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Don't Miss These Sudbury Food Festivals This Summer!

Photo provided by Kirsten Hysert.

From ribs to blueberry pie to international fare, food culture is thriving in the Nickel City.

Any local can tell you that the City of Greater Sudbury is a community that loves great food, whether it’s internationally-influenced fare, or classic Canadian favourites. Showcased through incredible food and cultural festivals, visitors and locals alike in the Nickel City have access to a spread of food-focused events throughout the summer months.

Make sure to check out at least one of these summer festivals in Sudbury this year!

Feast Fest Sudbury

June 23 – 25
Gates Open at 11 am
Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, Bell Park (900 Paris Street)

This free-entry festival is a newcomer to the Sudbury scene, opening its gates to food lovers of all ages. Vendors will be on-site selling an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, arts, crafts, and of course, food. Plenty of it. 

Music is also a major part of the experience! Even if you’re not here for the food, come on down to the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre for free evening concerts (19+ after 8 pm). Headlining acts Jojo Mason and Honeymoon Suite will have you rockin’ out on the Lake Ramsey waterfront Friday and Saturday nights respectively, from 8 pm to midnight. A reserved seating upgrade is available.

Visit their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association Canada Day Celebrations

July 1
Sudbury Community Arena (240 Elgin Street)
Events Begin at 10 am

Celebrate cultural diversity paired with Canadian traditions with the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association at the downtown arena this Canada Day! Start the day off with a parade featuring the Police Pipe Band, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, First Nations, and more. Attendees will enjoy sampling a variety of multicultural fare at the Multicultural Food & Craft Fair starting at 11 am. The celebrations will be accompanied by live entertainment throughout the day.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for Seniors/Children 12+, and children under the age of 12 come in for free. 

See the event listing on the Sudbury Tourism website.

45th Annual Italian Festival

July 6 – 9
The Caruso Club (385 Haig Street)

Join the Caruso Club and the community of Greater Sudbury as they celebrate their Italian heritage, culture, and food for the 45th year running! A highlight of the event is the Regions of Italy Food Fair that takes place after the Friday Opening Ceremonies.

Entertainment for the weekend is free, and this year’s lineup includes Filippo Mazza, Ace & the Cobras, Bad Hombres, Chicks With Picks, The Suicide Drifters, and many more. Saturday night features an anniversary concert and dance complete with a five-piece band.

See what's in the works on their Facebook page.

32nd Annual Blueberry Festival

Photo provided by the Sudbury Blueberry Festival.

July 16 – 23, 2017
Events Around the City

This festival is a Sudbury favourite, and a true northern staple. Firing up the pans and ovens for a 32nd season, the Sudbury Blueberry Festival is a local tradition.

As the fest is not restricted to one location, make sure to check out their website and Facebook page for events, which take place throughout the city over the course of the week. Fill up on blueberry pancake breakfasts, a pie eating contest, and much more. Entertainment includes garden parties, blueberry hikes, concerts, and children’s events. Kids will love getting their photo taken with Sud-berry and Sudbrina Bear, and everyone will love tasting the tiny, blue lowbush berries our region is renowned for.

25th Annual Greek Festival

July 28 – 30
4 pm on Friday
11 am on Saturday and Sunday
Sudbury’s Hellenic Centre (486 Ester Road)

Join the Sudbury Greek Community as they celebrate Greek culture, hospitality, food, and desserts! Greek or not, everyone is welcome at this annual celebration, celebrating its 25th year at the Hellenic Centre on St. Charles Lake. Celebrations in past years have included food, music, dancing, and games for the kids. Experience some of the best that Greece has to offer without leaving the province!

This is a free admission event, but please note that this is a cash only festival.

Visit the Sudbury Greek Community website. 

Sudbury Poutine Fest  

August 25 – 27
Downtown Sudbury

Poutine-lovers have a new reason to celebrate fries, cheese curds, and gravyPoutine Fest is coming to town. Another newcomer to the Sudbury foodie scene, Poutine Fest is offering free admission all weekend long in Downtown Sudbury. Similar to Feast Fest, the festival will include a dining court, vendor area, and entertainment gardens.

While hard details are still scarce, entertainment will be a major part of the festival, with free entertainment taking place both during the day and at night. Competitions will also be heldclaim the eating competition title, or vote for the best vendor-created drinks and dishes.

Follow this festival on Facebook.

9th Annual Sudbury Ribfest

September 1 – 3
Downtown Sudbury
Opens at 11 am

For the ninth year in a row, Ribfest is setting up shop in Downtown Sudbury on the Labour Day long weekend. Get your fill of finger-licking ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and sauces. Try as many offerings as you can, and vote for your favourite out of six teams in the competitions for best Chicken, Ribs, and Sauces.

This event truly has something for everyone, and is one of your last chances of the season to get your fill of outdoor music, entertainment, vendors, and food stands on the street! Motorists will enjoy taking in the Car and Motorcycle show on Durham Street. There will also be children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday, including inflatables, clowns, face painting, and wagon rides. Admission is free!

Check out Ribfest on Facebook

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