Top 100 Festivals in Ontario Announced!

Who doesn’t love a good food festival? Well, if Festival & Events Ontario’s list of Top 100 Festivals in Ontario is any indication, the answer is in the edible. Food festivals are better than ever in Ontario!

We’re particularly excited to see Eat & Drink Norfolk, Beau’s OktoberfestChristkindl Market in Kitchener, the Bala Cranberry Festival and The Apple Harvest Festival in the Blue Mountains make the list — but with so many delicious options, who could even begin to choose one? 

?It�s a huge honour to receive three Top 100 Awards,? said Patti Kendall of the Blue Mountain Village Association. ?Salsa and The Apple Harvest have been recipients in the past and we were thrilled to see The Guitar Trail acknowledged as another exceptional Festival experience. […] The FEO award puts the Festival on the map to build awareness and drive more tourism.?

In addition to taking home three Top 100 Awards the Blue Mountain Village Association was awarded a FEO Achievement Award for Best Community Partner Outreach Program ($100,000 and less) for The Apple Pie Trail and The Apple Harvest Festival. The Apple Harvest Festival now brings 10s of thousands to the area celebrating agriculture, food, retail and attractions which in turn has a tremendous impact on the local economy from Meaford to Collingwood.

Festivals are such an important part of our communities and the economic value chain in rural Ontario. That’s why Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) has been representing the festivals and events industry in Ontario for over 25 years, making sure communities continue to produce unique, quality festivals in all corners of the province.


 

Here’s the full list of this year’s 100 winners:

APRIL
Eat & Drink Norfolk (Simcoe) Apr 7 – 9
Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny (Port Hope) Apr 16


MAY
SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival (Toronto) May 7 – 15
Carassauga Festival (Mississauga) May 27 – 29


JUNE
Barrie Automotive Flea Market (Oro-Medonte) Jun 2 – 5
Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival (Orangeville) Jun 2 – 5
Dundas International Buskerfest (Dundas) Jun 3 – 5
The Streetsville Founders� Bread and Honey Festival (Mississauga) Jun 3 – 5
Re-Enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek (Stoney Creek) Jun 4 – 5
Dunnville Mudcat Festival (Dunnville) Jun 9 – 12
Oshawa Peony Festival (Oshawa) Jun 11 – 12
Mississauga Waterfront Festival (Mississauga) Jun 17 – 19
Salsa at Blue Mountain (Blue Mountains) Jun 17 – 19
Carrousel of Nations (Windsor) Jun 17 – 26
Kirkland Lake Homecoming (Kirkland Lake) Jun 24 – Jul 1
The Toronto Fringe Festival (Toronto) Jun 29 – Jul 10
Toronto Ribfest (Etobicoke) Jun 30 – Jul 3


JULY
City of Burlington�s Canada Day Celebrations (Burlington) Jul 1
Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebration (Niagara Falls) Jul 1
Richmond Hill Canada Day Celebration (Richmond Hill) Jul 1
Vaughan Celebrates: Canada Day (Vaughan) Jul 1
It�s Your Festival (Hamilton) Jul 1 – 4
World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies (Kingston) Jul 6 – Aug 31
Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival (Belleville) Jul 7 – 10
TD Sunfest: Canada�s Premier Celebration of World Cultures (London) Jul 7 – 10
Lighthouse Blues Festival (Kincardine) Jul 8 – 10
Teddy Bears Picnic (Thunder Bay) Jul 12
Pelham Summerfest (Fonthill) Jul 14 – 17
Festival Kompa Zouk (Toronto) Jul 14 – Aug 1
Home County Music And Art Festival (London) Jul 15 – 17
Mount Forest Fireworks Festival (Mount Forest) Jul 15 – 17
Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound) Jul 15 – Aug 7
Collingwood Elvis Festival (Collingwood) Jul 20 – 24
Kapuskasing Lumberjack Heritage Festival (Kapuskasing) Jul 22 � 24
Richmond Hill Ribfest (Richmond Hill) Jul 22 – 24
Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree (Brancroft) Jul 28 � 31
Harbourfest (Kenora) Jul 29 – 31
Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival (Port Colborne) Jul 29 – Aug 1
Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival (Sioux Lookout) Jul 29 – Aug 7
Cobourg Sandcastle Festival (Cobourg) Jul 30
Jambana?, One World Festival (Brampton) Jul 31 – Aug 1
Newmarket Jazz+ Festival (Newmarket) Jul 31 – Aug 3


AUGUST
TD Kitchener Blues Festival (Kitchener) Aug 4 – 7
Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival (Kingston) Aug 5 – 7
Jerk (Jerk Food Festival) (Toronto) Aug 6 – 7
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (Buckthorn) Aug 12 – 14
Carrot Fest (Bradford) Aug 19 – 20
Dundas Cactus Festival (Dundas) Aug 19 – 21
Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival (Tweed) Aug 19 – 21
Mississauga ITALFEST (Mississauga) Aug 20
Burlington�s Children�s Festival (Burlington) Aug 21
Tecumseh Corn Festival (Tecumseh) Aug 25 – 28
The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival (Timmins) Aug 26 – 28
Waterfront District BIA Ribfest (Thunder Bay) Aug 26 – 28
MuslimFest (Mississauga) Aug 27 – 28


SEPTEMBER
Supercrawl (Hamilton) Sep 9 – 11
Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival (Mississauga) Sep 9 – 11
Canada�s Only Guitar Trail (Blue Mountains) Sep 10
Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival (Meaford) Sep 16 – Oct 16
St. George AppleFest (St. George) Sep 17 � 18
Telling Tales Festival (Hamilton) Sep18
Beau�s Oktoberfest (Vankleek Hill) Sep 23 – 24
Richmond Hill Tastes of the Hill (Richmond Hill) Sep 25


OCTOBER
Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Oct 1 – 30
Fort Fright at Fort Henry (Kingston) Oct 1 – 31
Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show (Simcoe) Oct 4 – 10
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival (Blue Mountains) Oct 8 – 10
Bala Cranberry Festival (Bala) Oct 14 -16
Aurora�s Haunted Forest (Aurora) Oct 29


NOVEMBER
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade (Niagara Falls) Nov 19
River Lights Winter Festival (Amherstburg) Nov 19 – Dec 31
First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons (Midland) Nov 24 – 26


WINTER DEC TO MAR 2017
Christkindl Market (Kitchener) Dec 1 – 4
Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Dec 1 – Jan 1, 2017
Wine & Food Show (London) Jan 19 – 21, 2017
Barrie Winterfest (Barrie) Feb 4 – 5, 2017
Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival (Kirkland Lake) Feb 16 – Mar 5, 2017
Voyageur Winter Carnival (Thunder Bay) Feb 18 – 20, 2017
Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival (Oakville) Mar 4 – 26, 2017


Congratulations to everyone selected in 2016!

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