5th Annual Purple Onion Festival

The Taste of the Kawarthas

Delicious! Nutritious! Locally Grown! Discover the Taste of the Kawarthas! Ten of the Kawartha's best chefs will be serving samples of their delicious, nutritional food sourced from local farmers. It is a demonstration of  moving to greater food security by sourcing more of our food locally. Purchase and  enjoy the best food ever using the Kawartha Loon.

Everyone is welcome!  

The festival is a demonstration of living locally and building community in the New Economy. It is about building relationships and making new connections and meeting old friends. It is a family day of celebration of our bounty of local food and culture. It is free and everyone is welcome! And, this year, the Purple Onion Festival is the anchor event for September as Local Food Month throughout the City and County of Peterborough. And, oh yes... put on your purple! 

Sun Stage Entertainment

Michael Bell returns as Festival MC on the Sun Stage. Enjoy the entertainment of local artists as you mingle with farmers and enjoy the aroma and Taste of the Kawarthas on the green commons. Live music this year features jeannie & Ken 11:30, nathan Jackson 12;30 Highwaters Duo Mike Kidd & Jeremy James 2:30 and Michelle Prins @ 3:30. 

 Festival  Theme 

The festival continues as a celebration of local food and culture with the 2015 spotlight returning to the theme of the first Purple Onion festival held in 2010, namely electric transportation and Climate Change. Venues abound at this year's festival to increase the awareness of  the importance in our switch to electric transportation both private and public.

Electric City EV Meet   

Peterborough's first ever EV Meet ..the Electric City EV Meet  takes place at the 2015 Purple Onion Festival from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. right out front at the corner of Water and King St. Our sponsor for this event is Peterborough Mitsubishi with it's award winning all electric car, the i-MiEV. Drive it and you will love it! You can display your electric car or bike of any brand at the Meet. Many surprises are in store for you with a welcome to electric car and bike clubs throughout Southern Ontario. Our aim is to demonstrate the importance and need to begin a more dramatic shift away from fossil fuels for both private and public transportation. Why not lead the way in the Electric City! Click here for more info and a list of local charging stations.


Dance for the Climate!

Come and enjoy the Dance for the Climate out front at the Water St. entry to Millennium Park. Live bands will play, allowing time to learn songs and dance moves. It is more fun for the entire family. Need we say wear purple and  purchase and wear your 350.org head band for one Kawartha Loon which you can purchase at the festival from our festival sponsor the Peterborough Community Credit Union, keeping everything local in support of local food and culture. Surely someone will take home the best costume award at the Dance for the Climate! There will be inspirational speakers to lead us but no politicians. So come along kids, bring your parents and grandparents and put on your dancing shoes and have some fun.

The Dance for the Climate event is organized in partnership with For Our Grandchildren. 

 The Painted Rain Barrel Contest

This contest returns, engaging our youth in the connection between water, climate change and local food. Ten schools and summer camps will compete this year for the Peoples Choice Award  You can vote for your choice in the Taste of the Kawarthas tent and  bid in the silent auction to take home your favorite rain barrel. All proceeds from the auction are donated  to a local charity ...and of course you can bid and pay for your painted rain barrel in Kawartha Loons!

Transition Skills Forum

Reskilling is a fundamental value of the transition movement. This year the Transition Skills Forum will be moved to a new location on the grassy green out front. Two of the sessions are the Climate Change Action Plan Overview by Sustainable Peterborough and the The Blue Rain Drop Program presented by Rod Andrews, author of the novel COOLING DOWN PLANET EARTH.

Wellness Village  

Wellness practitioners and specialty products return this year at the Wellness Village. Focusing on your personal resilience is the first step towards building community resilience.

Kawartha Loon Local Currency

The Kawartha Loon is the exclusive currency of the festival. All vendors at the festival are members of the Kawartha Loon Exchange accepting the Kawartha Loon at par to the Canadian dollar. The  Peterborough Community Credit Union (PCCU ) is the banking agent for the Kawartha Loon and a Sponsor of the Festival. The PCCU sells Kawartha Loons at its downtown Brock St. location at a discount of 10% to the Canadian dollar and will be selling KL's at the festival again this year. They will be conveniently located in the Taste of the Kawarthas tent.

5th Annual Purple Onion Festival.
Millennium Park
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Millennium Park
Downtown Peterborough