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by Festival Nomad, Gary McWilliams

About Kitchener...
The following is an excerpt from the City of Kitchener website - "Kitchener's history dates back to 1784, when the land was given to the Six Nations by the British as a gift for their allegiance during the American Revolution. From 1796 and 1798, the Six Nations sold 38,000 hectares of this land to a Loyalist, Col. Richard Beasley."

About Waterloo...
The following is an excerpt from the City of Waterloo website - "May, 1806 - Abraham Erb and his wife Magdalena arrived by oxen driven wagon at a marshy low-lying cedar swamp of Upper Canada. The journey had taken one month from their old home in Franklin County, Pennsylvania to their new property - Lots 14 and 15. This land eventually gave way to the village of Waterloo."

"The following is a description of Kitchener-Waterloo based on our many visits to the two cities."

I can never go to Kitchener-Waterloo without thinking of food! This may seem strange but having lived in Kitchener-Waterloo for several years, I was able to discover the many wonderful places to have a meal. The thing is that Kitchener-Waterloo is surrounded by many, many quaint villages and hamlets and all seem to have a restaurant to remember. I think you have to live there for a while to really appreciate the shear numbers. As you likely know, Kitchener-Waterloo is the home of a very large German population. I believe this is why there are so many great places to eat! The Germans seem to have a knack of preparing and serving delicious food and, of course, German beer is likely the best in the world! This all being said, Kitchener-Waterloo is one of my favourite places to visit and it’s not just for the food. There is a lot to do in this area!

Located in the Grand River Valley, Kitchener-Waterloo is just an hour drive west of Toronto, so it’s easy to take day trips if you live in or near the GTA. One of my favourite places to visit and things to do include a visit to St. Jacobs and lunch at the Stone Crock. The Village of St. Jacobs, Ontario’s Mennonite Heritage lies approximately 15 kilometres north of Waterloo in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Southern Ontario.
Festivals, events and attractions are plentiful in Kitchener-Waterloo. Here is a sample of some of them.