Post by Saema Nasir
This year the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival is being held at a new, non-downtown location. Running from November 4–6 the popular event will be at the EY Centre on Uplands Drive. While the new location will be more convenient for some (those with cars) and a hassle for others (those who rely on public transport) there is no doubt that what is planned for this year’s event is set to impress.
Attendees can marvel at a cheese vault created by Afrim Pristine, one of the youngest maître fromagers around, which promises to feature some of “the world’s best cheeses,” according to Pristine.
Beyond immersion in the world of cheese, visitors will be presented with interactive experiences revolving around wine and drinks. For example, attendees can stomp grapes, enjoy an indoor beach or try out a Prep School, where one can learn how to create and properly plate their dishes.
A surprising addition to the event this year is a focus on mocktails (alcohol-free beverages), making the show more inclusive to those who prefer not to drink.
The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival takes place November 4–6 at the EY Centre (4899 Uplands Drive). Tickets, passes, and VIP packages are available at www.ottawawineandfoodfestival.com for $25–123.