5 Festivals That Actually Make Winter Worth It

This deep freeze has us wanting to curl up on the couch until spring. Sure, we could marathon some Netflix (and pair it with wine!) — but that wouldn’t be very Canadian of us.


Lucky for us, there are some pretty delicious festivals and events celebrating Old Man Winter in all his snowy glory happening this year. Here are our most anticipated five for your perusing pleasure!

Niagara Icewine Festival
Weekends between January 15 – 30, Niagara

Parties, tours and classes all celebrating our province’s most iconic export: icewine. This year, they’ve added cheese classes and late night revelry. Get your Discovery Pass and cruise at your leisure. Check it out.

Hillside Inside
January 29 – 30, Guelph

The popular summer festival is bringing things inside for for two days in January with a pretty sweet line up of musical talent. Think: Geoff Berner, Strumbellas and Girls & Guitars to name a few. Awesome local edibles also present, of course. Check it out.

Winter Craft Beer Festival at The Roundhouse
January 30, Toronto

Don your stompin’ boots, pull on a toque and wear your puffiest parka because it’s time to hoist a pint or two with the Craft Brewers of Ontario. Think hot pretzels, plenty of pints and some seriously snowy fun. Check it out.

Winter Brewfest
February 12-13, Ottawa
February 19-20, Toronto

Whether you’re in Toronto or Ottawa, this is your chance to taste some of the province’s finest craft brews. Dozens of breweries and a handful of cideries are coming to pour, while celebrate chefs cook. It’s a winning formula. Check it out.

Wassail at Spirit Tree Cidery 
February 15, Caledon

Wassail is a way of ushering the bad spirits from an
orchard — or vineyard — to promote an abundant harvest for the new year. Each year, Spirit Tree does it right with sledding, skating, food and a massive bonfire. Check it out.

Bonus: If Cider Dinner is more you style, make sure to snag your spot at their annual Winter Cider Master’s Dinner on February 6th. Six courses, six ciders and planty of fun!

For more festivals and events happening this season, check out our Culinary Calendar!


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