From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, to delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!
This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.
The 2018 festival is made up of over 20 events and specials, including complimentary tastings, prix fixe dinners & specials, talks & demos, and the Expo – all in local Riverside venues along Queen St East from Davies to just past De Grassi St. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the festival’s prix fixe events and specials:
Prix Fixe Dinners
~Ontario Wine Pairing Dinner @ Tabule Middle Eastern ($85 pp + tax & grat, Reserve via bookenda.com)~
Wednesday, April 4, 7:00pm at Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine, 800 Queen Street E. Cost: $85 pp.+ tax & grat. Enjoy a 5-course dinner (see MENU) of sumptuous Middle Eastern cuisine paired with Ontario wines at Tabule Middle Eastern, among the city’s finest Middle Eastern eateries! For Reservations please book on Bookenda.com
~‘Ontario Wine with An Italian Flair’ Pairing Dinner @ Il Ponte ($85 pp + tax & grat, Contact Il Ponte to Reserve)~
Wednesday, April 4, 6:30pm at Il Ponte, 625 Queen Street E. Cost: $85 pp.+ tax & grat. Enjoy a 5 course Ontario wine pairing dinner featuring Stoney Ridge’s special ‘Tragically Hip’ wines and Vineland Estates wines. For Reservations please call ahead at 416.778.0404 or reserve at email@example.com
~‘East + West + Wine + Wood’ Pairing Dinner @ The Peasant Table ($110 pp incl grat + tax – Tickets via tofoodtours.com)~
Wednesday, April 4, 7pm at The Peasant Table, 782 Queen Street E. Cost: $110 pp. includes grat + tax. Experience an epic ‘East + West + Wine + Wood’ dinner with culinary partners: Chef and Owner Boris of The Peasant Table and Chef Scott of Toronto Food Tours. You will be treated to a five course dinner featuring menu items cooked over hardwood in the wood-fired oven. It is paired with three wines from the Niagara (west) wine region and three wines from Prince Edward County (east) wine region. The two wine makers will be on hand to talk about their wines. For Reservations please purchase tickets via https://www.tofoodtours.com/eastwestwinewood
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 is flight night in Riverside! Enjoy specially priced wine and/or beer flights at participating bars and restaurants along Queen Street East.
~Ontario Beer Flight @ Prohibition Gastrohouse~
Wednesday, April 4th, All Day at Prohibition Gastrohouse, 696 Queen St E. As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, enjoy an amazing flight of five Ontario beers (5 oz each), all for just $12.39 + tax!
~Sparkling Ontario Wine Flight @ Chez Nous~
Wednesday, April 4th, 5pm to 2am at Chez Nous Wine Bar, 798 Queen St E. As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, Celebrate with a flight of four Ontario sparkling wines (3 oz each) for $25 plus HST.
~Craft Beer Flights Paired with Ontario Cheeses @ I’ll Be Seeing You + Wine Wednesday Specials~
Wednesday, April 4th, Evening at I’ll be Seeing You Bar, 747 Queen St E. As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, enjoy craft beer flights paired with Ontario cheeses at I’ll Be Seeing You Bar! Plus enjoy their weekly Wine Wednesday special of $25 Ontario wine bottles and $6 glasses (Cab Sauv & Pinot Grigio).
~Left Field Brewery Flights @ La Carnita~
Wednesday, April 4th, Evening at La Carnita, 780 Queen St E. As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, visit La Carnita for craft beer flights from Left Field Brewery!
Other Prix Fixe Specials
~PRIX FIXE Cheese Board & 12oz Beer ($15) @ Saulter St Brewery~
Tuesday, April 3rd, 12pm-9pm at Saulter Street Brewery, 1-31 Saulter Street (just steps south of Queen St E). Come by Riverside’s Saulter Street Brewery for a perfect pairing of cheese and beer, for just $15!
~PRIX FIXE Ontario Wine Tastings with Winery Reps @ Chez Nous Wine Bar~
Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th, 5:00pm-8:00pm at Chez Nous Wine Bar, 798 Queen St E. Meet and greet with winery reps and taste a variety of excellent Ontario wines during Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest! Chez Nous’ tasting schedule includes: Tuesday, April 3 – Trail Estate (PEC), Wednesday, April 4 – Reif Estates (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Thursday, April 5 – Malivoire (Beamsville), and Friday, April 6 – Big Head Wines (Niagara-on-the-Lake).
Check out the full, jam-packed line up of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest events and specials, and remember to let us know you’re coming!