Butter tart festival will offer sweet relief in Burlington

Published July 31, 2023 at 3:39 pm

You can judge them, but better yet you can taste them. Either way, the Burlington Butter Tart Festival is bound to be a success.

Coming to the Burlington Centre on Saturday, Aug. 12, the festival will feature 50 vendors who will be selling the tarts along with other sweet treats from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While the exact origin of the butter tart is unknown, some suggest it first came to be in the early days of Canada in the 1660s when French settlers, using the simple ingredients that were on hand along with the pastry skills brought over from the old country, started developing the tart.

One of the earliest published recipes for butter tarts came at the turn of the 20th century when it was included in the cookbook of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.

Of course, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the butter tart. Some of the controversies include ingredients. Do they include raisins or chunks of walnut or pecan? Can peanut butter or Nutella be used? Do they taste better served cold or at room temperature? Rounds or square?

In any case, chances are you will get to sample all the different varieties at the festival.

If you can’t choose which one is your favourite, a competition will also be held where judges will determine which tarts are the best.

There is no admissions charge to attend the event, but food donations and cash will be accepted to help out the Burlington Food Bank.

Burlington Centre is located at 777 Guelph Line.


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