September 18, 2007
Media Release

Fall family fun right in your own backyard

 
FestiFall is your guide to Fall in York Region
NEWMARKET – The kids are settled back in school and it’s time to treat them and the whole family to the exciting fall festivities here in The Regional Municipality of York.  FestiFall is a celebration of all things autumn, and your guide to fall family activities throughout York Region. 
 
“FestiFall highlights all the unique places and family-friendly festivities in York Region that will make your autumn experiences truly memorable,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Apple picking, country fairs and farms brimming with fresh fall produce are just some of the things our region has to offer.”
 
From September 21st to 23rd, Markham Museum will host Applefest – a salute to fresh, locally-grown apples.  Enjoy delicious apple cider from the museum’s own cider mill.  Applefest showcases pioneer handcrafts and has hands-on activities for children.  The apple orchard is also open for picking.
 
Markham Fair, which runs from September 27th to 30th, is Canada’s largest agricultural festival.  It offers autumn-inspired events and exhibits that are fun for the whole family.  Farm animals, fireworks, hypnotists and midway games are just some of the attractions at this historic fair.  The fair’s crafts tent showcases hand-made crafts from local artisans.
 
Unionville’s Forsyth Family Farms offers attractions for all ages, including a petting zoo, mazes and weekend wagon rides.  There’s also a barn market with fresh Ontario produce, pies and preserves.  The farm holds a harvest festival each weekend in October.
 
“FestiFall events let you and your family enjoy all the excitement of autumn in the country without straying too far from home,” said the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee Chair James Young, Mayor of the Town of East Gwillimbury.
 
September is the best month to bring your family the goodness of locally-grown produce.  York Region’s farmers’ markets and country markets are brimming with fresh produce from area farms.
 
The York Region Farm Fresh Association provides a map and guide to the many local farms offering locally-grown produce and agricultural products.  The brochure lists numerous country markets, farmers’ markets and pick-your-own produce farms.
 
The farm fresh brochure includes helpful information about the main seasons for Ontario harvests.  For example, fall apples and raspberries are now in season, so this weekend you can experience the fun of picking your own with family and friends.
 
To obtain your free copy of the FestiFall guide and the York Region Farm Fresh 2007 map and guide, please call York Region Tourism at 1-888-448-0000 or e-mail tourism@york.ca. Visit www.yorktourism.com/fall for a full calendar of FestiFall events. For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jonathan MacMull, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: 905 830-4444 ext. 1207, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Email: jonathan.macmull@york.ca

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