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Hot Apple Cider and Apple Fritters on a Sunday Afternoon

2 Oct
Hot apple cider and fresh apple fritters...mmmm!

Hot apple cider and fresh apple fritters…mmmm!

by Diva Trista Russell

This past Sunday was the annual Ciderfest in Egmondville. Held the last Sunday of September, Ciderfest is located on the grounds of the Van Egmond House at the corner of Kippen Road and Bayfield Road).

While there was a bit of rain during the afternoon, it didn’t stop people from coming out and touring the vendors market, rope making, rug braiding, and heritage demonstrations. I enjoyed some hot apple cider that was warmed in an old-fashioned cauldron. I also treated myself to some freshly-made warm apple fritters (3 for $1). The apple fritters at Ciderfest are thinly sliced apple rings coated in batter and deep-fried crispy brown. Yum! There was also hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks for sale.

I toured the Van Egmond House while I was there, which is one of the oldest homes in Huron County! During Ciderfest they also allow visitors to tour the manor for free. The house was built in 1846 by the son of Colonel Van Egmond, a leader of rebel military forces in the 1837 Rebellion.

One of the bedrooms in the Van Egmond House

One of the bedrooms in the Van Egmond House

Outside the House they had a mini straw baling demonstration, which was neat to watch. There was also lots of homemade baking, apples, and cider for sale.

Miniature farm display at Ciderfest

Miniature farm display at Ciderfest

Ciderfest is held the last Sunday of September, from 10am to 4pm, at 80 Kippen Road. Admission by donation.

Some of the vendors lined along the grounds of the Van Egmond House

Some of the vendors lined along the grounds of the Van Egmond House

Souper Saturday a Hit in Seaforth

9 Apr
Sally's Closet serves up Sweet Potato & Lime

Sally’s Closet serves up Sweet Potato & Lime

by Diva Karen,

On Saturday volunteers in Seaforth hosted SoupsOn – a fun event to raises funds, collect non-perishable foods and raise profile of the needs of the Seaforth and District Food Bank.  Twenty-eight contestants prepared and served samples of their soups to an appreciative crowd gathered at the Community Centre.

For $7 you got 7 tickets that bought 7 samples.    The soups were quite palatable, offering a variety of clear and creamed, spicy, hearty and all-around deliciously flavourful samples.  I tried the Pierogi Soup presented by Mark Stackhouse of Britannia Lodge – a thick chowder with cheesy chunks of dumplings — Um um, tasty.  Sally’s Closet served a Sweet Potato and Lime Soup which had a wonderful consistency and delightfully golden colour.  The lime offered a unique taste.  A Jamaican Jump-Up Soup prepared by The Black Dog was deliciously spicy and a Black Bean with Lime Salsa from The New Queens Inn in Seaforth was served with a dab of sour cream that offered a nice coolness to the spiciness of the soup.  I also tried a Creamy Potato and a Potato Jalapeno Cheddar Soup served by Jack McLachlan and Mystery Soup Makers, respectively.  Both were substantial and satisfying.  Last, and my nomination for the People Choice Award, was the Rutabaga and Maple served by Freedom Syrup.  Sweet and Yummy!

Colleen Elliott & Brenda Wheeler of Freedom Syrup serve Rutabaga and Maple -

Colleen Elliott & Brenda Wheeler of Freedom Syrup serve Rutabaga and Maple -

A pie and cake auction served up delicious desserts for the charity too.  Carrot cakes, pecan and apple-caramel pies, tarts, and other sweets made of local bakers were awarded to the highest bidders.  MP Ben Lobb was the guest auctioneer who got the auction going by engaging the crowd to bring a nice price for some the home-baked goodies.

This was a wonderful event that was well supported by the community and a corps of hard-working volunteers and great soup-makers.   Congratulations to all.

MP Ben Lobb engages the audience in a lively auction for delicious baked goods

MP Ben Lobb engages the audience in a lively auction for delicious baked goods

a great crowd gathered in Seaforth for this annual event.

a great crowd gathered in Seaforth for this annual event.

Black Bean & Salsa with a dab of Sour Cream!

Black Bean & Salsa with a dab of Sour Cream!

Winter isn’t boring where I live!

18 Jan

Winter on Ontario's West Coast

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

I’ve head it said that winter in Huron County is “boring”. I always giggle at that thought, cause things are only as boring as you make them. There are many events and attractions to hit up during the winter months on Ontario’s West Coast.

