Painting Entries here
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Short Stories here
Thanks to all who have attended Festival events during the past 35 years. We hope you will take part in the special Blue is Beautiful Contest this year as we continue to social distance due to COVID-19.
Events Calendar What happened in the past.
Contacts: Where to get more information
Picture Gallery: Blueberry Festival happenings
Blueberry Information: All you wanted to know
Blueberry Festival Picture Highlights click here.
Blueberry Festival Sponsors
Darlene Courville, winner of the 2019 draw for $1,800 value Sudbury Arts Council Passport to the Arts shown next to Sudbury Arts Council President Linda Cartier and Bears
Winners of the 2018 Blueberry Buns Bake off with judges from the Sudbury Arts Council
Blueberry Festival also thanks Toppers Pizza and Freskiw Farms and the following supporters
and the City of Greater Sudbury
New: Sud-Berry Bear town adventures click here
Organizers with mascots. From the right, John Lindsay, Suzanne McCrea, Sudbrina Bear, Vally Laflamme, Blue-Berry Bear and Ricky Stone one of the Festival entertainers.
The Blueberry Pickers Song - Andy Lowe
Recorded in concert at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Andy has recorded two CDs of Sudbury and area songs.
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.
Video history of early years of festival:
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
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.
Everybody Loves Our Bears
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.
Our own Kate and William or Harry and Meghan pictured below on their wedding day Sudbury's Royalty - also watch the video