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October 2021

Durham Region Fall Fun Guide
While every season is our favourite, there's just something about fall fun in Durham Region. To show just how much love we have for fall, we've put together a huge list of awesome adventures for you to enjoy this season. 

When the weather gets cooler, you can head indoors to one of our many attractions—like retro arcades, rock climbing, or glow in the dark mini golf. Or, if you want to take in the sights and sounds of the season, there are many outdoor adventures that await you—like zip lining through a fall forest or watching the leaves change colour (aka leaf peeping) along your favourite trail. 

And, your fall bucket list just isn’t complete without enjoying some farm fresh cider, picking apples and or visiting a local pumpkin patch. While exploring, don’t forget to show your love for local business by indulging in some fall treats with our curated list of pumpkin and apple items. Get outside and enjoy fall in Durham Region!  

While exploring, use the hashtag #DurhamFallFun so we can follow along with your fun fall adventures.
Culinary Corner: Featured Recipe
Durham Tourism, in partnership with local Chef Alex Page, will be sharing seasonal recipes to inspire you to try something different and support local farms.

This month’s recipe is: Lavender Infused Maple Syrup Glazed Duck Breast

What you’ll need:
 
  • 2 boneless duck breasts 
  • 2 tbsp Gray Silo Lavender Farm Lavender Infused Maple Syrup 
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  • 1/2 tsp dried lavender 
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary 
  • 1/2 cup dark cherries 
 
Cooking instructions:

  • Let duck breasts rest 30 minutes at room temperature, then pat dry with paper towel and, with a sharp knife, score skin in a 1-inch criss-cross pattern and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. 
  • Place breasts skin side down in a cold cast iron skillet, set over medium-high heat, and slowly render out the fat. Once skin side is deep golden brown and crisp, flip over and brush with maple syrup. Add garlic, lavender and rosemary and cook until duck feels firm to the touch, about 4 minutes, searing each side of the breasts for 30 seconds more. Flip over again and cook until glaze caramelizes on skin, then transfer breasts skin side up to a plate and rest for 5 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, add cherries to pan sauce in skillet and warm through. 
  • Cut rested duck breast on the diagonal into ½-inch thick slices, spoon over cherry pan sauce, and serve immediately.
 
Recipe serves two
Celebrate Port Perry's
150th birthday
The event will kick off on October 2 with “Welcome Back Friends of Town Hall Theatre!”, a concert celebrating Port Perry’s 150th birthday with a return to live theatre, presented by Town Hall 1873.

On October 3, make your way to Palmer Park (Water and Queen Street) in downtown Port Perry, from sunrise until 4 p.m., for a variety of activities including:

  • Sunrise interdenominational church service
  • Pancake breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Port Perry
  • Craft brewery, winery, cider house event
  • Kids' zone, musical entertainment, artisan market, art activities, horse and buggy rides
  • Birthday cake and coffee
  • Tartan Parade (1 p.m.)

Old Flame Brewing Co. is also hosting a special event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and other patios and retailers are waiting to welcome you. 

Join the fun and take in all downtown Port Perry has to offer.
Celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week
Celebrate Ontario Agriculture Week from October 4 to 10! This week is dedicated to celebrating the abundance of food our farmers produce, the Ontarians our industry employs, the rural communities we support and the economic engine we fuel.

Did you know:

  • Agriculture is one of the top good producing sectors in Durham Region and a major economic driver.
  • Durham Region has 101 greenhouse, nursery and floriculture farms.
  • Durham Region is home to one of the largest mushroom producers in Canada.
  • Durham Region is home of 1,323 farms and 292,815 acres of farmland spread across all eight of our local municipalities.
  • Durham Region has over 19,000 acres of farmland used for growing wheat. Wheat is used to make bread, pasta and many more staple food products.

Visit Invest Durham’s local food directory at InvestDurham.ca/LocalFood for a list of where to buy local food products and craft beverages.

Want to learn about more about agriculture and rural developments in Durham Region? Sign up for the bi-monthly Agriculture & Rural Economic Development e-newsletter. For more news and information, follow @DurhamAgRural on Twitter.
Bring Home the Harvest with A Country Path
As the leaves fall, summer is waving goodbye. Fall brings longer nights, cooler temperatures, wonderful colours and holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Halloween!

When planning your Thanksgiving meal, take a drive to see the beautiful countryside and savour the sights, sounds and smells of the fall! Experience and shop at many of the Country Path farm retail locations for products and inspiration for your fall feasts.

Check out the pumpkin farmer, the organic beef farmer, the beekeeper, the country herbalist, the miller by the pond, the cider maker, the wine maker, the egg farmer, the dairy farmer and the Christmas tree farmer.

Be sure to check individual businesses for seasonal hours and activities.
Explore Pickering Village by bike on October 2
Put on a cozy sweater, grab a warm beverage and explore Pickering Village by bike on October 2 from noon to 4 p.m.

In celebration of Pickering Village being designated a Bike Friendly Business Area, this special fall pop-up event features a (TOA) self-guided tour with 14 stops—11 bike-friendly businesses and three Town of Ajax activations—located at Pickering Village Urban Square, Quaker Meeting House and the St. Francis Centre.

Participants can download the Pickering Village map and passport at ajax.ca/BikePV. Drop off your completed passport at any of the TOA activation sites and receive a special giveaway. All passports will be entered to win a cycling prize pack.
For unique trip ideas or to plan your perfect day, visit DurhamTourism.ca, or call 1-800-413-0017. If this information is required in an accessible format, contact Durham Tourism.