This past weekend saw the second incarnation of #IndulgePEC, a social media event that took place throughout Prince Edward County. Once again, the driving force behind this event was John Squair (twitter: @JohnAtSandbanks). This year he was joined by Jeremiah MacKenzie (@JJMacKen), the CEO of Taste The County (@TasteTheCounty). Together they arranged a fantastic weekend that showcased the best of what The County had to offer…
A group of us converged on Angeline’s Inn (@AngelinesBlmfld) in Bloomfield. Those of us who had been a part of the first edition of #IndulgePEC caught up with each other and introduced ourselves to the newer participants. We were all greeted by the Inn’s proprietor Alex Fida (@AlexFida) and were shown to our rooms.
(Huff Estates Sparkling Rose; Kari and me in our room at Angeline’s; The Hubb Cocktail Bar)
Our group then made our way down the street to Agrarian Cheese Market and Speakeasy (@Agrarian_PEC) where we were served lunch and wine.
(Grilled cheese and maple-smoked bacon sandwich; maple tart)
As well as cheese, Agrarian also sells products from Humble Bread (@HumbleBread) and Seed To Sausage (@SeedToSausage).
(Keint-He Chardonnay; loaves from Humble Bread; products from Seed To Sausage)
After lunch we were all loaded into a van from Sandbanks Vacations Wine Tours (@SBVinPEC) and transported to the Indigo Yoga Centre (@IndigoYogaPEC) in Rosehall.
(Wines from Sandbanks Estate Winery)
Inside the studio we were greeted by winemakers from five of the finest wineries in Prince Edward County - Sandbanks Estate Winery (@SandbanksWinery), Rosehall Run Vineyards (@Rosehall_Run), Karlo Estates Winery (@KarloEstates), Norman Hardie Winery and Vineyard (@NormHardie) and Lighthall Vineyards (@LighthallVnyrd). Needless to say, the wine was soon flowing…
(Red wines from Karlo Estates)
(Dan Sullivan and some of his award-winning wines)
(More Humble Bread and Seed To Sausage products; Pinot Noir from Lighthall Vineyards)
(County Pinot Noir from Norman Hardie Winery)
After a few hours of chatting with the winemakers and drinking their wares, we were then taken back into Wellington to meet three local artists. Although Kari and I had to be cutting our Saturday #IndulgePEC activities short, we did get a chance to witness a glass-blowing demonstration at Armstrong Glassworks.
(Mark Armstrong works the furnace; glass strawberries and pears)
(A portion of a glass bowl; multi-coloured glasses)
At this point we had to take our leave of the group while they visited more artists before heading out to dinner at Pomodoro (@PomodoroPEC). We met up with the group again back at The Hubb at Angeline’s for a nightcap of Rosehall Run Pinot. However, it had been a long and eventful day and most of us were quickly ready to call it a night.
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The next morning we awoke to the smell of fresh croissants and donuts, so we eventually made our way downstairs to find them (as well as some much-needed coffee and juice). Before long we were boarding the Sandbanks Vacation bus and heading toward Waupoos Estates Winery (@WaupoosWine) for a pancake breakfast and winery tour. We were also treated to tours of their “sugar shack”, petting zoo and the original estate home.
(Boxes; snow in the vineyard; Waupoos means “rabbit”)
(Jeremiah’s Maple In The County touque; fresh maple syrup)
After the winery tour, we were given a chance to sample some Waupoos wines - including their new Maple Icewine - before boarding the bus and heading back to Bloomfield and The Carriage House (@CarriageHse).
Here we were treated to some sparkling wine (Progression Sparkling Vidal from Lighthall Vineyards) and a light lunch.
(Sandbanks Estate Winery’s French Kiss; arugula and cremini mushroom salad from The Bloomfield Carriage House)
We were also invited to visit The Marshmallow Room Bakery before heading to our next stop.
(Teas; cheese; mill; jams)
Our final stop saw us heading to the local Prince Edward County distillery, 66 Gilead Distillery (@66Gilead) for a tour and tasting. Coincidentally, this was where Kari and I had spent the previous evening, enjoying cocktails during a Prohibition-themed event put on by our Slow Food chapter (@SlowFoodPEC).
(The 66 Gilead logo outside the distillery; the copper still; Loyalist Gin; the spirit flows)
(Heads or Tails - definitely do NOT guess incorrectly…)
Also on the 66 Gilead property can be found The Carriage House Cooperage, one of only two cooperages to be found in Canada.
(Tools of the cooper’s trade; outside the cooperage; Pete discusses his work)
Pete provides his custom-made barrels - produced from local wood - to County wineries, cider-makers and more. He also uses his own barrels to age his own Cooper’s Choice Red Wine Vinegar…
(Red wine vinegar)
After visiting the distillery and the cooperage, our #IndulgePEC weekend was done. We boarded the bus back to Bloomfield and Angelines. Here we all said our goodbyes. Some of us offered suggestions to John and Jeremiah for what we might like to see next year. Without a doubt, a third edition needs to happen - there is just so much more that The County has to offer.
(Signs of The County)
So, to everyone who participated and to everyone who followed along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram I will just say… until next year…