Views from the Ontario Vines
Twenty Valley Winter WineFest - 2016
"Sweet. Sparkling. Sensational!"
By F.G. Couch
I was very glad that a few years ago, the Twenty Valley Tourism Association decided to change the name from "Icewine Festival" to "Winter WineFest". First of all, not every winery produces an Icewine and probably didn't want to participate. Also, there's only so much Icewine you can drink in an afternoon. With the name change, wineries were able to bring a sparkling wine, a still wine an Icewine or all three.
Winter WineFest is held over three days each January in Jordan Village, Ontario. Some of the events included a Friday night concert featuring the groups "Whitehorse" and "The Mandivilles" and a Speakeasy after party. Saturday's events included a wine barrel rolling competition, a fashion show put on by local merchants, a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Lynn Crawford, a "one-pot challenge" cooking competition, wine seminars and musical entertainment throughout the day.
A big change this year was going from a large tent for the winery and food vendors to a Wine and Culinary Village set up like a European market. Each tent was set up for one or two wineries or a winery and a food vendor.
To keep everyone warm between the wine and food sampling, there were bonfires, patio heaters and warming stations such as this Smokehouse Lodge set up by Creekside Estate Winery. Visitors could cuddle up with a glass of wine and a blanket just like this couple.
Some of the wineries participating included Back 10 Cellars, Di Profio Wines, Hernder Estate Winery and Creekside Estate Winery.
Besides wine you could also get a beer from Steam Whistle Brewery or a cocktail from Dillon's Small Batch Distillers.
Some of the delicious food included doughnuts with vanilla cream, a toasted marshmallow tart with Icewine sauce and a chicken corn dog with Icewine red cabbage.
Some of the activities included a Vogue in the Village Fashion Show by Jordan Village merchants. Some of the guest models included the Mayor of Lincoln (not shown) and winemaker Sue-Ann Staff (right).
Sunday's activities included, for the first time this year, a frozen Icewine puck shooting competition.
Winemaker, Sue-Ann Staff, led an informative seminar about her winery and participants could sample her 2014 Fancy Farm Girl "Flamboyant Red".
Winter WineFest was a great way to spend a chilly winter's day. We really enjoyed the new set up and look forward to next year's event.
For information about this and other events such as "Get Fresh in the Valley" and "Wrapped up in the Valley", visit the website at http://www.twentyvalley.ca.
Photos by © F.G. Couch
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