The Winter Party in the Park was a Great Success


Brantwood Park drew crowds of neighbours for the annual Winter Party in the Park and Soup Cook-off the afternoon of Sunday, January 13th. Thanks to many volunteers, sponsors, chefs and organizers; the event was a huge success and many came out despite the frigid weekend temperatures, which only made the skating and sledding even better.

Visitors to this free-event enjoyed horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding, skating, and roasting marshmallows against the scenic backdrop of the Rideau River. Inside the Brantwood fieldhouse, there was hot chocolate and apple cider, hot dogs, baked goods and soups entered into the cook-off.

In a close contest with some voters writing in that they loved both and wished they could vote twice, Carol Anne Owen and her Vegan Curried Cauliflower Soup won the cook off. Runner up (and still delicious) was a Curried Carrot Soup by Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay.  Soup submitted was quickly consumed by enthusiastic taste-testers.

CAG thanks its community partners who helped make this event possible, including City of Ottawa, The Regional Group – Greystone Village, Domicile – Corners on Main, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, Ottawa Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic, Watsons Health and Wellness, The Green Door Restaurant, Diane and Jen Realty.

CAG also thanks its large team of volunteers, without whom there would be no event: Jim and Marina Lamont, Myrna Grandbois, Lynne Byford, Kaeli Van Regan, Carol Anne Owen, Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay, Lucianne Poole, Trevor and Lisa Sabean, Fay Wu, Patrick Burt and Tera Winters.

Mark your calendars for the Valentine Skate on Friday, February 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., more details at  And if you loved the Winter Party and want to help make the Valentines Skate just as much fun, please email  Thank you!

Photo Credit: Jim Lamont

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