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Regional Food Festivals

There is no better way to experience a destination like South Eastern Ontario than through its various food and wine festivals. We dare you not to salivate at the many exciting choices where you get the best of the home grown food from our area! Your culinary journey will lead you to incredible food, delightful venues and entertaining hosts. Our extraordinary culinary culture awaits you!

Food & Drink Events at its Best

Fall & Winter
Fall & Winter

Colder Days Just Make Warm Food Even Better

  • Fall
    • TASTE! Community Grown in Prince Edward County: Prince Edward County’s premier food & wine event, TASTE community grown celebrates our culinary community from farm to table.
    • Flavours of Fall in Belleville: Belleville comes alive with an event for the whole family; a fun afternoon of pumpkin carving, pony rides, petting zoo and much more !
    • Savour Bay of Quinte Food and Drink Festival in Trenton: Enjoy a casual evening celebrating the “tastes” of Quinte. Linger and listen to live entertainment while relishing in culinary delights, local wineries and exhibits by regional artists.
    • Fall Countylicious in Prince Edward County: Prince Edward County chefs craft menus inspired by ingredients found in our own backyard. Each of the 12+ participating restaurants put together new menus featuring local ingredients!
    • Wassail in Prince Edward County: Join Prince Edward County for a festive celebration and toast to the vines while putting them to rest for the winter. Enjoy sipping wines while you shop and sing a few holiday songs.
    • Apples and Art Studio Tour in Cornwall: Enjoy a drive on the scenic roads surrounding Stormont Dundas and Glengarry during this creative annual studio tour. A great way to usher in fall – and visit with local artists who get their inspiration from this beautiful lush landscape in South Eastern Ontario!
    • Kingston VegFest: Celebrating and inspiring the joys of plant-based living.
    • Water Buffalo Food Festival in Stirling: Sample delicious, mouth-watering dishes made from water buffalo products like mozzarella di bufala, ricotta and a variety of meats. Taste local wines and beers – and experience petting and perhaps even riding a live water buffalo!  Have your picture taken with a cute baby buffalo calf.


    • Maple in the County – Prince Edward County: Celebrate nature’s gold with Maple in the County. A dozen sugar shacks and maple syrup producers open their doors to the public, partake in pancake breakfasts with fresh maple syrup, taffy on snow, s’mores, petting zoos, BBQ sausages, a lumberjack show, artisan vendors and more.  
    • Maple Syrup Festival in Delta: This festival has roots as deep as the tapped maple trees – it has been a community mainstay since 1967. Find pancake breakfasts, a huge book sale, activities for the kids, tours of the National History Site Old Stone Mill, taffy on snow and, of course, lots of maple products to try.

    If you’re still looking for more ideas on what to do in March, check out Prince Edward County’s fun list of what happens as spring is ushered in!

Warm With Delicious Treats

  • Spring
    • Spring Countylicious – Prince Edward County: Countylicious is a twice-annual celebration of fine dining in Prince Edward County featuring prix fixe menus from local participating restaurants. It’s your chance to experience some of Prince Edward County’s best dining experiences, explore new restaurants, or re-visit old favourites
    • Terroir – Prince Edward County: Terroir is a spring celebration of the newly released wines from the highly acclaimed wineries in Prince Edward County, paired with signature dishes created at live cooking stations by culinary partners of local chefs.
    • Downtown Brockville Street Eats Festival: A party in the street! Sidewalk sales galore, delicious food trucks and patios, Battle of the Bands, hydroplanes, police trucks, martial arts displays and a whole lot of family fun!
    • YGK  Craft Beer Fest: Fan food, craft beer and live entertainment combine to make this a kick off to summer party on the hill overlooking the water at Fort Henry!
    • The Great Canadian Cheese Festival – Picton (on hiatus for 2018…)

Festivals Revolving Around Food

    • Taste of Kingston: Treat yourself to this popular annual event that sees amazing local cuisine and live entertainment combine in this family-friendly fundraiser.
    • Ribfest: Savour the best in ribs, mixed with fun activities for the whole family in areas across South Eastern Ontario, such as Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall, Gananoque and Kingston.
    • Island Breakfast in Brockville: Island Breakfast is a popular event for Brockville locals and visitors alike to enjoy a true 1,000 Islands experience: a boat ride and breakfast on one of Brockville’s municipally owned islands, Refugee Island. In fact, this event was a finalist in the 2016 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Culinary Event of the Year.
    • Athens Cornfest: Where being corny is expected!
    • Verona Lions Garlic Festival: Celebrating all things garlic – fun for the fam!  Rain or shine. Children’s Centre with arts and crafts, mini-golf, and the popular mini-tour train provide popular entertainment for all ages.
    • Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival in Cornwall: This is a country fair in the city where vendors and exhibitors showcase produce and products grown and created locally; featuring artisans, farmers market, foodies, workshops and more.

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