Thanks to all who have attended Festival events during the past 26 years. We hope you can join us in celebrating the 27th anniversary next July.
Events Calendar What happened in 2012
Contacts: Where to get more information
Picture Gallery: Blueberry Festival happenings
Blueberry Information: All you wanted to know
Blueberry Festival Sponsor for 2013
Blueberry Festival also thanks Toppers Pizza and Freskiw Farms and the following supporters
History of the Blueberry Festival
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.
The Blueberry Festival consists of a number of community events celebrating this wonderful resource, now considered the worlds most nutritious fruit. There are of course numerous blueberry pancake breakfasts, a blueberry pie eating contest, garden parties, concerts, family and childrens events all open to the public. Presiding over these good times during the third week of July each year are Sudbury's most famous couple Sud-berry and Sudbrina Bear the Festival mascots.
2012 Pie Eating Contest Contestants
Largest number of contestants and audience for last years Pie Eating Contest downtown at Rainbow Centre Mall.
Our own Kate and William pictured below on their wedding day - also watch the video
Sud-berry and Sudbrina Bear with many fans at the Flour Mill Museum - all museums are open to the public throughout the summer. Anywhere they go our Blueberry Festival Bears are loved by everyone of all ages.