BY ALEXANDRA KLARER
Fall festivals are in full swing across Southern Ontario.
The festival currently running at the Terra Cotta Conservation Area in Halton Hills, is in its second year of celebratory fall, food and fun.
Hundreds of people from the GTA came to celebrate the first day of the festival. A pumpkin display, photo booth, marketplace, local vendors, food trucks, live music, and a craft beer garden are all available to attend on the grounds.
While attending the event, the area is a great place to take a walk or hike through the trails. With the leaves starting to fall from the trees, the forests at the conservation area are a beautiful place to take a break from the city life. If exploring the trails by foot is not preferred, a wagon ride through the forest is an option.
“The idea is for people to come out, see the fall leaves, come for a hike, enjoy the outdoors, but also have that enhanced experience where they can have different kinds of food,” said Julia Kole, event coordinator and program assistant.
Food is a large part of the festival. There is a variety of different local food trucks on site at the festival. There is something different for each Saturday of the month. Some of the local food trucks that have made an appearance are Bestia, Mr. Pierogi, Mami’s and Wickedly Sinful. Trucks like Meltdown Cheesery, The Kathi Roll Express, and The Arepa Republic will be on site.
“As a foodie, I definitely say come by to the food trucks. We have a wide variety of different kinds of foods. We will be switching up the trucks each week, so you will see different vendors. If people are coming more than once, they have a bit of variety, a bit of a different experie
nce, so definitely plan to come hungry and have some really great food while you’re here,” said Kole.
Children are encouraged to come to the event, with many exciting activities available to keep them entertained. The activities include a bouncy castle, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and family games.
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“This is my first year at the festival with my son. He loves coming to these events. The bouncy castle is his favourite by far but he’s excited to go on the wagon rides next,” said visitor Stephanie Marie.
Terra Cotta’s Fall Festival is open every Saturday in October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Children five and under are free.