May 13 & 14, 2022

Event Time: 12 pm - 10 pm*
*19+ Only All Day

FirstOntario Centre

101 York Blvd,
Hamilton, ON L8R 3L4

May 13 & 14, 2022
Friday – 12 pm – 10 pm* Saturday – 12 pm – 10 pm*


Food and Drink Fest is an annual celebration of everything to do with the best local restaurants, exciting food trends, talented chefs, craft breweries, wineries, spirits and live local entertainment. You will run into old friends and make new ones! It’s a fun filled event where you can sip, sample and experience the best the region has to offer.

Traditionally, there are over 100 different exhibitors present at Food and Drink Fest.

May 13 & 14, 2022 Doors open 12noon to 10pm daily FirstOntario Centre – 101 York Blvd. Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8R-3L4 MAP Map link:
Yes. For a detailed schedule of local bus routes and times, please visit: HSR OR Go Train

Ample parking is available in and around the FirstOntario Centre and the downtown Hamilton area. Additionally, FirstOntario Centre is accessible by all public transportation.

Yes. Guests can access FirstOntario Centre through the doors located on Bay Street. The FirstOntario Centre is equipped with elevators that lead directly to the show floor. All service animals are welcome with proper documentation.

Admission passes are available for purchase online in advance. Admission passes are also available at the door on a first come first serve basis

Yes. In order to provide effective contact tracing, we will need to know the everyone’s email addresses you are buying tickets for. It’s a good idea and convenient for you to put it in so they get the confirmation emailed directly to them.

We will continue to follow the direction of local health authorities. We ask that all guests respect everyone’s decisions to wear a mask or not.

No. Wagjag and Groupon discount tickets are not valid Friday night 4pm-10pm or Saturday night from 5pm-10pm.


No. If you arrived at say 4pm on Saturday you will not be asked to leave at 5pm. However, if you arrived after 5pm with Saturday afternoon tickets they will not be valid. We usually sell out the Saturday nighttime slot and need to do this to control for attendance.

Entrance to the festival, a souvenir sample glass, full access to all show features including live cooking demonstrations, musical acts, and other on-stage performances.

Ticket holders are strongly encouraged to arrive before 6pm Friday night, Saturday afternoon anytime and before 6pm Saturday night. Historically, we tend to reach capacity between 6 pm – 8 pm on Friday and Saturday night. Advance ticket holders will have priority over walk ups as capacity permits. We highly recommend arrival outside of these peak times.

Yes. This event is exclusively for adults over the age of 19 with valid photo ID.

Our licence does not only allow children under the age of 19 access to the Festival.

Sample tickets are $2.00 each and sold predominantly in packs of 10 and 20.

Most food and beverage samples cost between 2 and 7 sample tickets.

For confirmed groups of 10 or more attendees, please contact us at [email protected] or call at 289-885-2337

No. Tickets are non-refundable. But you can transfer them over to your best friend even if your name is on the tickets.

Yes, you will be able to purchase admission and sample tickets on site with cash, credit or debit.

Yes, there will be a designated smoking area.


No. Once you are in you are not allowed to leave and re-enter. Smokers will be stamped and placed in a monitored designated area

Please visit: Exhibitor Resources for contract, General floorplan and show information or contact us at 289-885-2337 or email [email protected]