The OK Friday Barn Fair at Burl’s Creek

Posted: Jul 07 2015

In partnership with The Karma Project, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds recently launched OK Friday Barn Fair – an eclectic arts and farmers market north of Toronto. Last Friday, The Chic Canuck was treated to an exclusive media sneak peak of the market and event grounds. It was better than an “Ok” Friday – it was spectacular.

burl's creek Ok Friday Barn Fair

As the city prepares itself for the melodic explosion where two of the summer’s biggest music festivals are set to take place, we were honoured to be invited to an intimate and exclusive media experience at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds to preview the OK Friday Barn Fair, a new outdoor market launched in partnership with The Karma Project. Guests met up at the Drake Hotel where a bus awaited to take us on a lovely field trip out of the city, on a rural and scenic drive to the Burl’s Creek.

burl's creek Ok Friday Barn Fair

Upon arrival (and just in time for lunch) we were spoiled by popular selections hand-prepared by rockstar chef Anthony Rose of Rose & Sons, Fat Pasha and Big Crow fame. We also slurped by freshly shucked oysters by Rodney’s Oyster House. Lunch was served in an open, outdoor picnic setting followed by a lovely tour of the barn and grounds. As mentioned, Burl’s Creek Event Grounds will be home to two of the summer’s largest music festivals including WayHome (July 24th-26th, 2015) and Boots & Hearts (August 6th-9th, 2015). The barn at Burl’s Creek will be the VIP section for next month’s WayHome festival which will be headlined by the likes of Neil Young, Kendrick Lamar as well as Sam Smith.

burl's creek Ok Friday Barn Fair

There was something about the expansive, open air, paired perfectly with local wine (courtesy of Norman Hardie), the incredible food and the best brownies ever (seriously, that’s what they were called, “Best Brownies Ever”) that made this experience so special. Canadian indie label Arts and Crafts curated the tunes, providing the perfect soundtrack to our afternoon with a lineup of local talent and Canadian musicians.  

burl's creek Ok Friday Barn Fair

As if there wasn’t enough exploring and discovering to do, we also got the chance to meander through the outdoor farmer’s market where local shops, artists and vendors showed off their sustainable goodies.

We couldn’t leave empty-handed, so we took home a fresh peach blueberry pie and some Maple syrup from Maddington Farm – in the near distance, we could actually see the trees that this local family-run farm had tapped!

burl's creek Ok Friday Barn Fair

Open Fridays from 2-8pm running all summer through to Thanksgiving; City-dwellers, suburbanites and those in the surrounding area are flocking to the grounds on Fridays to enjoy the local and sustainable offerings of local farmers and artisans. Check out OK Friday Barn Fair to support some of the best local vendors and shops around! Everything from fresh produce to Polish baking goods by Victoria Bakery, there is tons to see, eat and drink.
Have fun!
(Article contributed by Michelle Pinchev, images by Daniel Williams/Dowling Pictures)
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