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

Posted by Debbie

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020



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.

Visit or follow on social media channels:

Instagram: @savvycompanyinc
Facebook: @SavvyCompany


Kingston’s new event: Corks & Forks

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, February 7th, 2019



Kingston’s 2nd annual International Wine Festival

A wine experience like no other in Ontario! 

We invite everyone who enjoys wine to spend the weekend in Kingston to discover the world of wine and learn from talented winemakers & wine industry notables.

Corks & Forks promises to be jam-packed with wine & food events, tastings led by experts and seminars hosted by some of the country’s top Sommeliers, wine writers and pros.

Festival Passes & Tickets
now on sale >>



Ole! Shining the spotlight on Spain…

New this year, you can travel across Spain’s wine regions without leaving Kingston.  Kick off the festival on Friday night at the Grand Opening – Ole! Savour Spain – Spanish Wine 101.  While celebrating with a glass of Cava sparkling wine, learn from a panel of experts while you sample Spanish wine, tapas & music too.  Continue discovering more about Spain and the world of wine on Saturday & Sunday with interesting, seminars & tasting panels.

Discover more about Spain and the world of wine on Saturday & Sunday with interesting, seminars & tasting panels.

In addition to new seminars on Spanish Food and Wine Pairings, Natural Wines and even Japanese Sake; some of our most popular seminars from last year are back – including Sparkling Wines of the World, our Cheese Extravaganza, & Discover the Difference in a Wine Glass.  Homework never tasted this good!


Evenings will Sparkle!

In addition to Ole! Savour Spain grand opening,  Saturday evening will be the ever popular Discover the Wine World International Tasting Hall, featuring wines from around the world served by winemakers & importing agents as well as top notch wines from Niagara & Prince Edward County.

PLUS there will be themed dinners at various restaurants throughout the city.  It’s a great way to explore Kingston at night.


NEW: Best Bites of Kingston

The grand finale event on Sunday afternoon is new to the festival line-up: Best Bites of Kingston – featuring top talent from Kingston’s finest restaurants, creating appetizers right before your eyes.  Enjoy wines from around the world along with those gourmet goodies.


Lunch with Experts & Winemaker Dinners

Hosted at restaurants throughout the city, enjoy a multi-course meal paired with wines selected by wine industry experts or a featured winemaker.  During these delicious meals you will learn the backstory about the wine region, wine styles & food pairings.

Seating is limited  at these popular events– act fast!

These special dining events are currently being finalized. To be the first to know when tickets go on sale, email


Where will all the events take place?

Throughout the city of Kingston! The main hubs for the festival will be the Delta Hotel Kingston Waterfront & the Residence Inn by Marriott Waterfront with satellite events at restaurants throughout the city.

At any time you need help navigating, call the Savvy Team on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us on



* Festival Pass & Ticket Prices *

Over 30 wine & food events to enjoy during 3 days – where do you start? 


Festival Pass: $99 – for 2 people

The best value for the weekend.  Provides TWO people (you read that right) entry to the festival kick-off event on Friday night – Ole! Savour Spain – Spanish Wine 101 ‘ class’ and  Saturday evening admission for 2 people to Discover the Wine World (no extra tickets needed..all samples included!).  Perfect for a date night or spending time with friends.


NEW: Festival Pass PLUS: $149 – for 2 people

Make the weekend even more delicious with this extra special pass which includes admission for 2 to:

> Ole! Savour Spain – Spanish Wine 101 ‘class’ on Friday evening,

> Discover the Wine World on Saturday evening

> PLUS 2 seminars (1 per person) on either Saturday or Sunday during the day – you pick!


Seminars & Tasting Panels: $40 each

Think that wine & food school is cool?  The weekend offers 20+ seminars to learn from top Sommeliers in Canada, winemakers, agents, wine writers & industry pros – all who KNOW wine & have neat stories to share with you.  Fill your Saturday & Sunday learning from them.

Buy your Festival Pass & spot in a seminar >>



More festival events will be announced – soon!

This is just the beginning with more events being finalized as the festival grows.

Keep coming back to see what new events have been added to the weekend’s itinerary or keep tabs by following the news on the festival’s Instagram & Facebook.

As well, you can call us anytime at  613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or e-mail to be notified when new events are announced & tickets go on sale.




Festival Passes & Tickets are ONLY available in advance at
Admission at the door will NOT be available.


Book a getaway – stay in Kingston

Corks & Forks has so much that you’ll want to take it all in AND you’ll also want some time to explore this vibrant city.  Enjoy the weekend to its fullest by staying at Kingston’s hotels with the special festival packages and room rates. It is the best way to enjoy the festival AND the city.



At any time you need help navigating, call the hosts from Savvy Company on 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or email us on



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

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Special thanks to Neon Lilth PhotographyTourism Kingston for the photos in this post.