The Greenbelt booth at the Picnic provides insight and information about the Greenbelt and how to get involved.
Photo Credit: Melanie Schade, 2013.
Now in its fourth year, the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic has been called one of the 10 best outdoor music shows by the Globe and Mail.
But it's more than a music show. It's a celebration of food and farming. It's an opportunity to be active in a gorgeous conservation area. And it’s a chance to spend a day with family and friends.
An all-day affair, the Picnic features dozens of farmers and food vendors that are keen to talk about their local product—how they grow it, produce it, and cook it. Their pride in their work is easily understandable. Fresh, delicious, and incredibly varied, the food is unlike any music event I've been to.
Fans enjoy the show and the beautiful weather.
Photo Credit: Melanie Schade, 2011.
Other vendors show of their craft and artistic skills, allowing you to find gifts for birthdays and other celebrations, or just to enjoy them yourself.
And if you want to learn about, or be engaged in, various Greenbelt related issues, many NGOs have information tents and you can talk to their staff about their important work.
Taking the kids is easy and cheap as kids 10 and under are free. There are activities for the little ones from swimming and building sand castles on the beach, to canoeing, painting, and just plain running around.
Sarah Harmer and Gord Downie and the Country Miracles perform at the 2011 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (right).
Photos Credit: Melanie Schade, 2011.
And of course there's the music. This year features yet another great and varied lineup. Ray LaMontagne is playing his latest record, Supernova. Bruce Cockburn reminds us of his sweet melodies and passionate lyrics. Los Lobos gets us moving our hips. Sarah Harmer's gentle voice is always haunting. Ron Sexsmith is one of Canada's best songwriters, and Gord Downie can belt a song better now than 20 years ago.
So come along for the day. For a full lineup and ticket information, see harvestpicnic.ca
CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the photographer Melanie Schade was not properly credited for her photos of the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (2011, 2013). The updated version now reflects Melanie's contributions.