The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival returns for its 32nd year in the first weekend of November at the EY Centre. Every year, the lead producer of the festival, Joan Culliton, and her team amplify the offerings of the festival by creating a space to celebrate food, wine and socialize with the rest of the foodies in Canada’s Capital. In fact, the presentations from last year have been heightened for this year’s upcoming festival with the additions of newbies like Carnivore and Choco-chic.
Chefs, makers, brewers and bakers will be given a platform to present their eclectic creations to a room filled with ravenous people, wannabe sommeliers and food critics in hopes of enrapturing their taste buds.
Although Carnivore and Choco-chic are the new kids on the block this year, they are already promising to offer an amplified experience to what the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival vets are used to. Carnivore will be a curated charcuterie experience presented by Michael McKenzie, founder of Seed to Sausage. At this station, Michael will offer his company’s captivating story that’ll entail the conception of Seed to Sausage from his love of creating and curing safe and delicious foods. But showing and sharing are better than telling, so Michael will also offer these artisanal cured meats by his company to a room full of no-doubt curious meat connoisseurs.
On the other end is Choco-chic, the festival’s “ultimate chocolate experience”. It’ll be presented by local chocolate maker, Rochef Chocolatier. This chocolate station at the festival will feature a 6 ft chocolate fountain, a truffle bar, 3 variations of fondue, and an assortment of barks. It’ll aim to create a haven for any sweet tooth.
Other returning food attractions – let’s call them that – at the festival will include last year’s famous cheese vault to be presented again by Maître Fromager, Afrim Pristine, eight international wine makers who own wineries in places like Austria, Napa Valley, Italy and Greece. In addition, the tasting floor will also include craft distillers, an urban makers market and a donut wall.
There are different tiers of ticket prices to accommodate for the 3 day festival. For more information about tickets, visit the website of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.