“Support Local Day” Comes to Almonte

On Saturday, October 25, Mississippi Mills is partnering with the Ottawa-based Apt613 to present Support Local Almonte Day. There are about a gazillion great events taking place in Almonte that day, and participants look forward to welcoming visitors from Ottawa as well as locals. Here’s a run-down of the biggies, but there are also plenty of other wonderful shops and stops in town!

Almonte Foodie Tour
raclette-de-compton-au-poivre-fromagerie-la-station-qc-1Leaving from Pêches & Poivre at 89 Mill Street (limited capacity – two tours to choose from: 12noon and 2pm)

Hop on the bus for a 60-75 minute behind-the-scenes visit to a few of Almonte’s food businesses. Stops will include Hummingbird Chocolate (recent International Chocolate Award winner), HFT (home of Almonte’s famous low-fat donut), Equator Coffee (see and taste how fair trade coffee is roasted), and Dandelion Foods (Almonte’s one-stop grocer for organic, seasonal, local and natural foods and products). Come hungry – Dandelion is hosting Ottawa’s good food truck, LUNCH, in their lot. Local food has never tasted so good!

Almonte Art Walk  $5
Begins at Almonte Old Town Hall 1PM (2.5-3hrs)

Almonte boasts many amazing and diverse art galleries all within a short walk of Almonte Old Town Hall. Join us on Saturday, Oct 25th for a 7 stop guided tour with local artist and entrepreneur Stephen Brathwaite, meet the curators and artists along the way. Stops include Almonte’s General Fine Craft recently voted one of Ontario’s best retail art galleries by Days Out Ontario as well as Japan’s Reiko Sudo + NUNO, Textiles exhibit, currently being featured at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and only in Canada until November.

Sivarulrasa1pm, Meet at Almonte Old Town Hall (14 Bridge St.)
1:05 – 1:20pm, Almonte Area Artists Association Exhibit (Almonte Old Town Hall)
1:25 – 1:45pm, Corridor Gallery – Almonte Library (155 High St.)
1:50 – 2:05pm, Loladot (76 Mill St.)
2:10 – 2:40pm, Sivarulrasa Gallery (see image at left), along with Deborah Arnold, Alan Mirabelli, and Jean Morrow of Thoburn Mill (83 Little Bridge St.)
2:45 – 2:55pm, Old Post Office – Sarah Moffatt & Diana Jackson (73 Mill St.)
2:55 – 3:15pm, General Fine Craft (63 Mill St.)
3:25pm, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum – Nuno Exhibit (3 Rosamond St. E)

Mississippi Mills Musical Showcase
Almonte Old Town Hall Stage – Live music on stage at in the Auditorium from 11AM to 4:00PM
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a sample the Almonte area’s  vibrant and eclectic music scene. Featuring: George Turcotte, Ric Denis and Tony Stewart, Kelly Sloan, Max Donaldson, Sam Gervais and Adam Mansfield, Terry Tufts, Brendan Gawn and Jennifer Noxon, Mike Ryan, Dale Wright

Mississippi Mills Showcase
10am-4pm
Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St (2nd Floor)
Come and discover some of Almonte’s arts and treasures, from Fulton’s maple syrup to local photographers and painters. 

Pop up LUNCH at Dandelion Foods
10:30am-4pm
Dandelion Foods parking lot, 451 Ottawa Street, Almonte
Shelf your lunch box for this pop up food truck event. Select local ingredients from Dandelion Foods, Almonte’s newest organic grocer, will be deliciously prepared by LUNCH, Ottawa’s good food truck. Local food has never tasted so good!

Hello Yellow: Local Maker Showcase
11am-3pm
Hello Yellow, 72 Mill St, Almonte
Stop in at Hello Yellow to meet local maker Dan Fallak of VersaTile Designs. Chat with Dan about his latest projects, while checking out Hello Yellow’s unique, Canadian-made wares!

Beau’s Patio Party at The Barley Mow
2-8pm
The Barley Mow, 79 Little Bridge St, Almonte
The Barley Mow in Almonte has one of the snazziest patios in Ontario. There is no better place to sit around and sample some of Beau’s fancy pants beers while enjoying some fun music and great pals.

Shed Hunting & Deer Antler Education Seminar
2-4pm
Gilligalou Bird, 14 Mill St, Unit #3
Gilligallou Bird will be welcoming Terry Merkley into their store where he will display his massive deer antler collection, share his shed hunting experiences and explain how you can learn to properly measure and score your antlered game. Terry is an avid shed hunter, having collected hundred of deer antlers over the years, and is also an Official Deer Antler Scoring Representative for the Foundation for the Recognition of Ontario Wildlife.

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