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Big Fun in a Small Box!

We truly appreciate your support of our little festival. It's tough not being on site right now, delivering a great experience to you.

We couldn't make it through a year without getting a little creative! We think you'll love this and have a great time with it. Don't forget to take pictures and share them with us! Use the #cultivatefestivalinabox and be sure to let us know how you feel!

While you're at it, check out Facebook and https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/cultivatefestivalmemories/">Instagram for the #cultivatefestivalmemories. Add your own and enjoy the rest!

Team Cultivate

Winter Landscape Tutorial

A Little About Luke

An Illustrator by training, and graphic designer by trade, Luke has recently transitioned into the world of landscape painting. He draws inspiration from the varied landscapes, both natural and artificial, in his home region of Northumberland County. Luke’s expressive brushwork captures the fleeting light and movement of everyday scenes we might otherwise take for granted.

Beyond that, he's been Cultivate graphic designer since day one and he takes our rag tag ideas and makes them look like a million bucks! If you were at the festival two years ago, you would have seen him making a monstrous 8 foot x 8 foot landscape painting. It was amazing!

Get your brushes ready, this is gonna be fun! Click here to watch the tutorial.

Fall into mocktails

Let's Make a Mocktail!

This drink was inspired by the season. With apple ripening by the minute, we wanted to showcase a little more of what they have to offer outside of a that refreshing crunch.

We decided to use Pommarium Renaissance, a premium crafted crabapple juice. A single ingredient blend of tiny untamed apples is the perfect place to start. The process reveals the best parts of the crabapple, and although it's still tart, the sweetness is prominent, too, and it has a higher acidity level than the average apple juice, adding to it's balance. To that, we added a bit of BeeTree Honey. This particular honey is a Sweet Spring Nectar, with notes of orchard and a bright clean flavour. Mix these two together and it's harmony on the palette.

Here's the recipe!

1. In a low ball glass, add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of Pommarium Renaissance. Stir together until blended.
2. Add 1/4 cup of Pommarium Renaissance.
3. Top with ice and add soda. Voila.
4. Garnish with fresh thyme (if you have any) or maybe even a brown whiskey (if you're feeling it).


DIY Pizza

A Little About The Bakery

Jess and Jay landed in Warkworth five years ago, with their two daughters Scarlett and Harper. They dreamed big and worked hard. A successful family run bakery was built; supporting local farmers by sourcing the best local ingredients to produce their award winning artisanal baked goods. 2020 threw a wrench in their plans. But with their Village behind them, they persevered and pivoted their business. Pizza by The Bakery was born. They are still sourcing the best local ingredients to top your pizzas, and continuing to offer favourites from The Bakery. The best of both worlds!

Too prepare your pizza, follow these instructions.

1. Let the dough thaw.
2. Proof your dough at room temperature in an oiled bowl until it doubles in size.
3. Preheat your over to 425 degrees.
4. Roll it out in what ever shape and thickness you desire and place it on a baking sheet or pizza stone.
5. Top with fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella
6. Bake for 15-18 minutes to desired level of crispiness.
7. Let cool for a couple minutes and enjoy with those you love the most.

Northumberland Sunrise

A Little About Happenstance Coffee Pub

In their own words, "We bake amazing bread, roast amazing coffee, and curate a delectable range of local and ethically produced items to help make eating sustainably easier!" We couldn't have said it better ourselves!

Nick and Erin Cluley opened Happenstance Coffee Pub in Downtown Port Hope a few years back and it's been gangbusters ever since. A much needed infusion of great coffee and a great space.

The Northumberland Sunrise is a blend of Ecuador cafe pioneer (grown by their friends Noel and Jenny) and Brazilian Santos. It has notes of dark chocolate and stone fruity and is a light medium roast. Yum.

And that sweet girl in the photo, that's Tallulah. She's Nick and Erin's daughter and she's a great kid.

Dark Chocolate Shortbread

A Little About Sprucewood Cookie Co.

Mark Pollard and his team have been making award winning shortbread for over a decade. Baked from scratch with only enough ingredients as necessary is part of the mission. The result is a cookie your mom would be proud to make. Both savoury and sweet, Sprucewood has what you need to satisfy that craving, without the guilt.

Retro colouring stickers

A Little About Kate Hessin

Kate is an emerging multimedia artist and a friend of Cultivate since day one. Kate’s work moves fluidly from papercrete sculptures to works on paper in both ink and watercolour. She's also an arts educator at Trinity College School.

This design was first designed in 2017 for our Cultivate Marketplace. Later used un 2018 and 2019 for a screen printing workshop and finally (well, probably not) right here in colouring sticker form!

Colouring Pages by CTON!

A Little About Clayton "CTON" Hanmer

Clayton Hanmer (aka CTON) is an illustrator whose award-winning, energetic comic style has given him a surprisingly broad range of clients from The New York Times to National Geographic Kids."

Clayton was Cultivate's first ever Guest Artist! He's been back again since and we'd have him back every year if we could. His pages are a play on last years festival poster and, of course, this pizza party! If you found these to be fun, check out more fun stuff here!

He grew up here and went to school with Jeff, our Festival Director. He now lives in PEC with his wife, Sally, and his daughter, Alice.

William Street Tall Boys!

A Little about William Street Beer Co.

Sean and Karen, owners of the brewery, describe WSB as "one of a new generation of community based Breweries which brew high quality beer in small batches. Driven to serve our community, we work feverishly to provide Cobourg and the surrounding area with innovative ales, brewed onsite in small batches, at great value." They are great people who contribute a lot to the community and the festival itself!

You've got a limited edition Hefeweizen and a Farmstand Lager in your box.

Farmstand Lager is an Ontario take on a Munich styled lager beer. Light and refreshing, it’s a simple but flavourful blend of Canadian pilsner malt and hand selected hops, resulting in a refreshing and balanced flavour. It’s accessible and delicious!

White Sail is a pale and refreshing German-styled wheat ale. This summer favourite is made with premium malted wheat and barley, lightly hopped for gentle bitterness and finished with fresh orange zest. Best served with friends, out of doors in a tall glass for a true biergarten experience.

Who's thirsty?

A Festival playlist

A Festival That Could Have Been Playlist

We had a lot of great plans for this years festival! We had a great lineup of artists on the short list, with many confirmed. The best lineup yet was in the works! Although it never came to fruition, it doesn't mean we can't enjoy the sounds, so please do.