Sherryfest Toronto

Toronto Beer Week. Toronto Bourbon Week. Toronto Cocktail Week and now …”Sherryfest”?

Why celebrate sherry?

According to a recent article called “Sherry Decoded: Top Styles + Cocktail Recipes” in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, sherry is is surging in popularity. Says the article’s writer Michael Schachner,

Young wine devotees—millennials—are enthralled with discovering Sherry’s myriad styles and flavors, especially if the wines are made in tiny batches by small bodegas.

Sherry refers to fortified wines produced in Spain, within a specific delimited area around the Andalusian town of Jerez.

A little bit of Sherryfest background

Sherryfest is one of the largest sherry events in the world, celebrating all aspects of this Spanish wine. Created by Peter Liem, author of Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla, and Rosemary Gray, director of RS Productions NYC, Sherryfest was launched in 2012, featuring an array of tasting events, seminars and sherry dinners with bodega representatives.

The second edition of Sherryfest NYC will be from October 5-8, 2013, and will feature a variety of exciting events for both consumers and wine professionals. Sherryfest will also travel outside the country for the first time this year, with Sherryfest Toronto scheduled for October 9-11, 2013.

Sherryfest was first held in  2012 in New York City, and was followed by Sherryfest West, in Portland, Oregon in March of 2013.

Sherryfest Toronto details

Sherryfest Toronto gets started on Wednesday October 9, 5-7pm, at Cava, where the restaurant’s co-owners/chefs Chris McDonald (@CavaChef) and Douglas Penfold are hosting a “Tio and Tapas” cinq à sept.  Antonio Flores, winemaker/master blender from Gonzalez Byass, will pour the classic Fino, Tio Pepe with a very special Tio Pepe En Rama.

Price for Tio and Tapas: $10 per person

RSVP: 416-979-9918

For the next evening on Thursday, October 10, 6:30-10pm, Cava has conceived an 8-course menu paired with the sherries of El Maestro Sierra and Barbadillo.  Arne Bijsterveld, Export Manager at Barbadillo will be there to guide diners through the history, processes, and beauty of sherry.

Read the menu at Cava’s website.

Price for Cava’s First Annual Sherryfest Dinner: $160 per person including taxes and gratuities.

RSVP: 416-979-9918

Cava is located at 1560 Yonge Street, Toronto, M4T 2S9

Other Sherryfest Toronto events

October 10, all day: Sherry Initiation seminar at Gardiner Museum and from 1-5pm, a Grand Tasting.
October 10, 7pm, Dinner at Ascari Enoteca
October 10, 7pm: Dinner at Edulis
October 11, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Sherry Cocktail Competition, THR & Co.

Full details on the Sherryfest website.

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