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 (65,000 butter tart lovers visited us in 2019).  
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 2022 Festival!

9 a.m. – Official opening of Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival including the Piping of the Tart with Midland Pipes and Drums
All day - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 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
10 a.m. – Presentation of Butter Tart Stamp by Canada Post Corporation to Mayor Stewart Strathearn, Rotary Hall, Midland Cultural Centre

Contest – Rotary Hall, Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King St.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Judging of Traditional category for Professional and Amateur/Home Bakers

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

3:15 p.m. – Judging of Best in Show

3:30 p.m. – Announcement of Best in Show Best and all Butter Tart Contest winners

Please note –  GOVAXX bus will be at King and Elizabeth Streets

BT Stage

10:30 to 11:20        Michel Payment et Joelle Roy         (Mostly French Originals Band)

                              (Michel Payment, Joëlle Roy, Rick Patenaude, Kelly Lefaive, Joel Saunders)

Transition time

11:35 to 12:25        Dayna Reid        (2019 New Country winner of Magna Hoedown).

Transition time

12:40 to 1:35          Ariko            (Bilingual French traditional and Cajun Band)                      

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1:50 to 2:45           Ronnie Douglas           (First Nation Blues Band)

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3:00 to 3:55           Basil Lafrenière       Marg Raynor          (Métis Band)

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4:10 to 5:00            Blind Mary          (Celtic Band)

Notice of photography and video:

Please be aware that Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival is capturing photos/video at our festival on June 22, 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.