Annual Taste of the Valley/Herbfest Festival

The 'Annual TOV/HerbFest' is being presented on Sunday, July 29th from 9am - 4pm rain or shine at Waba Cottage Museum & Gardens in beautiful White Lake, Ontario

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'HerbFest' is our 23nd annual celebration of growing and using herbs to help develop healthy lifestyles.

Activities will go from 9am - 4pm

Admission is FREE.

Our goal is to generate enthusiasm for the roles that herbs play in our lives. Activities will include vendors, displays, demonstrations, music, craft, food kiosks and children's activities. Waba Cottage Museum and Gardens is a historic museum nestled in 8 acres of lovely gardens on the shores of scenic White Lake.

This event is being presented by the Ottawa Valley Herb Association in partnership with the Township of McNab/Braeside.

Parking is being arranged with a free shuttle that will be available from a secondary parking lot.

Background Information:

The term 'herb' is an accepted abbreviation of 'herbaceous plant'.

Their use spans time and cultures.

Herbs can be used in a variety of ways including culinary, medicinal, spiritual and landscaping applications.

Culinary herbs are used in small amounts to provide flavor to food such as rosemary, sage and thyme. Herbs were a commodity of trade between historical civilizations in Asia, Northeast Africa and Europe. Today, tea plays an important role in our day to day lives.

Some herbs have medicinal qualities. In today's culture, modern medicine is taking a closer look at long established folk and cultural remedies that use herbs. Some examples include St. John's Wort, Ginseng and Echinacea.

In some religions, herbs play an important role. In the Bible's Christmas story, the Three Wise Men presented gifts of myrrh, frankincense and gold to the infant Jesus.

Using herbs in the landscape is a way to add color, texture and aroma while attracting bees and butterflies.

Waba Cottage was born with a dark and stormy past.

Scottish feudal Laird Archibald McNab ruled here with an iron fist in the early 1800s. On the settlers' backs, he made and squandered his fortunes.

Today, it is a relaxing, beautiful and historical setting nestled in the Ottawa Valley.

In this charming 8 acre lakeside park, you will find 11 themed gardens and 5 buildings of historic interest. Facilities include picnic tables in a quiet maple grove, mobility accessibility to buildings and a boat launch to White Lake.

Please consider these items on your 'what to bring list'. Hats, shade umbrellas, lawn chairs, sunscreen and a camera. As an eco-option, we suggest that you bring a refillable water container. We will provide a tap with drinking water and rinsing station. Bottled water will also be on sale.

The beautiful Waba Cottage garden pictures are here...





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