Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) recently announced the 2015 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, presented by VIA Rail Canada. These Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. You can view the full list here.
Attending 100 Festivals is no small feat — and since we’re assuming you’re as food obsessed as we are, we’ve narrowed down the list a little for all the food fanatics out there. Here are our picks… of their picks!
Eat & Drink Norfolk, Simcoe
April 9th – 10th norfolktourism.ca
An opportunity to come out to a relaxed atmosphere in the AUD at the Norfolk County Fairgrounds, to mix and mingle while sampling local products from the over 40 participating vendors.
The Streetsville Founders� Bread & Honey Festival, Streetsville
June 5th – 7th breadandhoney.ca
A talented line-up of live performers for children and adults, alike, a wide selection of carnival rides, games and hands-on educational demonstrations for the whole family… and of course, free bread and local honey.
The Art of Eating Food & Wine Festival, Tecumseh
June 19th – 20th artofeatingtecumseh.com
A great way to experience Essex County wines! The festival boasts over 24 various local wine and beer vendors, paired with food from restaurants in the Town of Tecumseh and throughout Essex County.
Cuisine – Art Festival, Alton Mills
June 20th – 21st altonmill.ca
A finalist for the Ontario Culinary Event of the Year in 2014 — Cuisine-Art celebrates the region’s best artisanal food, drink and creativity. Watch chefs in action; and artists in action!
Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival, Sioux Lookout
July 31 – August 9th blueberrybert.com
Celebrate all things wild blueberry in Sioux Lookout. Cocktails, special menus, and many family friendly activities. This fesitval has been running for 32 years — that’s a lot of blue fingers!
Alliston Potato Festival, Alliston
August 7th – 9th allistonpotatofestival.com
For over 40 years, August has brought together musicians, residents and potato enthusiasts in the town Alliston to celebrate the humble potato. There’s a parade and everything.
Carrot Fest, Bradford
August 15th carrotfest.ca
An annual event celebrating Bradford’s agricultural heritage — here you will find a street market with over 300 vendors, strolling entertainment, buskers, live music, artisans and much more!
Shores of Erie International Wine Festival, Amherstburg
September 10th – 13th soewinefestival.com
Probably one of our favorite festivals in Ontario — it all started when a local farmer donated land and sunflower seeds for a wine festival with Erie Shore, Colio & Pelee Island Winery. Now in it’s 11th year — it’s a beautiful way to celebrate the region.
Niagara Wine Festival, St. Catharines
September 12th – 27th niagarawinefestival.com
Travel the wine route with a Discovery Pass or enjoy live entertainment, educational seminars, food and wine tastings and demonstrations in Montebello Park.
St. George Applefest, St. George
September 19th – 20th stgeorgeapplefest.com
Apple dumplings, apple cider, apple pie — you name it. Savour a glass of wine paired with a variety of cheeses from Tipperary Bog or enjoy a glass of beer while listening to buskers.
Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg
October 1st – November 1st uppercanadavillage.com
Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village.
Oktoberfest, Kitchener – Waterloo
October 9th – 17th oktoberfest.ca
Whether you visit the festhallen to experience some Gemuetlichkeit or simply peruse the Wilkommen Platz, KW’s Oktoberfest is a great place to experience craft beer and local food!
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival, Blue Mountains
October 10th – 12th appleharvestfestival.ca
There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music, The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails, gallery tours and much, much more!
Want more events? More festivals? More local food fun? Visit our Culinary Calendar — Ontario’s largest food & drink event calendar!
About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) provides education, marketing and advocacy services and operates Canada�s largest dedicated festival and event Conference. FEO also publishes and distributes an annual 250,000 circulation (plus on-line exposure) consumer guide to Ontario festivals & events, another guide to promote its industry supplier goods and services, facilitates industry-leading marketing research, oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program., manages a dynamic on-line website, markets a weekly festivals & events industry news-brief with a distribution exceeding 2,500 email recipients and advocates at the provincial and federal level for an improved operating environment within which its members can successfully conduct their business.
The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create/sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs and foster approximately $1 billion dollars in taxes at all levels of government.