By Danielle French

Everyone has a Budget: Customizing your Holiday Retreats

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes an inherent desire to gather with colleagues, family and friends. Despite wanting to partake in the full gamut of seasonal festivities, we know how important it is to keep your bank book in the black. In the event industry often see “a one size fits all” approach to event planning. This creates a dichotomy of have and have nots, can and cannots. Frankly, we don’t think event planning needs to be so black and white; after all, what are the holidays without a little bit of colour! At South Pond, we like to take a “build your own” approach to gatherings. At the end of the day everyone is operating from a different budget and we believe that you should be able to customize your event accordingly.



Whether you are looking to spend or hoping to save we can accommodate a variety of options to ensure that you get the biggest bang for your buck! We cater to half day, full day and even weekend groups. If you are looking to get your staff out of the office for some quality team building, or hoping to bring your family together to learn a new skill, our half day workshops are the perfect solution! Lunch and supplies are included! If you are looking for a full day experience why not schedule two work shops or an afternoon on the trails!



If you are looking to extend the holiday cheer a bit further, we recommend an intimate culinary experience with our Chef in the South Pond Kitchen for a six course tasting menu. Each menu is unique and prepared seasonally, dietary restrictions are always accommodated for and you are able to bring in your own wine! For those looking to prolong the celebrations or perhaps, looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we encourage you to stay with one of our accommodation partners for a weekend of R&R. South Pond can provide all the goodies you need to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one.



We know that everyone is looking for something slightly different and feel that you should have a say in building your ideal retreat. Contact to learn more about how you can customize your event!

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About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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