This year’s Barrielicious will be a 17-day affair known as LocalLicious, filled with local restaurants to choose from

Annual food festival a great opportunity to support local business

It’s time once again for Barrielicious or, as it will be known this year, LocalLicious. And it promises to be bigger than ever.

The annual food festival returns April 9 and this year will run 17 days, making it the longest-ever celebration on the books. Special prix fixe menus will be offered at each participating restaurant, with the option of dine-in or take out. Menus will generally include appetizer, soup or salad with an entree and dessert.

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This year’s festival is taking on more meaning than before, with a huge focus on supporting local businesses amid the devastating effects of the pandemic. “Supporting the independent restaurants in our downtown and throughout the city of Barrie with an extended Barrielicious event is integral to not only showcasing all that we have to offer but also assisting these restaurants with their recovery efforts,” noted Downtown Barrie BIA Executive Director Kelly McKenna.

“We are very excited to finally kick off another edition of the festival. It’s time to let everyone know that it is safe to support our local restaurants and to get back out and dine,” said Chef Randy Feltis. “We can’t wait for the Local Foodie buzz to happen again. We are very thankful to the Downtown Barrie BIA, the City of Barrie and Tourism Barrie for providing us with the support and means to make this happen.”

For more information and to check out the list of participating restaurants, head to Barrielicious.ca.