So it seems that we are now in the clear in Canada and the bbq and patio season is here to stay. Time to finally call up your friends or gathered your loved ones and head outdoors to enjoy the endless list of activities on offer as the summer solstice arrives yet one more time.
If you happen to be in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario and are trying to figure out which festivals not to miss this season, then pay close attention. Your to-do list must include the Hamilton James Street Supercrawl. You heard right…HAMILTON!
Heading into its 6th season, the Supercrawl showcases the local artistic and cultural community of this historic and up-and-coming neighbourhood. Having set a record attendance (100,000 people), the Supecrawl hosts musicians, artists, local business owners, chefs, and an all-ages crowd of people just looking to have a good time. Just wonder up and down good old St. James Street and you’ll be sure to find a delicious treat, a compelling art performance, some folky tunes, or just a wall to draw on and really get involve.
So mark down your calendars: September 12-14, 2014. Believe me…you don’t wanna miss it! For more information on these year’s music and performance lineup visit http://www.supercrawl.ca
Recently renovated and very stylish, located in downtown Hamilton.
Courtesy of Odessy Olive Oils at the Hamilton Farmers Market.
The fresh pasta guy.
Recently, my quest to visit as many farmers market as possible this year, took me to the historic Hamilton Farmers Market (HFM). Lately, I have been curious about what makes “Steeltown” tick, and being only about a half hour drive away, it seem only fitting to pay a visit to this popular community gathering. Although, the HFM is missing the quaint and country-style character unlike other markets I’ve visited, I found a very special community feeling and a warm atmosphere in this market.
The vendors at the market were very friendly and the product offerings were culturally diversed. Two vendors that stood out the most on this visit and for which I will definitely to go back are Vinnie’s Fresh Pasta Factory and Odessy Olive Oils and Vinegar (http://www.odessyoliveoilsandvinegars.com/index.html). Vinnie’s fresh pasta is a mouth-watering treat (spinach-red pepper fetuccini) for a very reasonable price of $4 per lb; not only is it made fresh right in front of your eyes, but it is also made with a smile. At Odessy you will find a wide variety of organic olive oils and vinegars (a yummy sicilian lemon balsamic) and the expertise and great service of Robert Lalla.
Farmers market are all about the people that gather every week to showcase their goods and about finding those special treats that give visitors joy. Based on these two factors, the Hamilton Farmers Market is worth the drive and a visit!