End-of-summer corn roast creates vibrant family atmosphere at Forest Hill

From left to right, Forest Hill residents Margaret Bryce and Shirley Sutherland get corn cobs ready for the pot during the Kanata long-term care home’s annual corn roast Aug. 23.

About 80 people enjoyed barbecued riblets, potato salad and, of course, fresh corn on the cob, at Forest Hill on Aug. 23, during the Kanata long-term care home’s annual corn roast.

The end-of-summer corn roast has been a fan-favourite event among residents since the early 2000s, says life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Craig Forrest, and this year was no exception.

Forest Hill resident Jeanie Tinklin finishes husking a corn cob.

Forest Hill always gets fresh corn, locally sourced, that has been picked the day of the event, and eager residents help husk the cobs, the LEC adds.

This year about 12 dozen cobs of corn were brought in for the event, and about 10 residents husked the corn cobs that were put into the big pot of boiling water on the patio.

Corn roasts typically see more family members in attendance, and the live entertainment offered each year ensures there’s never a dull moment, Craig says.

“It’s always a really good event, and the nice thing this year was that about half the people there were family members, which really gave the event a great atmosphere where people could have a nice meal with their loved ones, plus it gives the families a chance to meet each other,” Craig tells The OMNIway.

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