Food festival raising money for H.A.V.E. and Plaid for Dad

Food, drinks, music and plaid are the highlights of this year’s Haliburton Highlands Food and Beverage showcase.  

The annual fundraiser has been raising money for two charities every year. The global charity being supported this year is the Help a Village Effort (H.A.V.E.), drilling fresh water wells in India, and in celebration of Father’s Day, the local charity picked is Plaid for Dad.  

According to Diane Dawson, owner of Wintergreen Maple Products, the festival has raised $30,000 since it started six years ago in her restaurant.  

“Culinary in this county is a pillar of tourism and it needs to be just a little more showcased because there are incredible food and beverage places in this county,” she said.  

Some of this year’s vendors include Highlands Brewery, Abbey Gardens, Garlic Growers and Boshkung Brewery.  


The festival is $20 per person which allows attendees to sample food and beverages from all 30 local vendors at the fair.  

People will also have a chance to win big with this year’s auctions.  

“We want people to think that it’s worth coming to, and to support these two charities,” says Dawson.  

This Father’s Day season, people across Canada are raising funds and going plaid to help end prostate cancer.

The showcase is June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wintergreen Pancake Barn on Gelert Rd in Minden.

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