Approaching retirement, long-time Mississauga residents, Sheena and Stephen Judd, were looking for a way to keep active. Sheena had always gifted her shortbread, baked from an authentic 100-year-old family recipe passed down through generations, to friends and colleagues during the holiday season, but the pair knew they could do more. After sampling mediocre baked goods at the CNE, Sheena and Stephen realized there was a real demand for quality, homemade products.
One Christmas market at a time, a business was born. The Judds now operate Sheena’s Scottish Shortbreads out of a local co-operative commercial kitchen in Mississauga, The Cake Collective, and can produce up to 180 bags of cookies per day. The couple handles every aspect of the process personally, ensuring perfection in each batch. Besides traditional shortbread, the Judds offer lemon, ginger and gluten-free varieties and this holiday season, they’ve added a new maple shortbread cookie, which they say is their special way of incorporating a Canadian flavour to their traditional Scottish treat.
The Judds will be have a booth fully stocked with tasting samples and giftable shortbread packages at the Seasons Christmas Show, running November 17 to 19, at the International Centre in Mississauga.
Now in its eleventh year, the Seasons Show is the perfect way to kick-off a 100-year-old family tradition of your own. With over 300 exhibitors and a main stage program packed with celebrity decorating and style experts, the show continues to increase its marketplace of local artisans and its line-up of inspirational DIY workshops.
This year, the Show promises even more beautiful finds in its expanded Makeful Market, a carefully curated section of more than 80 distinctive artisans and makers, who have been selected from hundreds of applicants to exhibit their unique, handmade gifts. Additionally, the Makeful Workshop will bring a hands-on maker experience to the show by offering attendees the opportunity to take in free demonstrations with experts and join in on creative holiday crafting.
Also new this year, Santa himself will be on hand at the Seasons Christmas Show for a limited time each day to chat and take selfies or family pictures with visitors. Santa will visit the show on Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Visiting Sheena and Stephen is a great way to support your local makers and cross off those most-difficult-to-shop for off your list. After all, who doesn’t like shortbread?
Friday, Nov. 17; 10am-8pm
Saturday, Nov. 18; 10am-6pm
Sunday, Nov. 19; 10am-5pm
Tickets are available here.