Kelly Musters of Sandhill Nursery gave a presentation on how to assemble Christmas wreaths and containers during the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in Toronto last month.  |  Karen Morrison photo

An arrangement that says ‘wow’

TORONTO — Fillers and thrillers are essential components of homemade Christmas crafts. Kelly Musters of Sandhill Nursery in Huntsville, Ont., who led seminars on creating festive containers and wreaths at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in November, said supplies can come from greenhouses, craft stores or your own backyard. “Go for a nice […] Read more

The Ring of Excellence at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto is now 25 percent larger and contains a large video screen overhead. Shows are livestreamed and available from the Royal’s website.  |  Karen Morrison photo

New features, live streaming at Toronto ag fair

TORONTO — Those who fear navigating Toronto’s freeways and toll roads to get to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair can now live stream livestock shows from the fair’s Ring of Excellence. For Tyler Murray of Luckhorn Ont., that means his friends and family can get to watch him compete from home. Showing in the senior […] Read more

Action abounds at the Royal

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, held in Toronto Nov. 4-13, includes a host of livestock shows, equestrian events, chef challenges, educational hands-on activities and a trade show.


It didn’t take long for Colt Longpre, owner of Tire Service, to replace valve stems on vandalized tires at the Royal, but paint sprayed on pickups and livestock trailers was a bigger problem.  |  Jeffrey Carter photo

Celebration of agriculture marred by vandals with paint

TORONTO, Ont. — Animal rights activists may have picked a poor target if they vandalized pickups and livestock trailers at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair earlier this month. “If it was activists, and we’re not 100 percent sure, they’re not bettering their cause by doing this,” said Sarah Brien, a spokesperson with Farm and Food […] Read more

e Royal since she was five. Her mother usually does the shearing but this year her father, Steve Shelley, filled in. |  Jeffrey Carter photo

Royal ‘better than Christmas’ for participant

TORONTO — There are places in Canada where rural communities have faltered. The neighbourhoods where Nicole Shelley and Janice Kyle reside are not among them. Neither is the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “It’s a large part of who we are. My mom and dad actually met down here and were engaged. My mom was very […] Read more


Grotesquely misshapen rutabagas, metres-long carrots and oversized pumpkins were among the strange entries in this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto held Nov. 7-16. Food preserves, trade shows, cooking classes, as well as cattle, horse and goat shows were featured in addition to rabbit jumping, sheep herding and beekeeping.   |  Karen Morrison photo

Renewed interest in old-fashioned skills

Home canning | Younger generation at the forefront of a trend to bring back home canning techniques

TORONTO — Home canning is undergoing a renaissance among a growing number of consumers who want to know what’s in the food they eat. Entries in the home crafts categories at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair exceeded 400, up from last year, said Peter Hohenadel, the fair’s director of agriculture and food. Recent additions […] Read more