District Businesses Participate in Toronto 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Grace Ward is excited to make her first appearance with her Crazy Good Spices at the 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Thunder Bay company, offers a wide range of natural, custom blends of herbs. Supplied photo.

Grace Ward is excited to make her first appearance with her Crazy Good Spices at the 2015 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Thunder Bay company, offers a wide range of natural, custom blends of herbs. Supplied photo.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair features more than one million square feet of displays and competition facilities, attracting approximately 300,000 visitors and thousands of students each year.

Billed as Canada’s largest indoor agricultural fair, the annual 10-day event, which runs November 6-15, 2015 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, celebrates the best in agriculture, local food and equestrian competitions from across the country.

Samples of Bay Meats gluten-free beef jerky and pepperettes being gobbled up at the 2015 RAWF. George Noonan and Cindy Sale from the Thunder Bay Butcher Shop continue to find success at the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion. Supplied photo.

Samples of Bay Meats gluten-free beef jerky and pepperettes being gobbled up at the 2015 RAWF. George Noonan and Cindy Sale from the Thunder Bay Butcher Shop continue to find success at the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion. Supplied photo.

One of the largest exhibits at the fair will be the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion, showcasing more than 55 agricultural and equine businesses, and organizations from across the North. The venue provides participants with countless opportunities to establish new business contacts and increase sales. FedNor is proud to support this event through the NECO Community Futures Corporation with an investment of more than $467,000. This year marks the 15th year of the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Pavilion, enabling participating exhibitors from all across Northern Ontario to showcase their products and services to consumers, industry representatives and potential investments. The goal of the high-profile venue is to provide Northern Ontario agricultural and agri-food producers with an opportunity to better position themselves in the marketplace and gain access to new markets outside of the North.

As crowds of people mill through the Enercare Centre in Toronto, Andrea Burke of Brule Creek Farms (Kakabeka Falls)  is only too happy to share details about how her stone-milled flour, cookie and dough mixes, and yellow canola oil are produced. Supplied photo.

As crowds of people mill through the Enercare Centre in Toronto, Andrea Burke of Brule Creek Farms (Kakabeka Falls) is only too happy to share details about how her stone-milled flour, cookie and dough mixes, and yellow canola oil are produced. Supplied photo.

Special events at the Northern Ontario pavilion this year will include scheduled food sampling at the Northern demonstration kitchen; a chef competition on Northern Ontario Day scheduled for Friday, November 13th; as well as taste testing offered by Northern Ontario beer, wine and spirits producers located at the onsite LCBO store at the Royal.

 

Matt Pearson encourages booth visitors to "Drink Superior beer". The owner/operator of Sleeping Giant Brewing Company of Thunder Bay is among the beer, wine and spirit producers featured in the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion. Supplied photo.

Matt Pearson encourages booth visitors to “Drink Superior beer”. The owner/operator of Sleeping Giant Brewing Company of Thunder Bay is among the beer, wine and spirit producers featured in the FedNor-supported Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion. Supplied photo.

 

Karen Kerk of Bare Organics (Thunder Bay) gives a Royal visitor the bare facts about her organic skincare products.  Supplied photo.

Karen Kerk of Bare Organics (Thunder Bay) gives a Royal visitor the bare facts about her organic skincare products. Supplied photo.

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Thunder Bay based Frape & Sons Boutique Bitters’ Justin Frape (left) and Giovanni Gallo (right) share tips on how their boutique bitters may enhance flavours in cocktails and culinary dishes. This marks the first appearance for the Thunder Bay bitters distiller at the Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion. Supplied photo

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