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After a long, cold, Canadian winter, there’s nothing quite like embracing the heat with outdoor music and delicious eats. 

Wellington County is home to one of the most down-to-earth local food and culture scenes in the province. Wellington’s rich food community produces everything from old-fashioned summer sausage to organic ice cream and hoppy brews. The perfect summer memories are paired with food and music — Wellington County boasts multiple festivals that uniquely showcase the tastes and sounds of the region. 

Hillside Festival, July 12–14

Featuring an eclectic array of musical performances and artists, Hillside Festival is just an hour’s drive away from Toronto. The beautiful setting in the Guelph Lake Conservation Area, hands-on workshops and phenomenal eats make this festival one of a kind.

Elora Festival, July 12 – 28 

Celebrating its 40th year, the Elora Festival has long been recognized as one of North America’s signature classical music events. This year’s festival features 35 performances including a concert by State Choir LATVIJA, one of the best choirs in the world. Leave time to meander down the streets of historic Elora and Fergus and discover superb dining spots.

Riverfest, August 16 – 18

Riverfest is a three-day, epic summer event that you can’t miss, especially because this year’s headliners include Canadian rockstar City and Colour. Outstanding festival fare is provided by local breweries, food trucks, and Elora’s unique community brick oven.

Visit Experience Wellington and TasteReal to learn more.

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