BBQ lovers to get tips from celebrity chef at SOE Wine Festival

 

Celebrity chef Rob Rainford will discuss grilling Sept. 7 on the fourth day of the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival. (Special to the RTT)

Celebrity chef Rob Rainford will discuss grilling Sept. 7 on the fourth day of the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival.
(Special to the RTT)

By RTT Staff

 

Summer is the time for grilling and a celebrity chef will be coming to town near the end of the season to offer some tips on barbecuing.

Celebrity chef Rob Rainford will be one of the guest demonstrators in the culinary pavilion at the tenth annual Shores of Erie International Wine Festival. Rainford’s appearance will be Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m., the final day of the four-day festival.

“He will be the feature (chef),” said wine festival administrator Karen Wettlaufer. “He’s a Canadian chef, which we love.”

Rainford – who is an author and a TV host of programs that have appeared on Food Network Canada, Discovery Home in the United States and Asian Food Channel throughout Asia – is “constantly outside” and “all about grilling,” added Wettlaufer. Rainford is perhaps best known for his show “License to Grill.”

“We have him for an hour-and-a-half,” said Wettlaufer.

Rainford will be one of two guest chefs the Sunday of the festival while there will be three on the Saturday of the festival (Sept. 6), she added.

Other events Sunday at the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival include the local Vine Pavilion where there will be guest speakers, a “Sip & Sell” tasting bar and wine walks, the latter seeing the pavilion being the base for the walks which will go around the festival. The Great Canadian Wine Challenge with Shawn McCormick will occur Saturday at 2 p.m.

Wettlaufer said music will be “going on the entire time as well” with other activities including Farm Dog Cycle offering the opportunity for people to join people on bicycle tours to and around Bob-Lo Island. There will also be an LED video screen installed for the Thursday and Friday night concerts that will also show tweets and photos from the wine festival on subsequent days. Many photos are expected to come from two photo booths that are being installed at two entrances.

“You can see yourself and your friends on the LED screen,” said Wettlaufer.

Ticket sales are “going really well,” she added, with Saturday “getting close” to a sellout. Three and four-day passes are also selling well, Wettlaufer reported. Tickets are available at the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival’s office in the Gordon House, at all WFCU and CIBC branches in Windsor-Essex County and the TD Canada Trust in Amherstburg.

The wine festival runs Sept. 4-7 at Fort Malden National Historic Site. Advance tickets are $25 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday and $15 for Sunday. Tickets sold at the gate, subject to availability, are $30 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday and $20 for Sunday.

For more information, call the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival office at 519-736-1001 or visit www.soewinefestival.com.

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