Keep your eyes peeled for the first Innisfil Onion Fest

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The event has been in the works for over two years and can finally take place now that COVID restrictions have eased

Save the dates June 17-19 for the first Onion Festival in Innisfil.

The event, presented by Innisfil Community Events (ICECorp) has been in the works for over two years and will finally be able to take place now that COVID restrictions have eased.

For over 25 years, ICECorp has hosted local events and entertainment for the community including Summerfest, Ribfest and Polar Bear Dip.

“This is hopefully the biggest we’ve put together,” said Chris Reynolds, who has volunteered at ICECorp for 10 years. “I’m excited now that we’re almost two weeks away, it’ll be fun.”

There will be live music, vendors, a downtown, beverage garden, fireworks, food trucks and more at the Innisfil Recreation Complex on Yonge Street and Innisfil Beach Road .

Meet the world-class competitors in the “Canadian Rib Championships”, featuring the flavors of Mean Moe’s BBQ, Hellent BBQ, Heavy D BBQ, Wine Country BBQ and Rusty’s Smoke BBQ.

There will also be a barbecue amateur contest. Residents are invited to take part in the all-day cooking contest battle which will pit 12 competitors against each other to create the ultimate burger and earn the title “Innisfil BBQ Boss”.

Simply Queen, Zac Brown Band and Errol Blackwood will perform this weekend. You can also enjoy some local talent including the Carl Rundown Band and Brian John Harwood.

When asked why the festival was named after an onion, Reynolds said it was a way of honoring one of North America’s largest onion growers, located in Innisfil.

“You have CarrotFest in Bradford, Potato Festival in Alliston and Cranberries in Muskoka, so why not celebrate Innsiifl’s heritage in a farming town? Make it unique to Innisfil,” said Reynolds.

Tickets for the event are $5. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Cash only. ATMs will be on site.

Shuttles are available throughout the weekend from popular landmarks. Doors open Friday, June 17 at 5 p.m.

All funds raised during the event will be donated to the community.

ICECorps hopes to make this an annual summer event.

To learn more, visit the Onion Fest website, here.

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