Stir it up! It’s time for the annual Sensational Elora Soup-Off!
Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the competition is boiling over with delicious flavours, creative recipes and an aroma of fun.
The Sensational Soup-Off, a signature event of Sensational Elora’s calendar, part of their Empty Bows/Empty Glasses Project. It’s an important fundraiser to combat hunger and poverty in our community.
Watch as chefs, home-cooks and time-tested traditional recipes are put to the taste test – and the judge is YOU! Using local ingredients and a whole lot of creativity, this is truly a feast for the senses.
But there’s more to it!
Sample soups from the competitors
Enjoy entertainment from the Elora Acoustic Cafe
Purchase a one-of-a-kind bowl or glass hand-designed by local artisans
Vote for the best soup!
Entry to the Sensational Soup-Off is:
$15 for adults
$5 for children under 12
and $35 maximum for a family of two adults plus children.
Purchase one-of-a-kind bowls and glasses, donated by local artists for only $25.00.
Voting will take place during the event and prizes will be awarded.
Comments Off on THE AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE – An exhibition by Tim Murton
Could it be that we’ve been conditioned to live unnatural lives? Like boiled frogs? Welcome to the dark side of Tim Murton’s brain.
‘The Air Conditioned Nightmare’ is a social commentary using satire and dark humour, often from a place of human disconnection and isolation, to shine a black light on the underbelly of our corporate world.
The exhibition launches on Thursday October 10th with an opening reception at 7pm in the Minarovich Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts, in partnership with local tavern The Porch Light. The exhibition will run during Monster Month and continue until November 17th. Admission is free.
Tim Murton is also well known for creating the Twilight Zoo in Elora as part of the annual Monster Month events in Elora and Fergus. His “creatures” are still alive and well and are installed throughout downtown Elora for the month of October.
The fall colours are ever-changing, accenting our spectacular natural vistas with bright colours of reds, oranges and yellows as the Grand River ripples throughout the heart of Elora and Fergus, flowing out of Belwood Lake and the Shand Dam, making for picturesque views as it winds through the high limestone cliffs and forested edge of the Elora Gorge.
Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature and capture it all with your lens, or you’d prefer to take it all in from a pub or a café, or you just want to spend a day with friends shopping and touring two of the prettiest towns in southern Ontario – you’ll love the view here.
We asked some locals what makes the fall season special in Fergus and Elora. Here’s what they had to say:
“OMG everything? Every walk is absolutely gorgeous with autumn leaves. The Elora Farmers’ Markets are also full of amazing food.” – Kate G.
“Biking on the trails, just like in every season, but in fall, it’s particularly beautiful to tour these trails.” – Brian C.
“Monster Month! Keeping Halloween real in Elora. And fall is beautiful here. We love taking walks along the Gorge, through the trees.” – Chris M.
Might we suggest a few awesome ways to get all your autumn feels in here:
Bring your bike, or grab your hiking boots, or hey, walk the dog along the Elora Cataract Trail. You can journey from the shores of Belwood Lake and the heights of the Shand Dam all the way Fergus, Elora and beyond. Clear, clean and peaceful trails surrounded by nature. Through forests, farms and two beautiful towns, you’ll get away but still be near.
Explore the Elora Gorge without even leaving the village of Elora. Just follow the signs for the best views. And don’t be shy! Ask a local. They know the best spots.
Check out the view of the Grand River in downtown Fergus. The walking Milligan Footbridge offers a beautiful view in either direction.
Watch out for Monsters! Don’t worry, they won’t bite. Look around Elora for these freaky, spooky hand-crafted monsters by renowned Elora artist Tim Murton, part of his Twilight Zoo creations and the inspiration for Monster Month, celebrated each October with great enthusiasm in Elora. We choose to put the fun into Halloween, rather than the fear. Bring the kids and find your spirit too!
Shop our two historic downtowns for unique treasures with friendly service, not because we have to be nice, but because we just genuinely are friendly folk.
Pubs, restaurants, drinking establishments (because it sounds way classier than ‘bars’ and we are quite classy here) and let’s not forget Elora’s own brewery. Cheers to you, autumn!
Find your way to the Trestle Bridge, part of the Aboyne Trail adjacent to the Wellington County Museum and Archives for an incredible view of the Grand River and the colours of the season. Tucked in between Elora and Fergus, the views in every direction make this is a destination spot.
Make your Saturday morning complete with a trip to the Elora Farmers’ Market to enjoy seasonal bounty of harvest season.
Come enjoy the sweater weather with us! And be sure to share your adventures with us on Instagram @visitelorafergus@bythegrand #visitelorafergus #bythegrand.