Well, just over a week ago I was sitting in the fields of Burls Creek with the family taking in the inaugural Big Feastival Canada. The UK version of the Feastival has been running for a couple of years and has seen some great success. We all know that the festival market in Canada (Ontario specifically) is severely over saturated with events like Ottawa’s Bluesfest, Wayhome and Boots & Hearts to name a few being on the top of the list. However, none of the big festivals really have a focus on a “family” environment. Big Feastival Canada had a strong push towards that market with having great acts like Fred Penner & Splash n’ Boots kicking each day off.
There was lots to do on the grounds from tasting some amazing food from some of the best Food Trucks in Toronto along with some of Canada’s finest Chef’s teaching some of the festival goer’s how to make a certain dish. I wasn’t too sure if mixing “foodies” with the “music fans” was going to work but it seemed to bring a great mix of people along with a solid lineup of artists didn’t hurt. With Ben Harper (Sat) & Weezer (Sun) headlining the festival, I did think there may have been a few more people in attendance but the space seemed to fit the crowd just right.
I don’t have any official numbers from the festival but my guess is around 5500 people on each of the days would be a realistic guess. But during the later sets with the families not sticking around in most cases it seemed the crowd wasn’t as strong for those later sets. My only suggestion on that would be to start the headlining sets at 8PM to allow for the families to all stick around and maybe have another artists perform from the 10-11 slot to wrap up the night. But just a suggestion.
There was no lack of talent at this one both on stage and behind the grill / stove. Some of the other artists that were in attendance were OK GO, The Strumbellas, De La Soul & Magic!
As mentioned there was lots of food options to enjoy as well. This is kind of where it takes a unique spin. The feastival is built around amazing food and cooking demonstrations for both the adult and children in attendance. Along with some great food trucks there was also a small midway that was sponsored by Toyota of Ontario. Which only strengthened the family atmosphere and some great arts and crafts stations throughout the grounds.
All in all it was a great inaugural event that we sure would love to have back next year. The area needed a festival that had a more family focus and the fine folks at IMG did just that. Check out some more images below of artists that graced the stages at this years feastival such as Choir, Choir, Choir. Basia Bulat, Command Sisters & Magic! We want to send out a huge thanks to the folks at IMG / Feastival for having us. And we look forward to next years event!
Corey Kelly / @CoreyKelly76
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