June 03, 2012 11:28 ET

Woofstock® 2012: North America's Largest Outdoor Festival for Dogs and Their Owners

June 9 & 10 in Toronto's Historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 3, 2012) -

Editors Note: Photos for this release are available on the Canadian Press picture wire via Marketwire.

Woofstock, North America's largest outdoor festival for dogs and their two-footed companions, takes place the weekend of June 9 & 10 throughout the boulevards and streets of Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Front Street will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the party. Berczy Park will once again be stage centre with its roster of fun contests and canine fashion shows.

Coined "the summer of doggie love," Woofstock is an incomparable outdoor fun festival and shopping extravaganza experience. Woofstock is a perfect opportunity for pet lovers to have a great time with their dogs at such wacky, fun events as the Woofstock Fashion Show, Best Costume Contest, Ms. And Mr. Canine Canada Pageant and more! And there are lots of great deals and free samples from the over 200 innovative specialty vendors offering the latest trends in doggie fashion and accessories, from flashy to classic, and the newest and hottest specialty foods, services and accoutrements for posh pooches." Shoppers looking to spoil their four-legged best friends will find everything they could want at Woofstock. From couture clothing, leashes and leads, food, and health supplements to dog training and dog-friendly travel lodgings, Woofstock has it all!

Last year, an estimated 200,000 dog lovers and their prized pooches came to the festival to shop 'till they dropped and take part in the fun that is Woofstock - the highlight of the year for both dogs and their "peeps". The Main Stage will be in shady Berczy Park framed by Front and Wellington at Scott Street. A bonus: the huge fountain in which dogs of all sized love to play. Highly anticipated and entertaining Woofstock contests like Ms. & Mr. Canine Canada, Stupid Dog Tricks, and the Costume Contest offer prizes valued at up to $1,100. Contest registration takes place the day of each event from 10am to noon at the south side of the stage in Berczy Park.

On Sunday, June 3, 2012, Woofstock, held a media launch Doggy High Tea to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

Only in Canada, Eh?

70 adorable dogs and their owners enjoyed a spread fit for royalty with a canine-friendly High Tea ceremony and costume contest at the Windsor Ballroom at the King Edward.

A procession of pups wearing everything British - from a double decker bus to Queen Elizabeth II Herself - competed for the crown but only one took the throne! Hosted by Royal Canadian Air Farce's Alan Park, with proceeds going to the WSPA, the Woofstock High Tea this year was a regal riot! Don't miss the main event: Woofstock is the weekend of June 9th and 10th in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. Check out the website for details: http://www.woofstock.ca.

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