Yesterday, Saturday May 31, I had the pleasure of attending the “Season Opener” family event at the picturesque COUNTRY HERITAGE PARK in Milton, just west of Toronto.
Lots of local vendors and foodies set up camp, and event organizer, SHELLEY HARMER, and her delightful friendly volunteer crew welcomed visitors for a day of sunshine, musical entertainment and interactive games for everyone. I had been told about the event by SAM OTTAVIANO of EMG CANADA who was showcasing a number of his artists on stage so after some discussions, I suggested an appearance by music professional, MICHAEL WILLIAMS (founding VJ of MuchMusic, now journalist for Cashbox Canada magazine and concert promoter) to help host the concert stage. Photos below: singer KRIS MONICO (left) with Sam (right) setting up the EMG tent, and artists mingle at the beer tent (of course!) with MICHAEL WILLIAMS
I enjoyed the deelish treats from EDIBLE DELIGHTS (Facebook.com/edibledelights) in particular the yummy sausage rolls (below)…
…and invited Michael over to taste the wicked gluten-free cupcakes and cookies – I had to have one of the giant moose cookies and it was amazing.
Shelley took time away from running the show to pose for pics with Kris and Michael (below)
And I played hooky from all the festivities when Michael’s charming lady, Jill, suggested we take a walk around the entire park which is 80+ acres of rolling meadows, historical buildings, vintage farm equipment and vehicles, orchards and a huge barn that is now a stunning rustic event venue.
One of the barn buildings housed an incredible collection of farm equipment and vintage tractors – I was fascinated. I recommend parents introducing their kids to Canada’s farming history with a guided visit……
There was also a giant water wheel used to create power…
…and I loved the old gas station equipment, too (below).
Nestled at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment, along west-bound highway 401 & the Hwy 25 exit you’ll find Country Heritage Park. Visit their website to see what exciting events are on their calendar: http://www.countryheritagepark.com or call 1-888-307-3276
Upcoming cool events include: Teddy Bear Picnic (June 14), Gadsden’s summer antique fair (July 12), Antique Tractor & Toy Show with “super tractor pull” (July 18-20), a real-life Pirate festival (Aug.2-4), Heavy Horse Field Days (Aug 9-10) and an American Civil War Re-enactment (Aug. 23-24).
If you’re into steam engines, tractors or the “steam punk” movement, you mustn’t miss Steam Era Days over the Labour Day weekend (Aug 29-Sept.1).