and Kelsey Smith
NORTH DUNDAS — North Dundas will serve up an extended celebration of Confederation’s 150th anniversary this summer, transforming five main streets into temporary open-air dining venues over five successive weekends.
Where Ottawa will close Wellington Street to feed shishi fare to 1,000 people on just one date in August, this township beats the urbanites to the punch with ‘Meet Me On Main Street’ — in Morewood (July 5), South Mountain (July 13), Hallville (July 19) and Chesterville (July 26). The local outdoor dinner-on-the-asphalt series concludes with a grand finale Aug. 2 in Winchester, seat of local government.
A section of the main drag in each town will be shut off to traffic to accommodate tables and chairs on the street in lieu of cars.
North Dundas admittedly borrowed a page from the Aug. 27 ‘Canada’s Table’ event in the Nation’s Capital — if not quite the high-brow menu. Where Ottawa’s version extolls fine-dining and visiting chefs, the diners in North Dundas will chow down on stick-to-your ribs all-Canadian options like poutine, beef on a bun and otter tails.
And beer. The township’s outdoor experience will be licensed for alcoholic beverages, just like Ottawa, says North Dundas Economic Development Officer Stephen Mann.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Mann said of the street-party concept inherent to both Canada’s Table and Meet Me On Main Street. Township staff recently came up with the name of the local edition.
Council just last week officially approved the impending temporary road closures.
“We’re literally setting up a string of tables and chairs in the middle of the street, and every venue will have a food provider,” Mann says.
Buy a meal and refreshments — or just show up to catch the free live entertainment on any or all of the dates, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hillbilly Highway (first two nights), Sons of Gord, Marleen Fawcett and Furious Gord respectively play the five scheduled evenings.
The township has budgeted $3,000 for the festivities.
See the official Facebook event page for precise details on the streets being closed.
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