The Bala Cranberry Festival features events such as live entertainment, hot air balloon rides, pig races, a duck race and a hands-on interactive animal zone, as of 2015. Food is also a big part of the festival which is held the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving every year, in the small town of Bala, Ontario, Canada.
The purpose of the Bala Cranberry Festival is to extend the tourist season and improve the community by providing financial assistance to organizations and individuals in need. Cranberry festival community funding is available to non-profit associations centered in or supporting the Muskoka Lakes Township. The festival also annually calls for applications from community members looking to further their education and skills in academics, apprenticeships and amateur sports.
The three-day festival is full of family friendly events featuring food and entertainment. Cranberry marsh tours are offered throughout the festival, as are wagon and helicopter rides. Festival goers can attend wine tastings or shop and eat at the Cranberry Café, featuring candied cranberries and other goodies and the Farmers’ Market, which includes local honey, pumpkins and maple syrup. Other events include turkey and duck feedings, a magician and animal races. Attendees are also invited to start of the day with a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, as of 2015.