BALA — Finding cranberries may be a little easier at this year’s Cranberry Festival here.
A number of partners are coming together to create a year-round tourism attraction, the Muskoka Cranberry Route, centred around Muskoka’s beloved fruit.
They are encouraging restaurants, bakeries, breweries, retail stores and accommodations to sign up and become a stop on the route.
It will help customers see where the tasty little “Reds” are sold.
Restaurants: serve a beautiful salad topped with local dried cranberries or a cranberry crème brule for dessert. We will leave it to our talented chefs to get creative
Bakeries: come up with the perfect combo of sweet and tart – cranberry loaf, cranberry pie, cranberry butter tart, the opportunities are endless
Breweries: a number of breweries are already brewing cranberry inspired beer (or raddlers) using local cranberries. Get on the route and bring people to your brewery
Retail stores: we want to showcase the best of the best cranberry inspired products, from jams to salad dressings and everything in between
Accommodations: be one of our suggested overnight stays for visitors who are taking the Muskoka Cranberry Route.
Sign up to be on the route!
Sign up by this Friday, Sept. 14.
For an application form, go to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is $100 to $150 for restaurants, depending on the number of cranberry experiences they offer: for example if you sell cranberry wine and a salad with cranberries it’s cheaper.
If a retail store sells cranberries they can be a friend for $25.
Eligibility: Participating businesses must have a bricks and mortar storefront in Muskoka with a Cranberry product/experience. The cranberries you use must originate from Canada. Retail stores who sell a cranberry product can be featured on the website as a friend of the route at a reduced cost.
This is a partnership of the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Muskoka Lakes Township, Bala Cranberry Festival and Muskoka Tourism.