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Kawartha Farmfest

Kawartha Farmfest Host site applications are open, if interested in being a host site in the future please review the application and return by July 1, 2019.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Kawartha Farmfest is an annual, one-day, self-guided driving tour of farms and rural attractions throughout Kawartha Lakes. Your $5-admission includes a map and guide to all Farmfest sites, open between 10am and 4pm. View last years map and guide.


Farmfest admission costs $5 for adults but is free for kids under the age of 14. With each paid adult admission you will receive an admission sticker and map & guide containing a detailed map and descriptions of each participating site.

New for 2019! Use your Passport to collect stamps at each farm site you visit.

There are three ways to purchase your tickets:

 Advanced On-line Purchase

Adult General Admission will be available for purchase online August 1, 2019.

If purchasing online you will indicate your first farm site stop and exchange e-tickets & proof of purchase for stickers and maps at your chosen first stop on October 5, 2019.

 Advanced In-person Purchase
In-person advanced purchase of General Adult Admission will be available throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes at selected locations August 1, 2019.
Event-Day Admission and Experience Purchase

You can also purchase your admission sticker at all Kawartha Farmfest farm and attraction sites on event day. Additional cost Experiences can also be purchased at the farm site offering that experience on event day, pending availability.

 Girl with Alpaca. Man and woman holding fresh picked flowers. Row of cows. 

On-Farm Experiences Available

For 2019 we will have farms across Kawartha Lakes opening their doors from 10 am to 4 pm featuring animals, farm fresh vegetables and other products. Meet some of the farmers that grow our food and learn more about the different kinds of farming in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Choose from hands on experiences at participating farms to try something new or learn a new skill. Purchase these experiences on site at the farm offering them on event day. More details on these unique experiences will be announced closer to the event.

2018 On-Farm Experiences

View last years experiences below.

Saddle Fitting Demonstration at F5
 At Valentia Equine Retraining Centre, join certified saddle fitter, Jim Ward, for a demonstration on horse saddles and tack equipment. Offered twice throughout the day, 11am and 1:30pm. Duration approximately 30 minutes. ($5)
 Groom a Horse Experience at F5
This interactive, hands-on activity is a must for every horse lover. Join us at Valentia Equestrian in the horse barn for a lesson on how to properly groom a horse. Learn and then try it yourself.  Parent supervision and assistance may be required for some children. Offered twice throughout the day, 11:30am and 2pm. Duration approximately 25 minutes. ($5).
 Alpaca Fibre Felting Workshop at F7
Use your hands in an alpaca fibre felting workshop. Learn this unique craft using Alpaca fibre to create a felted soap to take home with you. Offered all day. Duration approximately 30 minutes. ($5).
 Potato Digging Experience at F8
At 11am watch potato digging by our tractor-drawn equipment, then pick a bag of potatoes to take home with you. Duration approximately 30 minutes. ($5).
 Pick Your Own Garden Vegetable Experience at F8
Join us in the field for a guided pick-your-own vegetable experience. Choose 2 items from: lettuce, carrots, beets, cabbages depending on availability. Just ask any of our volunteers for this experience anytime during the day. Duration approximately 20 minutes. ($5).

2018 Farm site descriptions

Download a printable PDF version of the 2018 map and guide. Please contact Kelly Maloney 705-324-9411 extension 1208 to request an accessible version of this document.

View last years host sites below.

F1: Organicfest at O'Brienview Organic Farm

Pigs at O'Brienview Organic FarmVisit with Heritage Berkshire pigs, Belgian Blue crossed Black Angus cattle & calves, chickens, ducks and turkeys, all raised organically on our family farm. Stay for lunch to taste our famous sausage on a bun or hamburger. Bring a cooler to stock up on our frozen beef, pork, and chicken or fresh vegetables.

Ongoing: View animals and poultry; learn about organics; taste organic meat & produce.

Location: 688 Country Lane, Cameron


Directions: On Hwy. 35 south of Hwy 121 junction, go west at Powles Rd., turn north onto Country Lane.  From the north, take Glenarm Rd. to Country Lane (at the Hydro yard). Turn south about 4 km. Farm is on east side #688).

F2: Sheepfest at Crow Hill Farm

Sheep at Crow Hill FarmVisit our registered Corriedale sheep flock, a dual purpose breed for both meat and wool. See our honeybee yard & the honey room. Collect fresh eggs from our hen house.
Watch a wool spinning demonstration, and try your hand at Drop Spindle Spinning in a hands-on experience. Frozen lamb, honey, maple products & eggs for sale from our farm gate stand. Property is wheelchair accessible.

