Choose your vice at Ottawa’s 32nd Wine and Food Festival

Choose your vice at Ottawa’s 32nd Wine and Food Festival

As vices go, you’re pretty safe with wine and food.

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Photo courtesy Aaron.Su on Flickr

Neither of them is illegal, immoral, distasteful or taboo but I would rank chocolate truffles as decidedly sinful (Chocolatier Rochef among them). When asked “what’s my poison?,” I readily surrender to a fine VQA. (Strewn’s Terroir Riesling is as divine a white as there is.) And little can outdo Délice de Bourgogne, an ultra-decadent French cheese you really must try.

As for my wickedest vice, one can do worse than be addicted to a daily double espresso dispensed from the push of a button.

 

So while we all have a weakness for something, lucky for Ottawa that indulging in these and other guilty pleasures will be legal, virtuous and tasteful when the phenomenally-popular Ottawa Wine and Food Festival returns to the EY Centre, November 3-5, 2017.

Come and meet the chefs, makers, brewers and bakers!

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Courtesy lǝᴉuɐp on Flickr

This year’s festival, Ottawa’s 32nd,  invites foodies and fans of wine, spirits and beer to choose their own vice from among such temptations as Carnivore, a kingly charcuterie board curated locally by Seed to Sausage.

 

 

Choose your vice at Ottawa’s 32nd Wine and Food Festival 7Or ChocoCHIC, a giant chocolate fountain beside a mountain of truffles, bars and barks brought to you by Roch Fournier of Gatineau’s Chocolatier Rochef.

 

 

 

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Maître Fromager Afrim Pristine

Or the runaway hit from last year’s festival, the return of the spectacular Cheese Vault, curated by the affable Albanian-Canadian Afrim Pristine, the world’s youngest Maître Fromager from Toronto’s inimitable Cheese Boutique.

Its Art Director Alexander Eidelman, who also knows everything there is to know about cheese, will be in attendance to guide even the most discerning foodies through the ropes.

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy Gary Constantine on Flickr

Together with a vast array of wines, local craft beers (like the one brewed in my Hintonburg neighbourhood, Vimy Brewing, or Orleans-based microbrewery Stray Dog Brewing), as well as Canadian whiskeys (like Twelve Barrels, the product of a Carleton-graduate and whiz kid from Napanee), festival-goers can create their own unique experiences.

 

 

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This year’s Tasting Alley will host the Small Winemakers’ Collections, 70 international wines produced by small winemakers and family-owned vineyards. Festival-goers can pander to their vices according to regions of the world and meet prominent proprietors from those regions.

 

 

 

 

So come and meet the chefs, makers, brewers and bakers at this year’s Ottawa Wine and Food Festival and do not miss out on a perennially sold-out event!

With the $25 Main Tasting Floor ticket, you get: a free ISO Certified tasting glass; access to the Urban Makers Market, In the Mix and Prep School stages with up to nine free samples; and visit Nespresso’s Euro-styled Koffee Klatch. You can get a free PÜR and Know lipstick-wine matching by our makeup artists at the Lippie Lab and get free samples (a no-smear sealant, plus free sampler pack). Get selfie access to the 140sqft Donut Wall created by Mavericks Donuts. Sampling tickets are $1 for the Tasting Floor. Sample prices vary.

Tickets are available at OttawaWineandFoodFestival.com

For more information, call (613) 523-6356 or email: dionysus@ottawawineandfoodfestival.com

 

Allyson Domanski writes about travel, the arts and reviews theatre for Ottawa Tonite as well as for Newswest. She is currently completing a major work of creative non-fiction to be published in 2017. An avid traveller and not-quite year-round cyclist, she and her husband spent two and a half years bicycling around the world before she joined the territorial then the federal public service. The hockey and lacrosse mom, owner of a Husky and une cabane au Quebec hails from Winnipeg and has lived from India to Iqaluit but she and her family call Hintonburg home.

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