The Festival of Wines is returning to the Charlottetown Eastlink Centre with two nights of Grand Tastings on May 26 and 27. This year there are more than 260 wines featured at the Grand Tastings from around the world and eight food sample stations throughout the event with cheese samples by Cows Creamery, Glasgow Glen Farms and Oldfield's Dairy; Ganong chocolates, Papa John's Pizza, Shiny Sea oysters, Prince Edward Island Charcuterie and Lucky Fox Snack Co.
Friday's Grand Tasting is presented by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino. Chef Andrew Smith has prepared four dishes that pair with the new and limited quantity wines. Best of Sea is presenting the Saturday Grand Tasting and Chef Tyler Gallant with Gallant's Shellfish & Seafood will be featuring shellfish dishes that pair with wine.
The Festival of Wines is offering a complimentary shuttle service that will stop at the Hotel on Pownal, Hunter's Corner, Great George Hotel, Olde Dublin Pub and Peake's Quay. Attendees are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and take the shuttle, book a hotel package at one of the official hotels or pick up a City Taxi coupon at the PEI Liquor booth during the event. Hotel packages are available at the Hotel on Pownal and Great George Hotel.
The Festival of Wines presents the Winemaker's Dinners Series with a selection of five food and wine dinners that take place leading up to the Festival of Wines event. The week kicks off with the Scheid Winemaker's Dinner at Peake's Quay on May 24. On May 25, Claddagh Oyster House will host the Oyster Bay Winemaker's Dinner. Sim's Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar's chef Kyle Panton has created a five course meal paired with Chateau Ste Michelle Wines. Also on May 25, Open Eats in Summerside has prepared a Winemaker's Dinner with Scheid Wines. Capping off the week of wining and dining is Wine & Dine ~ An Evening At Red Shores on May 26. Fill up on the buffet themed dinner at Top of the Park and then head over to the Friday Grand Tasting. For added savings, all Winemaker's Dinners can be purchased as a package that includes the dinner and a Festival of Wines Grand Tasting ticket. Menus and pricing available at peiwinefest.com/dinners. Reservations must be made by calling the restaurant directly.
Tickets available at peiwinefest.com, 902-629-6625, or during regular box office hours at the Charlottetown Eastlink Centre.
The PEI Liquor on site wine boutique will open at the Eastlink Centre from 3:00–10:30 pm on May 26 and 27. Exclusive wines will be available for purchase at the on-site boutique and special offers are in effect throughout the weekend. Festival tickets are not required to come in and shop.
The Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission reminds you to please drink responsibly. This is a 19+ event.