Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 08, 2014 15:13 ET

Media Advisory: Experience the Harvest Season With Savour Fall at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - Harvest and food enthusiasts will not want to miss Savour Fall at Rideau Hall, which will be hosted by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston on Saturday, September, 13, 2014, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This harvest celebration is an opportunity for visitors to appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures of the fall season. The event will take place rain or shine and will feature activities free of charge for the entire family to enjoy:

  • Explore the kitchen garden, the greenhouses and the private gardens;

  • Taste culinary creations by Louis Charest, Executive Chef at Rideau Hall, and his kitchen team, assisted by culinary students from Algonguin College, La Cité collégiale, École hôtelière de l'Outaouais and the Centre professionnel et technique Minto;

  • Learn about table etiquette from Rideau Hall staff;

  • Meet producers and taste products from Canadian Organic Growers, Growing Up Organic, Main Farmers' Market, Ottawa Farmers' Market, Outaouais Gourmet Way, Savour Ottawa/Just Food and Harvest Noir;

  • Discover more about community involvement with Hidden Harvest and the Ottawa Food Bank's Community Harvest Program;

  • Get tips from one of Canada's leading garden experts Ed Lawrence and National Capital Commission horticultural experts Mark Burleton and Normand Hotte;

  • Find and identify the edible trees at Rideau Hall;

  • Participate in children activities presented by the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum the Robert Legget Park Children's Garden with Let's Talk Science, and enjoy games, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt;

  • Take in live musical performances by local rock-country band Fiftymen.

The harvest season is also about sharing with one another. On this occasion, contributions to the Ottawa Food Bank to help families in need will be welcomed.

Visit the Residence

From 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will also be able to tour the historic residence, its State rooms, and the permanent exhibit A Reflection of Who We Are, which explores various facets of the Canadian Honours System. From the history of the system to the accomplishments of recipients, Canadians can discover what's behind insignia and medals, and be inspired by the passion and dedication that characterize those who have received these honours.


Free parking will be available at the National Research Council (100 Sussex Drive, a 10-minute walk from Rideau Hall) on a first-come, first-served basis, and on the streets in the surrounding neighbourhood. Limited parking for mobility-impaired guests will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via Princess Gate.

To obtain a site map of all the activities, visit

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