Tales from Durham: Getting pumped for the Durham Festival


Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt. 


The inaugural Durham Festival is going to be the largest festival that Durham Region has ever seen, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation could not help but get involved!

We're excited to be one of the many partners of this exciting four-day event. From discos and games to a full-day cycling event and world record-breaking picnic, the Durham Festival promises to be as eclectic as Durham Region itself.

The Festival launches Thursday, August 13th with Elevation 2015, a full-day event celebrating road cycling and the passion that it inspires. From celebrity speakers to cycling panels, Elevation 2015 will showcase Durham’s dedication to recreation and leisure. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's Shelley Petrie, program director and project Lead for the Greenbelt Route, will be sitting on the cycling panel to talk biking in the Greenbelt. 

On Saturday, August 15th we're challenging the record for the longest picnic table in the world! We'll be joining hundreds of other from across Durham Region and beyond at Victoria Fields in Whitby to eat a local lunch at what could end up being the largest picnic table ever built. The 400-foot picnic table, which will have been constructed the day before by Habitat for Humanity Durham and a team of over 100 volunteers, will be able to accommodate over 500 people. Join us! The event is free, but pre-registration is required!  

Make sure to bring your Greenbelt spirits and pack your own Greenbelt inspired picnic baskets to enjoy at the table.

Throughout the event we will be located under our Greenbelt tent answering questions and handing out our new Greenbelt Route map - be sure to stop by and say hello.  

--Communications Assistant, Durham Region

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