The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Durham Region and partners host official Durham Festival media launch

WHITBY, ON May 29, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, Tourism Division, in partnership with all eight local area municipalities and Central Counties Tourism, hosted an afternoon of creative and cultural celebration Friday, at the official media launch for this summer’s highly anticipated Durham Festival. 

The launch took place at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby, and offered attendees a special preview of the entertainment, activities and delicious local food that residents and visitors can expect to find at the Durham Festival, taking place Aug. 13 to 16. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau was in attendance, and the event included creative performances by the Bruce Gorrie Trio, Trish Robb, The Macs, The Wolfgang Brothers, Picasso’s Picnic Youth, DJ with dancers and interactive art, Denise Lester Dance Academy, Lynn McDonald, Darrin Davis and Peacefully Productive Studios, and Aaron Roberts.

Durham Festival will be a region-wide celebration of creativity and culture, and promises to showcase the very best of what Durham Region has to offer, from music, art, culture, food and creative expression of all varieties.

“Across the Region, we are collaborating to create an exciting variety of welcoming events that will make a visit to Durham Region irresistible, fun, delicious and memorable,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Today we offer a sneak peek into what will be four fabulous days in August. From artists to performers, athletes and innovators, to cultural, culinary and brewing enterprises, the goal of the Durham Festival is to engage, entertain and captivate the senses of our community.”

A special announcement was made, stating that the Durham Festival is going to challenge an exciting world record. On Aug. 15 at Victoria Fields in Whitby, the Durham Harvest Picnic event will be taking place, at which the world record for the Longest Picnic Table in the world will be challenged. The table is being built to accommodate more than 500 people, and everyone is invited to attend with their lunch to participate in this historic event, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Food will also be available for purchase from local vendors. After the event, the table will be dismantled and all components will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Durham for a Durham Region home building project. 

With the Durham Festival focused on highlighting the region’s diverse multiculturalism, it is expected to attract increased visitation from out-of-town guests, as well as encourage exploration by residents.

“The Durham Festival is going to shine the spotlight on Durham Region, showcasing us as a vibrant, creative and cultured tourism destination,” said Kerri King, Tourism Manager. “We are inviting all residents and those planning to visit Durham this August to mark their calendars for the biggest event of the summer. This region is a thriving creative hub, and we can’t wait to celebrate the very best of what we have to offer.”

The majority of Durham Festival events will take place along the region’s stunning Waterfront Trail.

For more information about the Durham Festival and the events listed, visit or call Durham Tourism at 1-800-413-0017.

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