Column – May – Hometown News

May is the month of flowers, moms, chip trucks and batman?

Finally a hint of warm weather, the grass is green and the first spring flowers are blooming. It is the month of moms, well one day for moms but can you blame us for trying to claim the entire month?

In Carleton Place however, there are two other iconic images of May – French Fries and Caped Crusaders! I have never done the math but I’m certain that per capita – Carleton Place – must rank pretty high in the ratio of resident to chip truck. We are blessed with a plethora of mobile dining options.  From the Wagon Wheel with its enclosed dining area, pulled pork sandwiches and smoked beef brisket poutine to the unique Vienna schnitzel burger, chimichangas or fish tacos at Cravings Food Truck. On the horizon, the introduction of Law & Orders SBU (Special Burger Unit) mobile food truck and the return of the Ultimate Burger Show Down champion, the Rhippo Burger. There is nothing “common” about the Carleton Place Food Truck Scene. Buds Spuds turns the classics on their head with unique offerings like the Mafia Burger and 5 different hot dogs. The Crispy Spud pays homage to our great lake with their Mississippi boats and a unique list of gourmet poutines (like the Newfie). The Potato King lives up to its name as a true Carleton Place fixture, especially for the students of Notre Dame, and focuses on classic chip truck offerings done right. This is just the tip of the foodie iceberg and I challenge you to head out this spring and find your local favourite.

Now if treating mom to a box of chips is not your mother’s day plan this year don’t fret. May 8th is the day of the traditional Mother’s Day brunch at a number of local venues. The Barn on Highway 29 is offering a brunch in support of Lanark County Interval House with 4 buffet style seatings at $30 per adult, $15 per child (6-10yrs) and free for children under 5. Temple’s mother’s day brunch features 3 seatings at a cost of $30 per adult, $15 for children under 10 and free for children under 2. Finally, something a little unique is the Vegetarian buffet at the Ginger Café, open seating from 11am-2pm with lots of Vegan and Gluten free options available and its pay per weight.

For the nerd-inspired mom and her brood there is the annual return of Free Comic Book on May 7th. This fun family tradition is ideal for comic book heroes and fans alike as participants can visit downtown businesses between 11am and 2pm and receive free comics and bump into some of their favourite caped heroes along the way. In conjunction with Free Comic Book Day, Super Hero Saturday returns to Murray’s Flea Market on High St. where visitors can enjoy a special edition of the Annual Geeked Out Toy and Collectible Sale along with freebies and some super special guests.

May in Carleton Place is hard to beat. The Farmer’s Market opens, The Carleton Place Canadians kick off their 3rd Fred Page championship run, The Wally Classic returns with some of the strongest real life supermen you will ever see up close and Valley Granite and Tile throws one heck of a free family party to celebrate their grand re-opening on Industrial Ave.

However you choose to enjoy May, as always Carleton Place has a lot to offer the whole family! For this mom, some poutine with a side of Superman sounds like just about the best day ever.




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