In 2020 the committee had time to reflect over the 10 year history and made a decision to change the event's name from Stratford Ribs & Blues Festival to Stratford Live Music & Food.
Stratford Live Music & Food captures the true reflection of the community event. This is an outdoor family-friendly gathering for all with many mouth-watering different foods to choose from & live vibrant music at Veterans Drive historic bandshell under a canopy of trees in the park. We are a licensed event.
Stratford Live Music & Food vision is simple: to provide high quality entertainment, a variety of food, and a family friendly experience for the community and surrounding area to enjoy over the weekend.
“As we gather, we acknowledge that we are meeting on the original land inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning. As settlers, we're grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land since time immemorial.
In particular, we acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Neutral (Attawandaron), Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples This territory is covered by Upper Canada Treaties.
This recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities."