Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Bob Hunter Memorial Park (7277 14th Avenue, Markham) 

Please note: Parking for this event will be at Walmart (500 Copper Creek Drive, Markham). Shuttle buses will run continuously between Walmart and the event space at Bob Hunter Memorial Park beginning at 9:45 AM. The last shuttle back to Walmart will leave the event at 3:15 PM. For those with accessibility needs, parking will be available at Bob Hunter Memorial Park.

Get ready for our signature summer event, Taste of the Trail! Come celebrate the agricultural and cultural heritage of Rouge National Urban Park. Get your fix of the great outdoors while satisfying your cravings with local treats. Meet some of our farmers in the park and discover the diversity of the Rouge.

Be prepared for an adventurous day—be sure to bring your lunch, reusable water bottles, and dress for the weather. On-site parking is limited, carpooling is recommended where possible. Coming from downtown Toronto? Take the FREE TD Rouge Express shuttle service to the park!

What's on
  • Experience traditional campfire cooking methods with Pickering Museum Village and sample food from the early settlers.
  • Savour a cob of sweet corn with a medley of flavours fresh out of the pot, provided by Sweet Ridge Farms.
  • Learn about how our farmers get the food from their field to our tables with Markham Museum
  • See how your favourite wool sweater is made with Windreach Farm
  • Sample some delicious pancakes and local maple syrup with our Learn-to Camp team
  • Join your favourite beaver, Parka, for a relaxing picnic and try some of her favourite treats
  • Make a new fluffy friend with Wild Things Petting Farm. Come see, pet, and hold all your friendly farm favourites from 11am to 2pm!
  • Try some local sweet and spicy condiments that are available for purchase courtesy of Joy of Harvest
  • Learn how you can turn your own food waste into rich soil through composting and vermicoposting presented by FoodShare Toronto
  • See how we can reduce plastic on our trails by upcycling milkbags with the City of Markham Sustainability Program
  • Discover the importance of bees while sampling some delicious local honey with the Toronto Beekeepers Collective
  • Start your own garden of fresh greens and learn what it takes to grow from seeds, presented by the Toronto Urban Growers.
  • So much more!

While this is a free event, Feed the Need Durham staff will be on-site collecting food donations for their food distribution program. Please give what you can!

Desired Items:

  1. Canned Protein  (tuna, salmon, peanut butter)
  2. Fruits & Vegetables  (canned peas, fruit cocktail)
  3. Snack Food  (crackers, granola bars, juice boxes, fruit cups)
  4. Breakfast Food  (jam, hot/cold cereal, pancake mix, syrup)
  5. Hygiene Items  (shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste)


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