Last year I filled my winter with intimate concerts, shopping, food and outdoor recreation. The only time I had to leave was to go downhill skiing, which just doesn’t exist in Huron. I remember an amazing sunny day in Bayfield where I met up with a bunch of people who where going on a guided snowshoe hike with Tyler Hessel from Outside Projects and then onto a beer tasting with Ted McIntosh at the Block Dog. The day started in the early afternoon and moved in to the evening. I don’t think I would call this boring at all.

On another day I spent the whole day shopping at the dress shops in Huron. I went to Designers in Exeter, Anna’s Dress Shoppe in Seaforth, Cowboy Loft in Brussels, Just Looking in Wingham, the Old Mill in Blyth and Something Irresistible in Goderich. This isn’t even close to them all, but I didn’t have enough time to stop and shop anywhere else. During this day I met many great people, bought some awesome clothes and had a wonderful day.

Yes, there are days, when the roads are horrible and it is safer to stay at home. On these days, I always find lots of fun in watching Taylor plow the driveway and playing in the snow!

I hope all of you can have fun like me during the winter in Huron County!!! If you can’t find something to do, send a message to us and we’ll help you to find what you are looking for.

Huron East Double Header – Dirt Bikes and Golf Carts

7 Aug

By: Diva Jenna

From August 15-21 the Municipality of Huron East is going to be buzzing and wooshing with people from all over the place!

Both the Seaforth Country Classic and the Walton Transcan will be taking place during the third week of August! I have attended both events in the past and they are both exciting events with unique aspects to both of them! The Municipality of Huron East in partnership with the Seaforth Business Association is offering a free shuttle between Walton and Seaforth every hour and fifteen minutes on Thursday, August 18th & Friday August 19th!For more information visit here: http://municipalityofhuroneast.posterous.com/parts-canada-transcan-at-walton-august-16th-2

About the Walton Transcan:

More information: www.waltontranscan.ca
The TransCan Grand National Championship is a week long festival of fun and excitement! For this annual “Celebration of Canadian Motocross,” over 1,000 motocross riders and their families cross borders and cross the country to compete for Canada’s most prestigious motocross awards at our biggest event.

Ticket Information

All tickets include HST and no extra charge for PARKING, FULL PIT ACCESS and special commemorative EVENT PROGRAM.

Spectator Admission Ticket Information 

 *** 6 yr old & under free ***
DAILY TICKETS at gate ‘B’

Wednesday Aug 17 9:00am – 5:00pm – Wiseco Amateur Nationals and practice
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Thursday Aug 18 9:00am – 5:00pm –  Wiseco Amateur Nationals
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Friday Aug 19 8:00am – 5:00pm - Wiseco Amateur Nationals
Adults $15,  7-11yr old $10

Saturday Aug 20 8:30am – 5:00pm –  Wiseco Amateur Nationals Finals & Monster Energy National Pro Pit party
Adults $25, 7-11 yr old $10

Sunday Aug 21 11:00am – 4:30pm Monster Energy Pro National Championship plus Battlefield MX2 East/West Shootout,  Amateur East/West Shootout for the  Canada Cup .
Adults $30,  7-11yr old $15
MULTI DAY TICKETS at gate $$$ SAVE $$$
TransCan Weekend Spectator Pass  — Saturday & Sunday.
Adults $50,  7-11yr old $25

TransCan Full Event Spectator Pass  — good for spectating all days.
Adults $70,  7-11yr old $35

About the Seaforth Country Classic:

More Information: www.seaforthcountryclassic.com

Seaforth Country Classic celebrates Canadian Tour’s 25th Anniversary!

Seaforth Country Classic- August 15-21, 2011

  • Monday  August 15  Qualifier 7:30 am, Ladies Pro Am 2:30 pm (spots still available- see Pro Am page)
  • Tuesday August 16  Championship Pro Ams 8 am & 1:15 pm  (morning spots still available -see Pro Am page)
  • Wednesday August 17  Jr. Wee Break 1 pm, Junior Pro Am 2:30 pm (spots still available – see Pro Am page), Practice rounds
  • Thursday August 18  Game on!  Competitive Rounds 7:00 am
  • Friday August 19       Cut day!   Competitive Rounds 7:00 am
  • Saturday August 20   Competitive Rounds 8:00 am
  • Sunday August 21     Competitive Rounds 8:00 am 

Champion Cheque presented after last putt drops on 18th green!

