When pop art, silos, puppies, and deep fried treats come together, you have an unforgettable day trip from Ottawa.
These aren't your ordinary public art offerings. The process of painting the silos was unlike anything the artists had ever experienced, from the challenges of working in a 'cherry picker' lift while swaying in high winds to needing to clamor up and down frequently in order to get on the ground and gain perspective on their progress. The silos have been a true labor of love from the first sketches to the final brushstroke.
- First, below, we have Leia, who is a very good dog indeed and went out of her way to greet all guests assembled for Popsilo's inauguration at the Dignard-Mongeon farm.
- Next, Gaston's enthusiasm the St Albert Cheese Cooperative farm and silo mimicked our own. This was hallowed Canadian grounds, the home of the country's best cheese curds, a crucial ingredient in our national dish of poutine. Good boy Gaston!
- Sammy, a gentle giant, eagerly trotted where we strolled to get a good look at the raven themed silo at Vankleek Winery, and then joined us outside the tasting room. Sammy's appreciation for the finer things in life while still maintaining farm dog duties makes Sammy a very good pup.
- Finally, two anonymous pooches. At Beau's All Natural Brewing Co, we met a local farmer's dog who nimbly distributed love and inspected the premises at the same time, while at St Albert a visiting dog lounged on the patio and looked somewhat put-out, likely because its humans were not sharing their cheese. Still, both have been certified as GOOD DOGS.
(If anyone knows the name of the anonymous dogs or if there's a correction to be made to the spelling of the other dogs' names, please let us know!)
Naturally, since Popcurds are made with 100% Canadian milk, they are not a snack food but rather a means for fighting calcium deficiencies and osteoporosis. Indulge away!
Their neighbour and Popsilo champion, Beau's All Natural Brewing Co, also opens their doors for visitors and provides tours of their facilities as one of the first breweries in the area. Beau's has no silo themselves to show off but they have been instrumental in supporting the project, as well as the local farms throughout the region and a stop at their facility is a great way to pick up some tasty souvenirs. While I am not much of a beer drinker myself, I couldn't help by notice my fellow explorers were VERY happy to try Beau's famous brews, and Ryan loves their Lugtread offering.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't include Three Dog Winery. While not local to Prescott-Russell (they're a few hours away in Prince Edward County), I was still excited to sample their wine while at St Albert's. Given all the beautiful dogs I was meeting, it seemed only fitting to give it a try!
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