Frequently Asked Questions

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival

  • Unfortunately our 2021 festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our next festival is scheduled for June 11, 2022.
  • The vendor marketplace takes place Downtown Midland and in David Onley and Harbourside Parks.
  • The contest takes place in the Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street (corner of King and Elizabeth Streets)
  • There is no admission fee to visit our family-friendly festival.
  • There are free municipal parking lots around the downtown core (no time limit on a Saturday) and parking along side streets.
  • We will be running free shuttles so you don't have to worry about finding a parking spot. Details will be announced closer to the festival date.
  • There are a limited number of accessible parking spots in our downtown and as per 2019, we may designate one parking lot as accessible parking only.
  • We will have information booths where you can find a map and answers to your questions.
  • While all of the activities, with the exception of the contest, take place outside, we strongly recommend that you leave dogs at home due to the large crowds. Please do not leave pets in cars during the festival day.
  • Port-a-potties, including accessible ones, can be found along all side streets and at the waterfront.
  • Additional washrooms can be found on both levels of the Midland Cultural Centre and at the Harbourmaster's Office at the waterfront.
  • The Midland Cultural Centre and the Midland Public Library (both located at the corners of King and Elizabeth Street) are breastfeeding friendly and have baby change stations.
  • The Midland Cultural Centre and the Midland Public Library, both at the corner of King and Elizabeth Streets are air conditioned and available as cooling stations.
  • The Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce at 208 King Street (King and Bayshore) is available as a cooling station.
  • We will have both First Aid and security on site during the festival. In the case of an emergency call 9-1-1. Ontario Provincial Police may be reached at 705-526-3761.
  • You can find a list of accommodations here.
  • You read that right! You can have a taste of the contest tarts while the judging takes place in Rotary Hall, Midland Cultural Centre. Our judges cut off a small piece of each tart to taste and the rest of each tart is cut into smaller pieces. Our volunteers circle through the audience with trays of small samples.
  • We sell some of the contest tarts (full and intact) for $10 for a half-dozen. You can purchase these tarts at Scotiabank, 291 King Street.
  • Are you looking for a souvenir of the festival? Graffit Art, located at the corner of King Street and Dominion Avenue, is the official licensee of festival merchandise.
  • Details regarding live entertainment will be posted as we get closer to the festival date.
  • Visit our information page for a complete list of activities taking place as part of the sweetest day of the year!
  • We recommend bringing cash with you as the line-up at the ATMs can be as long as some of the ones for butter tart vendors. If you need more cash, here is a list of ATMs:
    • Downtown Midland: Scotiabank (open with tellers), TD (open with tellers), RBC, CIBC, BMO
    • Hwy 93: National Bank, Desjardins
    • Penetanguishene: Scotiabank, TD, Meridian Credit Union
  • Visit our YES, we have vendors who will be selling butter tarts (and other yummy baked goods) suitable for various diets. They will be indicated on the maps at the festival and listed here as we get closer to the festival date.
  • Sunscreen
  • Water and/or refillable water bottle (there is a water-bottle re-filling station on site). Stay hydrated!
  • A hat
  • Wipes to clean sticky hands and faces after enjoying all those tarts
  • Visit our The festival is a rain or shine event. In case of inclement weather, festival organizers will make a decision to ensure the safety of our visitors, vendors and volunteers.