Charity Cheque to Gateway Rural Health Research Institute!

This golf tournament  showcases our rural community to a worldwide audience via the Golf Channel and CKNX, our media partner.  This event is a catalyst in fund- raising efforts for GATEWAY RURAL HEALTH RESEARCH INSTITUTE (www.gatewayresearch.ca) and our charities have received over $54,000!

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Our 2011 tickets  go on sale May 1st for $20.00 (inc hst)  includes a chance to win two spectator tickets (for Wednesday and Thursday rounds) and three nights accommodation to the 2012 Masters or $5000.00 cash!

Last year’s winner was Al Preece from Centralia and in 2010 Brian and Laura Crawford enjoyed this unforgettable experience!

For ticket rules and regulation see Visit page.

 Seaforth Country Classic
August 15th-21st, 2011
Seaforth Golf Course, Seaforth, Ontario

A culinary workshop for every taste

30 Jun

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there will be 12 culinary workshops taking place around the county. Last year I got to check a bunch of them out, soooo good. I typically got enough food for a meal! Check out the 2010 photos. I have also added the info about the 2012 workshops below!

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2011 Taste of Huron Culinary Workshops

Home chefs and food enthusiasts get their chance to learn unique culinary techniques at local dining spots working with local chefs and food specialists.
Workshop Cost: $20.00 each
OR
Culinary Workshop Pass: 5 workshops for $80.00 ($20.00 savings)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pies, Tarts and Berries – Oh My!

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Marlene O’Brien from the Bayfield Berry Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Huron County Comfort (Foods)

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Teresa DeJong from High Creek Farms
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Eggs On

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave McMurray from Whiskful Thinking
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roll Baby Roll

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Lilia Hill from Lil’s Kitchen
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Deconstruction Site: A Look at the Cuts & Proper Prep of Meat

Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Joseph Petrinac from The Little Inn of Bayfield
Type: Cooking demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter Gusso from the Blyth Station House
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pack a Punch: How to Make a Healthy School Lunch

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Spencer Vail from the Benmiller Inn and Spa
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

School of Lake Huron Fish

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Chef Devin Tabor from Bon Vivant Personal Chef Service
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Dave Koert from Koert Organics
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer Appy Hour

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hosted by: Peter and Catherine King from Thyme on 21
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Going Gluten-Free

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hosted by: Patti Robertson from Classic Total Concept
Type: Food prep demonstration with a delicious lunch

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Herb Garden

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hosted by: Nancy Hislop from Mulberry Hill Farm
Type: Hands-on demonstration

Let’s Celebrate our Heritage and Culture – Canada Day!

29 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

When I was a kid it was a huge deal to head down to the beach in Goderich and watch the fireworks every Canada Day. As I got older I went with only my friends and now I am back to hanging with my parents and plan to catch the fireworks with my family! It is so great that we celebrate our Canadian Heritage and Culture with a long weekend… it really gets the summer started!

Below, I have posted all of the Canada Day Weekend events that I could find in the county!

Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sat, July 2, 2011
Clinton Pluckinfest
Event Host: Kinsmen / KinettesStarts Thurs. at 5 pm with a chicken BBQ and continues the whole weekend. Other events include wings in the park, base ball tournament, beer tent and much more. There is something for all ages including children entertainment and events, a street dance Friday eve. Admission for dance (age of majority)
Location:Clinton Racetrack

Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Contact: Angela Cullen
Telephone: 519-523-9488
Alt Telephone: 482-7349

Thu, June 30, 2011 – Sun, July 3, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: Tourism GoderichGoderich waves the Canadian flag to show its civic pride throughout the weekend. Festivities include: fireworks (June 30), heritage walk, picnic, Canada Day parade (July 1), Lion’s BBQ (July 3– 3:30 to 6:30 pm), friendship breakfast, and much, much more.
Location:Goderich

Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Telephone: 519-524-6600
Alt Telephone: 800-280-7637

