Carrot Fest is back and better than ever and we are extremely excited to get back to our roots this Carrot Fest - Pardon the carrot pun.
As Carrot Fest approaches, we must not get too caught up with all the excitement and fun that is to come and instead focus our attention to remember the importance of Carrot Fest at its core, and why it was first started.
This would of course be to support our local farmers and local businesses!
Bradford has been a produce powerhouse for well over a century, and without the consistent hard work of our farmers, we would not have the amazing community of Bradford West Gwillimbury or our famous Carrot Fest for us all to enjoy.
Thanks to generations of fantastic BWG farmers, they have helped the town grow exponentially, allowing it to become the place to be for entrepreneurs and local businesses to thrive.
We are extremely proud and thankful for our hard-working farmers and our outgoing and brilliant entrepreneurs within our community that help make Bradford West Gwillimbury the best and most welcoming place to live.
Our local farmers continue to provide for our community, as once again free bags of delicious BWG grown carrots will be handed out to all Carrot Fest participants, which are graciously provided from our farmers and the Holland Marsh Growers Association.
If you see our local farmers handing out carrots at this years Carrot Fest, make sure to give them a big thanks for putting amazing veggies on our plates for over 120 Years!
We are thrilled to announce that our famous Carrot Fest street fair is returning in full force.
With over 200 unique vendors attending, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Join us on Friday, August 19th from 4:00PM - 10:00PM and Saturday, August 20th 9:00AM - 6:00PM and show support to those who help make our community as amazing as it is today.
Make sure to check out http://www.carrotfest.ca/schedule.html for a full list of dates and times for all our concerts, acts and entertainment at this year's Carrot Fest!
Wondering how you’re going to get to this year's Carrot Fest? We’ve got you covered!
BWG Transit will be offering FREE bus service on Saturday, August 20, 2022.
Click HERE for BWG Transit information and routes.
Additionally, if you are driving to Carrot Fest, event parking is available for public use.
These parking lots are located at BWG Library & Culture Centre (425 Holland Street West) and the Bradford GO Station (Bridge Street).
We can’t wait to see you there!
Carrot Fest vendor applications are CLOSED - the event is full. Vendor applications opened in early February 2022. To avoid disappointment at future Carrot Fests, plan to submit your application early in 2023! The most up to date information regarding vendor applications can be found here.
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is thrilled to announce that Carrot Fest is returning to Downtown Bradford on August 21 & 22! There are many ways to safely celebrate Carrot Fest this year.
Carrot Fest is an important part of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s history, and it’s an even more important reminder to support local business. That is why this year BWG has created an event that allows us to hold Carrot Fest in a modified fashion.
How are we able to have an in-person event during the pandemic?
In order to hold Carrot Fest this year, many precautions and adjustments have been put in place to help keep everyone safe while still having fun. Carrot Fest 2021 will be following all Provincial Regulations to ensure the safety of all attendees.
How are we keeping everyone safe?
Safety at Carrot Fest is our number one priority. The following measures will be in place:
What’s different this year?
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has planned a fun-filled and safe weekend that everyone can enjoy. Carrot Fest 2021 will be a great way to celebrate BWG and enjoy some amazing entertainment while you do so. The event will include:
There will be no vendor market at this year's Carrot Fest.
Hope to see you there!
Carrot Fest returns to Downtown Bradford on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, 2020!
Vendors applying for Carrot Fest should keep the following in mind:
If you have any questions regarding vendor applications please contact:
Leisure Events & Marketing Programmer
905-775-21-62 ext. 5103
Carrot Fest starts tomorrow! Check out some of these pictures from Carrot Fest in past years:
1. Are there any admission costs?
Entry to Carrot Fest is completely free! All the shows and entertainment at the festival are free, except:
2. How can I get water at the festival?
The Healthy Communities Committee will be handing out free re-usable water bottles at their tent beside the Town of BWG Info Booth (at Holland & Barrie St.). The Committee will also have water jugs for you to fill up your bottle. At the Info Booth, the Town will be selling re-usable Carrot Fest water bottles for only $5! Inside the Community Centre, there is a water fountain by the washrooms.
Bonus question: Are there any Carrot Fest giveaways/souvenirs?
On Friday and Saturday, the Info Booth at Holland & Barrie St. will be giving out free Carrot Fest souvenirs including carrot-shaped pens and temporary tattoos! This Info Booth will also be selling Carrot Fest t-shirts in different styles and sizes.
On Saturday, the Info Booth at the Community Centre will be giving out free Carrot Fest pop sockets and stickers! Also on Saturday, the Holland Marsh Growers Association will be giving out bags of free carrots (at Holland St. E. & Bingham St.).
1. Carrot Juice
Sabella will offer carrot juice, along with Italian and Mediterranean food (including pizza and sausages).
Freshii will offer their Renew and Recharge cold pressed juices, including carrot juice.
2. Savory Carrot Foods
Liko's Hawaiian BBQ
Liko's Hawaiian BBQ will offer Kalua Pork on a bun, topped with Hawaiian BBQ sauce, pineapple, and carrot salsa ! They will also be serving chicken and pork skewers, cooked onsite at their charcoal grill.
La Mexicanada will offer tacos with carrot salsa, and churros! They will also be serving a variety of drinks on their patio, including beer, margaritas and mojitos.
Hay Caramba will be serving carrot tacos, along with fresh corn on the cob!
Auntee Donnas Jerk Products
Auntee Donnas Jerk Products will be selling carrot marmalade, as well as jerk sauces, hot sauces, jellies, jams, and more!
Glad I Ate Here
Glad I Ate Here will be offering their signature poutine with a glazed carrot topping! They will also be serving hotdogs, fries, burgers, sausages, and chicken tenders.
3. Carrot Desserts
Hutchinson Maple Syrup
Hutchinson Maple Syrup will be offering various maple products including maple carrot cupcakes, maple syrup, maple sugar, and more!
The Strudel Lady
The Strudel Lady will be serving fresh-baked strudels stuffed with carrot cream cheese! Other strudel fillings will include apple, cherry, Muskoka wild blueberry, and strawberry.
1. The vendor market
On Friday, the vendor market will only feature vendors based in Bradford, so come support your local businesses! On Saturday, more than 200 vendors will be lining the streets of downtown Bradford, with a mix of local and non-local businesses, including food trucks and artists selling handmade goods.
2. Music performances
All music performances at Carrot Fest are completely free to attend! The Main Stage will be located by the Village Inn at Holland St. & Simcoe Rd.
Main Stage - Friday:
On Friday, a secondary stage will be set up in the parking lot of the Courthouse (on Holland St. E.).
Courthouse parking lot - Friday:
3. Busker shows
Buskers will be showing off an amazing display of talents, including fire breathing, juggling, aerial acrobatics, stilt walking, drumming, and more! Busker shows will be on the Main Stage and at the Tim Hortons Busker Pitch on Holland St. E., and the Alectra Busker Pitch on Holland St. W.
Main Stage - Saturday:
At 7 pm on Saturday, don’t miss Carrot Fest's grand finale, The Flaming Carrot Show, where various buskers will come together to perform a magical show!
4. The food and drinks
Explore all the different food and drinks Carrot Fest has to offer, whether you’re into savory or sweet, hot or cold! Here’s a sampling of the different food options available:
1. Pony rides