TASTE OF HURON OFFERS MANY WAYS TO SAVOR LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK
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Taste of Huron invites Huron County residents and visitors to support local farmers, producers, suppliers and chefs as they savor the flavor 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.
The following is a full lineup of activities from Oct. 7-23 at locations across the County.
The Taste of Huron Night Market will be held on The Courthouse Square in Goderich on Friday, Oct. 7 from 4-8 p.m. 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.
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.
Restaurants taking part in the dining program are: Cowbell Brewing Co., Blyth; Eddington’s of Exeter, Part II Bistro, Goderich; The Lake House of Bayfield, The Little Inn of Bayfield, Bayfield Brewing Company’s Public House.; Black Dog Pub and Bistro, Bayfield; and The White Squirrel Restaurant, Zurich.
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 p.m., 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).
The participating farms are Trick’s Creek Farm, Clinton; Farm Little, Bayfield and Cedar Villa Angus Farms, Zurich.
Oktoberfest continues when five wineries and five breweries in Huron County serve as stops along the “Vine & Ale Trail” on the weekend of Oct. 15-16. 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- 5 p.m. Passports are valid for samples at three sites either day.
Participating Breweries are: Bayfield Brewing Co.; Bad Apple Brewing Company, Bayfield; River Road Brewing and Hops, Bayfield; Square Brew, Goderich; and Cowbell Brewing Co, Blyth. Wineries taking part are: Maelstrom Winery, Seaforth; East Street Cider Co, Goderich; Dark Horse Estate Winery, Grand Bend; Hessenland Inn and Shatz Winery, St Joseph; and Cornerfield Wine Company, Bayfield.
The Bavarian bonanza continues Saturday night (Oct. 15) with R’oktoberfest, an open-air concert featuring Bif Naked and Coleman Hell at River Road Brewing and Hops 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 about all these fabulous events and ticket links, please visit tasteofhuron.com.
Taste of Huron is coordinated through a Huron Community Futures and Huron County Economic Development partnership.
PERMITTED HUNTING ALLOWED IN DESIGNATED FORESTS
The days are getting shorter but the public use of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties continues to be strong and will even increase with the beginning of fall hunting seasons.
ABCA is the largest single owner of forests in the watershed. The forests have been acquired over the past 60 years for protection of water, soil, and habitat but they are important passive recreation areas for thousands of citizens as well. When people purchase a Hunting Permit, they are permitted to hunt at certain ABCA properties designated as Conservation Forests where hunting is permitted. Many of these properties are multi-use, and ABCA urges property users to be aware of hunting seasons that may be open during their visits. Hunting is not permitted at any of ABCA’s properties categorized as Conservation Areas. Hunting is also prohibited at L-Lake Management Area in Port Franks and Linfield Wildlife Area near Varna.
“The hunting permit system offered by ABCA provides an opportunity for individuals and families to spend time outdoors, where hunting is permitted with a Hunting Permit,” said ABCA’s Manager of Stewardship and Lands, Nathan Schoelier. “Regardless of the permitted recreational activity, it is important that property users are aware of, and respect, property boundaries; follow all rules and regulations that may apply; and that they respect other property users to ensure that everyone is able to spend time in nature, in a safe and enjoyable manner.”
Hunters can purchase an annual permit which applies to a section of properties such as Hay Swamp or a Super Permit which allows them to hunt on all the properties where hunting is allowed. They can choose an annual permit or a three-year permit. People must respect neighboring landowners, follow all applicable legislation, and provide proof of $2 million insurance in order to receive a Hunting Permit for hunting. This insurance is usually provided through their membership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
For maps of areas where hunting, with a purchased Hunting Permit, is permitted, and those areas where hunting is not permitted, visit the abca.ca website at this link: Hunting. The Hunting Permit application form is also located on this page.
For more detailed property boundaries, please visit the ABCA website at: Mapping Portal.
ABCA does not receive government funding to cover the costs of property management and stewardship on their conservation lands so Hunting Permit fees help to cover costs of property ownership such as property taxes, signs, and inspections. Schoelier said he wishes to remind people that off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and dirt bikes are strictly prohibited on all ABCA properties, and all properties managed by ABCA.
RATEPAYERS’ ASSOCIATION ORGANIZES DEPUTY MAYOR CANDIDATES MEETING
All across the province voters will be going to the polling stations to elect Municipal Officials for the next four year term on Oct. 24.
In the Municipality of Bluewater, there are positions for one Mayor, one Deputy Mayor and seven Ward Councillors. Two thirds of these candidates have been acclaimed to their positions this election.
“In Bayfield, Bill Whetstone has already been acclaimed as our Ward Councilor and Paul Klopp has been acclaimed as Mayor of Bluewater. This leaves only the Deputy Mayor and French School Board Trustee positions open for Bayfield Ward constituents to decide,” said Brian King, a director with the Bayfield Ratepayers’ Association (BRA).
Along with Klopp and Whetstone, Scott Harris, Hensall; Peter Walden Stanley East; Joseph K. Groot, Hay East; and Tyler Hessel, Hay West have all been acclaimed to their seats around the council table until the next election in 2026.
“This may seem like a ‘who cares at this point’ moment but be aware that every vote counts at Bluewater Council and Huron County Council so it is important that we elect a Deputy Mayor who is favorable to Bayfield issues and concerns and will help us all to achieve our goals for Bayfield. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor represent you on Huron County Council,” said King.
Two candidates are contesting the Deputy Mayor position: John Becker and Alwyn Vanden Berg. Both currently on council Becker representing Hay East and Vanden Berg, Hay West.
The BRA are inviting voters to attend a Deputy Mayor Candidates Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8, starting at 10 a.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre, to hear from these two candidates for Deputy Mayor of Bluewater.
“Find out who will support Bayfield at Bluewater and Huron Councils. There is significant importance of voting for the position of Deputy Mayor. There are nine members on Bluewater Council, including seven Ward Councillors. Since our Ward Councillor has only one of these votes, the Deputy Mayor could cast the deciding vote on any issue affecting Bayfield,” explained King. “In addition the Deputy Mayor will be one of two Bluewater representatives on Huron County Council.
“More of your taxes go to the County levy than to Bluewater and Huron County Council has the final word on many important issues affecting the Municipality including Planning and Zoning direction and setting the County budget. The quality of Deputy Mayor is critical to everyone’s interest.”
There are two other races in the municipality. In Zurich, incumbent Shawn LaPorte is being opposed by Winona Bailey and in the Stanley West Ward, Councilor George Irvin is being challenged by newcomer Greg Lamport.
Positions on the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board and Avon Maitland District School Board were filled by acclamation. Races are being run for the French Public and French Separate School Board Trustee positions.
David O’Hara and Joseph Vandermeer are competing for the French Public spot while Sylvie Barbeau-Chmielewski and Meghan Reale are opposing each other for the French Separate position.
Canadian citizens who are 18 years of age and are residents, owners or tenants of property, including campgrounds, can vote in Ontario’s upcoming municipal and school board elections.
The Municipality of Bluewater Election will be conducted using internet and telephone voting. Voter cards will be mailed out this week to all registered voters in the municipality. The cards will also include a special code to allow people to vote either by e-mail or telephone. People can confirm that they are registered at Voter Look Up.
The voting period will open on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. and will close on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.
Visit the municipal website at www.municipalityofbluewater.ca for more information. Anyone with questions regarding the municipal election, should contact the municipal office at 519 236-4351.
“Of all the elections held in Canada the Municipal Election is the one that affects us all most personally, at the local level. Remember, it’s about your local issues, your local taxes and your future,” concluded King.