Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival

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.

On June 10, 2023 from 9am-5pm our downtown core and our waterfront parks will host 200 vendors and food trucks for Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival.  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.

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 and we  are now up to 200,000 butter tarts available for sale. Attendance has also increased to now approximately 60,000 visitors each year.

The Egg Farmers of Ontario Butter Tart Contest will award the prize for 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!

The Dairy Farmers of Ontario Entertainment Stage will feature family-friendly musical performances all day. And kids will love the Kids Zone in Harbourside Park. Enjoy free shuttle service provided by the Faris Team, free bike valet service, and free transit.

And while you are here, visit our downtown merchants and their unique shops.  Some will be offering butter tart festival sales, deals and sweet treats.  Mark your calendar to join us for the sweetest day of the year!


Schedule for 2023 Festival:

9:00 AM – Official opening of Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival including the Piping of the Tart with Midland Pipes and Drums

All day – 9:00 AM to  5:00 PM

  • 200+ vendors – King Street, David Onley, and Harbourside Parks
  • Downtown merchants and their unique shops are open for business
  • Food Truck vendors
  • Buskers and entertainers
  • Kidszone
  • And watch for more to be announced as we get closer to the festival!

Live Music at The Dairy Farmers of Ontario Entertainment Stage from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at 526 Bay & 509 Bay Street Parking Lot

  • 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM             Mahek Desai
  • 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM             Guy Monague Band
  • 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM            Gibbons & Figgs
  • 1:00 PM   to   1:45 PM            L.A. Musique
  • 2:00 PM   to   2:45 PM            Memphis Mud
  • 3:00 PM   to   3:45 PM            Ariko
  • 4:00 PM   to   5:00 PM            Kitty and the Boyz

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM – “Sugar, Sugar, Sugar” Cookie Decorating Party outside Midland Cultural Centre with Jean and Rachel The Baker Sisters

Egg Farmers of Ontario Butter Tart Contest  from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM -Rotary Hall, Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Judging of Traditional category for Professional and Amateur/Home Bakers

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – 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 10, 2023.  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.