Cran­ber­ries, pump­kins star in fall fests

The Delhi News-Record - - TRAVEL / CLASSIFIEDS - JIM FOX

Big or­ange pump­kins and lit­tle red acidic cran­ber­ries com­ple­ment Thanks­giv­ing Day meals and star on their own in fes­ti­vals at this time of year.

Strat­ford Tourism has ex­panded its Savour Strat­ford Pump­kin Trail to in­clude 21 stops in the Festival City and five in St. Marys.

“The flavour of pump­kin is syn­ony­mous with au­tumn and for many, this is the most an­tic­i­pated trail,” said Cathy Re­hberg of Strat­ford Tourism.

Now in its third year, there are 26 of­fers pre­sented by culi­nary ar­ti­sans and shop­keep­ers on this self-guided trail with par­tic­i­pants se­lect­ing any six.

These range from savoury of­fers of Thai pump­kin curry soup and fries in a spicy pump­kin dip to deca­dent pump­kin cup­cakes, creamy pump­kin fudge and pump­kin pie spice brit­tle made by lo­cal ar­ti­sans, Re­hberg said.

“En­joy chef-made pump­kin desserts and a warm pump­kin tart and even pump­kin tip­ples,” she added.

There are pump­kin scented nat­u­ral soaps, dec­o­ra­tive can­dles, fall posies and nap­kins to com­plete a fall decor.

Trail pass­ports cost $25 plus tax. See vis­it­strat­ford.ca/pump­kin­trail or call 1-800-561-7926.

Be­ware of dark spa­ces

Pump­kin­ferno re­turns to Dis­cov­ery Har­bour, the original Bri­tish naval and mil­i­tary base in Pene­tan­guishene, but be­ware.

Visitors can ex­pe­ri­ence the phe­nom­e­non of “haunt­ingly mag­i­cal and stir­ring out­door ex­hibits of hand­carved pump­kins,” set against the night-time back­drop of Dis­cov­ery Har­bour (93 Jury Drive).

Be wary of new char­ac­ters lurk­ing about in the ex­panded Ter­ror Zone.

Not rec­om­mended for chil­dren younger than 12, it’s called “an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing scare zone, if you dare to en­ter.”

New is the Cof­fin Ride, a 3-D burial sim­u­la­tor, “where you lie in a cof­fin and go on a ride, as if you were be­ing buried alive,” said pub­li­cist Nathalie Canto.

Hand-carved jack o’ lanterns are plen­ti­ful, with “count­less stir­ring ex­hibits and ex­trav­a­gant scenes” in­clud­ing a west­ern town and huge dragon. The out­door ex­hibit spans the his­toric at­trac­tion and in­cludes a maze and crafts for young chil­dren.

It’s open Thursday to Sun­day through Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ad­mis­sion is $8 with a non-per­ish­able food item and no charge for chil­dren to age five. See dis­cov­ery har­bour. or call (705) 549-8064w

Jack O’lanterns shine

A tow­er­ing pump­kin pyra­mid of about 1,500 carved and il­lu­mi­nated jack o’lanterns is the cen­tre­piece of the Water­ford Pumpkinfest in the com­mu­nity south of Brant­ford.

Hosted by the Water­ford Lions and Lionesses, it’s a fam­ily event from Oct. 13 to 15.

There are fire­works on Fri­day, a pa­rade on Saturday and car show and soap box derby on Sun­day with the Creepsville Spook­house, pump­kin carv­ing, live mu­sic and a mar­ket­place.

The huge gourds are cre­atively dis­played through­out town at dec­o­rated houses and busi­nesses. See pumpkinfest. or call (519) 443-4944

All about crans

For a “berry-good time” head for Bala on the scenic shores of Lake Muskoka and the Moon River for its Cran­berry Festival, Oct. 13 to 15

A high­light is a visit to John­ston’s Cran­berry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Win­ery for a “true ap­pre­ci­a­tion of our beloved cran­berry,” fest or­ga­niz­ers say.

“The best way to ex­pe­ri­ence the festival is to start at one end of town and stroll your way to the other, tak­ing in all of the ven­dors, at­trac­tions, en­ter­tain­ment and food along your way,” they sug­gest.

Visitors can en­joy cran­berry crepes and bread, can­died cran­ber­ries, cran­berry and cran-maple syrup, cranap­ple cider and even cran­berry wine dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity-packed festival.

There are fire­works, “con­tin­u­ous en­ter­tain­ment,” plenty of meal op­tions, a mid­way, chil­dren’s pet­ting zoo, farmer’s market, craft show, bazaar, games and ven­dors.

Week­end ad­mis­sion is $10, with chil­dren to age 12, free. Se eb ala cran­berry festival.

or call (705) 762-1564 one­tank­trips@hot­mail.com For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tank­trips.blogspot.ca

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