#1 Arboretum Festival: Music + Gastronomy + Art
Where: Ottawa Jail Hostel Courtyard
When: Saturday Sept. 15, 10 am – 2:30 am
Highlights: Here’s a sample of what’s on the menu:
- CHEZ EDGAR/ODILE Guédille (a traditional Quebecoise sandwich) with fresh bus shipped Matane shrimp
- HINTONBURG PUBLIC HOUSE Beef Brisket Sandwich/Green Tomato Pickles/Radish/Mustard Yogurt
- ART-IS-IN BOULANGERIE Morning: Pastries Afternoon: Green egg burgers
- WHALESBONE Oysters on the half shell
- TOWN Octopus/pork belly/cherry tomato spiedini (Italian kabob) with salsa verde
- WELLINGTON GASTRO PUB Fried pork sandwich w/ spicy mayo & bread & butter pickles
- CHARLOTTE LANGLEY Hooked’s Sustainable Seafood Sausages/Soft Rolls/Remoulade/Juniper Farm greens
- MURRAY STREET Murray Meatcones with Paul’s hot dogs, spatzle & cheese curds
Feast of Fields in Ottawa is an exclusively organic event. The finest regional organic farmers and chefs pair up into 21 teams to bring together some of the best in organic regional foods in a celebration of the season’s harvest. It is the main fund-raiser for Canadian Organic Growers-Ottawa (COG-O).
Where: Canada Agriculture Museum
When: Sunday, Sept. 16, noon – 4:00 pm
Where: Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main St. W.
When: Sept. 28, 29, and 30
Food Highlights: This is the third edition of Beau’s popular three-day Bavarian celebration. Besides the sausage eating contests (no thanks!) there will be plenty of Bavarian and seasonally inspired food. Participating restaurants include John Taylor’s Genuine, Knox Fine Dining, Ballygiblins, Swiss Pastries, Bridgehead, Piggy Market, and Cheshire Cat. New this year is an expanded Speakers Series with Canadian and international guests covering beer-related topics including the history of brewing in Germany; cask beer; and a panel discussing the relationship between indie music and indie beer. Beau’s All Natural will be unveiling 8 different brews, available on tap at the festival.
#4 Harvest Noir, Chic Picnic + Pop-Up Parade + DJ Dance Party
Where: That’s the cool part—nobody knows! At noon on September 30, those who’ve bought tickets and registered online will finally learn the secret destination in Ottawa’s core.
When: Sept. 30
Food Highlights: Guests dress elegantly in black vintage costumes and celebrate the harvest, local food and farms. A few days before the event, Harvest Noir attendees will be invited to pull on their top hats and fancy fascinators and meet for a mass shopping flashmob at farmer’s markets to buy the ingredients for their picnic feasts. Tables and chairs are provided by the event organizers and attendees are responsible for bringing a picnic basket, food, and place settings.