The Kawartha Craft Beer Festival

Taking place in the heart of the Kawarthas, the fourth annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival brings together beer lovers who are ready to sample Ontario’s finest craft beers.

Participants can savour a diverse selection of fresh craft beer, delicious local foods, enjoy live entertainment and have a great time discovering new craft beer flavours!

New Location Del Crary Park, Peterborough. More details coming soon.

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Tickets Available Now!


Kawartha Beer Festival 2017: pouring a fresh pint of tasty craft beer

Looking to Extend Your Stay?

Kawartha Craft Beer Festival has partnered with Super 8 and Holiday Inn to offer discounted rates on a small number of rooms.

To book a room at Super 8, call 1-705-876-8898 and request the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival rate.

To book a room at Peterborough Inn and Suites, call 1-866-446-4451 and request the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival rate.

To book a room at Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, call 1-866-258-5181 and request the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival rate.


The Kawartha Craft Beer Festival is proud to present a delicious collection of Ontario’s finest craft brewers.

The art of brewing is alive and well in Ontario, and the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival is showcasing the finest Craft Brewers from the Kawarthas and surrounding region to exhibit quality beer with superior taste.  Take the time to visit each brewery to experience a range of flavour, and taste the difference of true Craft Beer.

The Publican House Brewery

The Publican House Brewery located in downtown Peterborough, Ontario is a craft brewery, crafting some of the finest and most interesting brews in Ontario.

The brewery currently produces six distinct styles, some available year-round, others available seasonally.

Our beers can be purchased at our retail store and in select Beer Stores and LCBOs. Join us in our Brew Pub nestled in the 150-year old building attached to our Brewery. With a focus on local beer, cider, spirits and food we welcome you to join us in the heart of the Kawarthas where we’ve mastered the craft of brewing with the art of flavour.

Please visit for more information.

Smithavens Brewing Company


Smithavens Brewing Company is a family owned and operated craft microbrewery providing fresh, quality beer to the local market. We are located in the City of Peterborough in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes region.  We are dedicated to producing high quality beer made using premium malts, hops and yeast, in small batches to ensure maximum freshness and taste. Our beer is sure to satisfy tourists and neighbours alike.

Please visit for more information.

Smithavens Brewing Company

Known as the Mineral Capital of Canada, Bancroft’s amazing water source seeps up through all the minerals and granite acting as a natural filter, great for making fine tuned Ales as well as Lagers. Bancroft Brewing Co, currently brews 8 different styles of ales and a lager, while continuing to develop great new recipes with one off batches to keep things fresh and fun! Bancroft Brewing Co beers are available in 32 oz growlers, and cans in their retail store, and also available on tap at various places around Peterborough and North Hastings County. Soon to be available in the LCBO and Beer Store, Bancroft Brewing Co is dedicated to making Great Quality Brews, 1 Small Batch at a time.

Please visit for more information.

Smithavens Brewing Company


Bobcaygeon Brewing Company was founded to achieve one goal, to brew great craft beers to be enjoyed among friends. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Our first product, the Bobcaygeon Pale Ale, is a hop forward session beer aimed to be enjoyed in all settings. You can find our beer at bars and restaurants in the Kawartha Lakes region, Kingston and Toronto.

Please visit for a more information and a complete list of venues where we can be found.

Smithavens Brewing Company


Boshkung Brewing Co. is a local Craft Brewing company in the Haliburton Highlands! Enjoy locally made beer in our on site restaurant Rhubarb, or select a growler from the variety of year-round and seasonal offerings in our retail store.

Visit for product and contact information.

Smithavens Brewing Company

The Brock Street Brewing Company was created in January, 2014, with the express goal of creating amazing beer, using only all-natural ingredients.

The goal of the Brock Street Brewing Company is simple: Create amazing beers, support community events, local sports teams, while at the same time, help restore Whitby’s historic downtown. The Brock St. Brewing Company is located at 1501 Hopkins Street, Unit 3, in Whitby, Ontario and have recently purchased 244 Brock Street South at the Corner of Dunlop and Brock Street, and we are planning a massive 25,000 square foot expansion right in Whitby’s downtown core.

Please visit for a more information.

Smithavens Brewing Company

Empire Cider was born on a stormy Thanksgiving weekend, right in the heart of Ontario’s Apple Country. With a deep love of dry hard cider and using high quality local ingredients, we handcrafted the crisp, tart ray of liquid sunshine. This is a traditional cider. It’s unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle carbonated with local honey. The result is an extra dry, slightly cloudy, golden liquid with a natural yeast deposit at the bottom of each bottle. And yes, those are all real Ontario apples we are pressing.

Life’s better with Cider.

Please visit Empire Cider Co. for a more information.

Smithavens Brewing Company

The Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. will offer hand-crafted premium beer made in small batches in our Canadian-made brewhouse. We’re proud to say that everything we source is produced naturally by quality-minded people.

