About 15,000 people converge on New Hamburg the last weekend in May for the annual Mennonite Relief Sale and Quilt Auction. It is a day of food fun since all the Mennonite churches in the area have traditional mennonite food items for sale. Our area has a mix of Mennonites of Swiss and Russian origins, plus new mennonite churches among other ethnic groups.
The day starts with an incredible pancake and sausage breakfast. Then, while you parouse the crafts from around the world, or buy plants or participate in the auction or penny power weigh in, you can eat spring rolls, back bacon on a bun, yeast donuts, teaballs, rosettes, cream buns, pies of all descriptions, lamb, summer sausage, verenki, herring, homemade ice cream, roll kucken, fleish peroshki, apple fritters, pupusas, etc. Throw away your diet that day. Fresh strawberry pies are probably the single biggest hit.
The main fun is in the quilt auction which shows about 300 quilts and range from real bargains at a few hundred dollars to stunners fetching thousands! There is always a preview on Friday night and the auction is all day Saturday. It's fun to just sit and watch the auction action. In 2006, the highest selling quilt went for $11,000, but some years quilts have gone over $20,000! People come from all over North America to see the quilting craft at is best.
The New Hamburg Fall Fair is near the end of September and is a real agricultural fair. Animal exhibition and judging, races, vegitable displays, crafts, demolition derby, and of course a midway.
Check out their web site for this years fair: http://www.newhamburgfallfair.ca/
Castle Kilbride is a gracious Victorian mansion built by James Livingston in 1877. It was built in the Italianate style and boasts many original murals painted on walls and ceilings. Livingston made his money from the flax industry and paint of that day was made of linseed oil, a product of flax.
Most of thee furnishings on display are original to the house.
Climb to the belvedere for a view out over the township.
Special events at the castle are planned throughout the year, so check to get in on the fun.
It is designated a national historic site and is owned by the local government. Admission is charged.
145 Peel St, New Hamburg, N3A 1E7, Canada
Good for: Business
Not very good service, especially when it comes to picking up an order. Does not seem very organized.
The cheese is nothing special , nor is the sauce.
My first time ordering there was not a pleasant experience . The hawaiian pizza I ordered was burnt.
Favorite Dish: Completely overrated restaurant. It is nothing special at all.
All the ingredients in Arca's pizza sound ordinary, but the result is strictly gourmet! Take out only, but New Hamburg has plenty of comfortable benches scattered throughout the down town and nearby parks. Unless it's mid-winter, or a downpour, you can always find a place to partake.
All their pizzza is bargain priced, but doesn't taste like chain takeouts.
Arca's building is a former private bank and retains much of the exterior and interior details from the original use.
Favorite Dish: I'm not vegitarian, but their vegitarian pizza is amazing. Something is so appealing about the sauce and cheeses that I don't miss the punch usually found in the meat. And all the crusts are fabulous.
Gord and Leslie have set high standards for their food and their staff. Offering lighter than normal classic French country cuisine, the dishes are always varied and its hard to make decisions because everything is so good. Their award winning recipes are a gourmet delight.
The Waterlot is in a former private home built in 1847 by Dr. Scott. The main dining room faces out over the mill pond with its swans and placid water. With 5 dining rooms and patio, The Waterlot has one of the areas most pleasant surroundings.
The Waterlot also offers bed and breakfast at competetive prices.