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PHOTOS: Fork & Cork Brings Out The Foodie In Everyone This Weekend

Saturday July 5th, 2014, 4:03pm


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“Let’s face it, every single person in this world, especially in Windsor, has one thing in common, they all eat three times a day.”

It was from this fact that Chris Mickle created the Fork & Cork festival three years ago. He said after the Epicure Festival ended, he felt Windsor needed a food and drink festival. He thought of what kind of festival he, his friends and his family would like to attend, and through those thoughts designed Fork & Cork.

Mickle described the festival today as “a gathering of about 8,000 people enjoying some of Windsor and Essex County’s favorite wineries, restaurants and musical talent live on stage.”

This year the biggest addition to the festival is the Blackburn Radio Tasting Stage where celebrity chef Bob Blumer from The Food Network did cooking demonstrations early on Saturday. The stage will also feature Rino from Rino’s Kitchen demonstrating a few cooking recipes and Absolute Vodka teaching attendees how to make Absolute summer cocktails.

Admission Saturday is $5, and the headliner of the festival tonight will be The Tea Party, which Mickle added is more than half sold out for the evening coming in at over 3,000 tickets sold as of yesterday. Attendees can enjoy food and drinks from vendors such as Cheeze Wheels, Smashed Apple, Stir Crazy, Cooper’s Vineyards, Alexanders and much, much more.

Sunday admission to the festival goes down to $2, which Mickle said they did to make it even more family oriented. The festival also features a Kids Zone where children can occupy themselves with everything from Lego’s to a dance game on Xbob Kinect.

“This is a food and drink festival, it’s also a community festival,” said Mickle. “There’s something for everyone to do. With the added tasting stage, it also brings out the culinary people, the foodies in everyone.”

More information can be found on the  Windsor Summer Festival Guide.

Celebrity chef Bob Blumer from The Food Network did cooking demonstrations early on Saturday at the Tasting Stage.

Stir Crazy’s Tato on a Stick, available at their tent during the festival.

The Kid’s Zone features a bunch of activities to keep children and even adults occupied at the festival, from Lego’s to Xbox Kinect, there’s something for everyone.

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