Ontario 150 Tour & Feast Fest
Feast Fest & Ontario 150 Tour Draw Record Crowds to Midland, ON.
Download Full Media Release HERE: MediaRelease-Joint150FeastFestMidland-FINAL.pdf
Now that the World's Largest Rubber Duck has flown on from Midland, organizers of Feast Fest the Ontario 150 Tour are taking a look at the immense impact the festival has had on the region and its local businesses, between July 21-23, 2017. Early estimates show that 70,000 people came through the Midland waterfront festival site to see the giant duck, as well as take in 150-themed entertainment like he West Coast Lumberjack show, and Rhythm of the Nation.
"The only thing bigger than the crowds, were the smiles on people's faces," joked Scott Cooper, Marketing & Communications Officer with the Town of Midland. "This was a tremendous partnership between the festival organizers and the Town of Midland, and we look forward to fully analyzing the undeniable economic impact this event has had on our region."
The first ever Feast Fest Midland was another winner at the gates, as large crowds of hungry foodies sought out a wide array of delicious food items, while enjoying the weekends' line-up of local and touring live musical talent. Canadian Country artist Bobby Wills Friday night headline concert drew a crowd of 2,800. Saturday nights' headline concert with Canadian Rock legends Honeymoon Suite, drew over 3,500 to the Midland waterfront. Over the course of the weekend, Feast Fest organizers counted in over 30,000 people through the Feast Fest licensed grounds alone.
"It was the best weekend in Midland I've ever seen," raved Mike Ross, Deputy Mayor of Midland. "The entertainment was phenomenal; I simply couldn't believe the crowds out enjoying the music, food and the park. Feast Fest has got to come back next year."
Feast Fest, a Food, Drink & Music Festival concept new to 2017 has now visited Sudbury, Midland and scheduled to visit London Ontario, Sept 22-24. "It was a fantastic event for all involved," comments Feast Fest partner Paul Fairley. "The collaboration with the Town of Midland created certain synergies and results, which far surpassed our expectations. We hope see the concept develop into an annual partnership."
More information of Feast Fest dates can be found at www.feastfest.ca. More information about the Ontario 150 tour can be found at www.on150tour.com.
Ontario 150 Tour & Feast Fest
July 21st-23rd, 2017 Harbourside Park, Midland Ontario
The ONTARIO 150 Tour & Feast Fest (presented by Redpath, Hyundai, MARCOM, Province of Ontario, Town of Midland, and Admiral Live) made its stop in Midland, Ontario on July 21st-23rd, 2017.
Featuring three days of fantastic 150 Tour programming including The World's Largest Rubber Duck, West Coast Lumberjack Show, Rhythm of The Nation/Rhythme De La Nation, and Feast Fest - featuring mouth-watering food vendors, craft breweries as well as FREE headline concerts from Bobby Wills (Friday, 19+) and iconic Canadian rock band Honeymoon Suite (Saturday, 19+). In addition to the tour line-up, families will love checking out the spectacular 150 fireworks (Friday, 10pm), thrilling midway rides, duck-themed games and merchandise, face painting and so much more!
DOWNLOAD THE FULL EVENT SCHEDULE HERE
PARKING & SHUTTLE BUS INFORMATION
PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO PARKING at the Midland Harbour parking lots during the festival. Please CLICK HERE for a detailed map of the affected 'no parking' areas, times of the restrictions, etc.
The Town of Midland (in partnership with 104.1 The Dock FM, and Wye Valley Business Park) will be offering FREE parking & FREE shuttle bus service to and from the event site. There are two main parking lots and shuttle bus stops located at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre (475 Len Self Blvd.) and the Wye Valley Business Park (1000 Wye Valley Rd.) running every 15 minutes on Saturday & Sunday.
Saturday service is 11am-9pm. Sunday service is 11am-8pm. CLICK HERE for a map of the parking sites and their relation to the event site.
Here is some more information about our featured events:
WORLD’S LARGEST RUBBER DUCK
The World’s Largest Rubber Duck is 61 feet tall, 89 feet long and weighs in at 30,000 pounds. The Duck has never before been to Canada and is joining the ONTARIO 150 Tour to help celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary! Created as a unique attraction to encourage waterfront visitors, the Duck has continued to delight and amaze people for 10 years.
RHYTHM OF THE NATION /RYTHME DE LA NATION
Rhythm of the Nation/Rthyme de la Nation is a Canada 150 Fund initiative written specifically for the ONTARIO 150 Tour. It is an interactive dance and musical performance centred around nationally-renowned street artist DJ Creeasian and hosted by bi-lingual actor Pierre Trudel. In each show our host interacts with the audience guiding our DJ and dancers through a cultural exploration of music and dance in Canada. A truly diverse multi-cultural Canadian performance will evolve as each show will be uniquely defined by the audience and musical influences.
WEST COAST LUMBERJACK SHOW
The West Coast Lumberjack Show is an action-packed, must-see Canadian show that will have you wanting to break out your plaid. The 45-minute show is comprised of non-stop Lumberjack events including logrolling, tree climbing, chainsaw carving & axe throwing, done by professional athletes, all of whom are current or former Canadian Champions.
Feast Fest will offer patrons free entry all weekend long, where you can experience an array of arts, crafts, live music (including Saturday night's headliner Honeymoon Suite!) and food vendors designed to appeal to all tastes. Feast Fest is all ages, however headline concerts will become 19+ after 8PM. More information about Feast Fest Midland on the their Facebook page or www.feastfest.ca