ANNOUNCING….Corks & Forks – Kingston’s annual International Wine Festival

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Kingston is gearing up to host its 1st annual Corks & Forks – Kingston’s International Wine Festival that will take place from Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14, 2019.

Corks & Forks will be an experience like no other in Ontario. This weekend long festival will attract wine enthusiasts of all kinds – novists to Sommeliers – to Kingston to learn about the world of wine from winemakers & wine industry notables.

The weekend festival is designed to provide ticketholders the opportunity to meet winemakers & winery owners from around the world as well as across Canada.  The city’s hotel and restaurant community has immediately embraced the plans for this inaugral wine festival in Kingston.

“The wine world is about to notice that there is a rapidly growing wine and food community in Kingston,” said Debbie Trenholm, Festival organizer, Sommelier and Founder of Savvy Company. “We’re taking all that is appealing about wine and food and adding a healthy dose of creativity to offer an extraordinary annual event that will have a wide appeal.”

“We’re excited to work with Savvy Company to showcase Kingston’s culinary culture and hospitality industry,” said Megan Knott, Executive Director, Tourism Kingston.  “I can’t wait for the wine world to discover Kingston.”

 

Putting Kingston on the wine world map

Designed for the wine enthusiast as well as the restaurant and hospitality industry, Corks & Forks will offer seminars, panel tastings, master classes and innovative culinary experiences while showcasing winemakers and winery owners from around the world.

“There is an incredible food and wine scene in Kingston. Corks & Forks is a perfect way to showcase the culinary talent locally, regionally and introduce a global scale too,” said Donna Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Economic Development Corporation. “This festival promises to be both educational and entertaining, appealing to the connoisseur as well as the curious.”

Tickets for Corks & Forks will go on sale in January 2019.  Festival passes, individual event tickets & hotel accommodation packages will be available.

Save the dates!
April 12 – 14, 2019

 

Festival schedule at a glance…

The weekend will be jam packed with wine & food events, panel tastings and seminars, punctuated with the signature “Discover the Wine World” International Tasting Hall on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Vintner’s Brunch will be the grand finale event that will treat ticketholders to a meal like no other – every dish will be eloquently paired with a wine showcased at the event.  There will even be a People’s Choice Award for the top voted food & wine pairing.

Each year, Corks & Forks will have a lineup of activities to attract new event goers as well as creating a community of repeat visitors to Kingston.

Day by day itinerary

The team at Savvy Company are actively inviting wineries & wine industry personalities to participate in Corks & Forks.  Here is an overview of the festival:

Friday
April 12

Saturday
April 13

Sunday
April 14

MORNING

 

Grand opening & sparkling wine reception

TRADE ONLY
Educational Wine Seminars
TRADE & PUBLIC
Tasting Panels & Master Classes
Vintner’s Brunch
Delta Waterfront Hotel
Grandview Room
LUNCH

 

TRADE & MEDIA
Meet the Makers Luncheon
PUBLIC
Winemakers Lunch
AFTERNOON

 

TRADE ONLY
Educational Wine Seminars
TRADE & PUBLIC
Tasting Panels & Master Classes
EVENING

Discover the Wine World

International Tasting Hall
Residence Inn Waterfront

Winemakers Dinners
Various restaurants around Kingston

Where will the events take place?

Everywhere throughout the city! Residence Inn by Marriott Waterfront will be the hub for the festival with satellite events at Delta Hotel Kingston Waterfront, AquaTerra, Bayview Farm Restaurant & other restaurants…stay tuned!

 

The Wine World is excited by this news…

“An International Wine Festival for Kingston! Bring it on. Kingstonians deserve to be able to sample the wines of the world on their own doorstep – like Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. I look forward to leading a wine tasting during the festival” – Tony Aspler, renown Canadian wine writer. 

“Kingston will benefit hugely from this annual festival. It will help put the city on the map for innovative and exciting educational experiences focusing not only on local and Canadian wines, but also showcasing great producers from across the globe.” – Peter Rod, Program Coordinator & Professor, Food & Wine Science Programs, Niagara College

“It is such great news that Debbie & Savvy Company’s team is making a wine festival in Kingston happen.  I look forward to attending!” – Harry Hertscheg, Executive Director, Vancouver International Wine Festival

“Establishing a new wine event of this calibre in an up-and-coming market is what wineries from around the world are looking for.  Canada is the 4th largest export market for the New Zealand wine industry & having the opportunity to directly reach consumers along with hospitality staff through educational experiences is appealing for all international wineries who participate in Corks & Forks. – Jim Robertson, Global Wine Ambassador – New Zealand & Australian Brands, Pernod Ricard

 

Recruiting wineries from around the world!

Wineries from every corner of the world – including all regions in Canada – are invited to Kingston to participate in Corks & Forks.

Contact Debbie Trenholm – Festival organizer for the winery participation package on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or debbie@savvycompany.ca

Interested in sponsoring?

Corks & Forks is an ideal opportunity for businesses of all sizes to get involved at the ground floor of this new annual initiative that will be a GREAT addition to Kingston.

To explore how you can become a supportive sponsor, contact Debbie Trenholm – Festival organizer on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or debbie@savvycompany.ca

 

Be ready to be WOWed!

The dedicated team at Savvy Company is constantly designing & developing every detail of the Corks & Forks events.  To keep in touch with the latest news about this festival, email our festival team on cheers@savvycompany.ca.

Follow us on social media too:
Instagram @savvycompanyinc
Twitter @savvycompany
Facebook.com/SavvyCompany

 

Looking forward to seeing you in Kingston!

 

Special thanks to Neon Lilth Photography & Vancouver International Wine Festival for the photos in this post.

 

 

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