Calling all wannabe sommeliers, Maîtres Fromager and food critics alike, this upcoming event will be calling your taste buds! Produced by Joan Culliton, the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival is back and better than ever this year for its 31st annual event. Featuring a 5,500 sq ft Cheese Vault, a traditional stomping of the grapes and a Tasting Floor presenting five-star wine samplings, the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival is promising a taste that the city of Ottawa has never experienced before. Taking place at the EY Centre from Friday, November 4th until Sunday, November 6th, individuals will be able to immerse themselves in the culture of food and wine in a fun and interactive way.


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This 5,500 sq ft house-sized Cheese Vault will be stocked with twenty-four rare cheeses sampled from across many different countries. This station will be run by Canadian, Afrim Pristine. Pristine is recognized as the youngest “maître fromager” by the prestigious association, Guilde Internationale des Fromagers. Pristine has chosen what he believes to be some of the best cheeses in the world and hopes to impress the city with the different textures and flavours they will bring to the table. Not only is Pristine supplying the festival with cheese from his inventory worth over $1.5 million, he will also be available to answer any questions after this unique sampling.

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(Pictured above: Maître Fromager Afrim Pristine)

Some of the cheese that will be displayed are as follows:

  • A wheel of Caciotta made from a rare goat’s milk and infused with chestnut flavour. This wheel of cheese weighs in at six kilos and is worth $1,200.
  • The Senator (a speciality cheese created for Ottawa made from a cow’s milk that has been coated in beer twice a day since September).

Not only will this event be featuring a wide variety of cheeses, but it will also include interactive entertainment such as a 300 sq ft indoor beach, Prep School food classes, a Kitchen Soiree with Cordon Bleu trained chef Jason Peters, and an area devoted to traditional grape stomping! Get your taste buds ready for an experience of a lifetime!


(Due to alcohol tasting, this event is 19+. In saying this, the event will be an afternoon/evening filled with fun for individuals, friends and couples with a passion for food, wine, culture and community!)



This year there is a NEW VVV VIP All Access Pass. This includes arrive anytime – Come and Go to the event as you please and a one hour “Lockdown” in the Cheese vault which includes a private Q&A with Afrim Pristine. This pass also includes the Après after party. ($123)

Some other tickets for the festival include: Tasting Floor day pass ($25), Cheese Vault pass ($18), and the Tasting Alley pass including the Kitchen Soiree ($105).

For more information on purchasing tickets and to inquire about the different types of tickets sold to the upcoming festival taking place between Nov.  4 – 6, visit the official website of the Ottawa Wine & Food festival.

Banner Credits to the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival 2016 Facebook Page.