Saturday, August 30, 2014

Harvest Festival At The Kitchener Market September 18 to October 11 2014


Harvest Festival At The Kitchener Market September 18 to October 11 2014

This year marks the first Harvest Festival at the Kitchener Market and being the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassadors for Kitchener Waterloo we plan to attend the festivites! Or should we say FEASTivities?

Below is a list of the activities that will take place during the Harvest Festival.  Take note that REGISTRATION is required for most of the events so be sure to secure your spot right away! Many of the events have a cost so please check the Kitchener Market website for event descriptions, updated information and registration.

Harvest Festival

September 18-October 11

Kitchener Market's Harvest Festival will bring together all things local - farmers, food, chefs - in a celebration of the fall harvest. Join us for cooking classes, market tours, workshops and tastings. Bring it all together at our main event on Sept. 27.

Event line-up:

Harvest Time Canning with Bernardin
Thursday, Sept. 18, 630-8:30p.m.

Harvest Festival (main event)
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9a.m.-2p.m.
Activities throughout the day and be sure to look for the FOOD REVOLUTION area!

Farmers' Dinner
Monday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cooking Class: Fall Freezer Meals
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tasting class: Local Wine and Cheese
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dinner with ChefD: Harvestfest
Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Workshop: Thanksgiving side dishes with ChefD
Saturday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cooking class: Cook Like a Chef with Terry Salmond
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cooking Class: Fall Soups and Stews
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest Cooking Class: Cook like Oma
Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Finest Sausage and Meats Pig Roast on Piazza
Saturday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stuff To Do Labour Day Weekend In Kitchener Waterloo

It's almost time for Back To School.  To help ease you back into the routine, be sure to ENTER TO WIN our Pizza Europe CONTEST

Also we had the opportunity to attend the CNE this week and there's still lots to do there before Labour Day!

Looking for Stuff To Do With Your Kids In Kitchener Waterloo over Labour Day Weekend?
Here's the list!

Start with checking out our FALL FAIRS Near Kitchener Waterloo post to see which fairs are happening this weekend!


Aug 29
For Parents with older kids, or a Parents' Night Out - The Grand Seduction Outdoor Movie @ Sportsworld Crossing!/groups/2369595749/permalink/10152621195590750/

Outdoor Movie Rio 2 

Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
Come watch movies under the stars starting at dusk every Friday night! The food concession will be open and offering snacks and drinks. Visitors should bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the big screen. Movies are all rated parental guidance (PG) or general admission (G) and are suitable for families. The movies are free for Grand River Parks Membership pass holders and day pass holders. Or, up to six people in a vehicle can gain admission for a special flat fee of $10 on Friday nights starting an hour before show time. Cancellations will be posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Time: 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Price: Free with admission or $10.00 per vehicle

Aug 30
$2.50 Cineplex Family Movies - The Croods

Critter Show
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, 625 Westmount Rd., Waterloo
Visit with our Nature Centre celebrity snakes, frogs and turtles as they embark on their 2 hour tour to the Conservation Area. Learn their personal stories as they strut their stuff in front of their adoring audience! Paparazzi and their cameras welcome. Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meet at: Baseball shelter
Price: Free with park admission

Meet the Animals
Guelph Lake Conservation Area, 7743 Conservation Dr., Guelph
Hold a snake, touch a toad, and meet other “creature-teachers” from the Guelph Lake Nature Centre. Kids will love these safe, close-up animal encounters! Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at: Camper beach
Price: Free with park admission

Outdoor Movie - FROZEN
Parkvale Park 6:00pm!/groups/2369595749/permalink/10152630295190750/

Aug 31
Kitchener Rangers Fan Appreciation BBQ
11am-2pm (followed by the Charity Game)

Power Farms Ayr Tour
11am, 1pm and 3pm!/events/1520875661458998/

Underwater World
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, 625 Westmount Rd., Waterloo
Come explore the reservoir to see what strange and wondrous creatures are here, and learn how they live, eat and hide under the surface. Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meet at: Boat launch
Price: Free with park admission


