Are you one of those people who just can’t bear to bid summer farewell? Not a fan of the shoulder seasons? It might be time to check out a few of the plentiful autumn events on offer in and around the Bay of Quinte area and get ready to flip out over fall!
Tantalize your taste buds with any of the delicious edibles available at this annual Quinte West event. From fresh butternut squash soup to warm and aromatic apple crisp, this foodie festival’s treats will leave you wanting more. Sample Hastings County cheeses and wash it all down with a bit of refreshing Prince Edward County Wine. Cider or beer more your thing? Don’t worry – they have that, too! Partake in the local harvest and prepare to dazzle your palate!
Go Festival Crazy
With so many great festivals on tap, go nuts and cram as many into your fall schedule as possible. Whether you fancy Grape Balls of Fire, Pumpkinfest or the annual Hallowe’en Boofest in Quinte West, there’s something to please everyone. Feeling creative? Get the family together, put on your collective crafter’s cap and make your own Scarecrow at Small Pond Arts.
See Some Local Theatre
Take in a play or musical rife with seasonal overtones. Catch Belleville Theatre Guild’s fall production of sentimental favourite On Golden Pond, guaranteed to elicit both tears and laughter. If you’re seeking something slightly spookier, head straight to Stirling Festival Theatre and hum along with the talented Doo-Wop girls in the ever-popular musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Check out the cornucopia of colourful fruit and veg at Bay of Quinte farmers’ markets and farm stands and prepare to meet your future Jack O’Lantern! Quinte West’s Front Street Market runs right to the end of October while delicious local goods can be found at Belleville’s historic market place (now in its 200th season) three times a week year-round. If picking your own pumpkin right from the patch appeals, pay a visit to Campbells’ Orchards and stay to navigate your way through the corn maze or take a Haunted Wagon Ride.
Get Ready to Scream a the Quinte Horror Expo
Celebrate Hallowe’en early with a trip to Quinte area’s first ever Horror Expo at Belleville’s Travelodge Hotel. Aimed at lovers of all things macabre, this unique collectors’ show promises everything from vintage horror movie posters to Silver Screen Toys and delicious gourmet popcorn. Special extras include a showing of the short horror film Mercy by local filmmakers Victor and Jodi Cooper and a book signing session with guest author Lynda Bogert.
Go Batty at Macaulay Heritage Park
What better to get you in a Hallowe’en frame of mind than a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum’s mobile bat display at Picton’s Macaulay Heritage Park. This special travelling exhibit zooms in on our long held fascination with this mysterious creature while tackling scientific topics such as echolocation, hibernation and health issues bats face today.
Take a Seasonal Coffee Break
Visit your favourite cafe and order an autumn-themed beverage. The talented baristas at downtown Trenton’s The Grind Cafe make a mean Pumpkin Spice Latte while those seeking heartier fare alongside their cup of joe should check out featured specialities on offer at Belleville’s Gourmet Diem or Madoc’s Hidden Goldmine Bakery. Brace for cooler weather with a warming bowl of chilli and a caramelized onion apple brie grilled cheese!
Go Ghost Hunting
Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, there’s no shortage of historical places in the Bay of Quinte region. Let your imagination go wild and visit the Picton courthouse where Sir John A. MacDonald long ago won his first court case. This elegant building still holds the gallows used to carry out a gruesome double hanging in 1884. Historians seeking tales with less sinister flair might consider a visit to Belleville’s beautiful Glanmore National Historic Site.
Enjoy Fine Dining on the Cheap
After Quintelicious wraps for the season on October 15th, foodies on a budget can feast on delectable prix-fixe fare at some of Prince Edward County’s top restaurants during Fall Countylicious. Whether sampling the Duck Breast tataki and pumpkin risotto at The Drake or swooning over Pomodoro’s Chicken Spiedini and gorgonzola gnocchi, your taste buds are in for quite a ride! Gourmands seeking to extend their visit can book accommodation at a charming County Inn or B&B and spend an afternoon wine-tasting!
Go For a Walk
When all else fails, keep it simple: put on your sneakers and get some fresh fall air with an invigorating walk. Hikers can enjoy a plethora of excellent trails courtesy of Quinte Conservation while walkers seeking to elevate the experience should check out the panoramic views of the Murray Hills from Sager Conservation Area’s lookout tower.