This picnic is a point of pride for the village and has been going strong since the 1930s.

Astorville’s annual picnic, hosted by the Saint Thomas d’Aquin parish, will be held this Sunday at the East Ferris Community Centre.

The menu consists of traditional French Canadian food such as seapie and baked beans and serves hungry guests from far and wide.

“This picnic is steeped in tradition, and to keep with tradition, we cook the baked beans and seapie in the village’s wood-fired outdoor ovens,” says Tim Foster, Deacon of the Saint Thomas d’Aquin church and picnic co-organizer. “I’m sure most can agree that nothing beats food cooked on an open flame, especially when it’s made with care.”

The fun and games will begin at 1:30pm in the air-conditioned East Ferris Community Centre (1267 Village Road) with bingo, games of chance, $1,000 in prizes, and children’s games. Dinner will begin at 3:30pm and if you can’t stay, take-out options are available beginning at 5:00pm. Dinner is $14 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

“We begin to cook the seapie and baked beans on the eve of the picnic, and it cooks slow and steady all night,” says Foster. “Every year residents know it’s picnic time because you can smell the food across the village!”

Organizers recommend that the public arrive early as this is a popular event. For further information, contact Tim at or Suzanne Foster at, or by telephone at 705-752-2782.