Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival is Canada’s original and largest butter tart festival. 

Join us in the Town of Midland, on the shores of Georgian Bay,
for all the sweet fun.

At the inaugural Butter Tart Festival in June 2013, the festival sold out of the 10,000 butter tarts available for sale by 11 a.m.  The number of butter tarts available for sale increases each year (we are now up to 150,000 to 200,000 butter tarts available for sale) as does attendance with approximately 60,000 visitors each year.  
The festival includes a contest to award the prize for the BEST Butter Tart in Ontario.  The contest is open to both professional and amateur/home bakers.  The contest features both Traditional and Wild Style categories.  Our judges include celebrities, chefs, food and travel bloggers, local dignitaries all with one thing in common – a love of butter tarts!
Our downtown core and our waterfront parks host 200 vendors and food trucks.  Vendors sell everything from butter tarts to unique, hand-made items.  And the variety of butter tarts you’ll find at our festival includes plain, raisin, pecan, walnut, skor, maple, bacon, coconut, chocolate covered, PB&J, s’mores, gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, cheesecake, pumpkin...and many more.
And while you are here, visit our downtown merchants and their unique shops.  Some will be will be offering butter tart festival sales, deals and sweet treats.
The festival also includes free, family-friendly entertainment, a kids zone, free shuttles, a butter tart trot (pre-registration is required) and much more!  Mark your calendar to join us for the sweetest day of the year!


Schedule for 2023 Festival

9 AM – Official opening of Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival including the Piping of the Tart with Midland Pipes and Drums
All day - 9 AM to  5 PM

  • 200+ vendors – King Street and David Onley and Harbourside Parks

  • Downtown merchants and their unique shops are open for business

  • Food Truck vendors

  • Buskers and entertainers

  • And watch for more to be announced as we get closer to the festival!

Contest – Rotary Hall, Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street


10 AM to 12 PM – Judging of Traditional category for Professional and Amateur/Home Bakers

1PM to 3PM – Judging of Wild Style category for Professional and Amateur/Home Bakers

3:15 PM – Judging of Best in Show

3:30 PM – Announcement of Best in Show Best and all Butter Tart Contest winners


Notice of photography and video:

Please be aware that Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival is capturing photos/video at our festival on June 11, 2022.  By entering the festival premises, you consent to such recording of media and its releases, publications, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web, and promotional purposes.  Photos and videos will only be used for promotion of the event by the event itself and through Tourism Partners the County of Simcoe, North Simcoe Tourism, and the Town of Midland. 

Land Acknowledgement:

The Town of Midland recognizes that it is located on land which is the traditional and Treaty territory of the Anishinabek people, now known as the Chippewa Tri-Council comprised of Beausoleil First Nation, Rama First Nation, and the Georgina Island First Nation.  This territory is within the pre-confederation Treaty 5 and Treaty 16, and included within the Williams Treaties of 1923.   The Town of Midland also recognizes that it is located on land which was once the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and that our community is home to many citizens of the Metis Nation of Ontario and to a large and diverse community of Indigenous peoples.