Our brewing philosophy is to keep our ingredients simple and our processes to a mininum to make beer that allows the flavours and aromas to shine through. Of course, all our beer is brewed with no additives and no preservatives. The way it should be.

Please visit for a more information.

Smithavens Brewing Company


Haliburton Highlands Brewing is an award winning micro-brewery producing handcrafted, premium ales as fresh and natural as the Highlands that inspire them! Incorporating quality local ingredients and operating with sustainable practices are the cornerstones of the HHB mandate. The brewery operates at Abbey Gardens in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.

Please visit for a more information.

Smithavens Brewing Company


Northumberland Hills Brewery is located at 1024 Division Street in Cobourg. Specializing in small 300L batches making many different beer styles to accommodate all beer drinkers. You can find us at our Division Street retail location and at many different pubs throughout Northumberland.

Smithavens Brewing Company


Come. Sit. Stay awhile. With a taproom opening this summer in beautiful downtown Bobcaygeon, Old Dog Brewing Co. is excited to offer locally crafted, small batch brews that will have you making this Old Dog your New Best Friend!

Visit for product and contact information.

Smithavens Brewing Company

The Old Flame Brewing Co., a brewery dedicated to creating the best craft beer and is nestled in the Historical District of Port Perry, Ontario. Our brewery is housed in the former Ontario Carriage Works. Built in 1884, this landmark is 130 years old with a rich and diverse story to tell.

This handcrafted historical atmosphere is paralleled only by the quality and taste of our traditional handcrafted lagers and ales using time-honoured methods which are made in small batches using premium hops, grains and only the finest yeast strains. We know you will enjoy your visit to our brewery and are confident you will find a delicious Old Flame craft beer that’s truly Worth Remembering. Cheers!

Please visit for a more information.

Tickets Coming Soon

Day passes are available for $15 +HST in advance and $20 +HST at the door.
Each ticket comes with a 10oz Festival glass and 2 drink vouchers.
Additional drink vouchers can be purchased on-site for $2.50 each.

Advance tickets available until 10am on Friday, June 8th.

Order Your Festival Tickets


Music Lineup

Friday, June 8

4:30pm – 6:00pm Amberwood

6:30pm – 8:00pm Richard Henderson

9:00pm – 10:30pm Jordy Jackson

Saturday, June 9

1:30pm – 2:30pm Kate Suhr + Melissa Payne

3:00pm – 4:30pm Rick Fines Band

5:00pm – 6:30pm Buck Twenty

7:00pm – 8:30pm Tony Silvestri Band


Smithavens Brewing Company


Ellie’s Taste of Texas located in Lakefield, Ontario, proudly offers Authentic Homemade “Texas Style” food. We use many fresh local ingredients and proudly prepare our cuisine using Ellie’s own Family’s Old School Southern Style recipes. Come out and enjoy The 4th Annual Kawartha Craft Beer Festival on June 8-9. Please drop by the Ellie’s Taste of Texas booth, we can’t wait to see you there enjoying great beer and food! Check us out on Facebook or Twitter.

Smithavens Brewing Company


Located in Prince Edward County, Guapo’s Cantina has been dishing out the freshest “Latin streetfood” for over 2 years. Using local ingredients, we put a modern spin on the Mexican and Central American dishes you know and love. What goes better with a craft brew than tacos!?! Check us out on Instagram or




Smithavens Brewing Company


Port Perry Smokehouse is a family-owned and operated BBQ joint located in Downtown Port Perry, dedicated to true Southern smoking and grilling. We’re known for our mouthwatering smokey Brisket, tender Pulled Pork, famous BBQ Sauce, and so much more! Everything is smoked fresh in-house daily for flavour that can only be described as true love, and no better match for a cold, craft brew. Check us out at the KCBF and online via Facebook, Instagram, or at

More Food Vendors Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can children attend the festival?
A: No, the event is strictly 19+
Q: Can I bring my dog to the festival?
A: Sorry, but pets of any kind will not be allowed into the festival, with the exception of service dogs.
Q: Can I bring my own food?
A: No outside food will be allowed into the festival. There are 5 food vendors on-site with food options.
Q: Is there seating available?
A: Limited seating will be available on-site, feel free to bring a lawn chair to the event.
Q: I bought a 2-day ticket but I can only attend for 1-day, can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately no refunds can be given on tickets.
Q: I didn’t use all my drink tickets at the end of the festival, can I get a refund?
A : Unfortunately no refunds can be given on tickets, but you can donate.
Q: Can I leave the Festival and come back in?
A: You will receive a wristband upon entry and you may come and go as you wish when you show your wristband upon re-entry. Do not remove your wristband once inside the festival.

How to find the festival

Located in Downtown Peterborough, the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival is taking place at Millenium Park at 130 King Street, Peterborough, Ontario.

Our Sponsors

A very special thank you goes out to our relentless sponsors who are always there in support of our community. You are the best!!  Cheers!