The Stirling Water Buffalo Festival

Story and Photos submitted by: Britt and Jeff  

It’s the third weekend in September and we are off to Stirling, Ontario. Yes, that’s right Kraft Hockeyville! Home to some NHL stars, The Stirling Blues, The Stirling Festival Theatre, Farm Town Park, Twisted Mounty Apparel and so much more! Since 2009 Stirling has been host to the Water Buffalo Festival. This definitely isn't our first time in Stirling, it happens to be one of our favourite towns in Hastings County. But, this is our first Water Buffalo Festival, so we took the drive over the beautiful Oak Hills to see what it was all about.

Apparently, we were missing out!

This annual, one day street party has something for everyone. We spent the day wandering around Mill St., which is closed to traffic for the event. We browsed the vendors, sampled almost every food item available and watched some great entertainment while enjoying delicious wine tastings from Potter Settlement Wines, who were visiting from Tweed.

The event is very well organized and runs from about 11am-4pm. We hear the Stirling Rotary and Lions Club team up to put on this event, with an amazing crew of volunteers. Almost all the vendors are offering up some buffalo inspired goods! Some of the delicacies included buffalo sausage, pulled buffalo sliders, buffalo gelato, poutine with buffalo cheese, mini quiche with buffalo milk, buffalo pizza…. are we starting to sound like Bubba? Ha ha.

They even had Buffalo hygiene products, soaps made from essential oils and buffalo milk. What stuck out most for us were the “Atomic Buffalo Turds” by The Rib Cage BBQ, tasty little pieces of buffalo sausage wrapped in jalapeño and stuffed with cheese.

Any yes, there was actual live water buffalo there visiting. Just over the cover bridge from the bustling Mill St. was a busy Kids Zone offering mini stick hockey, face painting, snacks and an area to meet and pet the buffalo. Visiting from the Ontario Water Buffalo Co. just down the road were two baby buffalo and one adult mama, who weighed 2600 pounds! They seemed very content visiting with all the families and posing for pictures.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather at this event. Talking to some of the vendors who have been there before, they said that the last couple years it had poured rain most of the day, so we felt very lucky to be exploring the festival with the sun beating down.

It was a great day! We finished off our experience at the Stirling Water Buffalo Festival with purchasing some 50/50 tickets, stocking up on some fresh veggies from the Marsh Hill Farms stand, enjoying a cold beer from the bar, and soaking up the last bit of music from the band. We can’t wait for next year to #gobuff!

Hastings County Road Trip success. We hope this leaves you inspired! Britt & Jeff.


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Story and photographs by Britt and Jeff

Britt and Jeff are a small town Canadian couple with entrepreneurial minds, hippie spirits and a passion for food, travel, music and people.

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