Canada’s largest annual puppet festival! Puppets UP! in Almonte



The Puppets are coming Up! This festival is Canada’s largest annual puppet festival. Starting Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9, there will be magic at every turn in Almonte!

puppetsup showThe annual festival is back for its 11th year. It offers 60 performances of 10 different shows from Canada, the U.S., and, this year’s featured performer, Bernd Ogrodnik from Iceland. Many of the festival’s shows and street entertainers are designed for the very young, while others will amuse and keep older kids and adults fully engaged. All performers take a break from their performances on both Saturday and Sunday to participate in the famous Puppets Up! parade, which marches down Mill Street from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Imagine! It’s all happening in and around beautiful and historic Mill Street in Almonte, just a halfPuppets Parade Almontehour from downtown Ottawa. Come and say Hello, take in the shows or just wander the street and enjoy the buskers and other street activities!Giant puppets Almonte


June Cheese of the Month

The cheesemaker: Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Woodstock, Ontario

Shep Ysselstein is the owner and cheese maker of Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese in Woodstock, Ontario. Shep is one of the youngest cheese makers in Ontario and has already garnered top prizes for some of his cheeses (Five Brothers in 2014 and Handeck in April of this year).

May Cheese of the Month

The cheesemaker: Fromagerie Domaine Féodal, Berthiéville, Québec

Guy Dessureault and Lise Mercier run Domaine Féodal cheese dairy, situated in Berthierville in Quebec’s Lanaudière region. The couple specializes in the creation of bloomy rind Camembert-type cheeses. Crafted with love and artisanal skill by these master cheesemakers, the cheeses feature qualities and characteristics unique to the Camembert variety.