by Cecilia Naismith
Page ahead in your calendar and mark Oct. 10 as your day for the Victoria Hall Volunteers' Food and Farms Tour and Tasting.
Designed to spotlight the foods of Northumberland (and offered with the support of the Northumberland County economic-development department), this event consists of a day-long guided bus tour to selected farms around the county, followed by a tasting event in the Victoria Hall Concert Hall.
Guides Paul Burnham and Peter Brotherhood will offer a first-hand look at local farming practices as the bus travels to an unsual collection of farms – producers of maple syrup, honey, hops for local craft beer and black currants. Visitors will also learn about growing saffron, a new addition to the agricultural products of Northumberland County.
The bus leaves Victoria Hall at 9 a.m. and stops for lunch at the Grafton Village Inn. Organizers ask that guests taking the tour be ambulatory, as they will climb on and off the bus at the various stops.
Tickets for the tour and tasting are $75. Parking passes for the day will be available for bus-tour participants from the Town of Cobourg tax office.
Tickets are also available for the tasting event only at $20. This part of the event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and provides a great opportunity to sample some unusual local produce.
All tickets are available at the Victoria Hall Concert Hall box office as of July 3 (905-372-2210 or www.concerthallatvictoriahall.com – HST and a service charge apply).
For more information, call 905-372-9204.