Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers had its 50/50 winning ticket picked on October 15th at Jim Mustard’s Variety store in Iroquois. Jim Mustard has been a supporter of the program since its inception in 1992. The winning ticket for the 50/50 was sold at the Williamstown fair this past August; the winner was Denis Tousignant of Greenfield, North Glengarry Township ($1550.00). The winning ticket was pulled by Nelson Zandbergen in front of Mustard’s Variety store.
Upper Canada Village will host over 30 food, wine and beer artisans and producers at a new culinary event Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17 showcasing a selection of the region’s best local food and beverage producers. And there’s more….this year’s event is themed around the love and role of cast iron cookware.
The highlight of the weekend will take place on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., with an all-new Iron Pan Competition.
Chefs from across the region will vie for the judges’ favour as they create a dish using a box of local mystery ingredients, each using a single cast iron skillet.
Competing Chefs include: Chef Supremo Ahmad Mansori from Cornwall’s Table 21 and Truffles Burger Bar; Executive Chef Derek MacGregor representing Le Chien Noir Bistro in Kingston; Executive Chef John Leung from Ottawa’s Steak Modern: Steak & Sushi located in the Byward Market and Executive Chef Jhonatan Gonzales from Winchelsea Events, Winchester.
Executive Chef Luc McCabe from NAV Centre will lead the judging panel with the help of Peter Hum, Food Editor at the Ottawa Citizen and Hélène Peloquin, Cook, Writer and blogger from Ottawa (La Cuisine d’Hélène). Chef Wes Wilkinson, Culinary Faculty Member at Algonquin College will Emcee.
Contestants will be judged on, but not limited to their creativity, use of mystery ingredients, flavours, and cleanliness.
“We’re extremely pleased to see an increase in event vendors this year, proving that Culinary Tourism is strong and continuing to rise”, says Geoff Waycik, UCV Manager. ”We’ve got one of the most unique venues in Ontario to host this event and as we add in our own Village staff cooking interpretations, it really puts a historic spin on food. The iron skillet theme this year has generated much interest – as the trend with many customers is to simplify and get back to basics in everyday life. This is the year to attend this event!”
On Sunday, a new segment featuring sensational single-skillet suppers made simple will be presented three times during the day at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.
Special guest Gourmet Food Chef Dwight Saunders, Teacher and Wellness Consultant of Aura Culinary Arts in Iroquois, will lend his culinary expertise, preparing three unique dishes from around the world, using local ingredients!
Not to be missed on Saturday & Sunday:
The Original 100 Mile Diet…
Throughout the weekend, Upper Canada Village’s own characters from the past will be presenting the region’s original 100-mile diet through heirloom garden tours, as well as special heritage cooking demonstrations and taste testing in the historic kitchens of three of its 19th century homesteads (Louck’s Farm, Tenant Farm and Cook’s Tavern). Other food-related activities will include grinding flour in Bellamy’s Steam Flour Mills, baking bread in the bakery and making cheddar cheese in the Union Cheese Factory. Village flour, bread and cheese will all be for sale in the farmers’ market area.
The cast iron theme continues throughout the site. Period kettles, woodstoves and utensils all crafted from iron will be highlighted and/or put to use throughout Upper Canada Village over the weekend. Visitors can test their strength at the skillet tossing challenge, a more than “light-hearted” activity that will add some weight to the event’s full roster of activities.
Stop in at Crysler Hall to see “Fire in the Kitchen”, a special exhibit showing technological change in the kitchen in the 19th century. From new food products, gadgets and tools, to new methods of preparing food, the century marked a period of rapid innovation in the home. See if you can figure out the mystery artifacts!
Dining in a 19th Century Inn – Willard’s Hotel Weekend Special
Historic Willard’s Hotel Restaurant, across the street from the fairgrounds, is featuring a Food Lover’s Special: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie, Side Salad in a Sweet Cider Vinaigrette Dressing, Village Bread, Strawberry Shortcake and Beverage – $20 per person, both Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are recommended at 613-543-0660. Willard’s Hotel is licensed and air-conditioned. Other regular menu items will also be offered.
Access to the Farmer’s Market in the fairgrounds, presentations and activities are all included in admission to Upper Canada Village. Adult $18, Senior (65 yrs+) $16; Youth (6-12 yrs) $12. Visit www.UpperCanadaVillage.com or call 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328 (locally) for more information or to purchase tickets.
A complete list and description of all vendors participating is available online. Food Lover’s Field Days is also sponsored by Foodland Ontario, Stormont & Dundas Milk Producers and the Ontario Egg Farmers (Eastern Ontario region).
If a friend told you he had broken his arm, you’d probably be very sympathetic, probably ask how you could help out until the cast came off.
If a friend told you he had just been diagnosed with cancer, you’d probably be deeply moved, offer a comforting ear when things were bad, provide hope and encouragement and lots of support.
Now, suppose this friend confided that he was suffering from an ongoing mental illness.
Would you still offer to help out? Offer that sympathetic ear? Provide hope, encouragement and lots of support?
According to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, the answer to all of the above is most likely no. Why? The centuries old stigma still firmly attached to mental disorders.
When physical disabilities occur, there is rarely blame attached. But if an illness is mental, society appears quick to judge the sufferer.
“Shape up.” “Snap out of it.” “Tough up.” “Face up to it.” “You’re just doing this to yourself.” are society’s common responses to an admission of mental illness.
Yet the reality is that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, and this will, in turn, touch their families, friends and communities. (Canadian Psychiatric Association)
The real irony is that hope and treatments do exist.
“The majority of people experiencing a mental illness will get better, and even those with the most severe mental illnesses can benefit from early treatment and recover quality of life,” says Dr. Nizar Ladha, president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
Advances have been made in the areas of genetics, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology as well as in understanding the psychological mechanisms that underlie psychiatric disorders and play a role in their occurrence. Light is also being shed on the role that environment and culture play in the development and treatment of psychiatric illness.
Depression is one of the most common, and, in many ways, most treatable of mental disorders. It affects all ages from very small children to senior citizens.
Depression manifests itself in many different ways. “It is not a simple thing to diagnose, which is all the more reason to keep on top of it, and pay attention to feelings and health,” says Alexandra Kaey of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Among teens, depression is considered a significant contributor to thoughts of suicide, eating disorders, alcohol, drugs and internet abuse and, in some rare cases, to the type of murderous violence which rocked Columbine.
One in ten adolescents aged 13-19 experiences a depressive episode. Around 20 per cent of teens may undergo a phase of depression. (Know the Teens)
Yet most high schools offer few, if any, intervention workshops or provide any long term education on issues of mental health.
The need is certainly there. Canada holds the “unhappy distinction of having the worst adolescent suicide rate among the world’s leading industrial powers. Every year, 300 kids between the ages of ten and 19 kill themselves.” (Toronto Star, Feb., 2005)
Mental Health Awareness Week, October 2-8, is attempting to spread a message of hope across Canada.
There is help out there. Treatments and therapy are available. Silence about mental health is costly to families, the work force, the entire nation.
Mental Health Awareness Week seeks to bring mental health issues out into the light, particularly among young Canadians. It emphasizes the need to educate parents, teachers, employers, family members, other teens, about the signs of depression, and about intervention and assistance programs which are available.
And the need for more funding for the treatment of all mental disorders continues.
Respect mental illness: don’t reject those who suffer from it. Instead, reject the stigma.
Mental Health Awareness Week, October 2-8, offers a real chance for people to talk openly and without fear.
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