“The world on the tip of your tongue” is this year’s motto for Ottawa’s Wine and Food Festival. And how fitting of a saying, considering this year the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the beautiful Shaw Centre.
With more than 200 exhibitors from around the world including fabulous wine labels and premium brands for everyone to enjoy, I would definitely say that this year’s event will be one for the books!
In order to commemorate their 30th anniversary, The Ottawa Wine and Food festival is turning back the clock to 1985 – the year when the festival started. Their ‘Sunday pricing’ will permit guests to enjoy hundreds of exhibitors offering delectable food and libation samplings from exotic destinations to as close as our backyard…for only $19.85!!! Yes, you did read that right!
The best part of the event in my opinion, is that fact that guests will have the opportunity to discover flavours never savoured before and have the chance to meet and learn from the makers and people behind them.
Over the past three decades, Ottawans have developed very sophisticated tastes in food and wine, shaped in part by the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival. This 30th anniversary celebration will not only pay homage to that evolution, but will continue to challenge and educate palates by putting ‘the world on the tip of your tongue’,” says Ottawa Wine and Food Festival producer, Joan Culliton
• Twelve free, live ‘edutainment’ seminars by chefs, sommeliers, craft beer experts and mixologists on the Host for the Holiday and In the Mix stages. Show goers will discover the hottest holiday food and drink trends—and have a chance to sample everything they see. Learn to brine a turkey, dazzle with décor and entertain in ten minutes from beloved pastry chef, Anna Olson and Dolce Vita’s David Rocco to Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood, Twice de Spice twins, Marida and Narida and even Chef Ric and his cooks-in-training at the Ottawa Mission.
• LCBO’s ‘Taste and Discover’ one hour seminars offer everything from a Sparkling Wine Masterclass (Fabulous Fizz!!!) to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sample six legendary and rare vintages valued at a total of $2300, including the renowned Opus One Napa 2010 and Côte-Rôtie La Mouline (Guigal) 2011.
• Haute Halloween Red Carpet Welcome for those who love the drama and glamour of Oct. 31. Visitors with ‘Arrive After 5 Haute Halloween Welcome’ tickets can dress in their most opulent, outrageous Halloween costumes (no masks or faux weapons) and walk the red carpet in front of four celebrity judges between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. The prize? A chance to swap walking the red carpet for walking the beach on a $7500 trip for two to the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Show.
• Sip and sample the 90 Ottawa Wine Challenge entries, including the 12 gold and 33 silver medal winning international wines.
• Rod Phillips’ Holiday Wine Bottle Camp, where Ottawa’s beloved grape connoisseur will focus on wine for any emergency, whether it’s unexpected visitors, a bad hair cut or a short notice invite to dine with royalty.
• Caviar and Bubbles Bar…because who doesn’t want guilt-free, sustainable Acadian sturgeon caviar paired with champagne? Sample. Sip. Buy for the holidays.
• Expanded Tasting Alley, featuring more than 50 wines along with charcuterie, shrimp, carvery, vegetarian, seafood and noodle bar tasting stations.
• Local Taste Emporium, offering a vast array of artisanal, locally produced products
• Ottawa Wine and Food Festival 30th Anniversary Westin Weekend: overnight accommodation, Tasting Floor tickets for two, breakfast buffet for two at Daly’s Restaurant for $139.50
• Arrive After 5. Get your premium tickets on Saturday evening for a red carpet welcome, glass of cheer and exclusive hors d’oeuvres. Or just join us on the red carpet with an Arrive After 5 Haute Halloween Welcome ticket.
• Dedicated VIP entrance. VIP tickets guarantee you’ll go straight from the door to the Tasting Floor. No line ups. Ever.
Date and Time:
Friday, October 30: 12 noon to 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 31: 12 noon to 4:30 pm,5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Sunday, November 1: 12 noon to 5:30 pm
Where: 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Admission: Must be 19 years of age, no children, Valid identification required
Tickets: passes can be purchased online