By Lori Bosworth
In Toronto during the summer, there are several music festivals, as well as popular food festivals. The Big Feastival in Oro Medonte, however, combines both of these passions in a weekend festival to be held at Burl’s Creek from August 18-20, 2017. This first-ever Canadian festival will feature music headliners including Weezer, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and The Strumbellas, as well as celebrity chefs Chuck Hughes, Rob Gentile and Vikram Vij. You will be able to indulge both your ears and your tastebuds. Glamping and camping options over the weekend are also available.
The Big Feastival originated in England and was conceived by Chef Jamie Oliver; it has been held annually in the U.K. in the Cotswolds.
The Oro-Medonte version will include two stages with musicians performing on one stage and chefs cooking up a storm on another. There will be culinary workshops, talks at Table Sessions, cooking demonstrations in the Big Kitchen, pop-up restaurants and cook-offs. Visitors will be able to purchase artisanal products at the Producer’s Market. Family entertainment at the Big Feastival will include rides and games at the Village Green and the Vintage Funfair.
Other musical performers at The Big Feastival in Oro Medonte include Basia Bullat, De La Soul, Dwayne Gretzky, Choir!Choir!Choir!, Tom Chaplin, Magic!, and Wintersleep. Chefs Matt Demille, Derek Dammann, Michael Hunter, Danny Smiles and Victor Barry will complete the culinary roster.
General admission weekend tickets are Teen (13-17) $85 plus tax and service charges; Adult (18+) $155 plus tax and service charges; Children (12 and under) free. Single day tickets will be on sale at a later date. VIP Tickets include access to the VIP Lounge with a private bar, complimentary drink, premium toilet facilities, covered seating, and views of the main music stage from the dedicated garden area.