written by: Dana K
When I meet someone new for the first time and they find out that I work for Guelph Tourism, they usually ask me, “so what is there to do in Guelph?” I typically say something like, ‘Guelph is really awesome…there’s always something going on. But we really love our festivals and local food!”
Guelphites have a passion for local festivals and food, and we get really excited when those two things merge together to create something extra special – food festivals!
Here’s a rundown of the food festivals happening in Guelph in August and September.
Ribfest – August 25-28 2016
A Guelph favourite, this festival, put on by the Rotary Club of Guelph, features eight ribbers saucing it up to be voted the best ribs in town. But the fun doesn’t stop with the ribs. The festival also features some awesome entertainment, and this year they’ve extended the festival to include Thursday for a special fundraising concert featuring Canadian classic rock favourite April Wine!
|Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium
Food Truck Fest – September 7 2016
Guelph has developed a true love for food trucksand the Food Truck Festival is where it all began. Now in its second year, the food truck fest banked off of its incredible first event and is back again with 10 local food trucks featuring something for every taste bud. This year’s event will also have live entertainment to enjoy while shoving your face with insanely amazing food.
|Photo courtesy of Lynn Vanschaik
Grate Cheese Fest – September 24 2016
I’m glad the cheese stands alone because it makes it easier to find.
Sorry for the cheesy joke – but you won’t have to look too hard to find the cheese at the Grate Cheese Fest! The food fest features amazing comfort foods for all to enjoy. This second annual event has a variety of food exhibitors showcasing their cheesy creations.
|Photo courtesy of Grand River Shows
Vegfest – September 25 2016
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or curious about a plant-based lifestyle, Vegfest Guelph is back celebrating their third year with even more to offer. Situated in the picturesque Goldie Mill ruins you’ll find delicious vegetarian/vegan options from comfort food, to burgers, to cupcakes for dessert from a large array of food and drink vendors and educational exhibits.
|Photo courtesy of Sharp Goat Photography
Honourable mention: Welly Cask Fest – September 10 & 11 2016
If Guelph’s first loves are festivals and food, than beer would have to be a very close second. Locally owned and operated, Wellington Brewery hosts this festival merging the love of beer, food, and entertainment together for one unforgettable weekend. The event features over 25 cask beers and ciders including a selection of Welly One-Off recipes – what a great way to welcome in autumn!
|Photo courtesy of Austin Gibson Photography
To find more info about local festivals like these, check out the events calendar at visitguelphwellington.ca