Corks and Forks International Wine Festival comes to Kingston

Sip, taste, take notes, compare, and enjoy some food and wine pairings when Corks & Forks International Wine Festival comes to Kingston from Friday, Apr. 12 to Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019. Submitted photo.


In a few short weeks, Kingston will be buzzing with wine enthusiasts, from novice to sommelier. I am incredibly excited to check out some of the events during the Corks & Forks Festival coming up April 12-14, 2019. A wine festival is just what this craft beer town needs for those of us who don’t like beer.

 “An International Wine Festival for Kingston! Bring it on. Kingstonians deserve to be able to sample the wines of the world on their own doorstep.” – Tony Aspler, wine author & radio host

This weekend-long wine festival will take place in various locations around Kingston, including Chez Piggy, Bayview Farm, and waterfront hotels. Some details are being finalized, but the weekend promises to be fun and educational, for tradespeople and casual wine lovers alike.

If you are looking for a staycation, or inviting friends from out of town, there are some great hotel packages available.

“The support has been tremendous. We have been inviting wineries – local, across Canada and internationally – to join us in Kingston and put the city on the wine map,” said Debbie Trenholm, festival organizer & founder of Savvy Company.

The festival begins Friday, Apr. 12 with Trade Day – a day exclusively for those in the restaurant and hospitality sectors. Some features of the day will be a wine glass “class”, wine and food pairing classes, and some wine tasting opportunities. Tickets can be purchased for Trade Day here.

Submitted images.

Saturday will see more “classes” held for all consumers and interested wine enthusiasts. There will be tasting panels for sparkling and rose wines, wine and cheese pairing, and a tasting tour around the world.

Both Friday and Saturday evenings, the Residence Inn by Marriott will host a ‘Discover the Wine World’ tasting event. Wine fans can meet winemakers, and sample new and classic vintages from their wineries.

Sunday wraps the festival with the Vintner’s Brunch. Each dish will be paired with a wine showcased at the festival. Diners will vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ for the best food and wine pairing.

A full list of classes and events can be found at the Corks & Forks schedule.

Submitted photo from past Corks & Forks event.

Many Ontario wineries have signed on to share their flavours and expertise. Pairing with local restaurants and chefs, this festival will be showcasing many culinary combinations.

“We’re excited to work with Savvy Company on the Corks & Forks festival to showcase Kingston’s culinary culture and hospitality industry,” said Megan Knott, Executive Director, Tourism Kingston.

Learn more about the Corks & Forks Festival and purchase tickets here. With so much to choose from, the hardest part will be narrowing down the choices!

Will you be taking in some events? What sparks your interest? I will be taking in some classes or tastings, and sharing my experiences (and my photos!) on my blog (A Modern Mom’s Life) after the festival is complete. Make sure to get on my email list so you don’t miss my recap!

Submitted image.

What is Savvy Company?

Savvy Company is about creating memorable experiences with wine, craft beer, cider and artisan cheese. The Savvy Team take pride in showcasing hard-to-find beverages and cheeses that are not available at retail. Their experienced sommeliers connect consumers to the dynamic people behind the products. Deepening the relationship between the people who make the product with the people who enjoy it is the essence of every activity that Savvy Company creates.


Jessica is a busy working mom who enjoys writing, editing, and photography. She loves raising her family here in Kingston and tries hard to enjoy all Kingston has to offer.  You can find more of her writing on her blog A Modern Mom’s Life, and see what she gets up to with her family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


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