Stratford Agricultural Society hosting pork chop dinner July 15th

  • Stratford   Wednesday, June 23, 2021   Spencer Seymour

By Spencer Seymour
The Stratford and District Agricultural Society (SDAS) is hosting a pork chop dinner fundraiser next month.
For $20 per person, you get a smoked pork chop, baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, and a piece of pie. The dinner is raising money to help cover the operational costs of the SDAS, as well as the Stratford Fall Fair and Farmers' Market. The drive-thru dinner is being held at the Agriplex at 357 McCarthy Road in Stratford under the market balcony from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m..
This is the second annual pork chop dinner being hosted by the SDAS. The idea for such a dinner had been discussed before but it was finally started up last year as a way to connect with people amidst the pandemic. According to Susan McGonigle of the SDAS, it was seen as a way to reconnect with the community and last year's dinner was a big success with over 800 meals served.
The meal uses almost entirely local area products. "The smoked pork chops are provided and cooked by the Perth County Pork Producers," McGonigle told the Independent. "The baked potatoes, baked beans, and coleslaw all come from Quehl's Restaurant and Catering in Tavistock and one of our very own board members Laurie Neubrand of Neubrand Country Produce in Monkton, supplies all the pies."
The SDAS is incredibly grateful for all the community support over the years, but especially since the onset of the pandemic which has brought about a whole new set of challenges. They are also looking forward to hosting their Fall Fair virtually and other agricultural shows later this year, as well as a BBQ chicken dinner in September.