6th Annual Purple Onion Festival

Celebrate with us!

Come with friends and family. Dress in Purple or not. Meet your local farmers and the Purple Onion Mascot too ! Take a selfie on the Purple Onion Bench. Kids and adults alike are invited to write their  Eat Local Challenge Action on the Wall. Join us for the Dance for the Climate..sample the delicious local food served by local chefs  under the Taste of The Kawarthas Tent. And did we say enjoy the all day entertainment from local artists and jazz bands; and buy locally grown food from local farmers. And, sit in a brand new electric car or hybrid. Or hop on a  E bike to get a feel for where our personal and public transportation vehicles are heading. Oh yes you can buy some art from local artists and if you dance for the climate with us you might just meet Captain Climate Change.

So come on out and enjoy living locally!   

Local Farmers on the Green Commons:

Millennium Park  green commons offers a pleasant  environment for you to meet local farmers many of them providing the food prepared by local chefs in the Food Tent. Come and mingle and take home some of the great variety of  fresh veggies. You can buy a I love Local Food Peterborough shopping bag for your veggies to support the festival and spread the word  for a shift to local food.

The Taste of the Kawarthas:

September is Local Food Month in Peterborough City and County. The Taste of the Kawarthas Food Tent features ten of the Kawartha's finest chefs serving samples of their delicious,nutritious,locally grown food sourced from local farmers It's a demonstration of  the transition to greater food security by sourcing more of our food locally while building the local economy and in the end creating many more sustainable jobs. The Taste of the Kawartha s Venue is Sponsored by the Peterborough Community Savings also serving as the official banking agent for the Kawartha Loon Local Currency.

Craft Beer Garden:  

New this year is the Craft Beer Garden extension of the Taste of the Kawarthas food  tent sponsored and served by the Canoe and Paddle Lakefield.  Your choice of three local delicious craft brews designed to compliment the great local food served by  our area chefs. All sold in Kawartha Loons. 

Electric City EV Meet:  

The Electric City EV Meet returns in 2016 with  Peterborough Mitsubishi as the event sponsor  featuring it's award winning all electric car, the i-MiEV. Drive it and you will love it! This year we will be joined by new electric cars and E Bikes from  Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and Green Street E Bikes. You can also display your electric car or bike of any brand at the Meet.  Our aim is to demonstrate the importance and need to begin a more dramatic leap away from fossil fuels for both private and public transportation. Why not lead the way in the Electric City!

Sun Stage Entertainment:

Michael Bell returns as our Festival MC on the Sun Stage. Enjoy the entertainment of a jazz band and other local artists and  mingle with farmers and enjoy the aroma and Taste of the Kawarthas on the green commons.

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  There will be inspirational speakers to lead us. 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.  

Wellness Village:   

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

Art of the Leaf:

This is a new venue this year to appeal to those who love local art connected to our land.  

The art work all by 30 local artists on various leaf shapes is for purchase and all day display for everyone to enjoy. 

Eat Local Challenge Wall:

We did say that September is Local Food Month. The Eat Local Challenge is part of Local Food Month. Children and adults alike are welcome to post their Local Food Actions on line at localfoodmonthptbo.ca and come to the Purple Onion Festival and  post on the Eat Local Challenge Wall ..take a selfie in front of the wall on the Purple Onion Bench. Post your action in support of local food ..take the Eat Local Challenge support Local Food and the Farmers and folks who grow it! And, pick up your copy of the 2016 Local Food Guide at the Wall. 

Kawartha Loon Local Currency:

Once again, 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.  Peterborough Community Savings ( PCS) is the banking agent for the Kawartha Loon and a Sponsor of the Festival. PCS 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. 


6thAnnual Purple Onion Festival.

Millennium Park

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

11 am to 4 pm

Millennium Park

Downtown Peterborough