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September 3, 2003
Enjoy the outdoors and celebrate fall at the High Park Annual Harvest Festival - Sunday, October 5 between noon and 4:30 p.m.
Toronto Culture - Celebrate fall in High Park and enjoy an afternoon
of music, children's activities, harvest food and much more during the High
Park Annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 5, between noon and 4:30 p.m.
The event is co-presented by Colborne Lodge - City of Toronto Culture Division;
Toronto Parks and Recreation; the High Park Children's Garden; and the High
Park Citizens' Advisory Committee.

High Park's Annual Harvest Festival offers many activities for children and
adults alike including music, drama, nature and garden crafts, horse and wagon
rides, historic tours, storytelling, pumpkin carving and more. The marketplace
will offer foods, a native plant sale, and community displays.

"Colborne Lodge was built in 1837 by John Howard, one of Toronto's first
architects and the founder of High Park," said Cheryl Hart, site co-ordinator
at Colborne Lodge. "The beautiful, picturesque grounds are the perfect venue
for the festival that has been a part of the community for more than 40 years.
This festival showcases the rich history of Colbourne Lodge, while offering
special activities that can be enjoyed by everyone."

Another popular activity is an old-fashioned preserving contest with great
prizes to be won. There are two categories to participate in. The Savoury
Pickles contest includes fruit, vegetable or mixed pickles along with chutneys,
relishes, chili sauces and catsup. The Sweet Preserves contest, includes jams,
jellies, conserves, fruit butters, syrups and marmalades. Culinary
professionals and local celebrities will judge the competition. This year's
line-up of celebrity judges includes Pat Moynihan-Morris, food and consumer
consultant; Claire Tansey, food writer and restaurant critic; and Jennifer
Brown, board member of Colborne Lodge. Judges are looking for visual appeal,
texture, aroma, and flavour. A point system is used and is available on
request. There is a $3 fee to participate and pre-registration is required. For
rules, regulations and further details, call Fiona Lucas at 416-392-6910 (x305).

Admission to the grounds is free, with fees for some activities. Special event
admission to Colborne Lodge is $2. The festival is located at the south end of
High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive, north of The Queensway. For more
information, call 416-392-6916.
Colborne Lodge is owned and operated by the City of Toronto Culture Division,
Museums and Heritage Services. For a complete list of City museums and event
information, visit

Media contact:
Kristen Juschkewitsch,
Culture Division,



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