From the oysters of Prince Edward Island to the wines of the Niagara Region and Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, these are the top 10 wine and food festivals going on across Canada in the month of September.
PEI International Shellfish Festival – Charlottetown, PEI
Dine with Australian Chef Curtis Stone, watch an oyster shucking battle, root for your favourite at the PEI potato and international chowder championships, and stuff your face with local mussels, oysters, lobster, clams, and quahogs at this east coast event.
Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival – Cowichan Valley, BC
There's no shortage of wine-related activities at this annual fest in BC – go to an authentic grape stomp, purchase tickets to the CW&CF Wine Tasting, or attend the two-day wine symposium, which includes a series of four weekend day sessions.
Feast of Fields – Ottawa, ON
Feast of Fields is an annual event where local Ottawa region farmers and chefs team up to create an original and organic feast for the public. On September 11th join fellow foodies as the Canadian Organic Growers – Ottawa Chapter once again brings together some of the best in regional foods in a celebration of the season’s harvest.
Niagara Food Festival – Welland, ON
September 30 – October 2
Culinary power couple Michael and Anna Olson have been named as the first-ever Honorary Chairs of the Niagara Food Festival, kicking off just before the month ends. There will also be a mobile culinary theatre along with a cupcake wars contest.
Carp Fair – Carp, ON
For more than 140 years the Carp Fair has been a mainstay of the farming and fun-seeking Canadian culture, with shows, classes, and displays from agriculture to crafts so there's something for everyone. Check out the various local produce and meat vendors who will be on-hand on the grounds.
A Vintage Harvet (wine fest) – Niagara Falls, ON
Enjoy more than 100 events including winery tours and tastings, concerts, Niagara cuisine, wine seminars, live entertainment, and one of Canada's largest street parades during this wine and food festival. Wines can be purchased by the sample, glass, or bottle, and the best part is that admission is free.
19th Annual BBQ on the Bow – Calgary, AB
A regular event in Calgary, this year's fest will include the Alberta BBQ Championships & Awards Ceremony, main stage entertainment, Alberta producers top chef grilling demos, a children’s craft tent, a general store, street zone vendors, Holy Smoke BBQ & Big T’s Smokehouse food concessions, and a Kicking Horse coffee tent.
The Great Canadian Beer Festival – Victoria, BC
The Great Canadian Beer Festival has become one of Canada's must-attend beer events, featuring brewers from Australia, volunteers from England and beer lovers from the world over – this little annual beer festival first held in 1993 has blossomed into a truly international event. More than 55 craft breweries from across Canada and the USA will be represented, and there will also be entertainment by local acts along with a fantastic selection of food offered by local restaurants and caterers.
EAT! Fraser Valley – Abbotsford, BC
There's always buzz about this foodie-worthy event – this year's EAT! fest will feature Montreal celeb chef Chuck Hughes of the Food Network Canada series "Chuck’s Day Off" and winner of an "Iron Chef" bout against Bobby Flay as well as Rob Feenie, the only other Canadian chef to win an Iron Chef America battle.
Canada's Baking and Sweets Show – Toronto, ON
September 30 – October 2
The very first consumer show of its kind in North America dedicated to those who crave to experience everything that’s decadent and delicious, the Baking and Sweets Show is a one-of-a-kind event catering to baking enthusiasts and everybody with a sweet tooth. Expect to see, smell, taste, and savour the best offerings of Canada’s baking and sweets universe.