We’ve been busy building out the festival this year to add even more local food and drink experiences throughout the region. We’ve come up with some pre-fest pop-ups that we are incredibly proud of. Check them out! 


Love Local Food
Fixed Priced Menu Restaurant Promotion – Sept. 7th – 20th Northumberland • Clarington East • Peterborough

Restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and food trucks celebrate local food! Fixed price menus from $9 – $59. Love local food? Check it out!


Long Table Launch Party
Fri., Sept. 7th • 6:30pm to 10pm • Headwaters Community Farm
$100 all-inclusive • Kids 12 and under – $25

8 chefs, 8 dishes, 8 beverages. Family-style dining overlooking Northumberland’s finest farm land. Live music by Mayhemingways.

Now and Then – Progressive Lunch
Sun., Sept. 9th • 11am to 3pm • Ganaraska River, Port Hope
$100 all-inclusive • Kids 12 and under – $25

The Ganaraska River is rich with food history and culture including sturgeon, whisky and beer. Can you imagine what we’ll be cooking up? There is lots to taste and talk about on this progressive lunch.

Food of the Land – Progressive Dinner
Sat., Sept. 15th • 5pm to 9pm • Hiawatha First Nation
$175 all-inclusive • Kids 12 and under – $25

Join Caleb Musgrave of Canadian Bushcraft for a trip around Hiawatha First Nation and discover some traditional foods, ancestral preparation methods, songs and stories that make it unique.


Beer and Canapés
Fri., Sept. 14th • 7pm to 10pm • South Pond Farms
6 beers, 6 harvest canapés, farm tour • $80

South Pond Farm is a stunning location brimming with the bounties of harvest season. Taste the region’s most interesting beers, paired with fine harvest canapés prepared by the talented team at South Pond. 

Milk a Goat, Make Goat Cheese!
Sat., Sept. 15th • 10am to 1pm • Haute Goat, Newtonville
Workshop, farm tour, gourmet lunch • $80

Learn how to milk a goat (a Nigerian Dwarf Goat, to be exact!) and then make fresh goat cheese! You’ll will be making scrumptious mozzarella.
After class, a  farm-fresh lunch.

Wild Edibles of The Ganaraska
Sun., Sept. 16th • 10am to 1pm • Ganaraska River (Port Hope)
Workshop, walking tour, shore lunch • $20

Fresh, local produce is a virtue for health and ecological footprint, so we’re proud to be able to help folks learn how to forage for wild edibles and medicinals on our trails and waterways. Bretton’s stories and appreciation for the wild with wrap you up like a warm blanket.  

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Beach + Bar + Beats

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Beach + Bar + Beats is a four-weekend event of food and drink featuring a licensed waterfront patio on the Cobourg Beach. Each weekend will have local drinks, live music, and fresh food. The Courtyard is both open to the public and admission-free.

The licensed waterfront patio will be open on July 13-15, July 27-29, August 3-5 and August 24-26.  Operating hours will be Fridays 3-10pm, Saturdays 3-10pm and Sundays 12-5pm.

Music Beats on The Courtyard Stage:

Date Time Musician
July 13 7pm to 10pm Jeff Biggar
July 14 4pm to 8pm Trevor Giancola, Solo Jazz Guitarist
July 15 12pm to 5pm DJ Rebekah Miskin
July 27 7pm to 10pm Kyler Tapscott
July 28 7pm to 10pm DJ Chris O’Keefe
July 29 1pm to 4pm Madman’s Window
August 3 7pm to 10pm DJ Fab Palermo
August 4 7pm to 10pm Jeff Biggar (post Sandcastle Festival Party!)
August 5 1pm to 4pm Cale Crowe
August 24 7pm to 10pm Jeff Biggar + Kyler Tapscott
August 25 1pm to 3pm               5pm to 8pm Children of Indigo                              David Newland
August 26 1pm to 4pm Northern Hearts

Beach + Bar + Beats is a culinary tourism collaboration between The Market Smor and the Town of Cobourg.  The Courtyard Patio is being operated as a social enterprise with net revenue supporting the Food for Good Community Fund and the Town of Cobourg to help support the maintenance and improvement of the waterfront.