Deep freeze, sheep sneeze… Pull on your parka and plan to play in Almonte this coming weekend — you won’t believe how many fabulous events are taking place!
From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, February 28, you can wander around downtown and partake in some Mid-Winter Milling! Explore Almonte’s delightful main street, and sign up for short spiritual and self-awareness sessions with local practitioners. 16 shops and cafés are participating, each with their own in-house practitioner. Whether you want to explore angel or Tarot cards, indulge in reflexology or have your chakras read, you’ll find it all on Mill Street. Sign-up sheets are available at each participating business, so you can plan your day and make multiple stops.
If you’re wanting to eat your lunch and have the bowl too, why not attend the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s Soup For Thought lunch event, also taking place on the 28th? For only $25 at the door ($20 in advance), you can fill up on delicious soup donated by local chefs, along with scrumptious desserts, tea and coffee. Best of all, you can keep the lovely handmade bowl that your soup is served in, which has been donated by members of the Almonte Potters’ Guild. Sittings are from 11:30am-1pm and from 1:30-3pm.
If chocolate is your indulgence of choice, you won’t want to miss Saturday afternoon’s Chocolate & Chat event at Foodies Fine Foods, featuring the bean-to-bar brilliance of Almonte’s own Hummingbird Chocolate. Learn about chocolate production, taste some of their award-winning bars, and enjoy samples of Foodies’ savoury chocolate creations. The $30 sampling menu includes such delicacies as spiced black bean & chocolate soup, braised rib with espresso mole reduction, and bacon, banana & chocolate chip fritters. From 3–5pm they give you permission to eat chocolate, and call it a learning experience! To reserve your spot, call 613-256-6500 or email Foodies.
After grabbing dinner at one of the great restaurants in town, you’ll definitely want to head over to the Almonte Old Town Hall to catch the Saturday night Folkus Concert Series show. This one’s a double bill featuring the alt-bluegrass and country stylings of Jack Pine & The Fire, as well as some “rowdy folk” by Toronto’s BelleRegards. With these two high-energy groups on the roster, you may be able to work off some of that soup and chocolate by dancing in the aisles (or at least tapping your toes). The acoustics at the Town Hall are just superb, and the friendly folks at Folkus always serve up a great show (as well as some local beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages to wet your whistle). Tickets are only $30 at the door — which works out to a mere $15 per band!