It was a great weekend at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival. This year was even extra special as they were celebrating their 30th anniversary. They marked another successful year for the festival with so many interesting vendors to visit and a great turn out from guests.

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Everyone was dressed to impress as they walked the red carpet into the festival. Once people received their tasting glass, everyone made their way to the photo wall to have their photo taken.  Next stop was the tasting floor. There were over 1400 samples to choose from that  offered some amazing wines, beers, spirits and food. There were vendors from all over the world allowing you to try Spanish Wine, California Zinfandel, Greek Cocktails, American Whiskey, Thai food, and so much more.

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Cellar 82 caught my eye right away with their unique Vino Truck. I thought they had the best set up at the festival.

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I headed there first to try some prosecco.

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The Ottawa Wine & Food show is the perfect opportunity to try something new, and a place to find your new favourite drink. I absolutely loved the Skinos Med cocktail by EVOO Greek. It consists of skinos, simple syrup, soda, lemon and fresh basil leaves. It’s a light and refreshing cocktail.

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They had a cool set up with awesome cocktails and food! Their gyro’s were amazing. Their booth was very social as everyone crowded around with their cocktails chatting and listening to the music they had playing.

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It was a full house with people moving from vendor to vendor running into familiar faces and making new friends on the way.

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It was great speaking to the different vendors and learning a little more about their products, and expanding my beverage knowledge. They were all very helpful in determining which samples I would like best based on my personal preferences. Of course I had to go back for a few favourites.

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Next Stop was Jack’s Tonique. It was hard to miss them with their vibrant sign.

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Cocktail enthusiasts fell in love with their honey-sweetened tonic. It also included fresh lemongrass, sweet organic Sicilian lemon juice, spicy ginger, and a touch of lavender. It was a refreshing cocktail and a creative take on the regular gin and tonic. This cocktail featured their authentic tonic mix and Dillon’s Gin.

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I ended the night with some ice wine. This dessert wine was sweet but not over powering.

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It was another great year at the Ottawa Wine and Food show. It’s so much fun moving from booth to booth with your friends and trying new drinks and food. It’s wonderful that this event is able to host so much under one roof. I can’t wait for next year.

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