Shores of Erie International Wine Festival cancelled again this year

 

By Ron Giofu

The Shores of Erie International Wine Festival will not return in 2016.

It has been confirmed that there will be no wine festival again this year. Karen Gyorgy, chair of the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival organizing committee, released a statement on behalf of the committee stating the event will not proceed in 2016.

“It is with deep regret to inform the public that the 2016 Shores of Erie International Wine Festival is cancelled,” Gyorgy’s statement reads. “Due to the ongoing court cases ahead of us and the scheduled trial Nov. 3-4, 2016, our volunteer committee has made the decision it would be impossible to plan and execute a quality festival this year.”

Gyorgy stated there has been no decision made about 2017 or beyond.

The 2016 Shores of Erie International Wine Festival has been cancelled. No decision has been made about 2017 or beyond, states committee chair Karen Gyorgy.

The 2016 Shores of Erie International Wine Festival has been cancelled. No decision has been made about 2017 or beyond, states committee chair Karen Gyorgy.

The 2015 Shores of Erie International Wine Festival was also cancelled.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said while he was disappointed with the news, he recognizes the situation wine festival organizers are in.

“I definitely understand why they came to the decision they did,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo noted, stating it has been expressed to him by wine festival organizers, that “no one thinks it’s gone forever” but stated the town will carry on in the meantime and continue to put on festivals.

“It’s not like we are going to stop doing festivals,” the mayor said.

The biggest fear DiCarlo has is “losing it to someone else.” Others have expressed an interest in staging a wine festival, he said, but those same interested parties are being “respectful” as it pertains to the situation in Amherstburg.

“They know it’s Amherstburg’s event to give up,” said DiCarlo.

As for who approached him, DiCarlo didn’t give specifics, simply stating “a variety of different demographics have approached us on where we stand and whether we can continue.”

There are liability concerns across the province regarding the staging of any sort of volunteer event, he added, and believes the eventual outcomes related to the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival could have a bearing on future events province-wide.

Noting the Mardi Gras has been approved for another year and the Provincial Marine’s new “Rivertown Living History Festival” is planned for April 23-24, DiCarlo indicated there will still be plenty to do in Amherstburg as it relates to special events and that the town is still well known for its festivals.

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