CFHuron Community Project,  Press Release

Fall Harvest Festival Celebrates Local Food and Drink

Taste of Huron returns in 2022

HURON COUNTY – Taste of Huron invites Huron County residents and visitors to support local farmers, producers, suppliers and chefs as they Savour the Flavour of local food and drink this October.  

“Participants are sure to feel good about celebrating the Huron Harvest at several events while enjoying the food we grow, produce and prepare,” said Project Coordinator Karen Stewart

Here is a full lineup of activities from Oct. 7 to Oct. 23 at locations across the County.

The Taste of Huron Night Market will be held on Courthouse Square in Goderich on Friday, Oct. 7 from 4 until 8pm. The evening market will include vendors, food and drink, music and family-fun entertainment including a free magic show, art installation and more, all presented in an atmosphere of community celebration.

Saturday Oct. 8, Taste of Huron brings special programming to the Goderich Farmers‘    Market, Thanksgiving Edition. Cooking demonstrations by chefs and a cookbook author will highlight locally-sourced ingredients. Thanksgiving Hampers which include all the ingredients of a traditional turkey dinner will be available for pickup.   Hampers, available by special offer must be ordered by Sept. 30. Fresh, local and affordable, a dinner for five is just $75.44 and a dinner for 10 is $145.88.

Participating farm-to-table restaurants from across the County will feature their own unique in-house menu options through Taste of Huron’s Huron Harvest Tables dining program.  Prix Fixe, three-course menus, for $55, will be available throughout the 10 days of this program, Oct. 13 – 23. Suggested pairings with local wine and beer products will also be available at each site.

Taste of Huron’s Oktoberfest on Ontario’s West Coast, a Bavarian celebration, kicks off Friday, Oct. 14 at the Exeter Farmers’ Market.  Walter Ostanek (Canada’s Polka King) will set the tone during a concert from 4-6 pm, while market-goers enjoy samples from local wineries and breweries, as well as traditional German sausage paired with mustard and sauerkraut. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 15, three farm visits are supplemented with opportunities for learning and fun through Eat Local Huron’s Farm Crawl (a pay-what-you-can activity).   

Oktoberfest continues when five wineries and five breweries in Huron County serve as stops along the Vine & Ale Trail. Aside from offering samples of their in-house beer and/or wine, each brewery and winery will be paired with a local food truck, restaurant or caterer allowing visitors a taste of delicious bite-sized fare on tasting plates featuring locally grown and produced ingredients. Entertainment will be available at each site to enhance the atmosphere and participants may travel via self-guided driving tours or by a free shuttle service available first-come, first-served from four sites within the County (Blyth, Goderich, Bayfield and Exeter). The Vine and Ale Trail runs both Saturday and Sunday from 1 until 5pm. Passports are valid for samples at three sites either day.  Finally, the Bavarian Bonanza continues Saturday night with Roktoberfest, an open-air concert featuring Bif Naked and Coleman Hell at River Road Brewing Company near Bayfield at 6:30 pm. Gemütlichkeit!

Taste of Huron wraps up with an information sharing and networking opportunity for Huron County producers, growers and chefs.  Bounty of the County, a B2B industry event will be held in Clinton at the Libro Community Hall on Oct. 19

For more information and ticket links, please visit tasteofhuron.com.

Taste of Huron is coordinated through a Huron Community Futures and Huron County Economic Development partnership.

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