Healthy Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 24 and
Sunday, September 25, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visitors will discover:
- Canadian fall crops and healthy ways to enjoy them
- Easy and fun physical activity games
- Canada's Food Guide and the four food groups
Learn how to turn Canadian fall crops into delicious, healthy snacks at the Canada Agriculture Museum's Healthy Harvest Festival. Try your hand at making apple cider and our a-maize-ing popcorn craft, treat your taste buds to sweet honey, and much more! Get your heart pumping by jumping rope, hula hooping, and playing harvest themed games. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., dance to the music of the Fiddleheads!
Wonder+ Cares Healthy Harvest Festival Activities
Fun with Fruits and Veggies
Moms and Dads looking for tasty and healthy snacks for their kids will encounter a few ways to have fun with fall fruits and veggies.
Crunchy Butterflies (10:30, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00)
Not being allowed to play with your food does not apply in the Demonstration Kitchen today as we use two fall crops; apples and carrots, to make tasty butterfly-shaped snacks!
Fall Fresh Soup (ongoing between demonstrations from 10 to 11 and from 12 to 4)
Sample a freshly homemade soup, inspired by (and containing) a medley of fall crops.
Old Cereal Barn
Apple Cider Making and Tasting (10:00, 11:00, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30)
What happens to apples that are somewhat damaged and not ideal for consumption? They are pressed to make juice! Visitors can try their hand at making apple cider by participating in operating the press, and, of course, be rewarded with a sample of fresh juice for their labour.
Prodigious Pollinators (ongoing)
Pollinators are insects (or sometimes birds or bats) that pollinate flowers. Much of the food we eat (about one third) is possible because of pollination. Luckily, there are over 1000 species of pollinating insects in Canada! Learn about the important role some of these pollinators play in the production of fall crops and play a fun and active pollination game!
Honey Tasting (ongoing)
Did you know that honey colour and flavour depend on the flower source? Sample a variety of honey flavours, made by busy honeybees from the nectar of clover, buckwheat and sunflowers. This demonstration will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but will be food for thought as you learn about why honey is good for you and about the honeybees that make this sweet treat.
Horse and Cattle Barn
Healthy Horses and You (1:15)
Find out what horses need to be healthy by comparing items used to care for them with items you might use at home. Find out how their digestive system is different from humans and learn about the kinds of food that are nutritious for horses.
Small Animal Barn
Healthy Sheep and You (2:45)
Find out what sheep need to be healthy by comparing items used to care for them with items you might use at home. Find out how their digestive system is different from humans and learn about the kinds of food that are nutritious for sheep.
Healthy Pigs and You (10:45)
Find out what pigs need to be healthy by comparing items used to care for them with items you might use at home. Find out how their digestive system is different from humans and learn about the kinds of food that are nutritious for pigs.
Small Animal Barn (Classroom)
Food Group Fun (ongoing)
Children can shop for a balanced meal, using our plastic food props and pretend grocery store. Visit our kitchen play stations as the room is transformed into a dedicated food group play area for the weekend. A guide/volunteer will be on hand to facilitate activities about Canada's Food Guide and the four food groups.
Puppet Theatre (ongoing)
Create your own adventures with the Museum's animal puppets.
Dairy Barn Classroom
Popcorn on the Cob Craft (ongoing)
Using a POP-ular food, children are invited to exercise some creativity by making their own
a-maize-ing popcorn on the cob craft to take home.
Cooking for Cows (2:15)
Dairy, Meat and Alternatives, Grains and Fruits and Vegetables are the four food groups humans need in their diet to be healthy. Dairy cows also need to eat certain foods to be healthy themselves, as well as to produce lots of nutritious milk to be made into dairy products for humans. Find out what the cow 'food groups' are and how their digestive system is different from our own as you 'cook' a meal for a cow in the Museum's dairy herd.
Afternoon Milking (4 pm)
The milking of the Museum's dairy cows takes place twice daily. Over the course of this demonstration, visitors will be impressed by the technologies used in modern dairying as they see the herdspeople milk the entire herd. A Museum guide will be on site to explain the process and to answer questions.
Ready, Set, Go! Physical Activity Games (ongoing from 10 – 11 and from 1 – 4)
Ongoing physical activity games will be happening in Memory Park throughout the weekend (in Building 95, in case of rain). Run, jump, play using our Hula hoops, skipping ropes or by participating in various active games facilitated by a Museum guide.
Pedal Tractor Obstacle Course (10:15, 1:45 and 3:15)
Test your driving skills to see if you can make your way through the Museum's obstacle course on our pedal tractors.
Performance by The Fiddleheads (Under the big tent in Memory Park) 11 am – 1 pm
Dust off your dancing shoes! The Fiddleheads fiddling ensemble will be playing jigs and reels for all to enjoy from 11 am to 1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Clap your hands, tap your toes or even do-si-do as these members of the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Association will get you moving towards being fit as a fiddle!
Tally-Ho Rides ($) (10 am – 2 pm)
Take a ride around the fields of the Experimental Farm on the Tally-Ho wagon. This wagon is pulled by the dynamic duo of Ted and Merrill, the Museum's own Clydesdale horses (weather permitting).
Food Services ($)
The Hot Potato Company will be on site this weekend to offer food services ($). The menu includes baked potatoes and potato wedges available with a wide variety of delicious toppings, as well as cold and hot drinks (juice, coffee, tea).
Wonder+ Cares website: http://www.wonderbread.ca/wondercares
The Canada Agriculture Museum is located on the Central Experimental Farm, Prince of Wales Drive, between the traffic circle and Baseline Road.
For more information, please visit our Visitor Information page or call 613-991-3044.
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