Ongoing: Sheep in their pastures, wool spinning, educational displays, egg collecting

Location: 35 Ranchers Road, Cameron


Directions: On Hwy 35 north of Lindsay, turn east on Hwy 34 - Long Beach Road. Turn left on the 2nd road on the left at the S curves, Ranchers Road. 1st farm on the left.

F3: Pigfest at Three Forks Farm

Photo of a girl feeding pig apples.Take a walking tour of our site to visit laying hens, turkey yard and pig pastures. Learn about how and why we raise our animals on pasture. We raise mixed heritage breed pigs (Berkshire, Hampshire, Tamworth) on rotational pastures. Kids can do an egg collecting activity and nature crafting. We will have our frozen chicken and pork cuts available for sale. Stay for our own BBQ sausage on a bun for lunch!

Ongoing: We will have pigs in a front pasture and turkeys available for easy viewing, BBQ Sausages($).

Location: 345 Colony Road, Bobcaygeon


Directions: From Bobcaygeon, take Kawartha Lakes Road 36 south, and turn south onto Pigeon Lake Road. Turn right onto Colony Road. From Lindsay, take Pigeon Lake Road east and turn left onto Colony Road. We are number 345 on the left with a red gate. Come up our long driveway through the trees.

F4: Dairyfest at Vosbrae Farms

Photo of a girl with a calf.Visit an active, working dairy farm milking 140 Holstein cows.

The deVos' have a large family farm with approximately 1000 acres of cropland. You will see the dairy cow herd in their comfortable free-stall barn with a large rotary milking parlour. View the equipment needed to operate a modern dairy farm and have the chance to meet Maple for a hands-on milking experience.

Ongoing: View Holstein dairy cattle, calves and farm equipment

Location: 140 Skyline Road, Manilla


Directions: From Hwy. 7 take either Simcoe Street or Kawartha Lakes Road 46 north to the 1st road - Skyline Road and turn (right - east from Simcoe Street or left - west from Kawartha Lakes Road 46). 140 Skyline Road is about half way (2 km) between Kawartha Lakes Road 46 and Simcoe Street on the south side of the road.

F5: Horsefest at Valentia Equine Retraining Centre

Boy riding horse.This registered not-for-profit, gives retired race horses a second chance. Visit with horses of all sizes in their paddocks. The animals enjoy snacking on apples and stale bread, which are acceptable to bring with you. *Please notify volunteers if you have brought anything for the animals.

Children's Paw Patrol themed forest maze & scavenger hunt with prizes for completion. Explore our walking trails, watch horse demonstrations 12:15 - 1:00, and take a mini equestrian lesson($). At 11am and 2:00pm join a certified saddle fitter for a demonstration on horse tack equipment & at 11:30am and 2:30pm join in learning to groom a horse ($5 each). Most is Wheelchair accessible, public washrooms available.

Ongoing: Walking trails & maze, sawmill demonstration, kids crafts and activities, and riding skill demonstrations. Available for an additional fee: photo areas ($2); 10:30-2:30 mini equestrian lesson($5); Lunch and bake sale 11-2.

Location: 188 Valentia Road, Little Britain


Directions: From the four corners of Little Britain travel east, then from Little Britain Road turn south onto Valentia Road. Travel south past the Ramsey Road intersection, to number 188 on the east side of Valentia Road.

F6: Pumpkinfest at Stellmar Farm

Photo of a pile of pumpkins.See giant pumpkins and visit the craft shed at Stellmar Farm, which features a wide selection of pumpkins, squash, gourds, dried flowers, wreaths, fall crafts, gourd art, decorative corn, preserves and tasty pumpkin bread. Try your hand at pumpkin painting and guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin. Enjoy samples of pumpkin bread and warm cider. Perhaps even learn the secret behind growing giant pumpkins! Watch Thanksgiving-themed cooking demonstration & taste the creations. 10:00 – Buttercup Squash Hummus, 11:00 - Creamy Pumpkin Soup, 12:00 - Pumpkin, Honey and Mascarpone in Filo Pastry, 1:00 – Butternut Squash Slaw, 2:00 – Naked Bear Pumpkin Seed Brittle. Recipe booklet available for purchase.

Wheelchair accessible property. Washroom available (not wheelchair accessible).

Ongoing: Pumpkin painting, face painting, guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin, walk the corn labyrinth.

Location: 136 Sandbar Road, Little Britain (east of Valentia)


Directions: Take Little Britain Road to Valentia Road and travel south into Valentia. Take Elm Tree Road east at the four corners. Sandbar Road is on the Right. Our farm is one km south on the left. Look for the pumpkins!

