Thousands attend 2nd-annual Butter Tart Festival in Midland
Published Saturday, June 14, 2014 5:11PM EDT Last Updated Saturday, June 14, 2014 7:06PM EDT
Thousands of people filled Midland’s streets for the second-annual Butter Tart Festival. The treats are being judged on the look, the taste, how they smell, and, of course, the overall appeal.
Ontario Lt.-Gov. David Onley, who was born in Midland, shared memories of enjoying homemade butter tarts as a child from some of Midland's restaurants – and said the uniquely-Canadian treat is something that should bond us all because they always stir up good memories.
He says they take us back to a time and place in our lives - whether a visit with Grandma or a stop at a roadside restaurant en route to cottage country.
Midland's Barb Rowlandson created the Midland Butter Tart Festival last year. Now in its second year, the unique festival drew people from all over central and southern Ontario.
An estimated 5,000 people attended and more than 50,000 tarts were sold today in addition to the ones judged.
Jesse Crowe won the best butter tart in the amateur division.