Ottawa Wine & Food Festival: All New Ingredients!

By on October 26, 2016

For a food lover, there exists but one perfect and harmonious marriage…that of wine and food.

From rich and savoury dishes to the lightest of cuisines, nothing compliments them better than wine. Guests at this year’s Ottawa Wine and Food Festival will have the opportunity to enjoy such experiences. To discover and learn about the world’s top leading wines and of course taste dishes that will take your senses on a stimulating affair!

November 4th to November 6th will mark the 31st anniversary of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.

This year’s theme ‘All New Ingredients’, is going to make headway in regards to how the organizers have distributed their focus. The focus on wine and food appears to be on par. Something that true food lovers have been waiting for, myself included.

Don’t get me wrong, we all enjoy tasting a new ‘unheard of’ vino or rosé; but now picture that wine accompanied with a heavenly piece of cheese or crudité that will outshine anything you have ever tasted before…Now that’s a real wine and food festival!

The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival (photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival).

Located at the EY Centre in collaboration with the newly built Infinity Convention Centre, the festival is going to exceed everyone’s expectations.

This year’s event literally has something for everyone – to cater to all wine and food aficionados.

Discover flavours you’ve never savoured and meet and learn from the makers and people behind them. – Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

The ‘All New Ingredients’ theme, brings with it new and exciting events and prime VIP access.

The festival is literally oozing the FUN motif! What could be more exciting than to literally stomp on some grapes at a wine festival?! Or to sample cheese from various countries in an actual cheese vault!

And the piece de résistance for us food lovers, the Tasting Alley hosted by the Infinity Centre.

Indulge in the both wine and food during the Tasting Alley at The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival (photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival).

The Tasting Alley is a unique experience where guests will have the opportunity to sample 75 curated wines from around the world during the two-hour tasting. Guests will not only imbibe, but will also satisfy their inner foodie by indulging in four gourmet tasting stations and savour hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Jason Peters.

Plus much much more….

Sample local and international wineries at The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival (photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival).

Tasting Floor Pass

When: Friday, November 4, 2016 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, November 5, 2016 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Sunday November 6, 2016 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Ticket cost: $25 (Except on Sunday it will be their anniversary cost of $19.85)  **Sampling Tickets Required

Friday VIP Tasting Floor Pass

When: Friday, November 4, 2016 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Ticket cost: $25 (Arrive anytime on Friday November 4th and get immediate VIP access to the main Tasting Floor).  **Sampling Tickets Required

Tasting Alley – VIP

When: Friday, November 4, 2016 6pm – 8pm
Saturday, November 5, 2016 6pm – 8pm.
Ticket cost: $105 (Includes: a Two-Hour Wine and Food Tasting at the Infinity Convention Centre, dedicated VIP Entrance, free parking and a 60-sec free shuttle to the Tasting Floor at the EY Centre).

Enjoy exquisite flavours during The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival (photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival).

**NEW – Arrive After Five

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Ticket cost: $49.95 (This premium event ticket allows you to arrive anytime after 5:30 on Saturday November 5, 2016 with VIP entry to the Tasting Floor – Immediate access. Admission to the all new Après- A Masterclass in FUN! 10:00pm -1:00am. RSVP required).  **Sampling Tickets Required

**NEW – VVV-VIP All Access Pass

When: Saturday November 5th, 2016 12:00pm – 1:00am
Ticket cost: $75 (New All Access Pass for Saturday! A total VIP experience, Arrive anytime, Come and Go as you please, “Lockdown” in the Cheese Vault 4:30pm to 5:30pm, sampling of beer, wine and cheese included, and stay for Après – A Masterclass in FUN!) **Sampling Tickets Required

Cheese Vault

Sample a variety of cheeses at the Cheese Vault during The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.

When: Friday, November 4, Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, 2016 (check here for times)
Ticket cost: $18, Tasting Floor Pass required.

Prep School

When: Friday, November 4, 2016 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 5, 2016 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ticket cost: FREE with Tasting Floor Pass (Learn from the pros! Prep School features leading Mixologists, Craft Beer Makers and Foodies who will show you how to prepare, pair and present! 15 free seminars with free samples. First come first serve. Free Samples!).

Local Food Emporium

When: Friday, November 4, Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, 2016
Ticket cost: Free with the Tasting Floor Pass, (While at the Festival, shop the Local Food Emporium. Salsas, chocolates, jams, sunflower oil, honey, chutney, sample and purchase specialty foods handmade in small batches by Artisan producers who will be onsite. Free Samples!).

Festival Hours:

Friday, November 4, 2016 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, November 5, 2016 12:00pm to 4:30pm, 5:30pm to 1:00am
Sunday, November 6, 2016 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Looking forward to seeing you at Ottawa’s hottest wine & food festival!

Cheers and bon appetit!

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