F7: Alpacafest at Salem Alpacas

People petting an Alpaca.Alpacafest is one farm attraction that has something for the whole family to enjoy. There will be guided visits with the alpacas, a Master Spinner giving fibre demonstrations, educational displays, videos, kid’s colouring, photo opportunities and more. Learn more about this exotic animal through audio/visual displays on birthing, shearing and alpacas at play. Finely crafted finished articles made from the alpaca fibre will be available for sale. For an additional $5, take part in a 30 minute felting craft workshop available all day.

Ongoing: Spinning demos, hands-on alpaca wool activities, video presentations and alpacas of all colours and ages.

Location: 363 Salem Road, Manilla


Directions: From Hwy 7 take Elm Tree Road south past Little Britain Road.  Or from Stellmar Farm and Valentia Equestrian, take Elm Tree Road east.

F8: Veggiefest at Lunar Rhythm Gardens

Horses plough fields while crowd watches.Tour the 15-acre Pro-Cert certified organic vegetable farm dedicated to growing 75 varieties of vegetables in the field and with high tunnels and greenhouses, powered by four heavy draft horses. Visit the cows & calves, pigs, miniature horses, and chickens. Visitors can see the cold storage, greenhouse and vegetable wash station.

At 11am watch the tractor digging potatoes then pick a bag of potatoes to take home with you ($5). Ask one of our volunteers for a guided pick-your-own vegetable experience -  choose 2 items from lettuce, carrots, beets, or cabbages depending on availability($5). At 3pm watch Jessica with our heavy draft horses cultivating in the vegetable field! Fresh organic produce is available for purchase. Portable washroom facilities are available.

Ongoing: : View the livestock, vegetable garden, hoop house, pick-your-own experiences and demonstrations, display boards, kid’s activities.

Location: 253 Gray Road, Janetville


Directions: From Hwy 7A west of Hwy 35, take Century Farm Road south to Gray Road & turn right

Farmers' Market site descriptions

 M1: Lindsay Farmers' Market

Start your Farmfest weekend at the Farmers' Market in Lindsay. Celebrate the harvest by enjoying a Saturday morning tradition in downtown Lindsay, bringing you a large array of fresh food products and so much more.

The Lindsay Farmers' Market runs Saturday from 7am to 1pm

Location: Victoria Avenue north of Kent Street.


Countryside attraction site descriptions

A1: Kawartha Dairy, Bobcaygeon

The Kawartha Dairy Company, a 100% Canadian family-owned and operated dairy based in Bobcaygeon since 1937, produces a wide range of milk products and, of course, their famous ice cream. Stop by the original Bobcaygeon location for a quick dairy snack while on the Farmfest tour. More than 45 flavours of ice cream, sherbert and frozen yogurt are available.

Take a picture of your group with the almost life-size cow at 91 Prince Street, Bobcaygeon.


A2: Kawartha Dairy Barn, Lindsay

Stop by the Lindsay location of Kawartha Dairy for a quick snack while on the Farmfest tour. More than 45 flavours of ice cream, sherbert and frozen yogurt are available.

71 Russell Street, Lindsay


A3: The Kawartha Store, Fenelon Falls

Visit The Kawartha Store, an exciting new shop featuring gourmet foods, gifts and clothing designed and made in Canada. Try a variety of samples of unique, award-winning gourmet products.

30 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls


 A4: KL Community Sale Barn Inc.

Featuring three live auctions starting at 9:00 am and continuing all day until all active sale rings have finished selling their livestock & farm items. Country kitchen restaurant & large farmers’ market offering fresh local fruit, vegetables, maple syrup, clothing, woodwork, furniture & farm supplies.

Ongoing: Farmers Market, livestock & farm items auction.

580 Woodville Road, Woodville



 Thank you!

Kawartha Farmfest would not be possible without the tremendous effort put forth by our volunteer hosts who opened up their businesses and welcomed visitors.

Thank you to Kawartha Dairy for their generous ice cream promotion and contributing to the success of the event.

Special thanks to Kawartha Lakes Communications, Advertising and Marketing and Economic Development divisions for their support.

We are indebted to all our partners.

Related events

During your Kawartha Farmfest tour you may consider taking in these events or others which can be found in our calendar:

 October 5, 2019 - Kinmount Farmers' Market
Hours of operation: Saturday, from 9am - 2pm
Location: Austin Sawmill Heritage Park
Telephone: 705-488-2612 Visit the Kinmount Farmers Market website
October 5 - 6, 2019 - Victoria County Studio Tour
Hours of operation: Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Location: throughout Kawartha Lakes
Telephone: 705-887-2229 Visit the Victoria County Studio Tour website

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