Mark your calendars folks, its going to be another great year of stuff to do in the BoQ. We’ll start the year off with this list of amazing eight to get you started, then follow up throughout the year with timely instalments to keep your dance card full. Proof in the pudding that there is plenty to do around here. All you need to do is get out and enjoy it!
Here we go:
1. Corn Lye and Ash Workshop – January 26th, 2018
Get this! The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and the Community Well Being Centre are hosting this insightful event to teach us how to lye white corn with wood ash to maximize its nutritional benefits. Corn, or maize as it is also called, needs to be processed in order to release some of its wonderful nutrients. Its nutrition is locked up in indigestible proteins. To unlock these we need only learn to use ‘ash cooking’. The extra benefit is it helps clean out your liver and stomach too. Benefits begin immediately since you will also be making & enjoying corn soup for lunch!
Community Wellbeing Centre Teaching Kitchen 9am – 4pm
Call Shelly or Jodi to register at 613 967-3603
Tyendinaga Diabetes Education program
Space is limited
2. The Drake Barn Burner Hockey Game and Dinner – January 27th, 2018
Last year, the Toronto Grinders took the cup home after beating the Montreal Mashers in the inaugural hockey game that brought culinary greats to the ice. Now it’s time to do it all again!
You can try and watch all-star chefs from Toronto + Montreal face off for an exhibition game but you’ll most likely end up eating and drinking your way around the Essroc Arena and that sounds like a good time to us. Proceeds from every ticket will be donated to Community Food Centres Canada + The StoreHouse Food Bank in Wellington.
Tickets now on sale:
3. Frostfest – February 10th, 2018
Come out and enjoy a day of family fun in the great community of Batawa. Free entertainment all day! Lunch and skating on the outdoor ice surface with the Trenton Golden Hawks, marshmallow roasting, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, outdoor petting zoo, and many more fun and super things to do like a horse and carriage ride sponsored by the Batawa Development Corporation.
Batawa Community Centre 10am – 2pm
4. Rogers Hometown Hockey Belleville – February 24th & 25th, 2018
Ron MacLean and Tara Slone make their way to Belleville and will be LIVE on site on Sunday, February 25th for the broadcast as they tell the stories that celebrate the hockey history and culture that put Belleville on Canada’s hockey map. You can expect a great weekend of FREE hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances, music, and fun for the whole family!
For more information, check out www.hometownhockey.com.
5. Savour the Chill – February 24th, 2018
If there was ever a winter season that deserves a festival of soup its this one! Enjoy this incredibly popular BDIA event in Downtown Belleville where merchants will be offering up their delicious soup creations for $2.00 a sample. Come be a judge in this fun competition between our downtown businesses. Attendees are encouraged to be green and bring their own spoons!
6. Quintelicious – March 1st to 24th, 2018
Join the Quinte Restaurant Association this spring for another Quintelicious celebration. Members will come together once again to feature local food and drink from farmers and producers across the Bay of Quinte region. Try seasonal recipes featuring ingredients sourced from the region’s unique livestock and dairy operations as well as heirloom vegetables, artisan sweets, and more. Throughout the four-week event, each course will be paired with a complementary Bay of Quinte Craft beer or cider.
* CONTEST ALERT * Leading up to the event, the BoQ RMB will be holding an Instagram photo contest. Take a picture at any of the participating restaurants from now until February 28th, 2018, use the #quintelicious and tag @bayofquinte for a chance to win dinner for two and be published in our Discovery guide 5th Edition.
7. Quinte West Seedy Saturday – March 24th, 2018
Perhaps it’s a deliberate attempt to keep things simple, or maybe it’s just that self explanatory but here is the description of this event — Bring seeds, take seeds, get advice on getting your garden started! A free seed-swapping event. Where you can talk to knowledgeable vendors and bring some seeds to share! Find everything from Food to Flowers!
Join in at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton 12pm – 3pm
8. Hops on the Water – April 21st, 2018
Celebrate the start of Spring with live outdoor entertainment, local food vendors and the craft beer, cider and wine that our region is becoming known for. After an incredibly successful first year in 2017, this craft beer festival in Quinte West will return to the thrills and maybe a few spills 😉 of those people who attended the inaugural event. Come out again and enjoy samplings from craft breweries, cideries and wineries in the Bay of Quinte region, live music, buskers and local food.
Front Street Farmers’ Market from 11am – 7pm