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Fall Supper: A Hearty Feast of Locally Prepared Specialities

A hearty feast of locally prepared specialities

What is it that makes you think back to when grandma or mom called you to dinner at the carefully set dining room table that gives you that warm feeling of comfort and satisfaction? The smell of savoury, cloves, fresh bread and pie... Well it would have to be either a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with all the fixin’s. Turkey with stuffing, dressed ham, steamed veggies, mashed potatoes with gravy, fresh buns hot from the oven and homemade apple pie!

That’s a lot of food and seems like a lot of work, but each fall various communities come together serve a feast for the stomach, heart and soul. Just about everyone gets invovled in this huge undertaking. Some do the planing, some do the cooking, others do the serving while the rest of us do the digging in.

This is a long-time tradition (or habit) worth getting into. Usually you purchase a ticket for your meal and the money goes towards a church, community project and another worthwhile cause. So if you really think about it, by eating enough food to necessitate the undoing of your belt, you are helping support the community. Not to mention that most of your meal is ‘farm fresh’. Local growers are always happy to supply these fall suppers with fresh produce and meat. That means while you fork out a little green, you’ll be eating a whole lot greener! So what can you expect at a typical fall supper?

1) A line-up! Come early or at least be on time. After you finally find a parking space, you’ll have a hard time finding a seat. Especially if there is more than two of you. If this is family dining and you have a young child who normally sits in a highchair, considering bringing a portable booster seat. These suppers usually take place at a community centre and there may not be enough highchairs to go around, if any.

2) Everyone! People like to take advantage of this oppertunity to get out and see everyone before they get snowed in. If you’re new to the area it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors.

3) Good old home-style cooking. Turkey, meatballs, ham, corn, mashed potatoes, salads, etc. Oh and don’t forget the desert. There’s always room for desert. Apple pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie and lemon meringue pie with the perfectly flaky crust.

4) A fun and friendly dining experience. There’s just something about feeling a part of the community. It’s nice to people of all ages enjoying one another’s company.

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