Toronto and Canada has a new, exciting event venue, a shining, idyllic jewel in our vast land of exciting, diverse landscapes. Like so many of Ontario’s unique destinations, though, it requires a short, refreshing jaunt out of the cities that spread across what we loosely call Toronto. In this case, a quick trip north just a skip north of Barrie, Ontario to Burl’s Creek in Oro – Medonte. You won’t be disappointed in what you find in what you assume were quiet country roads and farming country. Or what you thought was on the way to places further north.

Lately on the map for Wayhome Music + Arts Festival and country music’s well-established Boots & Hearts Festival, there’s a new player in these same grounds of lush, green rolling hills, generous camping spaces and fields: The Big Feastival.

The Big Feastival is the latest in the always-welcome tradition of festivals from the U.K. coming over for a summer visit like so many of our close relatives do in summertime. Originating at Alex James’ (Blur) farm and enjoying 6 years in its original home, The Big Feastival organizers have announced a new, foodie-oriented, family-friendly, music-rich camping weekend for all ages here in this great new outdoor camping venue.

The musical offerings are extremely strong, in the fashion of the welcome trend of smaller, more boutique festivals that are not about long line -ups and crowds but more about accommodating everyone: from the eager who want to get to the barrier, the crowds that will eagerly form, and also with ample inclusion for those who want to or need to hang back and watch from a comfortable blanket or chairs, or carving out your own little space. To dance. To hang out. To make things. To create memories with family and friends. On the bill are Weezer, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Strumbellas, OK Go, De La Soul, Magic!, Dragonette, Wintersleep, The Beaches, Basia Bulat and over 20 more artists.

For Foodies, the weekend will include culinary stars Chuck Hughes, Rob Gentile, Amy Rosen, Vikram Vij and many more for pop up cooking schools and table session Q&As, as well as ample chances to browse, sample and buy a diverse selection of fresh, local, creative and innovative offerings.

For kids, there’s a full slate of programming with arts & crafts, a chance to visit with animals at The Farm Park, foodie fun with The Little Kitchen, legendary children’s entertainer Fred Penner, a fun fair, and Big Top Circus School.

The grounds are spread out and lush, with entertainment for adults, kids and families around the clock in a camping, park the car and put down the devices mini-getaway.

Read more and get your tickets now : “A Feel Good Festival of Food & Music for All Ages” 

All photos courtesy The Big Feastival’s website.