BLR hoping to host Taste of the Valley in 2020

PALMER RAPIDS – The Township of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan is hoping to become a stop on the Taste of the Valley tour in 2020.

The topic was discussed at the first regular meeting of the year on January 8. Council received a letter from the County of Renfrew, asking if BLR is interested in hosting the annual event.

According to its website, the Taste of the Valley has become an “increasingly popular event for both residents and visitors to the County of Renfrew. The original concept for the Taste of the Valley was to promote and support local food producers in the Ottawa Valley. Over the years the events have evolved to encourage a more expanded focus on the notion of ‘taste’ with the celebration of local food, products, art and culture.”

Taste of the Valley usually begins in late summer months, and takes place in communities around Renfrew County leading up to Thanksgiving. The Township of Madawaska Valley has been a stop on the circuit for many years, and Councillor Andrea Budarick, who is also a vendor at the show, says many people stop by.

“People love to go to them,” she said. “Crafters come and it’s part of the circuit.”

She wondered how the turnout would be since BLR is, “off the beaten path,” but she said many vendors come from Palmer Rapids and area. She suggested that BLR host in the shoulder season, particularly mid-September.

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