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Gilmore Girls Fan Fest Is Coming To Ontario This October


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The Gilmore Girls pilot first aired just under 20 years ago, kicking off seven more seasons (and a divisive four-part reboot) full of coffee, pop-culture references, fast-talking and mother-daughter bonding.

While the majority of the series was shot in California, the pilot was actually filmed in Unionville, Ontario. Enter Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, an annual celebration of all things Gilmore founded by husband and wife team Marcus and Jennie Whitaker. Gilmore Girls Fan Fest has been held in Kent, Connecticut—not far from the show’s fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut—since 2017. However, 2019 marks the first year that the festival will also make its way to Unionville, making it far easier for Canadian Gilmore fans to meet one another and celebrate their love of the show.

Taking place from October 4-6, this year’s festival will feature special appearances by several Gilmore Girls cast and crew members, including Aris Alvarado (Caesar), George Bell (Gilmore Girls’ official dialogue coach), John Cabrera (Brian), Shelly Cole (Madeline), Valerie Campbell (Gilmore Girls’ costumer), Olivia Hack (Tana Schrick), Nick Holmes (Robert), Emily Kuroda (Mrs. Kim), Sheila Lawrence (Gilmore Girls’ executive producer), Grant Lee Phillips (the official town troubadour) Liz Torres (Miss Patty) and Stan Zimmerman (one of Gilmore Girls’ writers), with more potential guests to be announced closer to the start of the festival.

But that’s not all. Scott Patterson (fan favourite Luke Danes) will be taking part in a moderated Q&A and a fan meet and greet. Plus, attending fans will get the chance to participate in a costume contest, trivia contests, food tastings, and more.

To purchase tickets to and find out more about Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, visit and follow the festival organizers on Instagram @gilmoregirlsfanfest.


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