Now that it’s seems we’ve finally shrugged off the cloak of winter and spring’s blooms and branches are busting out all over, the minds of most Streetsville residents turn to thoughts of fun and frivolity, of sunshine and smiles, of parades and performances. For the past forty-six years, the first weekend in June has been the date for the Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival, one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario and a 2018 favourite of DiscoverMississauga.ca.
The weekend is chock-full with family-friendly activities, carnival rides, delicious food and beverage options, and musical performances sure to entertain young and old alike. This year’s B&H will see the return of perennial favourites, some relocations and adjustments to the layout, and the introduction of a number of new attractions.
First amongst the changes for the Festival is their new lead sponsor, that being Toronto Pearson Airport. They are also supplying all of the seeds for the Pollinator Garden and will be giving out packets as part of the ‘Save The Bees Campaign.’ The garden has been installed to the south of the Streetsville BIA office at Queen and Barry Sts. Ardent Mills is once again supplying the Festival with the fresh bread which, when coated in a generous slathering of local honey, is handed out free to one and all. Without such corporate support operating events like this would be much more difficult, if not impossible.
The parade has also been adjusted, taking a shorter route along Queen St. this year from Ontario St. to Old Station Road at the south end of town, so make sure you stake your claim to a prime viewing location early!
As with every year, live music plays a large part in the entertainment on offer. On Saturday, The Mississauga Arts Council is hosting the stage in the upper parking lot of Memorial Park. It will feature performances from entrants to ‘Sauga Teens Got Talent. If that weren’t enough music, in the Village Square on Saturday, from 4-6 pm, local favourite rock-n-soul band, Noble Rogues will abe putting on a show! Before you catch their performance, you’ll be able to take in the Art Expo in and around the Cenotaph. Who knows, maybe you’ll find just the right one-of-a-kind item to be the centrepiece of your collection!
An exciting new feature this year is the first ever Bread and Honey Hockey Tournament, hosted by Vic Johnston Arena. There will also be displays from the Hockey Hall of Fame, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. For the energetically minded, the Alterna B&H Road Race returns this year on Sunday and for those who feel a little daunted by those distances, perhaps the ‘One Mile Race’ from Britannia Rd. to Church St. on Saturday before the parade, will suit you better. Think you can run it in under four minutes? Roger Bannister would been so proud!
For the little ones, the Busy Bee Island and Kids’ Stage is also back with new entertainment, inflatable rides and a scavenger hunt. For the little and not so little, Councillor George Carlson is sponsoring the fishing derby on Sunday morning.
Coincidentally, this year marks the sixtieth anniversary of Streetsville Secondary School. There is a reunion planned for Saturday, the 2nd , which will have decade rooms, sport contests, music, and a dance in the evening featuring the Mountain Lion Trappers.
For more information or to check the schedule, please visit www.breadandhoneyfestival.ca. Better yet, bring your honey to Streetsville and enjoy all the Village has to offer.