It was a beautiful weekend in the KW area. It was a perfect day to go to the Wellesley Apple Butter Festival. We stopped at the Nith River Chop House for lunch where I had the mushroom linguini and the best garlic bread I’ve ever had. There isn’t much left of the bread in the picture I posted as I was so starving I ate most of it before I took a photo. My friend ordered the schnitzel and holy schnitzel Batman! I think they used an entire animal for that dish. A local brewer was sampling out beer as well at the restaurant that day, but I don’t remember the name of the brewery.
One of my favourite things they did at the festival was a tour and demonstration of the local cider mill.
The apples are washed in the second photo you see and then ground into pulp. The third picture is the machine they use to press the apples. The juice is then pasteurized and bottled. I am guessing the last pic is the bottling machine. Then the best part of the tour… the samples! It was so delicious! I love cider! There was plenty of cider available for purchase out at most of the vendors of the festival. It was available in either hot or cold. I have my doubts about how much hot cider they sold as it was like a hot Summer day out there. My companion and I were even a touch sun burnt by the end of the day.
We watched a quilt auction (unfortunately no photos) and they went for pretty amazing prices. There were also many beautiful quilts available for sale from some of the vendors. I spotted a beautiful brown quilt that I absolutely loved. I wish I had gotten a photo to show. Now I’m wondering if I should try my hand at quilt making… Bad idea I bet! Lol maybe I’ll try a place-mat and see what I’m in for first…
There were lots of crafty things and food vendors to go through. I bought a monster bottle of maple syrup and my friend picked up hot pepper jelly. We got some hot apple dumplings to go, but I forgot mine in his car and the pleasure is all his. Maybe I should bake some as I heard they are delectable.
There was a dairy farm tour, but we didn’t make it to that one, lots of music and dancing presentations and a remote control boat regatta happening as well. It is starting to get busy there. I think the festival is really starting to gain a lot of popularity. At one of the stores I spotted a dream lawn mower for my dad.
It was a really fun festival and we finished off the day stopping at the locally famous Herrle’s Market in St Agatha just outside of Waterloo. I picked up some corn on the cob and my favourite variety of apple, the Honey Crisp. Before we left we enjoyed icy treats in the parking lot, myself a pumpkin gelato and for my friend a strawberry frozen yogurt. I must make it back there to try the mint gelato next!
It was a pretty lazy Sunday today and I managed to get around to answering some mail. It was a beautiful weekend and I am hoping to make it to the festival again next year.