People from near and far crowded the Beach Club Resort on last year for the Parksville Uncorked Wine and Food Festival’s Swirl event which featured more than 50 wineries. The 2018 Parksville Uncorked event is back March 8-11. The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. — NEWS file photo

Uncorked returns to Parksville in March

Beer and wine festival celebrating 10 years

It’s time to for people to raise their glasses and toast the wines, beers, ciders and cuisine of B.C. at the 10th annual Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival March 8-11.

The four-day event is back at the Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre.

Festival goers will sip fine wines, craft brews and ciders, and sample gourmet bites prepared by talented chefs in collaboration with many local farm producers.

On Thursday night, March 8, the Beach Club will be hosting the kick off for the festival with the Untapped event.

Untapped will showcase regional breweries and distilleries paired with samples of regional cuisine. Guests will also get to take home an exclusive beer glass.

Tigh-Na-Mara will be hosting the gala event, Swirl, on Friday night, March 9. More than 50 wineries will be in attendance to share samples with guests, along with samples of food.

Uncorked continues with two winemakers’ dinners on Saturday, March 10.

Tigh-Na-Mara’s executive chef Eric Edwards and his team will be creating the food which will be paired with Dirty Laundry Vineyard. The Beach Club Resort’s Pacific Prime executive chef Rick Davidson will be preparing the dinner, paired with Orofino Winery.

On Sunday, March 11, the festival wraps up with Bubbles & Brunch at both resorts.

Parksville Uncorked helps support Variety Children’s Charity and the Rotary Club of Parksville AM.

To purchase tickets, visit the event website at www.parksvilleuncorked.com.

— Submitted by Luba Plotnikoff

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