Summertime has come at last! What better way to celebrate the warm weather than to attend a festival with your foodie friends? We have rounded up the top festivals for you this Summer 2018 – mark your calendars!

Street Eats Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, May 26th, 2018 

Get the family together for a street party in Brockville to kick off the nice weather this May. With local food trucks and open patios galore, sidewalk sales from local businesses, live music from bands such as “Thorn and Roses”, “The Classy Wrecks” and “The Silvertones”, and a “Battle of the Bands” competition, you will be sure impress all your guests at this versatile family festival.

1000 Islands Regatta– June 29th – July 1st, 2018

Round up your closest pals and take them down to the 1000 Islands Regatta located in Brockville this June and July. With a ton of activities for any age, including musical entertainment and a massive kid’s zone, this years festival is made for everyone to enjoy. Grab a cold one and watch some hydroplane races, then wrap up your night with a concert featuring many talented local artists including The Trews and April Wine.

YGK Craft Beer Festival – Saturday, June 9th, 2018 

Is there anything more delicious than a cold, crisp beer on a hot summer day? With cold brews, grilled goodies and local music, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to soak up the sun and kick of summer the right way at the YGK Craft Beer Festival! Known as the “official after-party” for Fort Henry’s annual Cannonball Crush obstacle race, there is a treat for everybody at this bubbly event. Did we mention grilled goodies? There will be A TON to choose from at this festival!

1000 Islands Family Ribfest – June 30th to July 1st, 2018

Celebrate this years Canada day long weekend in beautiful Gananoque with the whole family at the 1000 Islands Family Ribfest. Each year thousands of festival lovers come from around the country to shop til they drop, stuff their faces and dance their socks off at the Family Ribfest. From pony rides to a fabulous fireworks display, the 1000 Islands Family Ribfest is the best birthday party Canada has seen yet! Bring plenty of cash as vendors are accepting cash only, and all proceeds will be distributed to local charities in Gananoque.

Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival July 12th to 15th, 2018

Join your friends and family for the 40th annual Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival! Fun doesn’t cost a thing at this event as admission is free to all! Enjoy food from around the world, cold drinks, live music/entertainment and shopping.

Bourbon, BBQ and Blues Festival – Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Enjoy a mix of craft beer, blues music, bourbons and barbecue treats. With 18 breweries on site, as well as four bourbon distilleries – happy hour can be all day long. Bourbon, BBQ and Blues Festival – Saturday July 14th at the NAV Centre. Enjoy a mix of craft beer, blues music, bourbons and barbecue treats. With 18 breweries on site, as well as four bourbon distilleries – happy hour can be all day long.

Cornwall Food Fest 2018 – Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Make sure you bring your stretch pants for this foodie fest! Cornwalls annual Food Fest invites local gourmet food trucks and restaurants to compete for the title of “Best Street Foods 2018”. You can bring the kids to play at the Family Zone in Pommier Square, or invite your closest pals to hang out in the entertainment tent and jam out to live music all day. Whether you are a shopaholic or bottomless pit, there is something for you at the Cornwall Food Fest!

Wolfe Island Music Festival – Friday, August 10th – 11th, 2018

Musicians across Canada will return this summer for another year of celebrating Canadian music at the highly anticipating Wolfe Island Music Festival. With large crowds of people come the expectation of a plethora of food waiting to be consumed!

Terroir Wine Celebration – Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Terroir is a spring celebration of the newly released wines from the highly acclaimed wineries in Prince Edward County! Enjoy various small plates created by popular Chefs of The County along with free samples to try throughout the event.

Fermentation Festival – Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Celebrate all things fermented at the Second Annual Ontario Fermentation Festival! Discover many different types of food and beverage ferments available in Ontario.

Which festivals are you planning on going to? Let us know in the comments below which ones you’re excited for?! Don’t forget to use our hashtag #greatwaterway so we can follow your adventures through South Eastern Ontario.

Located along the north shore of the St Lawrence River, the South Eastern Ontario region spans from Cornwall and The Counties to Ontario’s burgeoning wine and craft beer country known as Prince Edward County and the Bay of Quinte. Along the shores of these waterways, you’ll find fascinating history, quaint villages, inspiring art, live theatre and gastronomic delights. No matter how you choose to experience it, South Eastern Ontario offers some of the best places to visit in Ontario.