It just so happened that I was in Timmins, Ontario, CA during three great summer festivals: Dream Acres Alpacas open house, the 12th annual Ribfest, and Aboriginal Day in Hollinger Park. I’m always up for experiencing new things, but I especially love festivals! I got lucky to be able to experience three within one week.
Dream Acres Alpacas Open House
I was able to explore the variety of booths at Dream Acres and among my favorites include: birch syrup, tea, goats and bees products, and alpaca fur products. I enjoyed the variety of demonstrations including making pottery, spinning, and weaving. My favorite part of the day was visiting their many multi-coloured alpacas (over 25) including the 3 new babies born this spring with the newest being born only weeks ago. I ended the event by walking an alpaca around the property! Who would have thought you could walk an alpaca?
You can’t attend Timmins annual Ribfest without trying some of the award winning barbecued delicacies marinated in some of the most succulent sauces you could ever savour. Three award winning companies traveled to Timmins to share their best. I opted for barbecued chicken from Jack the Ribber. My boyfriend chose the massive and mighty pulled pork sandwich from the same booth. I typically don’t like BBQ sauce, but I can honestly say it was the best BBQ sauce I have ever tasted! The chicken was also cooked on the fire to perfection. We ended our meal with a Canadian favorite–a Beaver Tail topped with chocolate hazelnut spread and skor pieces. My boyfriend tried the maple cream topping.
Aboriginal Day in Hollinger Park is a day to celebrate Aboriginal culture, while sampling the best of the Timmins area Aboriginal music, traditions, storytelling, handicrafts, and food. Exploring the many booths set up for the day was my favorite part–I love markets! The variety of paintings, drawings, jewelry, carvings, and handicrafts were colourful, intricate, and one of a kind. Native North Americans also believe turquoise to be a sacred stone and colour and incorporated into much Aboriginal art. It was fun exploring the abundance of turquoise and its connection to mother nature and the earth displayed at each booth. Although I was unable to partake in the feast, I heard the Geese flown in from Northern Canada are smoked and cooked to perfection and paired with all of the trimmings. It’s a fun filled day for kids and adults.
What are some of your favorite local events and festivals?
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