Shop local. Eat local. Support local – Halton’s Pumpkins to Pastries Trail is back!

P2PTrail1Fall is here and that means it’s time for Halton’s annual Pumpkins to Pastries Trail! This year’s Trail runs from September 18 through to October 31 and we have a great line-up of local vendors who are excited to showcase their local produce, products and experiences. Residents and visitors are invited to experience local food, products and events and to explore the connections between farms, markets, restaurants and shops here in Halton. Participating Trail vendors will be partnering to offer local, seasonal offerings – such as delicious pumpkin-themed sweets and harvest-themed events.

I’m excited to let you know that this year you can find the Pumpkins to Pastries Trail map and new features on the OneHalton App! Residents are invited to download the app and use it to find participating vendors and map locations. You can also find coupons from your favourite shops and restaurants – they may even entice you to try something new!

P2PTrail2And, back for another year is the popular Pumpkins to Pastries Trail Selfie Contest! Simply snap a selfie on the Trail and post the picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #p2ptrail to enter for a chance to win a prize basket of fantastic local offerings. Prizes will be awarded weekly and your picture could be featured on Halton’s Trail gallery. Visit halton.ca/p2ptrail for contest rules and details.

Helping local business and agriculture thrive

Not only does the P2P Trail showcase local vendors, but it also provides a way to support Halton small businesses. Halton Region is committed to helping local entrepreneurs succeed. Through programs like the P2P Trail, we offer a venue to help promote small, local businesses and a way for these businesses to showcase what they do best.

The P2P Trail also gives participants a glimpse into how agriculture is thriving in Halton. We’ve also teamed up with local libraries this year to promote the Trail and teach our young community members about local growers, and why supporting local is good for all.

From innovative tasting experiences to on-farm stores and markets, Halton’s P2P Trail truly has something for everyone. With this guide to the community’s local farms and markets, family-friendly attractions, boutique shopping and gourmet restaurants, you can discover everything our region has to offer this fall.

P2PTrail3Look for the Pumpkins to Pastries logo at participating vendor locations and remember to ask about their featured products and the Selfie Contest. To view the interactive map visit halton.ca/p2ptrail or you can download the OneHalton app to find locations and vendor coupons.

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 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!