Almost like clockwork, the first weekend in June sees the ever-popular and fun-for-all Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival occur. If you’ve attended, you know how exciting this festival is. If you haven’t made it out yet, this year is a great one to start attending. There’s bread, honey, entertainment, rides and a ton of other family friendly attractions to experience, including the ever-popular Bread and Honey Parade.
The gal behind the scenes is Sandra “works at least 25 hours a day” Pitts, who quarterbacks the operation, along with a stellar leadership team and an army of volunteers.
We sat down with her for a coffee at Kate’s Bakery to chat about the festival and she generously shared seven cool facts that most folks may not know about the festival:
- Now in its 44th year, The Bread and Honey Festival is the second longest and largest running festival in all of Ontario!
- The Bread and Honey Festival is held at Streetsville Memorial Park. Obvious, right?
What you may not know is that the park is a natural amphitheatre situated on a whopping 30 acres overlooking the picturesque Credit River.
- The Bread and Honey Festival has been a Top 100 Festival in Ontario for eight years in a row!
- The Bread and Honey Festival reflects the rich history, time honoured traditions and encompasses the strong community spirit of our town dating all the way back to 1821, which is also when the flour mill was built.
- There’s live entertainment for all everyone of all ages, spread across three stages.
The main stage, children's stage and a community stage are wonderful platforms full of local talent that are filled with remarkable talent.
- The original vision of offering an affordable and fun family festival, while giving back to the community, is still their primary objective. Through nearly five decades, this remains their top priority and is consistently achieved.
- Former Mayor Hazel McCallion's husband, Sam, was one of the founders of the festival.
For those who are new to the festival, you can find the basics below.
What is the Streetsville Founders' Bread and Honey Festival?
The Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival is a three-day festival held annually in Mississauga. Now in its 44th year, it has been going on since 1973 and includes live performances, carnival rides, games and demonstrations, a parade, and of course, free bread and honey! There will also be a Rotary Pancake Breakfast in support of the Easter Seals at 8:30 AM on Sunday June 5th.
When is the Bread and Honey Festival?
Festival dates for 2016 are June 3, 4, and 5.
Fri. June 3: 4pm – 11pm
Sat. June 4: 10am – 11pm (PARADE: 10am - 12pm)
Sun. June 5: 10am – 6pm
How much is admission to the Bread and Honey Festival?
Entrance fees are $2 per person on Friday, $5 per person on Saturday and $5 per person on Sunday. Infants are free all weekend.
Where is the Bread and Honey Festival held?
The festival is held at Streetsville Memorial Park 335 Church St. That is off Queen Street South (Mississauga Rd), down at Memorial Park, Vic Johnston Community Centre, Streetsville Arena.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING ROAD CLOSURES IN STREETSVILLE FOR THE FESTIVAL:
Saturday June 4th 2016
Between 7:00 AM and 12:00 noon
- Britannia Road between Erin Mills Parkway and Queen Street South
- Milcreek Drive between Hogan Drive and Britannia Road
Between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM
- Main Street from Queen Street South to Church Street
- Bristol Road from Rivergrove Avenue to Main Street
- Queen Street South from Britannia Road to Erin Centre Blvd
- There will be no parking on Queen Street South, Joymar Drive, Brookside Drive, Pioneer Drive and Theodore Drive during these time periods.
All weekend (from 9 AM Saturday to 6 PM Sunday)
- Church Street between Old Pine Street and Queen Street South