Thu, June 30, 2011
Goderich Canada Day Fireworks
Event Host: Tourism GoderichBeginning at dusk at the main beach Goderich. Bring the whole family to enjoy the spectacular fireworks over Lake Huron. Come start your Canada Day with a” bang”!.
Location:Main Beach, Goderich
Date: Thu, June 30, 2011
Telephone: 519-524-6600
Alt Telephone: 1-800-280-7637
Email: specialevents@goderich.ca
Website: www.goderich.ca
Starts at: 9:30 pm
Ends at: 10:30 pm
Cost: Donation`
Fri, July 1, 2011
Exeter Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: South Huron Recreation Dept.Fun for the family. Breakfast, car show, bike decorating, fireworks and much more. Ends with fireworks.
Location:South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria St. E.
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Abby Hannah
Telephone: 519-235-1895
Email: www.southhuron.ca
Website: a.j-hanna@sympatico.ca
Starts at: 9:00 am
Ends at: 10:00 pm
Cost: Free
Fri, July 1, 2011
Wingham Canada Day Celebrations
Event Host: Wingham Firefighters Assoc.Fireworks at Riverside Park at dusk.
Location:Riverside Park
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Connie Goodall
Telephone: 519-357-1096
Email: cgoodall@northhuron.ca
Website: www.northhuron.ca
Cost: donation at gate
Fri, July 1, 2011
Seaforth Firefighter’s Breakfast
Event Host: Municipality of Huron EastCome and enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, toast, coffee and juice.
Location:Seaforth Firehall, 31 Birch St.
Date: Fri, July 1, 2011
Contact: Marty Bedard
Telephone: 519-527-0160
Email: mbedard@huroneast.com
Website: www.huroneast.com
Starts at: 7:00 am
Ends at: 12:00 pm

Motorcycle Riding and Mud Boggn’

23 May

During the summer I love to drive around on my quad and explore the sites. I usually only get out three of four times during the year, but it is worthwhile!

I was just looking at my calendar and realized that this coming weekend, May 27 & 28, is a big deal for people who are in to riding  Motorcycles and Four-wheelers. I was really involved in the Forbidden Ride in 2009 & 2010, but am just singing at the BBQ afterwards this year. Make sure to sign up for the events if you are in to either of these two sports! The South Huron Mud Boggn event is the first annual and I have heard that many people have signed up to make their way through the mud.

Ride Huron Perth, Forbidden Ride – May 27 & 28

On May 27 and 28, 2011, the streets of Perth Huron will be filled with the sound of roaring motorcycles cruising their way from Shakespeare to Goderich as they take a Forbidden Ride.

Perth and Huron Counties have once again partnered together to support the Perth Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations while offering all motorcycle enthusiasts a fun weekend adventure they’ll never forget. The Forbidden Ride weekend will kick off with a police escorted ride through downtown Stratford to the Stratford Avon Theater for ‘Biker’s Night’. See the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar on May 27 and save 25%! To save, call the Stratford Shakespeare Festival box office at 1-800-567-1600 or go online at www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com with promotion code 36815 to get your tickets!

On Saturday morning, participants are encouraged to visit one of our many fantastic restaurants for a delicious breakfast. Then be sure to browse through some of the unique shops before heading to the Perth County Welcome Centre and Artisan Market in Shakespeare to begin the Forbidden Ride. The cost to participate in the ride is $30.00 for the first rider and $15.00 for a passenger, with all of the proceeds being donated to the Perth Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations.

The Forbidden Ride will take you from countryside to coastline, with bikers stopping in at least 5 different towns to collect stamps on the “roads less travelled”. You will stop at various attractions throughout the two counties to explore the exciting landscapes and forbidden finds we have to offer! It will end with a savoury BBQ featuring local foods, live music and great prizes will await you.

May 11, 2011
Ben Forrest
EXETER – Mud bogging, a popular motorsport where competitors race through mud pits, isn’t new to Exeter.But organizers of a May 28 event want to bring the sport to town on a bigger way, potentially creating an annual tradition on par with the Exeter Rodeo.

Dubbed “South Huron Mud Bogg’n 2011,” the event will allow ATV and utility vehicle owners to race through mud pits at Country Corners Rent-All and neighbouring property, at the south end of Exeter.

Participants will be divided into 10 different classes, with winners decided either by the distance travelled through a pit, or the time they take to make it through.

A partnership of Country Corners Rent-All and the Municipality of South Huron, the event will also serve as this year’s major fundraiser for the MainStreets Exeter downtown revitalization project.

Country Corners hosted a similar event in 2009 – a cancer fundraiser in memory of Mike Lightfoot that was well-attended.

South Huron Mud Bogg’n 2011 will run all day, with vendors opening at around 8 a.m. according to Peter Armstrong, chairperson of the MainStreets Exeter promotion committee.

