bring important attention to agriculture in the Region and help spotlight the successes and partnerships of our agricultural community.  Watch the video below to learn more about Agriculture in Halton.

I hope you had an opportunity to attend one of the fairs and to visit Halton Region’s booth.  This year our Fall Fair ambassadors were promoting information on Harvest Halton – the Farm to Chef Experience, The Pumpkin Trail,  our expanded recycling and waste program, air quality, well water testing and more.  New to our booth this year was a display highlighting our Growing Good Food Ideas video series.  If you missed us you can visit www.halton.ca or dial 311 or to request a brochure and learn more.

Agriculture is such an important part of Halton’s community and the Fall Fairs do a great job of showcasing why Halton is such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.  To learn more about agriculture in Halton, visit www.halton.ca/simplylocal.

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.”

Fall Fairs in Halton

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the Fall Fairs in Acton, Georgetown and Milton.  The Fall Fairs provide a great opportunity for residents to come together and celebrate our agricultural traditions. The Fairs also offer the chance for our younger generations and families new to this area to learn why agriculture is such as critical part of this community.

It takes a great deal of planning and coordination to pull off events of this size so I would like recognize the Georgetown Agricultural Society, Acton Agricultural Society and the Halton Agricultural Society for once again bringing these events to our community.

I hope you had a chance to stop by the Halton Region booth and pick up some information and speak with one of our Fall Fair ambassadors.  This year, our booth featured Simply Local, your guide to finding all of the farm-fresh produce, nursery products and recreational activities that Halton farms have to offer.  We also had copies of Halton’s Cycling Map, information about recycling and waste, air quality, well water testing, West Nile virus and more.  If you missed us, you can always dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca to request a brochure or learn more.

Through the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan, Halton Region is committed to supporting and promoting our agricultural community.  A healthy agriculture sector is vital to a healthy and sustainable Halton and this sector has great potential for sustainable growth over the next 10 years and beyond.

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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Fall Fairs across the Region

This past September I had the pleasure of attending the 165th annual Georgetown Fall Fair External Link (September 9 – 11), the 98th annual Acton Fall Fair External Link (September 16 – 18) and the 158th annual Milton Fall Fair External Link (September 23 – 25).  Each event provided a fun-filled opportunity for residents to get together with friends and family to enjoy local food and entertainment.   

On behalf of Halton Regional Council I would like to recognize and thank the three organizing committees (Georgetown Agricultural Society External Link, Acton Agricultural Society External Link and the Halton Agricultural Society External Link) for once again hosting these events for the community.  

A great deal of planning and coordination is required to successfully pull off events of this size.  I would like to congratulate all of the organizers, sponsors, partners and volunteers who dedicated their time and resources to making them possible.  

The North Halton Fall Fairs are a great opportunity to unite the residents in the area by bringing everyone together to celebrate an essential part of Halton’s heritage and identity.  These fairs also showcase the rich history of our agricultural industry and demonstrate the vitality of Halton’s agricultural community.

Regional Council is committed to protecting the agricultural lands in Halton and supporting practices that ensure the sustainability of this industry for the future.  

The Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee continues to advise and assist the Region in our effort to develop and maintain a secure and economically viable agricultural industry as an important component of Halton’s economic base.

The Region also continues to actively support the relationship between Halton residents and Halton farms to help encourage healthy eating, environmental sustainability and physical activity.

Many of the residents who attended the Fall Fairs operate their own farms or work in the agricultural industry in North Halton.  I would like to thank them all for the hard work they do each day. Together we can ensure that your efforts continue to positively impact the community making Halton Region a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”