The family-friendly Taste Real Local Food Fest is coming to the Ignatius Jesuit Centre next Sunday on June 23 and the community at-large is invited to come out from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy exhibitors, vendors, live music, kids activities and more.

Sausage making, wild foraging, vegetable fermenting, growing oyster mushrooms and bee keeping are just some of the many free food skills workshops offered by Minga by 10C, among orchard tours and agricultural demonstration, including cheap spearing and sheering.

Children of all ages are welcome, and the event offers a wide variety of family activities, including wagon rides, face painting, the Guelph Grotto climbing wall and more. The busy kids area offers many food and agriculture activities, including a planting workshop, butter making and more, a press release said.

Prepared food vendors will also offer non-alcoholic drinks to pair with the fresh bites they are serving. It’s suggested that patrons bring a water bottle to refill onsite, and their Hillside Festival cups for local brews from Wellington Brewery, Royal City Brewing and Heartwood Farm and Cidery.

Guelph residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle bus or bike to the festival. Shuttles will be leaving from downtown Guelph — on Quebec Street beside the BMO – Bank of Montreal — and in the south end at St. Paul Catholic School on Clairfields Dr. East.