This summer you have the opportunity to be part of something really special. The Big Feastival is happening for the first time in Canada from August 18-20 at the picturesque campground at Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte. Finally, an event where parents and children can enjoy music, great food and family fun all in one place! Oh ya, I almost forgot to mention that I’m hosting the Little Kitchen and Field to Fork Sessions for kids on Saturday! More on that below.
How fun would it be to watch your favourite band play, in an outdoor festival setting again? Personally, I haven’t done this in years, and I’m so excited that I have this opportunity to bring my kids along for the fun. There are two places you can watch and enjoy: The Mainstage and the Bandstand.
The Mainstage will kick off in the morning on Saturday and Sunday with kids favourites like Fred Penner and Splash’N Boots. Plus, I heard there’s going to be a PAW Patrol Meet & Greet before the performance! I’m super excited about this because my kids are going to LOVE it. For starters, we listen to Splash and Boots’ latest CD (which they gave me personally 😉 in the car, and I can’t help it but sing along. So, the fact that they get to watch them live is going to be amazing for them (and me :D). My kids are also obsessed with PAW Patrol so I can only imagine their faces when they meet their favourite rescue pups!
As I mentioned earlier, there’s live music for the whole family! Grab your chairs and blankets and head to the Mainstage to enjoy an evening of great music under the stars. Here’s a few of the amazing musicians who will be taking the stage:
Drop on by the Bandstand for your daily dose of rising stars and family entertainment. Here you’ll find performances by The Kents, BAYLA, The Command Sisters, Northern Roads and more! Think you’ve got what it takes? Don’t miss your chance to get up and sing with Good Enough Live Karaoke on Saturday to show the world your inner rockstar!
If food education and inspiration is what you’re into, you can take part in a cooking demo led by a celebrity Chef like Chef Chuck Hughes in the Big Kitchen. There are also hands-on cooking classes in the Cooking School where you can get involved in an interactive cooking class with celebrity Chefs like Vikram Vij. If a specialty food education is what you’re after, Afrim Pristine of the Cheese Boutique will take you on an artisanal adventure at the Cheese Cave with ACE Bakery and Adamo Estate Winery. You also have the opportunity to ask your favourite chefs whatever you want at the intimate Table Sessions. There will also be book signings from your favourite cookbook authors.
Some of the Chefs that you will see there include: Matt Dean Pettit, Derek Dammann, Rob Gentile, Victor Barry, Danny Smiles, Michael Hunter and more!
I will be there on Saturday for the Little Kitchen and Field to Fork Kids Cooking Classes. Chef Devin Connell will teach them on Sunday. The recommended ages is 5 and up and the kids will have a chance to explore the festival garden, pick their ingredients, learn about where their food comes from and take part in a hands-on cooking class. Devin and myself will be hosting and there will be celebrity Chef’s popping by to say hello and help the kids out.
The next big attraction at Big Feastival is the food, of course. I am personally the most excited about this part! There are going to be four main areas where you can get food:
Street Food An amazing collection of food trucks and vendors who will all be serving kid-friendly portions. You will see Queen Margherita Pizza, Buster’s Sea Cove and Calii Love, just to name a few.
Producer’s Market An artisan food & drink market featuring amazing artisanal producers like Good Food For Good and Bee Keeper’s Naturals.
Food Hub Another collection of incredible food vendors like Tori’s Bakeshop and Tropic Love.
Feature Bars featuring craft beers and wines made by local producers like Creemore Springs and Piger wines.
Do not pack a picnic — TRUST ME. There will be plenty of options for you and your family.
This is a family festival, as I mentioned, and here’s some of the family fun you can expect. Like I mentioned, Splash’N Boots and Fred Penner will be on the stage in the mornings. Choir! Choir! Choir! Will be on the Mainstage. Have you guys heard of them? They are a community choir that brings together an eclectic mix of Parkdale-dwelling baristas and suburban moms and dads for stirring, frequently viral performances. I can’t wait to see this!
Big Top Family Yoga, Comedy and magic shows, meet and greets, and storytime. The Workshop will feature DIY costumes w/ Costume Creations so your kids can create their own super hero or princess costumes. The Farm Park will be where your kids can go and visit their favourite animals and explore http://canada.thebigfeastival.com/attractions/farm-park. Of course there will be a Fun Fair with rides because I’m sure your kids will ask about them! Last, but definitely not least and definitely not it but there will be a Family Lawn Games area where you can drop in and take part in a bean bag toss or even a giant jenga game!
I’m exhausted just reading this – so much to see and do!
If you decide to stay the whole weekend, purchase the pre-set Tent Add-on which includes having your own brand new tent set-up for you before you arrive and once the weekend is over, you can pack it up and take home with you. How convenient is that? So, the Big Festival has partnered with MEC for this and you can share your tent with up to six friends or family with the purchase of one Adult Weekend Camping Ticket. Visit MEC’s website here to see your brand new MEC Pre-set Tent! If you have your own tent, you can purchase your weekend with camping ticket here.
Or if you’re not into rustic living, try a Luxury Glamping site provided by https://www.moonlightglamping.com/shop.
RV Camping is also available as an add-on to your camp site.
You can grab your tickets here (link), but I’m also giving away (4) weekend passes! (See below for contest details). If you need a ride, Sharethebus is running shuttles from Toronto to Oro-Medonte. Here’s the schedule: https://www.bus.com/events/thebigfeastival?tripType=roundtrip
For all the latest event information and for the schedules, follow Big Feastival:
– Facebook: @bigfeastivalCA
– Instagram: @bigfeastivalCA
– Twitter: @bigfeastivalCA
– Website: TheBigFeastival.ca
I hope I’ve convinced you that this is the best festival you will go to this summer so be sure to get your tickets. Be sure to check out my contest below, too, where I’ll be giving away (4) Weekend passes valued at $620 CAD! Good luck and see you there!
Win (4) passes to Big Feastival!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks to my amazing friends at Big Feastival, I have (4) Weekend tickets to give away to one lucky reader in Canada (excluding Quebec). A Weekend Ticket includes:
Admission for Saturday and Sunday (excluding campsites)
Entry into the Big Feastival from Saturday, August 19 (10:00am to 1:00am) and Sunday, August 20 (10:00am to 11:00pm)
These tickets are valued at $620 CAD!
How to enter:
There are 2 ways to enter (maximum of two entries per person for the duration of the contest).
- Visit my Daily Tiramisu Facebook Page.
- Tweet the following message: “Win 4 tickets to @BigFeastivalCA (valued at $620 CAD!) with @julie_miguel_ at the Daily Tiramisu Blog! Details: http://www.dailytiramisu.com/bigfeastival”.
Eligibility and contest rules:
– Contest begins on Monday July 17 at 12:00am EST and closes Friday July 21 at 5:00pm EST.
– Prize consists of one (4) Big Feastival Weekend Tickets ($620 CAD) (Tickets do not include a campsite). The tickets are for entry from Saturday, August 19 (10:00am to 1:00am) and Sunday, August 20 (10:00am to 11:00pm) and they do not include transportation to or from the event.
– Open to readers of the age of majority with a Canadian mailing address (Except for residents of Quebec).
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winners will be selected through Rafflecopter from all qualified entries on July 21st.
– Winner will be notified via email July 21st and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.
– Winner will be required to answer a skill testing question.