How much garbage does feeding 420 people produce?

Last week we fed 420 people a belly-busting meal of fish, chips, salads, and desert. How much garbage do you think we produced from the fish fry?

About 1/2 bag!

Led by ND Board of Trade member Alice Scott, our annual fish fry was on a mission to reduce waste to virtually nothing. We used biodegradable or reusable cloths for cleanup. Containers were recycled, as were cups for the cold drinks. Garbage cans were removed from the public area so that all plates and settings were brought back to the kitchen for sorting by board of trade members. All dishes and cutlery were sorted, all food scraps and paper napkings/placemats were also sorted and either composted or recycled. Alice led a virtual assembly line from trays of dirty dishes, through sorting, through to the dishwasher.

The small amount of garbage remaining was created mostly during the preparation and setup for the fish fry. We’ll be reviewing this to see if we can eliminate garbage completely for our next event.

A very cool initiative by the Board of Trade. Thanks Alice!

2017 Ambassador to the Fall Fair contestant

Amy and parents Linda and PaulThis year the New Dundee Board of Trade sponsored Amy Darkes as our representative for the Ambassador to the Fall Fair contest.

Amy is a Waterloo Oxford student and long time New Dundee resident (parents Linda and Paul Darkes, members of the ND BOT).

We’re all very proud to have such a strong confident young resident representing us at the fall fair. Thank you Amy!

Wilmot Thunder Rep Softball Tryouts

The New Wilmot Thunder Rep Softball Tryouts for 2018 Teams
will be taking place in the coming weeks.  All Wilmot Youth are welcome to tryout. (Birth years 1999-2009).  To participate in the rep tryout process please signup here:

Sign up for Wilmot Thunder
(Be sure to sign up for the division corresponding to the player’s birth year)

Due to the time constraints on the season (weather) we would ask that all planning to participate, sign up by September 17, 2017.

(Please note:  This is not a registration link for the 2018 Season – Registration and payment will be made via the RAMP process as in the past, and will be done at a later date)

ND Board of Trade visits Willibald Distillery

Members of the ND Board of Trade recently visited the Willibald Distillery located just outside Ayr Ontario.

This new distillery currently focus on their own blend of Gin, however they expect to have whiskey available in about 3 years (Canadian whiskey must be aged 3 years). 

Members saw the entire distilliation process including:

  • starting with a mash of local grains (they expect to eventually grow their own grains on the home farm) they add yeast to convert the sugar in the grain to alcohol.
  • The first distillation produces whiskey which is aged in oak casks for at least 3 years.
  • The second distillation produces tasteless, odourless vodka.
  • The third distillation produces gin. During this stage juniper berries and other spices are added to the vodka prior to the third distillation.  During the actual distillation the steam produced is passed through additional spices for further flavouring. 
  • Willibald then ages their gin for 6 months, producing a gin with a distinct amber colour.

If you’d like to see this local business in person, they are having an end of summer food truck and cocktail event from noon until 5pm on September 30, 2017.  Full details available on their website.

New Hamburg Studio Tour 2017

17 local artists are participating in the new Hamburg Studio Tour on Saturday 23 September from 10am to 5pm.  Locations are scattered throughout New Hamburg and prizes are available for those visiting at least 6 locations.

New Dundee’s own Jan Cressman-Weiss will be displaying her artwork at the upper level at My Space Restaurant (96 Huron Street, New Hamburg).  She can be reached at or visit her website at

Further details of the full studio tour are available on their facebook page at