Fall is a great time to visit the County! The leaves are changing, the crowds have started to dwindle a bit, and harvest season is upon us. While fall is the perfect time to get prime seating at the tasting bar while visiting different wineries and to see if any of the breweries are sampling with pumpkin flavours in their beer, we also recommend checking out some of the festivals and events happening around the County during the season. Here are The June’s Top 5 Picks for Fall Festivals.
Homegrown County Craft Brewing Festival
With craft breweries popping up throughout The County, it seems fitting to host a festival celebrating all things beer. The County’s first Homegrown Festival will take place at The Crystal Palace in Picton on Saturday, October 21st from 11:00-7:00, where more than 25 craft brewers from the #GCA (Greater County Area) will be giving out samples of their beer and cider. In addition to tasting ‘homegrown’ beer, you can enjoy food from local vendors while listening to live music. Check our www.countycraft.ca for more details, and to pre-buy your tickets. Tickets are $20; however, if you buy on or before October 20th, you get two drink tokens included in your ticket price.
County Road Beer Social
Check out one of our favourite spots in the County on November 4th for their second annual beer social. County Road Beer will be serving food, sparkling wine from Hinterland and beer from breweries around the County from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. A Toonie donation for the Terry Fox Foundation will get you in the door, and $7.00 tickets will get you the rest!
One of our favourite things about the County is the endless options of gastro delights. The County boasts some incredibly talented chefs who never cease to amaze us with their unique menus. Countylicious is the perfect opportunity to test the chefs’ creations by indulging in fall-inspired three course prix fixe menus at a select number of restaurants in the County. Each menu, complete with appetizer, entree and dessert, is only $40, which makes for a perfect excuse to try a few different restaurants during your visit. Be sure to check out details of participating restaurants and their menus at www.countylicious.com.
Firelight Lantern Festival
It’s time to gather together and light up the streets of Picton for the annual Firelight Lantern Festival. On November 18th, celebrate in this year’s theme of Fire and Ice by joining the crowds parading down Main Street towards The Crystal Palace. Local workshops will take place in the days leading up to the festival to make your own bamboo and paper lanterns, which you can then bring to the festival and illuminate the streets of Picton. In addition to the parade, the night is filled with live music, circus acts, and local food and beverage vendors. For all festival details, check out https://firelightfest.blogspot.ca.
Every year, Prince Edward County participates in the time-honoured tradition of celebrating a successful harvest before the arrival of winter. Due to the cool Canadian climate, winemakers abound race to bury their vines to keep them in good shape for the following wine season. This festival takes place over three weekends (the final two in November, and first in December), where locals and visitors to the County gather together to sip mulled wine, enjoy gourmet eats and participate in merriment. During the Festival weekends, you have the option to tour on your own or hop on one of the busses on offer. Be sure to visit https://www.princeedwardcountywine.ca/wassail/ to find bus times and participating wineries.