Wild Things Fest returns to celebrate wild-fermented beer, wine and cider on June 2, 2019.
A Toronto drinks festival is on a mission to unite oenophiles and beer geeks over the newest flavour zone in food and drink — funk.
The intimate drinks fest only pours wines, ciders and beers made with a wild or indigenous yeast strain. “Wild fermentation adds layers of complexity to your favourite drink,” says Festival Co-Founder Erica Campbell. “In some drinks, it comes across as a mild earthiness, maybe overripe fruit, in others it’s more of a kombucha-like tartness or a hint of barnyard funk.”
On Sunday June 2nd Wild Things Fest will take over Junction Brewery’s art-deco space in the Stockyards. The festival’s co-founders, all accredited beer sommeliers, curated a selection of 14 Ontario craft beers and artisanal ciders. The Grape Witches will select and pour five natural wines from around the world. The duo are known for their natural wine parties and education hours in Toronto.
The festival runs from 12 pm – 7 pm. Tickets are $35 and include a souvenir tasting glass from sponsor Stoneycreek glassware and three drink tickets.
New this year, The Grape Witches and The Beer Sisters (Certified Cicerones® and festival founders) will host a Tutored Tasting Hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., before the festival opens to the public, giving people a chance to deep dive on what wild-fermentation through a tasting of two beers and two wines.
Imbibers can fill up on bites from ProvisionsTO, chef Kevin Castonguay is creating dishes to pair with funked-up flavours. Media partner, The Growler, is presenting the Wild Beer Bottle Bar.
The boutique festival is organized byErica Campbell, Tara Luxmore and Crystal Luxmore. Campbell works in Sales at Henderson Brewing and is the co-founder and runs The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies: the largest women & beer event company in North America. Crystal and Tara Luxmore are national drinks writers who run Beer Sisters Inc., a cider and beer tastings and education company in Toronto.