Thanksgiving Harvest Festival
Art lovers will appreciate original paintings in watercolour and oil, art cards, and Simcoe County landscape and wildlife motifs. Food is a big part of the event, and culinary fans will appreciate the special gourmet foods such as homemade fudges and baked goods, savoury jellies, chutneys, mustards, truffles, and biscotti. Farmer’s Market vendors offering pumpkins and apples will be set up at Sainte-Marie’s front entrance.
On the historic site, there will be lots of heritage activities for families to enjoy, including pumpkin decorating, traditional planting of “The Three Sisters” (corn, beans, and squash), sampling of historic foods and tea, torch-making demonstrations, corn-on-the cob, and an historic encampment. Costumed staff will share the story of the original 17th-century Jesuit mission.
Restaurant Sainte-Marie will be open on both days during the event, featuring its famous “Three Sisters Soup” adapted from an award-winning Native recipe.
The event is a regional favourite and typically includes both new and returning artisans. The wide variety of new products includes:
• Original acrylic artwork on slate and canvas
• Wildlife wood carvings
• Birch-bark greeting cards
• Glass and crystal ornaments
• Unique wreaths and centerpiece arrangements with natural materials
• Exquisite purses
Returning artists will showcase:
• Fan-carved birds
• Home-made wooden birdhouses
• Jewelry made from silver, brass, copper, bone, and shells
• Ceramic giftware
• Native drums and leather goods
• Wood burned gourds
• Quillwork and much more