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'Ford Fest' moves east to Scarborough

The mayor's 13th annual Ford Fest summer cookout migrated for the first time from the family's Etobicoke stomping ground to Scarborough.

13th annual event welcomes Ford Nation to Scarborough for the 1st time

A scene from the 2012 Ford Fest shows private security guards outside the mayor's Etobicoke home. This year the barbeque relocated to Scarborough. (Colin Butler/CBC)

The mayor's 13th annual Ford Fest summer cookout is migrated for the first time from the family's Etobicoke stomping ground to Scarborough.

As many as 5,000 people were expected to attend the public family event — billed as a massive backyard barbecue — at Thomson Memorial Park, located at Brimley Road just north of Lawrence Avenue.

The free bash has, in the past, been hosted at Mayor Rob Ford's suburban Etobicoke residence, with his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, and other members of the Ford family mingling with constituents and serving up grilled food and beverages. 

But this year's decision to move the festivities to Scarborough, a campaign battleground for the mayor, has raised some eyebrows from critics who questioned whether the mix-and-mingle could be interpreted as an early campaign event, which would be in breach of the Municipal Elections Act.

A second Ford barbeque will be held at a later date in Etobicoke.