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Toronto, May 27, 2004–It’s an herbal celebration! Start your summer off on Sunday, June 6, from noon to 6pm with the Ontario Herbalist Association’s (OHA) 14th annual A Celebration of Herbs at Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West. This is a free event filled with lectures and demonstrations, activities, products, plants and more to entice the keenest herbal enthusiasts or anyone interested in health, natural skin care, gardening or cooking.

Herb Fair visitors can attend informative lectures on herbal medicines, aromatherapy, cooking with herbs and wild plants, herbal arts and crafts and Native teachings.  Take a stroll through the herbal marketplace featuring over 60 exhibitors of herbal products for health and home, beauty and skin care lines, herb and plant growers. Get information on finding an herbalist or taking courses. Join an herbwalk and learn to recognize common herbs growing in your area. Enjoy fabulous organic vegetarian fare along with ethically grown coffees and teas at the Herbal Café, stop by the day demonstration of fabric-dyeing using herbs and natural dyes. Children are not to be forgotten and can participate in creating nature crafts. This event is truly a celebration with something for everyone!

Events include:
Pesto Pizzazz: Garlic, the 2004 Herb of the Year, becomes the star in the making of herb pestos.  Yvonne Tremblay, author of Thyme in the Kitchen - Cooking with Fresh Herbs, demonstrates how to make the perfect pesto, how to create delicious dishes, along with other useful cooking tips. Contact: 416-239-3362 or

Herbs, Health & Remineralization: Herbalist Rick De Sylva, RH, talks about Remineralization: How our body’s PH indicates our state of health. As a consultant herbalist for over 25 years, Richard specializes in chronic degenerative ailments. Contact: 519-824-4280 or

Essential Oil Sensory Workshop: Niel Meikleham, Ph.D. discusses the sense of smell and the art of smelling a fragrance. Niel is committed to a holistic vision of science along with supporting and celebrating life. Contact: 416-516-4519 or

The Healing Power of Living Plants:
Walter ‘Shantree’ Kacera lectures on an ancient healing practice of absorbing the healing potential of the life force of herbs. Walter is an Ayurvedic nutritionalist, therapeutic and Shamanic herbalist and constitutional iridologist. Contact: 519-652-9109 or

Weeds: The Treasures We Toss – Cooking with Wild Herbs:
Anna Van Maris shares her passion for finding free food from nature. Anna has six children and as many if not more mouths to feed and in turn has developed a passion for finding free food from nature. Contact: 705-426-2914 or

Seasonal Herbs for Cats and Dogs:
Kerry Hackett, MNIMH, RH, suggests herbs to incorporate into your animal friend’s diet to help them feel their best. Kerry is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, UK, and of the Ontario Herbalists Association. Contact: 519-272-1824 or

Small Spaces and Public Places: A long time gardener in Toronto’s High Park
community Garden, herbalist John Redden, RH, discusses plants and strategies to suit gardeners with little space & limited time. John is the editor if the Canadian Journal of Herbalism. Contact: 416-767-3428 or

Flower Faerie Fun Nature Crafts: Herbalist, mother and faerie-maker, Esther Kalaba facilitates this nature craft activity.

Dyeing (fabric) Demo: With Toronto Island artist Sandy Krzyzanowski.


Media Contacts:
Betsy Carter, Ontario Herbalist Association (OHA)
Tel: 416 340 7888 x22     Email:
Renée Ouellette, Harbourfront Centre
Tel: 416-973-7790        Email:

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