South Coast Wines Announces New Administrator

South Coast Wines Announces New Administrator

South Coast WinesThe Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association (OSCWGA) welcomed a new face this week. Andrea Kilian, from Port Dover is taking on the role of Administrator for the organization that represents wineries and growers in Haldimand, Norfolk and Elgin counties. Kilian replaces Judy Buck, who recently retired from the association.  Kilian brings with her a passion for Ontario wine. Growing up in Niagara, she has previous experience working in the wine sector.  “I am proud to be part of this budding wine region and am committed to promoting the quality wines we produce in our community,” says Kilian.


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Returns for Leukemia and Bikes & Beers

Dust off your bikes because it’s time for the WindsorEats annual Bikes & Beer Returns for Leukemia Cycling Tour! WindsorEats is hosting their annual Bikes & Beer Returns for Leukemia Cycling Tour on May 16, 2015 with stops at local breweries and pubs in Windsor.


Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive is part of a month long effort to raise money for Returns for Leukemia, a fundraiser held each May by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 12R24 in partnership with The Beer Store to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC). The Bottle Drive takes place May 23 & 24, 2015. Customers are invited to donate all or a portion of their empty bottles (or cash), with proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Participants are encouraged to bring along their empties on the day of the ride to donate to the Returns For Leukemia Bottle Drive.


“We’re very excited that this fundraiser has become an annual tradition,” says Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats. “It provides people the opportunity to give to a great cause all while having a good time.” The Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour includes a guide, beer tastings at local breweries and appetizers.

Tickets are $60 each with proceeds going to Returns for Leukemia and can be purchased at Please note, tickets sales end two days prior to the event day.


For media inquiries and additional information on this local event contact:

Adriano Ciotoli


Saddle Up Country Bar and Eatery Opening May 1st in London

Saddle Up Country Bar and Eatery will be celebrating their Grand Opening week, beginning Friday, May 1st. Situated in the heart of downtown and directly across Budweiser Gardens, the impressive location will feature a brand new street level patio, a rooftop patio, ample dining area and a comfort food menu.  But what will truly set Saddle Up apart will be the entertainment and weekly programming they will be hosting. Every week on Thursday evening enjoy acoustic live music featuring both local talent and special guests. Bourbon Fridays and Saddle Up Saturdays will present nightlife goers a new fresh atmosphere spinning country tunes along with some pop and rock classics.


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Eat & Drink Norfolk – Celebrating Local Success

The Norfolk County Agricultural Society is excited to announce that “Eat & Drink Norfolk” is back for its sixth consecutive year. Dates for this year’s event are Thursday, April 9th from 5:00 pm to 10pm, Friday, April 10 h from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and open again on Saturday April 11th from 12 noon until 10:00 pm. After five increasingly successful years, “Eat & Drink Norfolk” will now take place over three days, opening on Thursday, April 9 at 5pm. “We experienced record attendance last year and felt it was time to expand to a third day. The response to date has been extremely positive.” says Special Events Manager Chantal Zorad.


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8th Annual Oxford Studio Tour Set for May 2nd & 3rd

Meet the artists of the 2015 Oxford Studio Tour and take a moment to view a selection of their work. The will be held on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd from 10:00am – 5:00pm each day, throughout the County of Oxford. “You are invited to visit 20 studios located throughout Oxford County where you will meet 41 different artists, watch demonstrations and experience a world of creativity”, says participating artist, Sue Goossens. Attendance is free and guests will also enjoy a leisurely drive from site to site while taking in the local landscape.


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Festivals & Events Ontario Award Winners Announced

Festivals & Events Ontario recently announced at their annual conference the 2015 Award Winners including: Level of Distinction Festivals and Events in Ontario, Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario, Service Excellence Awards, Municipality of the Year Awards, Achievement Awards, Hall of Fame Recipient and Volunteer of the Year. Click here to see winner in each category.


Congratulations to all the winners, there were many from right here in Ontario’s Southwest among the winners.

Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show Wins Top Achievement Award and Two Top 100 Festivals & Events at FEO

The Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show were presented with three very prestigious awards at the Annual Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) Conference’s Awards Gala Dinner held March 6th, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.


The Norfolk County Fair won a major provincial award for Best Promotional Campaign. The campaign was judged on entries that demonstrated the positive use of traditional marketing material, media opportunities, promotional material and websites for the benefit of the festival or event. The fair also took home two of the Top 100 Festivals & Events award.


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Plan Your Summer with the Official Elgin County Visitor’s Guide

Elgin County Tourism is pleased to announce that the official 2015 Elgin County Visitor’s Guide is now available! The weather may still be cold outside but Elgin County Tourism is dreaming of long sunny days and warm Lake Erie breezes. Before you know it, summer will be here and now is the perfect time to start planning your vacation. With kilometres of sandy beaches, lush Carolinian forest hiking and cycling trails, peaceful campgrounds, vineyards perched on rolling country hills and an abundance of mouth-watering culinary attractions, Elgin County is the place to be this summer!


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Four local cheesemakers earn 9 nominations for Canadian Cheese Grand Prix

cheeseWith four outstanding local cheesemakers garnering numerous nominations for this year’s prestigious Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, yet another page is being written in Oxford County’s long and illustrious cheese history book. Local entrants, among hundreds of competitors from across Canada, are Bright Brand Cheese & Butter, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, Local Dairy Products and MountainOak Cheese Ltd. Cheesemakers from Canada’s east to west coasts submitted 268 cheeses in 27 categories for the 9th annual competition, with 81 finalists chosen for the April 22 Gala of Champions in Toronto.


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