This past weekend, on Saturday June 11th, 2016, Midland celebrated their 4th annual Butter Tart Festival. While the weather seemed to be uncooperative at first, the clouds eventually parted and the sun peaked through, making it a perfect day to chow down on some delicious buttery treats! To break it down in terms of numbers, there were approximately 100 vendors flooding Midland’s King Street, 12 food trucks and over 100,000 butter tarts sold! The event was packed with people and the smell of butter tarts wafted in the air.
More than just butter tarts, the festival offered vendors selling art, clothing, garden items, girl guide cookies and other edible fare. Many vendors decided to put a creative spin on their food, while at the same time keeping with the theme of the day. Patrons of the festival had the opportunity to try:
- Butter Tart Cotton Candy
- Butter Tart Milkshakes
- Butter Tart Sausages
- Butter Tart Scottish Shortbread
In addition to the butter tart inspired food, there were some great food trucks that brought their A game. I absolutely loved The Travelling Fork’s menu of elevated grilled cheeses and baked potatoes. Vegetarian friendly and since the items were easy to make, there was very little wait time involved (big added bonus in my eyes). While my meal didn’t exactly photograph well, it was delicious down to the very last bite. In a festival full of sugar, the sweet potato, covered in curried lentils and yogurt was a welcome, healthy (but flavourful) treat! I am going to try my best to make a recipe inspired by this food truck as it was just that good!
Probably the biggest highlight of the day was the DEEP FRIED BUTTER TART. Have there ever been 4 words put together that excited you more? After watching a few people make the plunge and look “oh so satisfied”, my friend and I decided to stop resisting and enjoy the festival to the fullest. Served with a side of ice cream and topped with whipped cream, the butter tart literally oozed out its delicious buttery goodness when we finally cut in. It was just as good as you would imagine. After sharing one between two, we were stuffed and savouring the moment. A must have if you ever get the opportunity.
Obviously the butter tarts were the main attraction and there was plenty of options to choose from. Sadly I was unable to get a “Blessed” butter tart as they had sold out, but I really thought the concept was quite funny! I ended up making a purchase from Baxter Kitchen for a mini variety pack of tarts and after a long wait in line, we managed to get some of the last butter tarts from The Queen’s Tarts. They had some fun flavours (unfortunately many were already sold out by the time we got there) and delivered a damn good butter tart!
All in all, Midland’s Butter Tart festival delivered a fun filled day and despite the large crowds, the people were friendly and the festival seemed to be a great success. If you decide to make your way over next year, be sure to go early as they start to run out of the most popular butter tarts around 1pm.
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