Labour Day September 1 2014

Annual Labour Day Picnic in Waterloo Park
Noon to 4pm

Guelph Labour Day Picnic at Riverside Park
Noon to 3pm

Brantford Soap Box Derby and Family Fun Day
Derby registration 8am and fun day activities after the race

Also open on the Holiday Monday

  • Herrles Market There you will find a great marketplace with a local food flare. There is an outdoor play area for the kids! For more info visit the Herrles Market website
  • St. Jacobs The Village of St. Jacobs shops will be open. Take a look at the St Jacobs website for more info
  • St Jacobs Outlet Mall The St Jacobs Outlet mall is open from 10am-5pm. You can see all their Holiday Hours listed on their information page
  • Shoppers Drug Mart Most Shoppers Drug Mart locations are open for Labour Day. The ones that offer grocery items can be very helpful in a pinch
  • Also most Movie Theatres, variety stores, coffee shops, restaurants, GRCA parks, public splash pads and public OUTDOOR pools are open Labour Day. Same with most amusement centres like Bingemans, Bowling Alleys, LaserQuest Chicopee Tube Park and THEMUSEUM.Check their websites for hours and pricing.

    If we missed any family friendly Labour Day Weekend events please let us know by posting the information in the comments!

    Back To School Pizza Europe Family Feast Contest

    Feasting On Pizza Europe's Delicious Menu

    We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes we did receive a complimentary meal, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance at a FREE MEAL TOO! Enter the contest at the end of this post!

    Earlier this month we were heading to see a Drayton Entertainment production and we doubled up our fun by heading to Pizza Europe first. It made it a little rushed, but it reminded us how hectic getting ready for Back To School can be. We decided this review would help our readers find some some extra time by offering a Family Feast Contest that you can enter at the end of this post.

    Grab and Go or Stay and That's Still OK

    Pizza Europe is located in the Deeridge Plaza, and for the nostalgic KW residents, formely LULUS ROADHOUSE.  It is tucked in behind a few establishblishments so we thought this photo would help you find the location in the plaza.

    Pizza Europe offers take and delivery, or if you are stopping by with a friend they have a lunch counter area as well.  Which ever works best for you is fine by them!  The staff is friendly and accomodating to all their patrons!


    Maximum Menu

    As you can see from the image below they offer a lot of choices on their menu.  They also have the option of GLUTEN FREE crust which is prepared offsite by a local organic company.

    We had a Caesar Salad for a starter and followed it up with a Panzerotti.  We were so full we took half of our panzerottis to go.  They were so delicious!


    Make It Easy On Yourself

    Whether you are returning from Back To School shopping or rushing from school to activities, Pizza Europe offers online ordering! Just visit their online ordering page! There are lots of great deals including a FAMILY FEAST!


    Enter To Win

    To with the Back To School rush, enter to win a Pizza Europe Family Feast!  Be sure to enter to win the rafflecopter contest (it may take a minute for the contest form to load). One of the bonus entries is about getting ready for Back To School!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Parents' Night Out - Take Off With Boeing Boeing

    The Summer Is Flying By

    We're nearing the end of August and the summer is flying by! It was a good thing we were able to soar into Cambridge to attend the Drayton Entertainment Theatres presentation of Boeing Boeing.

    Ensure Your Seat Is In The Upright Position

    Being that we loved the hilarious Run For Your Wife farce they presented earlier this year...

    we were ready for this production to take flight!

    Many would think that this performance would resemble the film starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis

    but Drayton Entertainment took this show on a whole new course!

    Their website describes this show this way
       Bernard Lawrence is plain crazy for love! The Parisian is juggling three fiancĂ©es – each a beautiful airline hostess. But with the technologically advanced Boeing aircraft, which makes traveling a lot more convenient for Bernard’s dames, it is getting more difficult to orchestrate his elaborate love life.
    When they all converge in his cramped apartment at the same time, along with an old school chum who unwittingly gets involved in the confusion, Bernard’s chaotic love life reaches new heights.
    A crash landing seems imminent, so fasten your seatbelts for a hilarious farce – you’re in for a bumpy ride!

