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Winter Fun Festival in Grand Bend

19 Feb
Jim & Eleanor enjoy the Pancake Breakfast hosted by at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

Jim & Eleanor Weigand enjoy their Pancake Breakfast prepared by the Grand Bend Fireman at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival, 2013.



Once we made it to the food, it was easy to see why the lineup for the Fireman’s Breakfast in Grand Bend this past Sunday was out the door.  I am not the most patient person when it comes to waiting in line but this one was definitely well worth the wait.

The food was excellent, and there was plenty of it including bacon, sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast, and orange juice and coffee to drink.  There were a large number of Fire Fighters and volunteers on hand to keep up with the crowd, including Sparky the Fire Dog who did his best to keep the children entertained.

The Grand Bend Fireman’s Breakfast is an annual event and is held in conjunction with the Grand Bend Winter Carnival.  For more information, e-mail gbwintercarnival@gmail.com

Ah, comfort food!

Ah, comfort food!

Winter Fun at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

Winter Fun at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

More Winter Fun -- Snow pitch at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

More Winter Fun — Snow pitch at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013

Sparky visits the Grand Bend Winter Carnival.

Sparky the Fire Dog with Ryan Willert at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival.

Ice Sculptures at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013.

Ice Sculptures at the Grand Bend Winter Carnival 2013.

Photos and Text by Diva Kerri Gingerich
February 2013


Foodie Favourite – 5 courses paired with 5 Ontario Wines

13 Aug

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

I’m sure you have checked out the Taste of Huron website, but I thought I should tell you more about the Gala!

The Gala dinner is my all time favourite part of the 2 week long event. 5 courses, paired with 5 Pelee Island wines, plus an Amuse Bouche (One perfect bite appetizer) plus there is a shuttle from both Goderich and Bayfield, so you don’t need a designated driver from those two towns! This year the menu sounds absolutely scrumptious! Of course almost all of the food is locally sourced and prepared by local chefs. This is a one time per year opportunity to have a few local chefs working together to prepare a meal for you! On top of everything, we have great music playing during the evening. Andy McGuire is going to be performing in between courses. Andy just released his second album “Body of Work”, take a listen to his music at www.andymcguire.ca Check out the Gala menu below!

$100 for one meal probably does sound like quite a bit of money, but they way I look at it is that it would cost much more to order 5 courses and wine at a regular fine dining restaurant. If you really don’t think that this dinner is affordable for you, of course there are other opportunities! We have 7 Food For Thought Dinners (3 courses for $40), 2 Locavore Lunch and Learns (2 courses for $20), the Locavore Brunch N’Blues ($20 for a local fare breakfast and a blues concert) and the Tasty Blues Cafe ($10), oh and you might get a bit of food for free if you head to the Chef Challenge, where local chefs and Top Chef Canada chefs Rob Rossi and Andrea Nicholson will be participating!

I know… I am a relentless promoter, but its not because it is part of my job… I really believe in the things that I write about and I always speak the truth about the experiences! If you get the chance, head out to the Taste of Huron!

Amuse Bouche
Local corn gelato with charcoal cone & butter powder
Pelee Island Wine: Blanc de Blanc

1st Course
Lake huron smoked white fish chowder
Pelee Island Wine: Lighthouse Reisling

2nd Course
Heirloom tomato”blt” with maple cured pork belly & foraged leaves
Pelee Island Wine: Lighthouse Reisling

3rd Course
Farro risotto with weth maitake mushrooms & garlic confit miso
Pelee Island Wine: Pinot Noir

4th Course
24 hour braised coleman farm black angus short ribs with celeriac aligot & bourguignon jus
Pelee Island Wine: Alvar Cab/Merlot

5th Course
Modernist local peach melba
Pelee Island Wine: Late Harvest Vidal

Country & Celtic

4 Aug

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

This weekend boasts a couple of interesting events, so I have decided to call it the weekend of Country and Celtic!

Both the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival and the Exeter Rodeo are on throughout the weekend. I have noticed that these two events have a very different drawing in people, but when you want to get “cultured” in Huron, I say head to them both!

I’m gonna try to hit up both events, but also want to try to get to the Bonanza Weekend at Blyth Festival (all four plays in one weekend at Blyth Festival!) and am heading to a friends for a pool party in Sarnia… yes I do leave Huron County once in a while!

