Announcing Corks & Forks – Kingston’s 2nd Annual International Wine Festival




Corks & Forks returns with a Spanish flare


KINGSTON, ON   January 31, 2020 – Wine lovers throughout Ontario are celebrating now that the date is set for Corks & Forks – Kingston’s 2nd Annual International Wine Festival. This weekend long wine festival will be held April 24th to 26th and will be a wine experience like no other in Ontario. Not only will the festival showcase Kingston’s hospitality and restaurant scene, the 2020 edition will also shine the spotlight wines of Spain.

“Spain is one of the world’s oldest wine regions and the popularity of its wines is rapidly growing in Canada”, Debbie Trenholm, President of Savvy Company and Founder of the festival. “Spain makes diverse styles of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry. Corks & Forks is the opportunity for consumers to try them with winemakers, agents and industry experts as their guides.”


Corks & Forks kicks off with the sound of corks popping off bottles of Cava (Spain’s signature sparkling wine) on Friday April 24th with Ole! Savour Spain – Spanish Wine 101 – a fun educational evening that treats Festival passholders to samples of Spanish wines & tapas foods.  During the daytime on Saturday and Sunday, themed seminars and panel tastings will be led by Canada’s top Sommeliers and wine experts. These educational experiences quickly sold out last year, so festival organizers have doubled the number in the schedule making even more opportunities for everyone – novices to Sommeliers – to learn about the world of wine.

The evening of Saturday April 25th will see the return of last year’s popular Discover the Wine World Tasting Hall featuring a variety of Spanish, International as well as Canadian wines.

The ever popular Lunch with the Experts and Winemaker’s Dinners will take place on Saturday and Sunday.  Ticket availability for these events will be announced on the website and social media in the upcoming weeks.

NEW FOOD & WINE EVENT: Best Bites of Kingston is a new event that will give ticketholders a taste of the culinary talent from the city’s top restaurants paired with a wine from the festival.  Ticketholders will vote on the People’s Choice wine & food pairing.

“The response from the inaugural Corks & Forks last year was incredible,” says Megan Knott, Executive Director of Tourism Kingston. “Kingston is a natural fit to host the wine world with our growing culinary scene plus its proximity to Canada’s fastest growing wine region – Prince Edward County.”

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront and the Residence Inn by Marriott Water’s Edge will be the hub hotels during the festival.  Special winemaker’s dinner events will take place at various restaurants throughout the city.

“With the expanded festival programming now running over 3 days, Kingston hotels have created attractive weekend packages for visitors to enjoy the festival and discover the city,” Krista LeClair, Executive Director of Kingston Accommodation Partners.

Corks & Forks is once again this year offering the hospitality sector an Industry Day with classes and seminars designed specifically for restaurant and hotel staff, food and wine media as well as people wanting to get into the food and wine business.  The day is devoted to professional development and education from certified experts and Master Sommeliers focused on improving wine service, trending wine regions, creating profitable wine list, importance of glassware and tastings of Prince Edward County, Niagara and Spain.

“There’s always delicious wines coming from Spain that are great value”, says Harry Hertscheg, Executive Director of the Vancouver International Wine Festival and certified Spanish Wine Educator.  Hertscheg was part of the inaugural Corks & Forks last year and is returning as a seminar leader this year. “Corks & Forks is a terrific opportunity for me to share my passion for Spanish wines along with the fascinating discoveries I’ve made while traveling through their many wine regions.”

Corks & Forks Festival Pass is $99 for two people and includes admission to both Friday and Saturday evening events.  New this year is the Festival Pass PLUS is $149 which includes all that the Festival Pass provides plus enrolment for a total of two seminars. Tickets to seminars are $40 and prices for other events will be announced when launched.

Passes and tickets are now on sale at

Wineries & Wine Agents who are interesting in being featured at this festival are invited to contact Savvy Company directly.


Follow the Corks & Forks Wine Festival on social media accounts:
Instagram: @CorksandForksWineFestival

Facebook: CorksandForksFestival

For all inquiries and to request Media Pass contact:

Shirley Roy
Media Relations
Savvy Company
613-SAVVYCO (728-8926)

About Savvy Company

Savvy Company is about creating memorable experiences with wine, craft cider and artisan cheese. Through its popular ‘of-the-month’ clubs, educational and fun Savvy Events, as well as custom private tastings, the Savvy Team of experienced sommeliers connects consumers to the dynamic people behind the products. The Savvy Team take pride in showcasing hard-to-find beverages and cheeses that are not available at retail.  Deepening the relationship between the people who make the product with the people who enjoy it is the essence of every activity that Savvy Company creates.

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