Oxford County is your summer destination for all things culinary and music.Whether you are looking to get your hands dirty milking a cow or sit back and enjoy talented folk artists while nibbling gourmet chocolates, Oxford County is a great place to visit.
Oxford Renaissance Festival (June 24-26, 2016)
If you think a Renaissance Festival is knights and jousting…you are right but the Oxford Renaissance Festival is so much more. The music tent is always a blast. The Craik comes with large drums, bagpipes and a great rhythm to kick off your weekend. This annual festival is also known for great food including your favourite medieval staples: roasted turkey legs, dill pickles on a stick and a limited addition craft beer created new and brewed specifically for the festival by Railway City Brewing Co. each year.
Canterbury Folk Festival (July 8-10, 2016)
Each year, Ingersoll’s Canterbury Folk Festival takes the park by storm offering three days of free folk music on multiple stages. With past acts as big as Garth Hudson of The Band and legendary fiddler, Natalie McMaster, you won’t want to miss it. Friday night kicks off with a delicious annual pig roast (a major fundraiser for the event). This year, guests can look forward to Blood, Sweat and Tears’ own David Clayton-Thomas! Numerous food vendors are located in the park and the downtown is just steps away. If you’re looking for a tasty treat, pop into Chocolatea (located just outside the park gate) and indulge in some local gourmet chocolate and home made iced tea.
Downtown Woodstock Street Fest/Bikes & Blues (August 4-7, 2016)
The weekend after the Civic Holiday, Dundas Street in Woodstock is transformed for their annual Streetfest. Known for its series of live music stages, visitors can enjoy the day tuning in while enjoying great food located strategically across the street. Buskers, sidewalk sales, games, and street vendors add to the atmosphere. Saturday is Bikes & Blues bikes on display and moody blues music. On Sunday the downtown transforms once again as it become home to a car and bike show with over 200 vehicles typically on display. If you’re looking for a place to stop, we recommend the following: Charles Dickens Pub, Crabby Joes, Dairy Capital Cheese Shop, Tandoori Knights, and Dee-Lights Bakery.
Cowapolooza (August 12-14, 2016)
Spend two enchanting nights of music in the natural amphitheater of Southside Park in Woodstock. Settle in and enjoy all sorts of musical variety from country to rock that Cowapalooza hosts each year. During the day, experience community fun at its best including a soapbox race, strongman competition, and of course cow milking. It is the Dairy Capital after all.
Halls Creek Festival of Creativity (Sept 11-12, 2016)
On the weekend after Labour Day, the banks of the Halls Creek in Ingersoll are lined with exciting creative possibilities. Fairly new to the county, the Halls Creek Festival focuses on experiential art and has already become a hit. Try your hand at all sorts of art forms including encaustic wax painting, music lessons, pottery and more. A stop at the Gourmet Village promises delicious tasting events, demos and food vendors using local ingredients. From there you can take your meal down to the Music Village where a full lineup of live performers will be entertaining crowds through out the weekend.
For more things to do visit www.tourismoxford.ca