Celebrate With Us

At the Purple Onion Festival In Millennium Park 

On Sunday, September 22, 2013
From 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Join the local food revolution. Come to the Purple Onion Festival to celebrate our abundance of local food, and help strengthen our food security.

Fundraising to Make it Happen
See our Fundraising Page to find out how you can contribute, starting with a by donation film showing of Genetic Roulette this Thursday, March 28th,  6:30 – 8:30 pm. at the Peterborough Public Library

Come for Fresh Delicious Local Food
Inside the big-top, the ‘I Love Local Food Peterborough Host Tent, local Chefs will be preparing delicious fare with fresh local ingredients. There just might be some purple onions served by someone. Local farmers supply the ingredients, which helps to keep prices low. Stay tuned to learn more about the meals!

Enjoy Fabulous Local Entertainment
Two locations in Millennium Park this year will be showcasing local entertainment for a rich cultural experience. Check back to learn more soon!


Experience the Kawartha Loon Local Currency
Just like last year, the Festival will showcase our  locally designed currency, the Kawartha Loon! Purchase food and goods at the festival with “Loons”, the exclusive currency of the 2013 Peterborough Purple Onion Festival. Banking agents from the Peterborough Community Credit Union will be on hand to exchange Canadian Dollars for Kawartha Loons, at an exchange rate of $0.90 CDN for 1 KL. Conversely all vendors at the Festival will cash out according to their Kawartha Loon Exchange membership agreement and recieve back 0.90 cents CDN for each Kawartha Loon.
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What a deal! Exchanging dollars for Loons is a great way to save money while you’re at the festival, and it gives you a chance to check out our future local currency. If you have some extra KL’s left after the festival you can either trade them back for Canadian money before you leave the festival, or keep them as a souvenir of the KL’s historical debut.

A local currency will help to strengthen Peterborough's economy, and make us more resilient to shocks in an uncertain global climate. There will be more information available at the festival. The bigger story of the whole festival is that using a local currency helps to create local jobs.

Buy Local Food from Local Vendors — Bring your Shopping Bag!
Local farmers and vendors will be selling a wide spectrum of fresh local produce, hand baked goods, local honey, fresh herbs, milled flour and much more. A gathering of festival vendors will be trading their goods for Kawartha Loons. A complete list of vendors will be available at the festival.

Attend Reskilling Mini-Workshops featuring Food and Wellness
Reskilling ourselves in Food and Wellness is a most important task on the road to greater personal and community resilience and increased food security. We are thrilled with the continuing success of workshops on these topics at the Transition Reskilling Institute, conducted at Sadleir House and sponsored by Sustainable Trent. More information about workshops is coming soon.

Come to the festival for local food and stay for the mini-workshops. Donations in Kawartha Loons are most appreciated and help support the Transition Reskilling Institute.

The Purple Onion Festival is hosted by Transition Town Peterborough.

Want to Volunteer for the 2013 Purple Onion Festival? Join our group on Facebook. Search ‘Transition Town Peterborough’, click ‘join the group’, and let us know!