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Have a Farmyard 'n Fish Fry Good Friday | Adventure #20

Just in time for the Easter long weekend, Mother Nature finally gave us a glimpse of Spring so we sprung over to Springridge Farm to take part in their Easter Festival.

What was once a farm for sour cherries is today an “agritourism” farm providing Halton families a way of rediscovering our agricultural heritage and having a ton of fun in the process.

The farm re-opens each year just in time for the Easter long-weekend and kicks off the season with a three-day Easter Festival. There’s always plenty to do in their “Fun Farmyard,” but when they have a special event like this, the place really gets hopping!

As soon as we arrived, not surprisingly, the boys made a bee-line for the Easter Egg Hunt. Greeting us at the entrance were a bevy of bunnies smiling from ear to ear.

Springridge has really mastered the art of the traditional egg hunt. The continuous format means more fun for the kids and less waiting for the parents. Each child is given an empty basket and is encouraged to search the indoor hayloft for colourful plastic eggs. When the basket is full, it is exchanged for a sweet Easter treat.

Our family really got a kick out of the farm’s newest attraction: The Springridge Singing Chickens! This show features a rooster and six audio-animatronic chickens singing classic farmyard songs interspersed with lots of corny humour. In-between each show (performed every half hour), kids can come by and press the “Poke for a Joke” button to enjoy an ongoing stream of chicken chestnuts.

We also enjoyed their professional puppet presentation, “Peter Rabbit’s Eggcellent Easter Show.”

Springridge Farm is in a gorgeous location on the southern side of the Niagara Escarpment. We boarded a wagon ride “show and tell” around the farm that provided fantastic views overlooking the region with Toronto’s C.N. Tower visible off in the distance. A short hike out to a raised lookout provides another opportunity to gaze out over the land.

Pony rides are always a hit and these are a reasonable $3 — how could we say no?

To close out our visit, we saw the bunnies in Bunnyville with their farmyard friends, slid down the pipe slide, played in what must be the “world’s largest sandbox”, and ran through corn trails. We’ll capture all of this fun is photos when we’re back at Springridge for their Harvest Festival in the fall.

Later in the day, we continued our Good Friday adventure with a traditional meal of Fish ‘n Chips.

Earlier in the week I posed the question to Mr Burlington Facebook fans: “Who has the best Fish ‘n Chips in Burlington?” Many readers responded with the same answer: The Black Bull British Pub. I’ve driven by this location on Guelph Line (across the street from Home Depot) many times but have never stopped in to check it out. Tonight was the night!

The Black Bull really does do a great job of re-creating the traditional British Pub, seemingly found on every U.K. street corner. A large portion of the menu is dedicated to “Traditional British Fare” including favourites like Bangers and Mash, Liver and Onions, Meat and Potato Pie, Steak and Guiness Pie, Sheperd’s Pie and, of course, Fish ‘n Chips.

Here’s a photo of me pretending that I don’t know what I want yet — like I’m not going to go for the Fish ‘n Chips!

When we walked in the door, we received a very enthusiastic welcome from Carolyn — it turns out she was the first person to recommend The Black Bull on my Facebook page. Carolyn wasn’t our server for the meal but she made sure that she was the one to deliver our fish so that she could appear in my blog… thanks Carolyn!

The fish is a huge piece of premium haddock, hand dipped in their house-made beer batter and fried to a golden brown. Served with hand-cut Yukon gold fries, house-made tarter sauce and coleslaw — we all agreed this seemed the perfect way to cap off a fun, family Good Friday.

The Black Bull is popular with families because of their famous $5.99 kids menu. Jr Burlington received a large portion of Fish ‘n Chips plus a drink and ice cream, a fantastic bargain.

Of course, there’s live music too! Annette Haas provided background accompaniment and really helped to set the mood.

If you’re interested in following our adventures, the Springridge Farm Easter Festival continues Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend with their fun farmyard attractions continuing daily from 9am to 5pm. The Black Bull serves their famous Fish ‘n Chips every day of the year.

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