Weather Update – No cancellation!

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Although the weather didn’t look promising this morning, it looks like it will be clearing up!

We are officially a GO for today!

If the weather in your area is not great, please let us know and we’d be happy to switch your tickets to Sunday.

Vendor Profile: Jeffrey Van Horne from Lot Six

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With 8 years under his belt in the hospitality industry and numerous local and national awards Jeffrey Van Horne works tirelessly every day to offer the highest quality service and experience to his guest. Each day behind the bar is one where he is striving to elevate his craft as well as his team behind the bar.
Their ultimate goal is to offer a warm comfortable experience filled with beautifully crafted cocktails, award winning wines and lots of laughs.

After a trip to New York City six years ago Jeff fell in love with classic cocktails and the millions of intricate details that sets apart a good cocktail from a cocktail that evokes a spirituous journey back in time. Since then he has been passing on his knowledge and passion to bartenders and industry professionals alike. Most recently he has helped build the bar program at new opened Lot Six and Field Guide after leaving the bar manager position at The Bicycle Thief.

Jeffrey is proud to call Dartmouth Nova Scotia his home and is devoted to elevating the beverage community in this province by showcasing all of our great locally produced products. Please join him on February 27 & March 5 at the Nova Scotia Ice Wine Festival where he will be creating a variety of cocktails to help you enjoy the last couple winter weekends of the year!

Tickets quickly selling out!

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If you’re hoping to make it to a specific date of the two-weekend Festival, make sure to book early to avoid disappointment! We’ll be posting any sell-outs here and on Facebook… and you’ll be hearing from us soon!

Press Release: 2016 Icewine Festival

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Winter in Nova Scotia Wine Country
Annual Icewine Festival Returns for the 9th consecutive year!

Grand Pré, N.S. – The Nova Scotia Icewine Festival is coming up on its 9th year. The festival will be held at Domaine de Grand Pré, over two weekends, from February 27 – March 6, 2016. The Icewine Festival began in 2007 as a celebration of Nova Scotia’s internationally award-winning icewines but has evolved in recent years to encompass all of the local wines being produced. Nine years later, the festival returns with the new format adopted two years ago that proved a huge success. All events are to take place at Domaine de Grand Pré.  Participating wineries include Gaspereau Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery, Planters Ridge Winery, Luckett Vineyards, L’Acadie Vineyards, Sainte Famille Wines and Domaine de Grand Pré.

“The Icewine Festival is not just about Icewines – it’s to celebrate all Nova Scotia wine. We wanted to keep the idea of experiencing winter in Nova Scotia wine country and that’s why we call it the Icewine Festival,” says Beatrice Stutz, Restaurant Manager at Le Caveau, and one of the key organizers of the event.  “Sure there will be Icewine to sample but we want people to know that they can enjoy sparkling, white, red and other dessert wines too.”

The $30 (HST incl.) ticket price includes a tasting glass and 12 tokens to redeem for wine tastings and/or food pairings. Besides enjoying wine and food, there are more activities such as a Ghost Walk, Cocktail demonstration from the talented bartenders at Lot Six, hot cider from Bulwark, snowshoe hikes, a pig roast, grapevine craft making, and more!  Le Caveau will also be hosting a special multi-course dinner onFriday, January 26 and Friday, March 4.

Tickets for the Icewine Festival can be purchased online at www.nsicewinefest.com

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About the organizers

Domaine de Grand Pré is a family owned winery and restaurant, where wine and food is their passion and quality is their philosophy.
www.grandprewines.ns.ca

Luckett Vineyards, known for their iconic phone booth, crush pad bistro and impeccable wines have a selection that is truly worth phoning home about.
www.luckettvineyards.com

Sainte Famille Wines – Vintners of premium Nova Scotia wines since 1989.
www.st-famille.com

Blomidon Estate Winery is a boutique winery nestled on the shore of the Minas Basin, near Canning. They produce 100% Nova Scotia grown grapes and wines.
www.blomidonwine.ca

L’Acadie Vineyards is a small family certified organic winery and award winning producer of premium traditional method sparkling wine in Nova Scotia.
www.lacadievineyards.ca

Planters Ridge Winery is an artisanal winery located in Port Williams Nova Scotia.
www.plantersridge.ca

Gaspereau Vineyards, a premium boutique winery, operated by Devonian Coast Wineries Ltd. & located in the Gaspereau Valley.
www.gaspereauwine.com

About Icewine

Icewine is made from frozen grapes. Usually harvested at night, when the temperature hits between -8 °C and -10 °C, the grapes are pressed while frozen and only the juice is used in fermentation. For grape growers, Icewine grapes can be a challenge, but Nova Scotia provides ideal temperatures for growing. The province produces Icewines that consistently win national and international awards.

For more information please contact:
Cacilia Stutz
Domaine de Grand Pré
1611 Highway No 1, Grand Pré, NS, B0P 1M0
(902) 542-1753
cilia@grandprewines.ns.ca

Food at the Festival

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This just in…

Besides all of your favourite wines and wineries, of course, we’re happy to announce a few of the chefs and restaurants that will be joining us for the Icewine Festival.

Chef Jason Lynch (from Le Caveau) will be creating a pairing for Grand Pré Wines and Saint Famille Winery.

L’Acadie Vineyards will be pairing up, once again, with the ever-popular Sober Island Oysters, for a fantastic sparkling wine pairing!

Richard Harmes, chef at Luckett Vineyards, will be at the Festival with Luckett Vineyards.

Gourmandaises Avenue will be pairing chocolate with Planters Ridge Winery!

And lastly, chef Kerina Dykstra (from Let’s Eat) will be partnering with both Blomidon Estate Winery and Gaspereau Vineyards.

There’s always a variety of new and exciting selections from these restaurants, chefs, and producers, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll create for you!

As always, more updates will be coming soon!

What’s new for 2016?

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This year, we’re happy to announce many different changes to the Icewine Festival! If you have visited in the past, we have many of your favourite wineries returning, including Gaspereau Vineyards, L’Acadie Vineyards, Domaine de Grand Pré Winery, Luckett Vineyards, Blomidon Estate Winery, and Planters Ridge. 

We’re also happy to bring back many of the local food offerings we have had in past years, including the pig roast, pairings with the wineries, and more. We’re also bringing back winemaker snowshoeing, and grapevine wreath-making too!

Lot Six Bar & Restaurant will be joining us this year, on Saturdays, for live Icewine Cocktail demonstrations, and you’ll be seeing Bulwark Cider in attendance as well for all four events, pouring hot cider, and some of their other products.

Another big addition to this year are the popular Valley Ghostwalks, available both Saturdays. Gravekeeper Mickey will take you for a tour of the Grand Pré grounds, orating the intriguing local stories and histories of the area. Nova Scotia wine is available for this walk as well. You can purchase the tickets separately at shop.nsicewinefest.com!