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Upcoming events

ORLÉANS FARMER’S MARKET from 11 am to 4 pm in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex on Tenth Line Road featuring local food vendors and producers.

ST. HELEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH ART FAIR returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 3 pm with more than 140 fine works of art created by 16 local artists. You can preview the art for sale at St, Helen’s Church is located at 1234 Prestone Dr. in Queenswood Heights.

ROYAL OAK DAY PATIO BBQ at the Royal Oak Orléans located at the corner of St. Joseph Blvd. and Jeanne d’Arc. Come out and celebrate Royal Oak’s anniversary while supporting the Orléans-Cumberland Resource Centre food bank. Lots of items to bid on in the silent auction. Make a cash donation or bring a non-perishable food item! Live entertainment provided by Garden Variety.

THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET returns to the Navan Fair Grounds from 10 am to 5 pm with more than 150 local vendors and artisans. Come and see why the Original Navan Market has become on of the most popular outdoor markets in Eastern Ontario.Visit

BLACKBURN FUN FAIR returns to Blackburn Hamlet with a carnival style midway, music, local vendors, a used book fair, beer garden and fireworks. For more information visit


Celebrating 10 years serving up mouth-watering BBQ
Fred Sherwin
May 12, 2022

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Meatings Barbecue founder Mat Flosse bought his first smoker. The Cumberland native had recently dropped out of university and wanted to capitalize on the reputation he had earned for making lip-smacking ribs and the juiciest pulled pork while cooking in his Dad's backyard for friends and family.

At the time, he asked his father for a loan to start a BBQ catering business, but his father had a better idea – he told Mat to sell his recently-bought car and buy a trailer with a pig roaster on it instead. He could then pull the trailer with his father’s truck which he agreed to lend Mat.

It didn’t take long for Meatings to take off as word spread about his product. Within a few months Mat’s brother Joey joined him and together they grew the business one customer and one event at a time.

By the end of that first summer Mat had made enough money to buy his own truck. He would add a second truck and a roaster by the following year.

The brothers were eventually joined by family friend Carol Hunt and together they opened the original Meatings restaurant on St. Joseph Blvd. Joey would eventually leave the business to pursue other interests, but Mat and Carol continued on together and within a few years they had outgrown the St. Joseph Blvd. location.

That’s when they moved the restaurant and the catering kitchen, which operated out of a second location on Youville Drive, and set up shop in their current location in the Canotek Business Park. To maintain their Orléans presence, they partnered with Broadhead Brewery and started providing their food to the taproom customers. The best part of the collab, Broadhead brewed two Meatings Barbecue Beers; Ribs & Brisket that pair perfectly with their meats.

More recently, they opened a second restaurant in the Richcraft Sensplex on Shefford Road which has two golf simulators on-site so patrons can play a virtual round of golf while enjoying their BBQ ribs, beef brisket, or pulled pork.

The establishment is also outfitted with a number of large screen TV's which makes it the perfect place to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs or whatever sport your heart desires.

While the new restaurant is already a massive success, Mat is still committed to the catering side of the business. After all, that’s the backbone, rib bone and pork shoulder of Meatings. It’s what put the business on the map and made the restaurants possible.

Besides running the catering side of the business, Mat gets some of his greatest satisfaction out of coming up with new menu items with his scratch kitchen team and hearing the feedback from loyal customers.

Anyone who follows their Facebook page can attest to the fact that they are creating new dishes on an almost daily basis.

Their most recent concoction was a Chili Cheese Sausage Poutine.

To help celebrate their 10th anniversary they are doing a number of giveaways with businesses that have helped them out along the way such as the Domaine Perrault Winery and Top Shelf Distillery. To learn more visit



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