If National Donut Day on Friday wasn’t enough to satisfy your sweet cravings for the weekend, worry not! Ontario’s huge annual Butter Tart Festival is back, and it is bigger than ever! The festival, which will take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m today, is expected to sell upwards of 200,000 sugary treats, and they look incredible!
The massive annual festival is located on King Street and David Onley Park in Midland, which is about 40 minutes north of Barrie on the shore of Georgian Bay. With glorious weather forecasted for the rest of the day in the province, it is the perfect get-together for locals who want to celebrate the Canadian-sweet treat.
According to the Butter Tart Festival Website, there will be approximately 200 vendors at the event, on hand prepared to bake and sell anywhere between 150,000 and 200,000 butter tarts, and the options for flavours are endless!
Among the classic flavours of maple and pecan, the festival also has some more unusual flavours like bacon, coconut, and peanut butter and jelly. There are also gluten-free and vegan tarts available for visitors with dietary restrictions.
Not to miss out on this extra-Canadian events, even the Government of Canada Twitter page gave the Butter Tart Festival a nod with a buttery pun. On Friday night the page tweeted “We love these sweet treats from the bottom of our tarts and we hope you do too.”
One website has even given attendees a list of ‘tips’ to truly get the most out of the event. The page recommends wearing comfortable shoes so you can walk the whole festival without missing anything, as well as arriving early to ensure the best of the best butter tarts don’t sell out.
Attendees are also reminded to bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated, wet wipes for sticky fingers, and a clean shirt “change into after the inevitable spills from those gooey butter tarts.”
According to the Butter Tart Festival website, the day culminates with a contest to award the prize for the BEST Butter Tart in Ontario. Applicants are both professional and amateur/home bakers and the contest features both 'traditional' and 'wild style' categories. The judges include "celebrities, chefs, food and travel bloggers, local dignitaries all with one thing in common – a love of butter tarts!"
With an expected attendance of around 65,000 or more, some of the photos from the festival have already started to emerge online, and the butter tarts look pretty incredible!
If you’re not up to much in Ontario on this glorious day, pack up your wet wipes and your spare t-shirt, head over to The Butter Festival and prepare to get sticky!