Cannington, Ontario – This weekend you can head to Cannington in Durham region to be a part of the 11th annual Cannington dog sled races and winter festival. Always a fun-filled weekend of outdoor winter activities, teepees, Aboriginal dance performances, ice sculpturing, outdoor activities and Heritage and Pioneer re-enactors.
Usually top teams from across North America take to the trails for an action packed weekend with a $10,000 purse but due to icy trail conditions the competitive dog sled racing had to be canceled, but public dog sled rides for the kids and kids at heart will still be available.
What’s Brewin’ spoke with Alison Bennie the event co-organizer about how the event takes a local approach to the festival including the beer they drink. “In the first year we had only Steam Whistle but now we serve Lake of Bays, Muskoka Brewery and King Brewery at the festival” Bennie said. “A farmers crowd is hard to change but over the years we have had no complaints and now some local establishments offer craft beer.” Bennie calls the bar at the festival a “All Canadian Bar” with Thornbury, Black Fly and Forty Creek all being served.
“Owners of the craft brewery’s are very amicable and supportive of local events and we are glad we have stuck with it over the last 7 years, it has changed a lot of peoples attitudes about the beer they drink” says Bennie.
With over 500,000 print impressions and over 40 cases of beer that gets sold for the event it seems like a win win for this event and the craft brewers.
Live local, Drink local.