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Apr 6, 2008 11:08 AM

Food festivals around Ontario (excluding Toronto)

Hello foodies,

Now that the weather is warmer, I'm interested in finding out where Ontario's best food festivals are OUTSIDE of Toronto. While I live in TO, this is not a search for the Taste of Little Italy or the Danforth. I'm looking for reasons to get out of the city (2-3 hours drive) and find events like Perth's Garlic Festival ( or the fishing derby fish fry mentioned in this topic: It seems every town or country a festival in the summer, if you have suggestions on when/where to go, please share them.


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  1. The Niagara Food Festival will be held October 3-5 this year, one week after the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.

    The NFF will be bigger and better this year, so come check it out! Information about this year's festival will be online soon at, but for now you can read about last year's event.

    1. I spent most of last summer in Huron county, so here are some of the festivals in that area. Clinton has a Pluckinfest, you guessed it, chicken wings, in early July, Lucknow has a Strawberry Festival in late June, Zurich has a bean (as in baked) in late August and Wellesley has an Apple Butter and Cheese festival in late September. Don't know if any of them are worth a trip on their own, but the area is beautiful and you can actually swim in Lake Huron!

      1. Ribfest in Sarnia is a lot of fun. Here's the link It is July 17 -20 this year. Link still has last year's info.

        1. Although it already passed, you may want to mark it on your calender next year. The Elmira Maple Syrup festival was last Saturday, on April 5th. There was a place that sold roast pig sandwiches (like pulled pork but this one was excellent). Mmmm... also roasted corn, funnel cakes, apple fritters, fudge and other carnival-y foods... also lots of maple syrup.

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          1. re: Blueicus

            We've been before and it's a lot of fun.


          2. The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival is on April 19. Amusement rides,pancake breakfasts(with the requisite HUGE line-ups),lots of crafts and food.Also,sugarbush tours. The first weekend in August is the Alliston Potato Festival. Big parade on Friday evening(starts 6 ish) with lots of food including home baked pies from a local Church with a booth in the fairground area(rides & games) plus steak sandwiches from the Fire Dept. Markdale has an Ice Cream Festival in July and Zurich has a bean festival (I think it's at the end of August).Lots of smoked pork chops & HOME-MADE baked beans.There's also a Cranberry Festival the weekend AFTER Thanksgiving in Bala that has the most wonderful Pumpkin or Cranberry fudge. The local Church sells home-made turkey soup and scones with peameal bacon(& cranberries of course!) Hope you enjoy all the good eats. Cheers!

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              1. re: Michelle in T.O.

                Have you been to the ice-cream festival in Markdale? I kind of always figured it wasn't a *chowish* event (could certainly still be fun) because I assumed it is sponsored by Chapman's.

                1. re: julesrules

                  Yes, I've heard of the ice cream festival here, but wondered if it was sponsored by an ice cream company. Thanks for the tip anyway...