Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival-Midland’s sweet success!

This weekend (June 10, 2017), Midland hosts Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival.  Yes, the earliest published recipe for the butter tart comes from Simcoe County and I was there for the inaugural event, five years ago where Midland laid claim to being the home of this Canadian sweet.

Howard Rideout in Quest Art’s Lower Gallery with Charles Pachter’s Painting -Butter Tart

A couple years ago, judges Charles Pachter (a Canadian pop artist icon) along with Jodie James (Midland’s most fabulous socialite) gave the event a truly festive atmosphere.


Judges Charles Pachter and Jodie James at the inaugural Butter Tart Festival – Spring 2013

I’m looking forward to the festival this weekend as it grows in size with every year, attracting more than 43,000 visitors in 2016 (which is more than twice Midland’s resident population).

King Street looking north towards Midland Harbour-June 2016

From its inception, the Midland Cultural Centre, a building our office is proud of designing, has been the home base for many of the days activities.  This year the judging of the “Best Butter Tart” starts at 10am in Rotary Hall.

Howard Rideout Architect - Midland Cultural Centre - Rotary Hall

Midland Cultural Centre – Rotary Hall – Balcony

The Cultural Centre’s location on the south end of Midland’s downtown shops, anchors the street festival which extends to the waterfront.    Now that King Street is closed off and filled with booths, the festival has taken on a life of its own, bringing visitors into the downtown and showing off the Cultural Centre to a new potential audience.  Over the last five years the sweet taste of butter tarts has brought huge exposure to Midland.  I hope the days activities will bring you up to this great little Ontario town.  It’s worth the drive north!



The Midland Cultural Centre hosts the Butter Tart Festival Judging 2013

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