Ford Fest expected to bring in thousands with Doug Ford as premier

Premier Doug Ford attends the International Plowing Match at Chatham-Kent on Sept. 18, 2018. Doug Ford / Twitter

VAUGHAN, Ont. – Supporters of Ontario’s premier are expected to flock to the grounds of a recreation centre in Vaughan, Ont., tonight for this year’s Ford Fest.

Event organizers say the annual barbecue is expected to be bigger than ever with Doug Ford as premier.

Historically, the event has taken place at Ford’s mother’s home in west-end Toronto, but Tory spokesman Marcus Mattinson says the Vaughan venue was chosen to host thousands.

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He says the barbecue will be the same as previous years with free food, music and entertainment, but it will be on a much larger scale.

He also notes that this year’s party will be a dry event.

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Mattinson says protesters are anticipated to show up, but he says there’s not much organizers can do about them and declined to comment further about the event’s security.

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Ford Fest has been running for over 20 years and originated as a family barbecue in the backyard of the home of Ford’s mother, Diane Ford.

At last year’s event – before Ford ran for and ultimately won his party’s leadership and the provincial election – he announced his intention to run for mayor in this year’s election.

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