10 Things To Do in Prince Edward County in November 🍴 🎨
With you-know-what just around the corner, November is all about getting ready to get festive. You’ve still got lots of time to check out an arts workshop to make that special someone something perfect, hit a market to find a locally-made gift all while keeping fed and hydrated with food and drink events all month long.
Read on to keep your finger on the November pulse.
Arts and Workshops
Get lit this November at The Firelight Lantern Festival (Nov 9). Join local artists at community workshops to make your own lantern, then join the celebration by walking in the magical, highly, -grammable lantern parade from Picton’s Benson Park to the Crystal Palace, where you can enjoy live music, performances, light installations and more.
Looking to get your hands dirty while encouraging the creative juices to flow? Join local artist Andrew Csafordi for a two-day encaustic painting workshop, a fun technique using layers of natural aromatic melted beeswax and oil paints (Nov 2-3 and Nov 23-24).
Join bookbinder and conservator Leslie Drisdale for a one-day Introduction to Bookbinding workshop where you will learn the basics of bookbinding, terminology and techniques required to make your own books. You’ll go home having made a single and double signature notebook, an accordion-fold pocket book and a kit with all the supplies you need to continue making your own small journals.
Join local and international filmmakers at the Regent Theatre for the Hollywood North Film Festival (Nov 8-9) for the best in independent features, short, animated and experimental films from across the world. Or stroll through Arts on Main during their Winter Show featuring 20+ local artists (Nov 20 until Jan 26).
Festive and Fun at Wassail The County | photo: Winegrowers Association
Pressail and Wassail
The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe, Taste That! is so excited for Wassail, they’re putting on a ‘Pressail’ edition of their cellar-inspired improv comedy show, Whose Wine is it Anyways? – Wassail Edition at Karlo Estates Winery (Nov 14), where the dress code includes mitts, toques and blankets.
An annual tradition and a favourite for many is Wassail [ˈwäsəl, ˈwäˌsāl] noun: drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way. This is your chance to toast the vines and put them to rest for the winter while enjoying local wines, a little bit of shopping and a whole lotta good cheer. You can even Wassail at Macaulay’s Museum each weekend where the historic house is done up for the holidays, features the ‘Been There, Done That!’ art show, and offers tasty snacks available from the 1850s kitchen.
Photo: Tamara from Hawthorn Herbals will be at the County Wellness Collective Show and Market
If you need to ‘up’ your pre-holiday wellness game, check out the County Wellness Collective Show and Market (Nov 2) where you’ll meet and shop some of the best alternative health and wellness practitioners in The County. Find workshops and a market with natural and organic food and drink, herbal remedies, organic skincare, zero-waste and non-toxic living essentials and more. BYO reusable shopping bag.
The Maker’s Hand (Nov 1-3) has been going strong since 2004, becoming one of Eastern Ontario’s best holiday vendor shows. Find a variety of fine crafts by artisans who are dedicated to creating original designs using quality materials.
Get everyone checked off your ‘nice list’ at the 4th Annual Christmas Market and Sale at the Local Store (Nov 1-3). Shop and support 160 local businesses under one big barn roof.
Support local families dealing with childhood cancer while shopping for your loved ones at Tears Mean Love Christmas Sale (Nov 23) where you’ll find a variety of local vendors and crafters. Don’t miss the fourth annual Midtown Christmas Market in Wellington (Nov 30).
With the addition of a new Countylicious lunch option and Countylicious Experiences, Countylicious (Nov 1-24) has gotten an upgrade but still offers the beloved three-course fixed price dinner menu at 11 participating PEC restaurants. If you love spirits and sauce, check out The Art of Getting Saucy workshop at Kinsip with Big Mike’s BBQ – a match made in heaven of mixology + BBQ sauce. The winemaker’s harvest dinner in the cellar at Huff Estates (Nov 8) promises a unique and delicious evening peeking behind the barrels and hearing about the winemaking and pairing process.
Embrace your inner Newfie at the Jiggs Dinner and Newfie Night (Nov 2) – a traditional boiled dinner with all the trimmings. Or head to Karlo Estates Winery for a plant-based, full-moon feast. This month’s Trading Moon Dinner includes a wine and ‘cheese’ reception, three courses with wine pairings and desserts. Chef Andy never fails to impress with Blumen’s annual Charity Prime Rib Dinner (Oct 25-Nov 11) if you’re looking for a comfort classic (plus you’ll feel good while you eat knowing $5 from each dinner supports the Firelight Lantern Festival!)
Bloomfield Night Parade | Photo: Bloomfield Ontario
Get Festive and Support Local Causes
In the spirit of getting festive, join locals at the beloved annual night-time dazzler, Bloomfield’s Festival of Lights (Nov 29). The night-time parade lights up Main Street with floats, displays, song and laughter. Family friendly with all the small town vibes, this is an event not to be missed.
Find inspo for your holiday decorating with more than 200 decorated trees at the Festival of Trees (Nov 29-Dec 1) at Isaiah Tubbs Resort. If 200 decorated trees isn’t enough, you’ll also find entertainment, a boutique, visits from the big guy in red and a bake and preserve sale annnnnd… all the proceeds support healthcare needs in our community.
Handbags for Hospice (Nov 6) invites you to an evening of fun, fashion and fancy! Find one-of-a-kind, hand-painted works by local artisans, bid on handbags, getaways and packages all while supporting Hospice Prince Edward.