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Top Canadian Food & Drink Festivals For Fall 2016

If you’re looking for an excuse to plan a road trip this fall, we recommend checking out the wide variety of food festivals that are taking place across the country this fall. From pumpkin patches to exclusive wine tastings, these festivals have something that will appeal to everyone. Whether you’re exploring Alberta or craving gourmet delicacies and wine in Montreal, here are a few must-visit events which will surely satisfy your cravings.

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Smoky Lake Great White North Pumpkin Fair: Smoky Lake, Alberta – October 1st

To truly capture the beauty of fall and embrace the festive nature of the season, try visiting the Smoky Lake Great White North Pumpkin Fair in Alberta. As a community event, this fair features family-friendly activities which will excite young ones and kids at heart. The pumpkin weigh-off is a main attraction of the festival, and aims to award the largest seasonal squash in show. Meanwhile, a petting zoo, midway, beer gardens and farmer’s market are also highlights of the Smoky Lake festivities.

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Indulge: New Brunswick’s Food and Wine Festival: St. Andrews, New Brunswick – October 14th-16th

Located in the seaside town of St. Andrews, Indulge offers an impressive array of food from New Brunswick’s top chefs, complemented by a large variety of wine, beer, and spirits. If you’re an amateur baker who is determined to win, a pie baking contest just may offer you a perfect opportunity to show off your skills. While you’re there, you can also sample wines at the wine trial and tuck into a sumptuous harvest feast with your family. In addition to the tempting eats and drinks, creative types can also enjoy music and art at this New Brunswick festival.

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Montreal Passion Vin: Montreal, Quebec – November 3-5th

This autumn, all  oenophiles can unite in Canada’s most fashionable city, for the Montreal Passion Vin. This annual benefit  is catered toward seasoned wine lovers, who have a chance to taste extraordinary wine from some of the world’s most established châteaux and vineyards. The proceeds from this charitable event are given to Montreal’s  Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation, and will be used to fund the hospital’s new cancer centre.

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Gourmet Food Wine Expo: Toronto, Ontario – November 17th-20th

Toronto’s 22nd annual Gourmet Food Wine Expo returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this year, with another delectable array of international and gourmet foods. Whether you want to explore a new type of cuisine or sample one of the over 1,500 varieties of fine wines, beers and spirits, this may be the perfect event for your cultured palate. This year, the festival’s offerings include the Chef Stage with its cooking demonstrations and an entertainment area. Whether you want to clink glasses and mingle amongst the crowds or become inspired by your favourite culinary professionals, this event promises to offer it all.