ATV dealers and food vendors are expected to be on hand, and races are slated to run from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are plans to have a shuttle bus running hourly from Mud Bogg’n to downtown Exeter, where spectators can shop or dine.

Organizers hope to park the shuttle at the Exeter Parkette, where it’s expected Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron will hold a fundraising barbecue.

Registrants for Mudd Bogg’n 2011 include those from as far away as Hamilton and Dunnville, according to Armstrong.

“People are coming a distance just to have the opportunity to play in the mud for a day,” he said.

Those participating must provide their own ATV or utility vehicle, and the hope is Mudd Bogg’n will become an annual event.

“We expect this to snowball into quite a large event year after year,” Armstrong said.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out, offering free admission and a free T-shirt as compensation.

Those interested can contact Mark Cassidy at MainStreets Exeter. Vendor space is still available, and registration for mud bogging itself was still open at press time.
For more information, visit http://www.mudboggn.com

Top 5 reasons to carry the Ontario’s West Coast Vacation Guide in your car!

10 May

2011 HURON COUNTY VACATION GUIDEI’m sure many of you have been wondering why I haven’t posting… well there isn’t one reason in particular, but I have been getting ready for the 2011 season. We had the brochure swap last week and were preparing the 2011 Ontario’s West Coast Vacation Guide and Cycling guide, along with the www.visithuron.ca website, 2011 Taste of Huron and Best Host, West Coast events, along with consumer shows and more. I’m sure you’ll notice that this site is filled with amazing Huron County adventures, food and experiences, so I thought I should post some info about the Ontario’s West Coast Vacation Guide. I thought I would start with a top 5:

1. Every tourism business is Huron County is in it.

2. It is filled with information about fun things to do.

3. There are maps for Cross Country Skiing and Hiking Trails, Natural Areas, Beaches and roads.

4. If the internet goes down you will be able to find what you need!

5. Everybody is doing it.

So if you are looking to vacation on Ontario’s West Coast this summer get your 2011 guide. There are many ways to do this:

1. Pick one up at a local information centre

2. Email us – tourism@huroncounty.ca

3. Call us – 519-524-8394 ext. 239

4. Download it at: http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/?page_id=250

Thanks,

Jenna

Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Fries, O MY!!!

7 Apr

Hello friends,

I just received some very exciting news and felt the need to share it with the world. Willies Burger Stop, in Clinton, Freeze King, in Seaforth, and Woodlands in Bayfield are officially open for the season!!!!! I am still unsure about Sky Ranch just outside of Goderich, but being the detective that I am I will find out asap! This is how I know spring is here, all my favourite drive in burger shops are open. My mouth is watering just thinking about pizza rolls and spicy fries! Its Friday, and its almost lunch time, drop what you are doing and go get a double bacon cheese burger, you deserve it!!

-Kaylie

 

Staycationing… Save some money on gas!

26 Mar

Send me Staycation Ideas if you have them!!!

Is “staycation” a word? I think so! For me this week has been about learning and finding out new information. I was at a “super” conference on Tuesday, where many people from around Huron County attended to learn about – Economic Development Strategies, Immigration in Huron, Transportation in Huron, Social Enterprise and The Huron County Sustainability plan.

Dr.Wayne Caldwell (Check out his website to learn more – http://www.waynecaldwell.ca/ )started off the day telling us about a few key factors to keep in mind on a daily basis. One of them really stuck with me, gas… or Peak Oil. Our world is in a situation where we may be paying large amounts of money to fill our vehicles with gasoline. I am not going to get in to any logistics, but I will say that a tank of gas could cost much more than we are paying now.I also got to hear more about Sustainable Huron, in which the County of Huron is creating a plan right now. We need to be sustainable to keep the current lifestyle we have. Check out the blog to learn more – http://sustainablehuron.wordpress.com/

So this got me to thinking about summer vacation, should I I take a staycation instead? There are so many wonderful attractions in the area that I could spend weeks checking them all out, for much less money than driving or flying out of the area.

So far I plan on doing the following:

Heading to the beach at Point Farms, Spending the day at Above the Falls Challenge Course (climbing and having fun!), Culinary delights, Renting a canoe from Timber’s Outfitters in Seaforth, Hiking and I am going to try to fish!

Again, if you have any ideas of things for me to check out, send them my way!

Jenna

 


 

 

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