The Ontario Butter Tart Festival was held again this past weekend in Midland. Over 1200 professional and home bakers from across the province came to compete to crown Ontario’s best butter tarts. Amongst them were over 140 bakeries and other vendors, including two popular Butter Tart Tour stops: Doo Doo’s Bakery of Bailieboro and The Whistle Stop Café of Peterborough. Doo Doo’s Bakery was the big winner, again. They ended up sweeping the “Perfect Pairing” category with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes and was also recognized as Best in Show for the entire Butter Tart Festival. Diane Rogers, owner of Doo Doo’s Bakery, was also chosen as the Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival representative for the Canadian Food Championships being held in Edmonton, Alberta in July 2016. Doo Doo’s Bakery has past wins in 2014 and 2015 in the Best Professional Bakery division. “We’re so happy for all three of our participating bakeries and how well they each represented our region at such a high-profile provincial event.” said Brenda Wood of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour.“They each brought several hundred dozen tarts and sold out before the end of the event!” Also of note were the winners of the Home Bakers category. Traditional went to Jane Albert, while the Perfect Pairing went to Crystal Ferguson who also won the 931 Fresh Radio award for best newcomer.
Didn’t get your fill of butter tarts this weekend? The upcoming Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Taste-Off, being held at the Peterborough Farmer’s Market on September 24, 2016, will determine the winning regional bakeries in five categories. First place winners will receive booth and overnight stay for the 2017 Ontario Butter Tart Festival in Midland next June.