Celtic Festival Details:

The ultimate Celtic experience on the shores of Lake Huron. 10 days of musical madness including week-long workshops for children and adults, a three-day traditional music festival, and a rural outreach concert series.
Fri, August 5, 2011 – Sun, August 7, 2011
Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
Event Host: Goderich Celtic Folk SocietyCanada’s first pan-celtic festival featuring 25 national and international acts. Dance stage, craft art area, children’s area and five side stages, food court. Hands on craft workshops. Now in our 19th year.
Location:Lions Harbour Park Goderich
Date: Fri, August 5, 2011
Contact: Warren Robinson
Telephone: 519-524-8221
Email: festival@celticfestival.ca
Website: www.celticfestival.ca
Starts at: 11:00 am
Ends at: 11:30 pm
Cost: yes

Exeter Rodeo Details:

AUGUST 5, 6 & 7– 2011

Follow the road to South Huron for a weekend of adventure that you won’t want to miss.  The Ram Rodeo thunders back into Exeter August 5, 6, & 7, 2011.  Cowboy up and join the fun and tradition!  Annually, on the weekend directly following the Civic Holiday, watch the South Huron Recreation Centre grounds transform into a unique western playground.  Bring the entire family out to witness the thrills and spills of this exciting event.

After 14 consecutive years, the Exeter Rodeo continues to attract thousands of enthusiastic fans, eager to capture the challenges, dangers and thrills experienced by the competitors, as they compete against the clock, in this rough-tough sport.  Plan for an action packed weekend in Exeter as the Ram Rodeo Tour winds its way through Central and Southern Ontario communities throughout the summer.
Don’t forget to purchase your admission tickets to the Exeter Rodeo in advance and save $5.00 per ticket and kids 5 years and under are free with an advance ticket.  Tickets can be purchased locally at the South Huron Recreation Centre, Huron Tractor, Hensall Co-Op Gas Bar and Esso.  If you are from out of town and want to take advantage of these great savings, go to http://www.ticketweb.ca/ or call toll free 1.888.222.6608 and make your purchases.  Tickets will be mailed or you may pick them up at the entrance gate.
All proceeds from this unique event are earmarked to go directly back into Recreation projects in the community.  Funds secured from the rodeo have been instrumental in creating new endeavours, projects and pursuits in the community.

Feel the Rodeo excitement in Exeter on August 5, 6, & 7.  For complete event details and ticket information, please contact the Community Services Department at 519.235.2833 or check out the official website at http://www.exeterrodeo.com/ or http://www.ontariorodeo.com/ . South Huron … Ontario’s best kept secret.  Throw on your cowboy hat and boots and come experience the playful side of South Huron!

Jo-Anne Fields,
Community Services Manager,
Municipality of South Huron

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
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

Do you think about food all the time? Win a dinner with the Travel Divas!

28 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

CONTEST –  to win a Food For Thought dinner with the Travel Divas

If you would like to win a dinner (see below for the dinners) at the Taste of Huron with the Travel Divas and be a star for the day on the Ontario Travel Divas site, all you have to do is:

Post your favourite culinary experience in Huron County to the bottom of this blog!

2010 Photos

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I think about food all the time! Huron is one of the most agriculturally productive counties in Ontario and we have some of the best culinary treats around! I’m going to be regularly posting about the different events that are happening during the two week event!

During the 2011 Taste of Huron there are going to be 7 Food For Thought dinners and 2 Locavore Luncheons. They are happening on week days in between August 29 & September 9. These meals include three courses, plus an interesting foodie topic, they don’t break the bank at $40 for the dinners and $20 for the lunches and they take place all across the County.

Taste of Huron – Food For Thought Dinners

Check out the website for more details www.tasteofhuron.ca

Cost: $40.00* (does not include: beverages, taxes or service)
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Details: Please call individual restaurants to make reservations

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thank a Farmer

Hosted by: Hessenland Country Inn
Contact: 1-866-543-7736

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Functional Foods: Enhancing Your Diet

Hosted by: Benmiller Inn & Spa
Contact: 1-800-265-1711

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato & More!

Hosted by: The Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro
Contact: 1-519-565-2326

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Healthy Doesn’t Have to be Boring!

Hosted by: Fireside Cafe
Contact: 1-519-357-4484

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Blyth Inn – coming soon!

Hosted by: The Blyth Inn
Contact: 1-519-523-9381

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Huron County’s Wine Industry

Hosted by: The Little Inn of Bayfield
Contact: 1-800-565-1832

Thursday, September 8 2011

A Fish Out of Water

Hosted by: Eddington’s of Exeter
Contact: 1-519-235-3030

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