A welcome with local food and drink
The 2007 CFWF conference kicked off with a welcome reception featuring local food and drink this evening. About 80 farm writers from across Canada joined local dignitaries and business representatives at the Ramada Inn on the Bay.
Conference co-chairs Kelly Daynard and Lilian Schaer opened the event with welcoming remarks. Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis (pictured here), Prince Edward County Mayor Leo Finnegan and the presidents of the three local Federations of Agriculture were on hand to meet with delegates and welcome them to the region.
The wine industry is growing rapidly in Prince Edward County and the area has just recently been named a Designated Viticulture Area, elevating it to the lofty company of more established wine producing regions like the Niagara Peninsula, France’s Bourgundy region, and California’s Napa Valley.
Four Prince Edward County wineries were on hand to showcase their excellent wines:
Black Prince Winery
Rosehall Run Vineyards
Sandbanks Estate Winery
Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estates Winery
Also present were Church-Key Brewery, the only craft brewer in the area, and a representative from the Prince Edward County Wine Growers Association. But more on them later.
A lovely buffet by a local caterer featured all locally grown ingredients, including meats, vegetables and cheeses.