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Round Up of Delicious Summer Food Festivals Across Canada


With summer and the warm weather finally here, the travel experts at have added food festivals to the outdoor menu, offering a taste of what’s ahead with their “Top 8 Summer Food Festivals” across Canada.

From strawberries to lobster and from garlic to hot and spicy, there’s a festival to please a variety of palates. Here are four food festivals from coast to coast taking place this month and definitely worth travelling for:

  • !!! Shediac Lobster Festival, Shediac, N.B. – Lobster takes centre stage at the 65th edition of the Shediac Lobster Festival from July 9-13 in Shediac. The event attracts visitors from across North America and features nightly lobster suppers, entertainment, rides, a children’s parade and even a lobster-eating contest.
  • !!! Deer Lake Strawberry Festival, Deer Lake, Nfld. – The Deer Lake Strawberry Festival in Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, takes place July 18-20. The three-day festival pays homage to the strawberry, but also incorporates many other events. Expect music, dancing, games, a beer tent, concession stands and a fireworks display.
  • !!! A Taste of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. – Head to Saskatoon July 15-20 for some great food at A Taste of Saskatchewan. Get ready to sample delicious dishes from 30 of Saskatoon’s best restaurants in Kiwanis Park. In addition to great food, the festival will feature 55 of Saskatchewan’s best bands and performers.
  • !!! Victoria Taste, Victoria, B.C. – Taste, is Victoria’s sixth annual festival devoted to food and wine and runs from July 24-27. Sample local wines and food with a seasonal, sustainable focus, and enjoy various events that highlight the best food and wine the province has to offer. From a three-course brunch featuring eggs Benedict and bubbly, to an interactive tasting workshop, visitors will be sure to leave this festival full and happy.

The following four food festivals round out the list taking place in August and September: Chocolate Festival, St. Stephen, N.B. (Aug. 2-9); Perth Lions Garlic Festival, Perth, Ont. (Aug. 9-10); Hot and Spicy Food Festival, Toronto (Aug. 15-17); and Niagara Food Festival, Niagara, Ont. (Sept. 5-7).



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