    As for our take on it we enjoyed the turbulance that provided a lot of chaos during the performance.
    While this production has an all star cast the stand out character for us had to be Bertha played by Valerie Boyle.  Her comedic banter with the other characters had the whole theatre buckled over in their seats and set the tone for the entire show.

    See Boeing Boeing Before It Takes Off 

    Looking for a Parents' Night Out or a night out with friends? We suggest seeing this performance before it takes off for another destination!

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    What If The F Word Showed Up On This Blog

    Keeping It Clean

    Being a family friendly blog, the mention of The F Word on this post might have you second guessing this blog. What If I told you it's all okay and more about a great Parents' Night Out?

    Last week we found ourselves at the screening of The F Word here in Waterloo Ontario. Now if you are a reader from the USA you would know this film as What If.

    Meaning of The F Word

    For the purposes of this film The F Word is referring to "friend" and the movie is about being the "the friend zone" and wondering What If the circumstances could be different. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace who wants to be more than friends with his new best friend Chantry played by Zoe Kazan.

    Why You Should See The F Word

    As you know from earlier posts, romantic comedies are more Diane's genre than mine, but this film had all the elements for me to thoroughly enjoy it.

    • They show the best part of The Princess Bride (the best movie ever)
    • The dialouge was extremely funny
    • Toronto was the back drop for film
    • Elvis's famous sandwich, aka Fools Gold is explained and in my opinion Fools Gold is the other F Word that makes this film great
    We think this would be a great movie for a A Parents' Night Out or a night out with your Best Friend.

    If you see it, let us know in the comments your thoughts on it and any Toronto landmarks you recognized!

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

    Guardians of the Galaxy - Grabbing Our Spot At Galaxy Cinema Waterloo

    Wednesday night we had the opportunity to attend the screening of the new Marvel film Guardians of The Galaxy thanks to Walt Disney Studios.  Where would be the best place to see it in Kitchener-Waterloo? Galaxy Cinemas of course!

    Makings of the new Marvel Franchise

    I am a long time fan of the Marvel Movies! I'm talking XMEN, Spiderman with Toby McGuire,  and even Daredevil (yes I know many didn't see Ben Afleck as the superhero, but I enjoyed the film).  When Marvel upped their game and began Marvel Studios the Marvel Universe became open territory for all of their comics to come to the big screen.  This included the lesser known heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    The Time For Action

    I have been a long time action film fan, but this is a genre Diane is new to.  Earlier in the year we went to Need For Speed and with that she was able to see why I have a fondness for the "over the top-ness" of action films.  Now that she was being introduced to Marvel it gave her a taste of what happens when action meets superpowers.  I had let her know how Marvel tends to link their films

    and that a few past characters will pop up in this film (click here for the spoiler). I also let her know with Marvel movies you need to stay after the credits for a teaser of their next film.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Is A GO!

    We mean it! Go see this funny, futuristic and full of action film!

    Need more reason to see it? They reference KEVIN BACON in the movie!

     *Warning there is a bit of Foul language, but I believe it wouldn't be anything your tween or teen has not heard before. 
    We really enjoyed the movie and we waited for the post credit sceen and...... nothing.
    While I was bewildered by this Diane pointed out that I was not the only one, as more than half of the theartre stayed as well.
    Of course I had to get to the bottom of this and on this post it is explained that the premieres did not have the post credits sceen but there is one (with the spolier of it).

    What More Could There Be?

    While we thought it was great to be watching Guardians of the Galaxy @ Galaxy Cinemas our friend Wendy of the Mapsgirl Blog was at the Toronto screening and David Bautista, who plays DRAX in the movie made an appearance!

    She even got a selfie with him!
    So as you can see we're all about the @Guardians right now! Go see it and leave a comment with your review!