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The top 10 food festivals near Toronto this summer

Southern Ontario is home to all sorts of food festivals and culinary adventures waiting to be discovered. From weekly food fairs to elaborate fundraisers there are plenty of options just a short drive away.

Here are my picks for the top food events and festivals near Toronto this summer.

See also: The top 10 beer festivals near Toronto for 2015

OK Friday Barn Fair
Burl's Creek Event Grounds and The Karma Project have teamed up to present the OK Friday Barn Fair on now every Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m until October 9. The vibrant art and farmers market features local farmers, vendors, live music curated by Arts & Crafts, and celebrated eateries such as Rodney's Oyster House, and Fat Pasha, Rose and Sons, and Big Crow by Anthony Rose.

Guelph Wellington Local Food Fest
Summer kicks off at noon on Saturday, June 21 at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre and Farm in Guelph. Celebrate local food and agriculture, as well as, a showcase of local artists and artisans. Expect a day filled with cooking demos, workshops, exhibitors offering fresh food and flowers, plus food and craft beer vendors.

London International Food Fest
Occurring Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. each day at Victoria Park, this festival is billing 50+ food vendors, 100 retail exhibitors and 900 lawn chairs, plus beers, wines, coolers and live entertainment.

Food Frenzy at Pelee Quarry
In conjunction with the Pelee Island Music Series, the Friends of the Library caters these recurring $10 concert events happening on Sundays from 5:30 p.m. from June 28 to July 26, and then again on August, 16. Expect an evening featuring word and music performances, local art exhibits, and of course yummy eats.

Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua
Dubbed the 'amazing graze', this food fest takes place Sunday, June 28, Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua has been called an "amazing graze." The fundraiser event for Kaleidoscope Arts in Education Programs, it is attended by locals and cottagers alike and will showcase food and drink vendors from throughout the region. Tickets are $65.

The Sandbanks Food Fair
Now in its third year, this annual takes place on Saturday, July 18 from 11am to 6pm at the Sandbanks Winery. Expect to find local food trucks and booths, live music, and wine. BYO-camping chairs.

The Truckin' Good Food Rally
WindsorEats hosts this recurring gathering of mobile kitchens. Find the free-to-attend festival happening at at North 42 Degrees Estate Winery on July 25, while the August 16th and October 10th editions takeover Assumption Park.

Creemore's Copper Kettle Festival
This annual festival offers an old-time village fair vibe, care show and full day of entertainment, cook-offs, local fare, specialty foods and wares. The party takes over Main Street on Saturday, August 22 while you'll find the beer garden and main stage at the brewery.

Moonlight Market
Taking place Saturday, September 5, the Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market makes the most of the final long weekend of the summer with this special night time market filled with twinkle lights and lanterns. Enjoy live music, kid friendly activities and food vendors at the Pine Street parking lot.

Stratford's Bacon & Ale Trail
Take a self-guided tour of Stratford making stops at food shops and pubs in Perth County, Ontario's top producer of pork. You may also have read about Stratford's pub tours. Available any day you like, purchase your passes online or in person at the Stratford Tourism office. $25 entitles pass holders to tastings at five stops.

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