Read my article from OurWindsor.ca on the wineries that are participating in Explore the Shore 2011, including Oxley Winery, scheduled to open in 2011.
Rain or shine (and don’t worry about either, because there’s lots of shelter), this weekend (July 23 & 24) is Explore the Shore. Discover County Road 50 along Lake Erie’s north shore. From funky little businesses to farms and wineries and parks, there is so much to see from Malden Centre to the Arner Townline.
Many events are free or low-cost and it’s very family-friendly!
Klassen’s Blueberries opened to the public yesterday for Pick-Your-Own (PYO). Celia Klassen shared some freshly-picked blueberries at an event yesterday and they are huge and amazing. Stop in for PYO or ready-picked.
Join Colchester Ridge Estate Winery, Sunday August 7th 2011 for the 17th Annual SWOVA Vintage Tasting.
Upon arrival, all guests will receive a 6 bottle carrier bag and a complimentary tasting glass. The ticket price includes all tastings from a variety of local wineries and a bounty of food served by noted local chefs from Lakeside Bakery, Thai Palace, Tecumseh Roadhouse, Ducks on the Roof, and Mettawas Station.
Music will be provided by Just Jazz (3 piece ensemble) and a classical quartet. Wine experts, Konrad Ejbich and Michael Pinkus will be on site offering seminars. Advance ticket sales only, $55/person – wine seminars extra. Call now to purchase the hottest ticket in town!
To purchase tickets or for more information call: 519-738-9800
17th Annual SWOVA Vintage Tasting
August 7th 2011
Where: Colchester Ridge Estate Winery – 108 County Road 50 E, Harrow, Ontario N0R 1G0
On July 23 & 24, you can take a self-guided tour of County Road 50 and enjoy events and specials at 27 participating businesses. Explore the Shore is an annual event held by the partipating businesses with support from their municipalities and tourism.
There is a lot planned for the Explore the Shore weekend including:
- Kingston Brigantines Tall Ship St. Lawrence II will be docked in Kingsville harbour for the weekend (Saturday sailing tours available)
- Clubhouse Kidz Explore the Shore zone: splash pad grand opening, free drop-in programs with trained & certified counselors, fishing, treasure hunt
- Collecting for the Harrow Food Bank and other charities
- Demos like Tai Chi, chainsaw sculptures, and woodcarving
- Live music, farm and greenhouse tours, spa services
- Distribution of Shore Bucks on qualifying purchases
- Sampling of a variety of local food and wine tasting – this year’s theme!
Pick up your passport at participating businesses and enter to win a great getaway prize!
Start at Malden Centre or the Arner Townline or anywhere in between. On July 23 & 24 the Explore the Shore hours are 11am to 5pm, but some businesses are open earlier (harbour, golf course, etc.).
I’ll be sharing some stories provided by the participants over the next week…
Klassen Blueberries is owned and operated by Ted and Celia Klassen. We specialize in growing highbush blueberries, with 35 acres planted. The picking season is from mid-July through Labour Day. Three quarters of the crop is picked by the public. We pick the other quarter of the crop to sell already picked at our store on the farm.
The farm has been owned by the Klassen family since 1960 and open to the public since 1967. The on-farm store was opened in 1996. We are not a playground, but we welcome supervised children and hope they learn about nature and food production on an actual production farm.
Our sustainable methods mean Essex County residents and their guests will be enjoying the blueberry experience at Klassen’s far into the future.
Klassen Blueberries is stop # 24 for Explore the Shore 2011 and can be found at 954 County Road 50 East.
From the Windsor Star:
Mastronardi Estate Winery opens new wine garden: Enjoy wine, tour the vineyards and cool off in the shade in tents set up in the new wine garden area. Live entertainment by duet Dawn Cott and Elvis Gori. Sample wines paired with an assortment of tapas prepared fresh on site by Chef Aaron Moon for only $15. From noon to 5 p.m. both days; for more information contact Mastronardi Estate, 1193 Road 3 E., Kingsville, call 519-733-9463.
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New winery will be family friendly:
The Chatham Kent Farm Safety Association & Progressive Agriculture are hosting the 20th annual Farm Safety Day for Kids. It will be held on Wednesday, July 20th from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, Ridgetown. This event is geared to children aged 6 – 12. Registration is $5.00 which includes lunch, tee shirt and an educational day.
Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is July 13th. Registration forms are available at the Chatham-Kent Libraries, Municipal Service Centres or by calling the Kent Federation of Agriculture at 519-674-1500 ext 63595.