But unlike previous editions, the 19th anniversary of the party will not feature any alcohol after organizers' liquor licence application was turned down.
Ford insists those who attend Friday night's barbecue at Thomson Memorial Park will enjoy the event even if they can't have a drink.
City officials approved a permit for the party despite concerns from Ford opponents that it's a campaign event that violates municipal rules banning politicking in public parks. More than 100 citizens have filed complaints about Ford Fest.
In the 2010 municipal election, the mayor declared the food and drink at Ford Fest as campaign expenses
City spokeswoman Jackie DeSouza told CBC News the mayor's office has been warned there can be no campaigning at Ford Fest.
"If anything happens that is in violation of the permit that was given for this event, [bylaw officers] can step in and enforce the permit," she said.
Ford Fest is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET.
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