5 Can’t-Miss Food Festivals

The best places to nosh and sip this summer 


Is there anything better than good food in the great outdoors? Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to indulge your inner foodie at one of the many food festivals rolling out this summer. Here are a few of our Canadian favourites. 

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, Picton, Ont.

As a culinary destination, Picton, and the rest of Ontario’s Prince Edward County, sizzles. Cheese in all its forms has a starring role at this festival—the largest of its kind in Canada. Serious foodies go to try the winners of the 2014 Canadian Cheese Awards, while cheese tours—with plenty of tastings—showcase local producers and keep bellies full. June 7 to 8

Pictou Lobster Carnival, Pictou, N.S. 

Lobster, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways during this annual event that’s been going strong for 80 years. It includes traditional lobster suppers, parades and lobster boat races featuring modified vessels. In chowder, on a roll, in a burger or straight up, your every lobster-loving fantasy comes true. July 10 to 13

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine, Victoria, B.C.  

The best of Vancouver Island is presented on a silver platter for all, and, judging by past festivals, the hunger for local fare is insatiable, with many events selling out in advance. Sip tea and analyze flavours like a sommelier, roll up your sleeves to cook alongside star chefs or nibble on roast suckling pig paired with local wines, cider and spirits during the Swine and The Vine event. It’s summer at its most delicious. July 24 to 27

Festival de la Poutine, Drummondville, Que.  

There’s plenty of great live music to go along with the fries, gravy and cheese curds. It’s a good thing. You’ll want to tap your toes to the live music of top acts from around the province and burn some calories so you can sample more versions of the classic Quebecois specialty from food trucks like Lucky’s Truck and Pied de Cochon. August 21 to 23

Morden Corn and Apple Festival, Morden, Man. 

Since 1967, this Prairie town (a 90-minute drive from Winnipeg) has hosted this festival that shares the love equally between apples and corn—both grown in abundance locally. For the budget-conscious, it’s heaven, with oodles of freebies—admission, corn on the cob, cider, entertainment, a parade and even complimentary parking. August 22 to 24

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