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There’s going to be a cocktail vibe at the Orléans Cork & Fork Festival—11.08.19 and 11.09.19

By Colin Noden on October 25, 2019

The team at Orléans Festivals are breaking out the white linen for their newest festival. The Orléans Cork & Fork festival is building on the sell-out success they’ve had with their craft beer festivals. Now that the chill is in the air they’re moving indoors. They’re taking over the whole Shenkman Centre on Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9.

There’ll be 18 drink vendors, 4 food suppliers, 5 musical performances, and 9 unique experiences offered over the weekend.

Two levels and two theatres will give people a chance to mingle in comfort and experience some quality music with the mood making tracks of DJ Emily Jones and local good time favourites The Dueling Pianos on Friday. Then Saturday has a wine swirling music lineup with DJ Acie, Kimberly Sunstrum and Kristine St-Pierre .

Photo: La Trappe À Fromage

Speaking of swirling wine. Three Ontario wine regions will be represented, including two Orléans wineries which were features in our “Forbidden Wineries” article. La Trappe À Fromage from across the river is promising to bring some interesting cheese samples to go with the wine.

This is also the chance to try some unusual sounding drinks, such as the locally made and environment saving, Vodkow milk vodka which was featured in a recent article. Or, how about Black Fly booze? Unfortunately, it seems that no blackflies were harmed in the making of the products. But the name, commitment to quality, and the reduced sweetness are truly Canadian. Burst Cider Co. continues the unusual theme with their low calorie, gluten free, apple and berry creations. Soul Stone’s sushi offerings would go well with these unique experiences.

Orléans Brewing Co. Photo: Colin Noden

Beer drinkers may not know that Orléans has two new brewery facilities. Broadhead Brewing Company is just a few blocks up the road from the Shenkman Centre and Orléans Brewing Co. is hidden at the back of a building beside the McDonalds on Innes & 10th. They will be at the Cork & Fork along with other local breweries. And of course, beer and Meatings Barbecue foods have a long history of being friends. And be sure to stop by the Occo Kitchen table to taste the food that got them an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives show.

Photo: Café Latte Cino

Café Latte Cino will be there to round out the offerings. Their desserts will add an indulgent aspect. And, may be the perfect accompaniment to North of 7’s spirits.

You can customize your experience with a variety of premium experiences. Refine your palate with education on appropriate glass or food choices with guest experts. The Added Experience passes are limited, and some are close to selling out. So, check on the availability ASAP and book online.


The Orléans Cork & Fork Festival is on November 8 and 9, 2019 at the Shenkman Arts Centre (245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa). Tickets for general admission and special events are available on the website from $20.