One of the Biggest Festivals is Set to Hit the GTA

Published June 22, 2018 at 10:36 pm


Calling all fashionistas, food-lovers, and fun-seekers – a massive, three-day festival is on its way to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and you won’t want to miss it.

That’s right, Mississauga, Queen’s Plate Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the GTA, and it runs from Friday June 29-Sunday July 1 at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

The always epic Queen’s Plate is in its 159th year running, so join the legacy and snag your ticket before it’s too late.

“Queen’s Plate Festival is the must-attend event of the summer that features music, fashion and racing,” said Tina Robert, senior marketing manager, Woodbine Entertainment.

“Guests can sip champagne, revel in live music and entertainment and watch premier thoroughbred racing all while dressed in your most fashionable garden party dress or your statement jacket and tie.”

It’s the racing, fashion and food event of the summer that everyone’s talking about!

What’s happening at Queen’s Plate this year?

The festival kicks off on Friday June 29 at 3 p.m. with the high-fashion and fast-action Hats and Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois. Here, you enjoy live racing, live entertainment, a variety of foo​​​​d + drink options, games and more!

Gates to the concert area open at 5 p.m. on Friday evening, and you’re in for a treat.

Country superstar Brad Paisley is set to headline the concert, so you’ll be jamming out all night to some epic tracks with your friends.

And to top it all off, Toronto’s hottest food trucks will be there for you to indulge. You can expect such big name food trucks as The Apple Fritter Factory, Meltdown Cheesery, Big Grill Catering & BBQ, Bake Three-Fifty, and FeasTO Dumplings, Smoke’s Poutinerie, and many more for your enjoyment.

On Saturday June 30, the gates to the Hats and Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois open at 11 a.m., and live racing and on-track parties kick off at noon. Here, you can walk the red carpet in style, whether you’re looking fly in a suit and tie, or you’re showing off a fantastic hat and summer dress. You could even win a $500 H&M gift card at The H&M Fashion at the Races Contest.

The historic 159th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate race is happening on Saturday, followed by a post-race concert featuring the one and only Sam Roberts Band.

Enjoy crisp summer beverages like champagne cocktails, frozen alcoholic slushies, or even discover the Official Cocktail of The Queen’s Plate, and chow down at even more of Toronto’s hottest food trucks and Woodbine’s very own, featuring the best from the racetrack’s Grandstand kitchens – yum!

You can even book dining reservations at three different on-site restaurants at Woodbine – Champions Bar, Favourites Dining Room, or Finish Line Bar – all weekend.

For Canada Day on Sunday July 1, bring the whole family to the Hats and Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois, and enjoy live music and entertainment all day long, including a free performance by JUNO-nominated children’s duo, Splash’N Boots.

Kids can have a blast with the bouncy castle, pony rides, face painting, and carnival games, and you can relax at the beer garden, bet on the ponies, listen to great cover bands live on stage, indulge in any of Toronto’s hottest food trucks you might have missed, and play fun games like life-sized beer pong.

The world renowned Queen’s Plate Festival has a variety of ticket options available depending on which events you want to attend, from $35 single day passes, $45 two-day passes (the best bang for your buck!), or even $350 premium festival passes where you can get every experience Queen’s Plate has to offer.

Prices go up on June 27, so get your tickets ASAP!

This might just be the best weekend of your entire summer.

Check out the entire itinerary here.

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