Southampton’s first Music & Food Festival a resounding hit

While Canada Day weekend is always a fun-filled time, Southampton’s first Music & Food Festival the weekend before, on June 24th and 25th, also saw record crowds come out.

Restaurants on High Street in Southampton were filled with music that began at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and ran into the late evenings.  In addition to the music, it was also an opportunity for restaurants to offer their wide variety of specialty dishes.

The weatherman also cooperated with unusually warm weather so that the outdoor patios were at capacity and sidewalk listening was the norm.

“After two long years of COVID shut-downs, we just felt that it was time to bring back live music,” said organizer and musician Charlie Bell, “and also to help out our restaurants who have had a very difficult time.”

In what was a short time span, once the decision was made to try to organize a festival, Bell and his committee moved forward with lightning speed.

Don Buchanan played on the Elk & Finch patio – Click for larger view

With his wide network of musicians, Bell and his committee were able to organize continuous entertainment at the many venues with some of Canada’s top musicians, such as Tyler Yarema, Bobby Dean Blackburn, Don Buchanan and the return of the Canadian Big Band for a Saturday night extravaganza at Southampton’s Town Hall.



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While sitting on a patio and listening to some of the best possible music, at the Southampton Legion, the group ‘Get Back’ (Beatles re-lived) was a definite hit with those who wanted to dance.

“We would like to see this possibly become an annual Festival in Southampton,” said Bell.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau, who walked High Street with his family enjoying the ice creams available, said that he thoroughly enjoyed seeing the energy that was created and that the Festival is a “great addition to downtown Southampton”.

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