What to Do This Family Day

Ideas from VG Meats

February 15, 2018

It’s been a great week on the VG family farm. The sun was finally out yesterday and even with all of the ice and snow on the ground, we can see springtime on the horizon. We hope you’re feeling good, too – there’s plenty of reason to! The weekend is almost here and this time, and you get a whole extra day to relax and have fun. Monday, February 19th is Family Day in Ontario – the perfect excuse to gather with your loved ones and enjoy some quality time together. Need some ideas? We’ve got you covered.

Family activities near Simcoe

Looking for some Family Day fun in and around Norfolk County? There are a variety of activities happening at the Simcoe Recreation Centre, including free ice skating, swimming, crafting and hiking (details available here). There are also free skates happening in Caledonia and other townships (check your local arena for details). You can bundle up and go hiking, sledding, cross country skiing or snowshoeing as a family, or even try a ride on some fat bikes! We’re living in a truly beautiful landscape – get outside and enjoy it!

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Our 2018 #VGMeatsChiliBowl Champion Shares Her Winning Recipe!


February 8, 2018

The first annual VG Meats Chili Bowl was a success, with some amazing entries and one truly outstanding winner, Mary Pat Elliott (‘Chili B’ from the competition, if you’re keeping track). Thanks again to all who entered, taste-tested and voted for their favourite – it was a great day! We are so pleased to share this winning recipe with all of our customers. Thanks again, Mary Pat!

A note from our winner

“In the past couple of years, I have become fascinated by the depth of flavour and warmth that the “curry cooking technique” of Indian cuisine. For example, some spices and herbs are added to be stewed or simmered for long periods of time, some are introduced at the end. This the basic inspiration for the technique in this chili.

As far as other inspiration goes, well, that would be a six or seven-year-old girl helping her Mom out in the kitchen as she and my late Dad raised four kids under the age of five in a small bungalow around the corner from VG Meats. The incredible smell of sauteing ground beef and onions will always bring me back to those days where I first learned to love cooking for others. Along with Dad’s Pancakes, Mom’s Chili Con Carne was the first dish I ever learned how to make.” – Mary Pat Elliott

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5 Great Foods For Your Super Bowl Party

February 1, 2018

Whether you’re rooting for the Eagles or the Patriots (or even just interested in watching the halftime show), there’s one thing we can all agree on this Super Bowl Sunday – the food has to be amazing. A great spread, some craft beer and maybe even a Jalapeno Margarita to spice things up – anything goes, as long as it’s good. Here are our picks for Super Bowl party foods that will please everyone, win or lose.

Mmm, Nachos.

Nachos are classic Super Bowl food and a guaranteed hit with your guests. Try them with ground beef, sharp cheddar cheese and jalapenos; go with shredded chicken, Monterey Jack and green onions, or try these mouth-watering loaded nachos. No matter what meat and cheese you choose, don’t forget the sour cream or the guacamole (because we all know that guac is the real star of any nacho plate).

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