Some of Sudbury’s biggest summer events are being held at Bell Park this year, including Feast Fest, Sudbury Poutine Fest and Budweiser New Music Fest, which are now accepting artist and vendor application submissions for 2018.
Feast Fest (June 15-17) and Sudbury Poutine Fest (Aug 24-26) are both in their second year (2018), which organizers promise a much bigger overall festival program for each, including more food options, vendors and family friendly programming. Each of these festivals will offer patrons an array of arts, crafts and live music, a kids-zone, beverage sampling and of course food & beverage options for all tastes.
Both food festivals will offer daily admission for only $2 (children 12 and under free). Evening concerts will be 19+ after 8pm, which details of are yet to be announced. In 2017 these Sudbury food festivals collectively included headliner performances by Honeymoon Suite, Jojo Mason and Bobby Wills.
Budweiser New Music Fest (Sept 14-15, 2018) will be offering both a country and rock night as part of the two-day music festival, now in its 11th year since its inception in Barrie, ON. Past NMF’s in Sudbury have included performances by Tim Hicks, Big Wreck, Aaron Pritchett, Monster Truck, Moist, River Town Saints, The Glorious Sons, Arkells, Mother Mother, USS, The Trews and many more. All ticketing and artist info is yet to be announced for 2018.
Early-Bird Vendor Application incentives are available until Feb 23rd. For more festival information, please visit respective festival websites:
Feast Fest is returning to Midland for its second year taking place July 20-22, which organizers promise a much bigger overall festival program, including more food options, vendors and family friendly programming. Feast Fest 2018 will offer patrons an array of arts, crafts and live music, a kids-zone, midway, beverage sampling and of course food & beverage options for all tastes.
Feast Fest offers daily admission for only $2 (children 12 and under free). Evening concerts will be 19+ after 8pm, which details of are yet to be announced. Feast Fest 2017 included headliner performances by Honeymoon Suite and Bobby Wills.
Last years inaugural Feast Fest Midland received an official Town reported weekend attendance of over 70,000 people. “The collaboration with the Town of Midland created synergies and results, which far surpassed our expectations." comments Feast Fest partner Paul Fairley. “We are currently in the planning stages of how best to implement those collaborative synergies for future years.”
Early-Bird Vendor Application incentives are available until Feb 23rd. For more information, please visit the festival website at: www.FeastFest.ca
In an ever-changing landscape of event security, here are our Top 3 Tips for enhancing your security measures and vigilance in 2018.
1) “When you see something, say something”.
Recent studies suggest that a vast majority of event patrons have a tendency to shrug off suspicion when they see something odd, like an unattended package or aggressive behavior. Encouraging your patrons to simply report suspicious behavior could go a long way to thwart malice or danger at your event.
To do so this year, add signage that encourages your patrons to report suspicious behavior that may read… “When you see something, say something. Please report any suspicious behavior to Event Security”.
2) Have Naloxone Kits readily available.
It’s a matter of fact that some patrons will choose to use illegal substances when attending special events. In a growing opioid crisis, it is imperative that event organizers and security teams learn to recognize an overdose and how to administer Naloxone, a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid (e.g. fentanyl) overdose.
Be prepared: Learn how to recognize an overdose, where to get a free naloxone kit and how to use it. More information here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free
3) Event Evacuation Mass Notification.
Although a very difficult situation overall, one of the issues faced during the Las Vegas concert mass shooting in October of 2017 was the lack of mass notification to quickly inform all patrons of what to do or where to go. In a situation where every second counts, many patrons did not even realize what was going on up to a few minutes after the performance was shut down. Of course this is an extreme example of security breech that no one is claiming a fail proof response to. However, it has become increasingly necessary to craft quick responses and mass emergency notification to patrons through PA (public address) systems and visual screens if available.
This can be in the form of an Audio Response Loop (provided to Front of House sound tecs) that would be played over the PA of your event and/or visual screens in a case of evacuation. This mass notification could include instructions that may read: “Emergency Evacuation. Please make your way to the nearest safe exit and take shelter if necessary. This is not a drill.”
Event organizers should strive to produce enjoyable, vibrant events and keep patrons safe. Please drop us a line with any security tips you may have for the future of event security.
The 1st annual Sudbury Poutine Fest took place this past weekend (Aug 25-27), attracting over 21,000 people to downtown Sudbury.
The collection and measurement of audience data metrics via event survey intercepts. Post event data reporting includes; audience demographics, patron expenditure, tourism attendance, along with an economic impact study of your event.
Use your acquired event data for future grant applications & sponsorship proposals.