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12 Food Festivals in Ottawa before Canada Day

Some say summer really takes hold only after the Canada Day long weekend. Schedule in a visit to some of these food festivals and your summer will be in full swing long before then!

Ottawa’s food festivals have something for everyone, from connoisseurs of Asian street food to poutine lovers. Whether you’re into vegan foods, ribs, or bourbon, you are in for a treat!

Ready to eat your way through Ottawa’s vibrant festival scene? Let’s dig in!

April 27, 2024: Ottawa Bagelshop 40 years celebrations
Ottawa Bagelshop & Deli, 1321 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, Ontario

The legendary Ottawa Bagelshop & Deli has been a fixture on Wellington St in Westboro for 40 years. It’s not technically a festival, but this occasion deserves to be marked. Visit their cozy store with the wood-burning oven to enjoy some great food and live music. Don’t miss The Bagelshop offering one dozen bagels at 1984 prices ($3) from 7-10 a.m! →

May 3 - 5, 2024: PoutineFest and Mac My Cheese
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario
Orléans Client Service Centre, 255 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa, Ontario

Cheese curds! Gravy! Fries! Ready to sample more than 30 poutine vendors and explore the flavours of one hundred classic, gourmet and exotic poutines? Bring a big appetite to this Ottawa food festival that’s sure to attract the masses. Running the same weekend downtown Ottawa and in Orleans. → →

May 4 - 5, 2024: Cinco de Mayo
ByWard Market, Ottawa, Ontario

This festival is in its first year, but you just know it’s going to be a hit. Indulge in the mouth watering street food (and beverages) of Mexico as you take in the vibrant decorations and live music performances. →

May 17 - 20, 2024: Barrhaven Ribfest and Poutine
Clarke Fields Park, 93 Houlahan Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Can’t wait for the Sparks Street RibFest? Why not enjoy a little warmup ribfest in Barrhaven as you get your tastebuds ready for the big event! Pair the ribs with poutine and you get the stickiest, messiest, smokiest, and most fantastic Victoria Day long weekend! →

May 31, 2024: Vegans Who Snack Food & Art Festival
Parkdale Public Market, 366 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

After all that meat and cheese, it’s time to take a break and enjoy a vegan event! Drop by the Parkdale Public Market to support over 50 small businesses including restaurants, bakeries, ice cream, self care products, flowers, art, and clothing. Enjoy music and performances as you sample the wide array of food choices. →

May 31 - June 2, 2024: Ottawa Asian Festival Night Market
Tanger Outlets Ottawa, 8555 Campeau Drive, Ottawa, Ontario or
Chinatown Gateway, Ottawa, Ontario

Ride a rollercoaster of flavour as you savour unique and authentic street food dishes from all over Asia. Immerse yourself in new cultures as you take in this festival bringing together people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Whether you are close to Kanata (Tanger Outlets) or central Ottawa (Chinatown), you will get a chance to enjoy an Asian themed event this weekend. → →

May 30 - June 2, 2024: Ottawa Ribfest on Sparks Street

The big one! Arguably Ottawa’s most popular food festival, Ribfest is must-attend event that fills Sparks street with smoke and BBQ sauce every year. Sample some of the best BBQ chicken and ribs you’ll ever taste! You’ll be coming back to this one over and over. →

June 7 - 8, 2024: Orléans Craft Beer Festival
Centrum Plaza, 255 Centrum Blvd, Ottawa, Ontario

Head over to Orleans to sample more than 25 craft beer vendors and enjoy some delicious food that goes with the beer! Simple as that. →

June 8 - 9, 2024: Ottawa Food Festival
Tanger Outlets Ottawa, 8555 Campeau Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

This is not just about eating food. At the Ottawa Food Festival, you’ll be critiquing innovative cuisines, learning at cooking demonstrations, and enjoying guided tastings. Come in full foodie mode as this event will challenge not just your tastebuds but also your mind. →

June 29, 2024: Summer Spirits
Simon Park, 1450 du Parc Avenue, Rockland, Ontario

Finally, just a couple of days before Canada Day, you may find yourself in the City of Clarence-Rockland enjoying a bit of bourbon, beer and BBQ. It’s the small town’s biggest festival yet and we think it’s going to be a good one! →


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