Website Home of the Sudbury Blueberry Festival
Welcome - Bonjour - Aaniin
to the pandemic, again this year 2021 we have had to cancel the live
celebrations. Last year we held the "Beautiful
is Blue" contest and you can see the entries by clicking
here. This year something
different and we appreciate those who contributed their stories of the
pandemic and food creations. Those who contributed have been "awarded"
Blueberry Heritage Cookbooks.
Access the submitted Covid Chronicles here
Access the submitted Covid Cuisine here
While our regular Blueberry Festival events will not take place you can still enjoy free for the picking blueberries throughout the area or purchase when available from roadside vendors or local farmer's markets.
The Blueberry Pickers Song - Andy Lowe
Recorded in concert at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Andy has recorded several CDs of Sudbury and traditional songs - Check him out at: https://www.facebook.com/andy.lowe3
Video history of early days of Festival:
They are small, but very delicious and can be eaten as picked, dried (as the native populations did) or frozen. Of course they can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime as a snack.
Winners of the Blueberry Buns bakeoff contest co-sponsored by the Sudbury Arts Council, Linda Cartier, President, centre with Blueberry T shirt and Judi Straughn far right also of the Arts Council - judge.
You are welcome to check out our Blueberrry Festival Facebook Page:
Who we Are: Where to get more information
Picture Gallery: Blueberry Festival happenings
Blueberry Information: All you wanted to know
Blueberry Festival Sponsors
While long recognized as the Nickel capital of the world for its vast underground wealth, Sudbury's above ground natural resource, the lowbush blueberry was not so well known. Former Mayor Peter Wong set out to change this in 1986 when he organized the first Blueberry Festival du bluet.
Blueberries grow in such abundance here partly because of the mining industry and early smelting processes which created high acidic soil conditions in which blueberry bushes thrive. Pollinated by black flies (yes they do have a purpose) blueberries are free for the picking from about mid July into late August throughout the entire city. If you can't take the time to pick yourself then you can always purchase at the local farmers market or from the many roadside vendors.
Video of Climb up Blueberry Hill with Sheldon Lowe - 1994
Video below of annual Sudbury Blueberry Festival Pie Eating Contest with local media personalities.
Everybody Loves Our Bears
Sud-berry Bear and Sudbrina Bear are the Blueberry Festival Mascots who make friends with all ages every summer throughout Greater Sudbury.
The Blueberry Festival consists of a number of community events celebrating this wonderful resource, now considered the worlds most nutritious fruit. There are numerous blueberry pancake breakfasts, a blueberry pie eating contest, garden parties, concerts, family and children's events all open to the public. Our mascots who preside over these good times during the third week of July each year are seen below with three members of the Blueberry Festival Committee, and then with their many fans at the Flour Mill Museum and dancing with seniors at a Legion Blueberry event. Anywhere they go our Blueberry Festival Bears are loved by everyone of all ages
The bears dated for a number of years and then were married on the good ship William Ramsey by the captain in the "international waters" of Lake Ramsey