It’s that time of year again! The sun is setting on the lazy days of summer, but in Stoney Creek (a community in Hamilton), there’s still one more hurrah before we officially say goodbye to the summer holidays. That much-anticipated hurrah is known as the Winona Peach Festival!
Personally, I am a huge fan of peaches. They’re right up there next to berries and watermelon on my list of must-eat fruits in the summer. August just wouldn’t be the same without them! Each one plump and round with a healthy red glow – a kiss from the sun! You may be one of those people who are turned off by the fuzzy skin, but I like to think it makes them all the more cuddly to bring home in a basket. Besides, once you sink your teeth through that skin and let the sweet juices burst out and dribble down your chin, all aversions to fuzziness will be forgotten. Who can resist a perfectly ripe peach?
There was peach pie, peach cobbler, peach juice, peach sundaes and of course, the thing that started it all – the peach! It was nothing short of peach heaven.
Even my mom, who doesn’t consider herself a big fan of peaches, loved the peaches at this festival. They’re so sweet and juicy, with just a hint of tartness that makes you smack your lips just to make sure you don’t miss a single drop of juice. It has all the sweetness of canned peaches, but a million times better thanks to the added value of tree-ripened freshness.
As if peaches weren’t enough to draw a crowd, there were dozens of arts and crafts booths, commercial vendors, a car show, live music and even pony rides! It was definitely worth the one-hour drive from Toronto, even if I only ended up staying for about two and a half hours. The sun was a scorcher, but even a winter-lover like me could overlook the heat when surrounded by all that peachy hype.
Of course, I couldn’t leave empty handed. There were baskets and baskets full of sweet-smelling peaches, all calling my name. I ended up driving the hour back to Toronto with eight tasty souvenirs from the festival.
Now I guess that means I’ll have to start looking up some worthy recipes (i.e. peach cobbler) to showcase my peaches!