From November 5 – 14, the country came to the city to strut their talents and the season’s harvest. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is as good as a fair can get and still holds the record as being the largest indoor agricultural exposition on earth. The dairy cows are groomed perfectly; the horses coats gleam. Riders came from three continents for the Royal Horse Show. But many of us head to The Royal for the food…real food! There were perfect fruit and vegetables competing for a multitude of ribbons and always an array of gi-normous pumpkins that look as though they’ve been dropped…splat…onto their platforms. Cheese-makers competed (this year’s Grand Champion cheese was Fromagerie Perron’s Extra Mature Cheddar) and there’s always a butter carving competition that is downright frigid.
The Journey to Your Good Health had on going demonstrations and tastings. Cuisine Canada kicked things off with a new competition, Canada Can Cook. Student chefs were paired with veteran authors, a number who’ve been honoured at The University of Guelph / Cuisine Canada Culinary Book Awards. By mid week, other authors take to the stage like Food Day Chef Jeff Crump of the Ancaster Old Mill.