WELLINGTON COUNTY – Wellington County invites residents and visitors to treat their taste buds at the Spring Rural Romp on May 27.
The free, self-guided farm and food tour creates an opportunity for the public to experience local agriculture up close and learn about food grown and prepared in northern Wellington County.
Fourteen participating locations in Mapleton, Minto, and Wellington North will be open for visitors between 10am to 4pm, including farms, bakeries, plant nurseries, a fibre mill, and a distillery.
“We are fortunate to have a wealth of innovative and diverse farm and food businesses in Wellington County”, states Wellington County councillor Jeff Duncan, chair of the county’s economic development committee.
“The Rural Romp provides an excellent opportunity to learn about agriculture and see what’s available right in our backyard.”
“Rompers” will have the opportunity to meet local farmers, visit farm animals, go on a wagon ride, participate in tours and activities, and purchase seedlings, flowers, plants, spring produce, and other local foods.
Many Rural Romp locations will also feature a signature “must taste” item grown or prepared with local ingredients, such as corn tortilla chips or homemade ice cream. Lunch and snacks can be purchased at select stops throughout the day.
Each Rural Romp location invites the public to “dig a little deeper” and find out the answer to a unique treasure hunt question for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates to a local food business.
Rural Romp maps are available at all participating locations or can be requested from the county’s economic development office. For more information, and to view participating locations, visit www.tastereal.ca.
The Fall Rural Romp, which showcases Guelph and Southern Wellington’s farm and food businesses, is scheduled for Sept. 30.