The coronavirus is re-writing the “contract” between the dining room and the customers at the tables, and, in response, Waterloo Region food operations large and small have focused on re-building that confidence.
As the sun gets ready to set on summer, the Waterloo Region is gearing up to make the most of the harvest season with numerous festivals and events. “The fall is a fantastic time of year to get out and explore the many scenic getaway spots in our part of the province,” says Minto Schneider, CEO of Explore Waterloo Region. “We’ve created some really exciting events where visitors can experience home-grown entertainments and get a taste of local dishes made with foods produced and harvested right in the region.”
Good celebrations always involve music and in August you can catch the TD Kitchener Blues Festival in Kitchener. An annual festival held during the week and weekend following the Civic Holiday in August. The festival features 6+ stages over 3 days of blues.
To explore Waterloo Region’s local food scene, be sure to check out the FoodLink’s Taste Local! Taste Fresh! Local Food Showcase in September. This event is held along the picturesque Conestoga River in St. Jacobs where guests can meet farmers who grow the food and chefs who have turned it into what the region is best known for – amazingly fresh, locally sourced, cuisine. Returning again in Wellesley on September 24th is the Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival. Arrive early and take part in the traditional pancake breakfast and tour around through the day for the smorgasbord lunch, apple cider and of course, apple butter. Take in a tour of the Apple Cider Mill, visit the food mall and bring some treats home or take in a stage coach ride while touring the quaint village of Wellesley.
“Of course the biggest event of the year in Kitchener and Waterloo is Oktoberfest,” says Schneider. “This massive, week-long party is a family friendly event that everyone can enjoy. If you’ve never been, you have to experience it at least once!” The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has already started gearing up for the biggest festival of its kind in North America. From October 7-15 the Waterloo Region will be “oom-pahing” it up with an Oktoberfest parade, Oktoberfest IronChef and of course the many “Festhallens” where the massive parties take place. Before the Oktoberfest action gets underway, the Tour De Hans takes place on September 25th. Enjoy beautiful fall colours on the 100-kilometre or 50-kilometre Gran Fondo bike race, featuring some of the most scenic landscapes in Ontario. The race includes an Oktoberfest lunch and the Ultimate Oktoberfest Finish Line Party with exciting live entertainment and keg tapping at Bingemans KOOL HAUS.