Third annual “Lobsterfest” aimed at reminding public about Shores of Erie International Wine Festival

 

Shores of Erie International Wine Festival vice chair Joanne DiPierdomenico and chair Karen Gyorgy stand with the lobsters at the third annual Lobsterfest April 12 at the Libro Centre.

Shores of Erie International Wine Festival vice chair Joanne DiPierdomenico and chair Karen Gyorgy stand with the lobsters at the third annual Lobsterfest April 12 at the Libro Centre.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Shores of Erie International Wine Festival is still roughly five months away but the committee and staff want to ensure the public is still thinking about it.

The wine festival committee presented its third annual “Lobsterfest” Saturday night in the lobby of the Libro Centre with 175 people coming out to enjoy the festivities.

“Our goal is to get the Shores of Erie back in the minds of everyone,” said festival director Kelly O’Rourke. “We do it with this fun event.”

O’Rourke added it was “a nice crowd” and that they were happy with the turnout.

“We fly the lobster in from Nova Scotia and it always makes people happy,” said O’Rourke, adding that prime rib was available for those who didn’t want lobster.

The reason the “Lobsterfest” has been popular with the public is because of the value it offers, she added.

“It’s a good deal,” said O’Rourke. “The tickets were $60 but it included a 1-1/2 pound lobster and a ticket for Sunday at the festival, which is a $15 value. People really see there is a value to it.”

The Walkervilles provided the entertainment for the evening with more entertainment to be announced for the actual festival in the coming weeks and months. This year’s Shores of Erie International Wine Festival will be the tenth annual and O’Rourke indicated there will be big entertainment news that they will announce.

“The hype is really building,” she said. “We’re really excited about that.”

Shores of Erie International Wine Festival committee chair Karen Gyorgy noted they partnered with Ovarian Cancer Canada with volunteers from the latter organization on hand to help clear tables Saturday night. Ovarian Cancer Canada received proceeds from the raffles at “Lobsterfest.”

“It’s a great cause and we are happy to partner with them,” said Gyorgy.

This year’s Shores of Erie International Wine Festival is scheduled for Sept. 4-7 at Fort Malden National Historic Site. For further information, call 519-730-1001 or visit www.soewinefestival.com.

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