On any weekend from April until December, something is happening at wineries of Prince Edward County. Art, music, and food pairings add extra value to your visit, but here are five special events that bring all the elements together for a great party.
Terroir Wine and Farmer’s Market Sat. May 14, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Terroir is a gourmet delight of great wines paired with local artisan and specialty foods. It takes place at Crystal Palace, Main Street, Picton. More than half of the wineries in the County as well as local cideries and breweries take part. There will be seminars on the hour starting at noon, on Cooking with Wine, Mixology, Beer Tasting and Perfect Platters:
Admission is $40 online or $45 at the gate but includes 10 tasting tickets for food or drink and a monogrammed wine glass.
For the third year, wineries will be able to sell you bottles of those great wines you taste if they are VQA approved. They will also give you samples of their small batch wines that can only be sold at their wineries. Come with a designated driver or take advantage of the free shuttle service from Belleville, Bloomfield and Wellington offered by Foley Bus Lines
Terroir Run, May 28, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ten wineries, County Cider and County Roads Brewing line up to be stops on the Terroir Run which starts at the Old Third Winery on the Closson Road and ends at Norm Hardie’s Winery on the Greer Road for a much needed lunch. Registration is already full for this event but it is fun to watch and do your own winery walk at a more leisurely pace.
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival June 4 – 5 10 am – 4:00 pm
Possibly the best Wine and Cheese Party http://cheesefestival.ca/ you will ever attend. The emphasis of course is on the panoply of great Canadian Cheeses available. Sixty cheese makers from across Canada will be displaying their wares to sample or pair with the wines from the sixteen local wineries the craft ales of eight regional breweries, and the spirits of two craft distilleries. Other gourmet food producers will be onsite as well. The cost of a weekend pass is $75 or $50 for the day at Crystal Palace in Picton
Taste Community Grown Sept. 24
The last blast of summer, Taste Community Grown www.tastecommunitygrown.com is a harvest celebration for the local area residents and a reason to stay for one more week for cottagers.
Community chefs , artisan food makers and vintners, once again set up camp at Crystal Palace and the fairgrounds for a day of gourmet and bacchanalian delight. This is the time when many of the lightly-oaked whites from the previous harvest are released as well as the barrel aged reds from two years ago, so a great time stock up on wines for the winter.
Wassail In the County 3 weekends from Nov. 19 – Dec. 4
In many wine regions there is a fall wine festival, but in Prince Edward County, harvest is one of the busiest times of the year, once the grapes are picked in October, the next six weeks is spent pruning the vines and burying them to protect against the winter deep freeze. Once the vines are buried, everyone is ready to celebrate the season and there are Wassail events at almost every winery in the County. Mulled wine, hot cider, hot hors d’oeuvres and music. Wine tastings are free for a song. There is usually a tour bus that will get you safely to a selection of wineries for a modest price.
Gather your friends and join the party at any of these upcoming food and wine events in the County this year and bring back memories in a bottle for your wine cellar.