Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Windsor Craft Beer Festival Tickets Go On Sale

At midnight on August 1, 2013, tickets for Windsor’s first festival dedicated to craft beer go on sale. We are still approximately 3 months away from the October 18-19 Windsor Craft Beer Festival and we already have many breweries from across the province lined up like:

General admission and VIP tickets for the festival can be purchased at

Gourmet Burger Month at The City Grill

For the entire month of August, The City Grill is hosting Gourmet Burger Month. The downtown Windsor restaurant will be offering up 9 different burgers with a twist, from a Korean Short Rib Burger to a Chorizo Bison Burger. They’ve even offered beer suggestions that pair well with each burger!

David from The Willistead showcasing his work at a WindsorEats cooking demo at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

Live Cooking Demo at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market

Join WindsorEats and the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market as we bring in Julie Myers of Thyme To-Go for a live cooking demonstration using only what is found on site at the market. Demo begins at 11:00am on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Drinks of Walkerville Walking Tour

In what has quickly become a patron favourite, the Drinks of Walkerville tour would definitely be one of Don Draper’s favourites as we start off at the Canadian Club Brand Centre as we take in the history of the building and brand before sampling the Mad Men character’s drink of choice, Canadian Club Whisky.

After learning all the about history full of famous (and infamous) characters that were big fans of the Canadian Club brand, we take a stroll through Olde Walkerville discovering it’s architecture as well as some well known and not so well known tales associated with the area.

We then will visit Walkerville Brewery and sample their beers while being walked through the facility and learning about the brewing process.

From the brewery we head to The Willistead where we’ll be treated to some more beverages. Scotch perhaps? Bourbon? Much like the ever changing menu at the popular restaurant, it’ll be a surprise!

Tours for this month will be on August 3, 14 and 16, 2013.

By joining our tour you’ll receive an experience and some extras that you won’t be able to have on your own

Guests will enjoy:

  • A tasting and tour of Canadian Club Heritage Centre
  • Tastings and a tour at Walkerville Brewery
  • A flight of 3 tastings and a tour at The Willistead

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Price: The tour is $45. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Time: The Crawl is a 3.5 hour tour. Starts at 2:00pm and ends approximately 5:30pm.

Rain or shine? Yes.

Tour size: Max of 16 for the tour.

Sips, Sounds & Bites at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery

On August 4, 11 and 18, 2013, visit Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery to enjoy live entertainment on the patio overlooking beautiful Lake Erie or nestled in the vineyard.  Enjoy tapas (hor d’oeuvres) prepared by a different chef every week from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  Sip on a glass of wine or their signature sangrias with a picnic basket, and soak in the music and view.

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Wine Trail Ride Cycling Tour

On August 10, 2013, enjoy a scenic ride on your bike to Essex Pelee Island Coast wineries for tastings and enjoy a long table meal at the final stop.

Route for June 22 is approximately 17km and includes: North 42 Degrees Estate Winery and Serenity Lavender Farm, Erie Shore Vineyards, Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery.

Each Wine Trail Ride includes tastings at each winery, tours and a really great meal. A support vehicle will also be on hand and will be able to bring back the wine purchased from the wineries back to our starting point. Tickets are limited and sell quickly.

Tickets include tastings, tours, guide, a support vehicle and a long table dinner made from locally grown products.

See for yourself why the Wine Trail Rides were selected as the best culinary tourism experience in Ontario and the #1 ranked activity in Windsor on TripAdvisor!

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Participants get interactive during the Morning Stroll Walking Tour

Morning Stroll Walking Tour

Join us for Windsor’s original Morning Stroll walking tour, formerly known as the Coffee & Tea tour, on August 10 and 17, 2013!

Take a walk through the historic Old Walkerville neighbourhood on this behind-the-scenes adventure to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of one of Canada’s best neighbourhoods, named so by This Old House magazine.

Be a part of an interactive cooking demonstration or learn to pull a proper espresso with beverages and snacks along the way.

Price: The Stroll is $45. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Time: The Stroll is a 3 hour tour. Starts at 8:30am and ends approximately 11:30am.

Rain or shine? Yes.

Tour size: Max of 16 for the Crawl

19th Annual Vintage Tasting at Oxley Estate Winery
On August 11, 2013, enjoy a country picnic and pairing at Oxley Estate Winery.
From 1:00pm to 5:00pm, just the Oxley crew for an afternoon of EPIC wines, great local foods and live music.  Two seminars, pairing local wines with Ontario cheeses and pairing local wines with local produce, are first-come-first-serve.Tickets are $55 per person.
Eat Your City Restaurant Week: August 12-18, 2013

Eat Your City Restaurant Week

It’s time to celebrate our local restaurants! For one week only, diners and food lovers can celebrate Windsor and Essex County’s local dining scene by taking part in a unique culinary event.

From August 12 to August 18, 2013, you can visit any Eat Your City participating restaurant and indulge in 3-course meals for lunch or dinner at great values across the county. Each restaurant will offer a unique Eat Your City menu and highlight the diverse and exceptional local dining in the region.

Participating restaurants include:

Old Sandwich Walking Tour

On August 15, 17 and 31, 2013, take a walk through history with the Old Sandwich walking tour. Considered one of the oldest, most historically significant settlements in Ontario, Old Sandwich Town, is home to some of Ontario’s oldest and most historically important buildings. Visit sites where General Isaac Brock and Chief Tecumseh planned strategic battles in the War of 1812 including having a pint at one of the oldest remaining and continuously run taverns in Ontario, The Dominion House as well as a stop at popular pub, Rock Bottom.

Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour

Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour

Cycle through Windsor sampling beers at local restaurants on the Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour. Hosted by WindsorEats, participants will be visiting at least 3 establishments in Windsor, Ontario.

Participants are to provide their own bikes. Helmets are mandatory. Guests are encouraged to bring locks to secure bikes when we enter establishments. Bike rentals are available.

Join us on August 17, 2013 as we cycle our way through the city, stop at local restaurants and breweries and sample some suds and grub.

Tickets are $60 each. Tickets are limited and will sell quickly.

The ride will start promptly at 1:30pm and we are asking everyone to meet at the starting point at 1:15pm. Final arrival to the original start point is approximately 5:45pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

When the tour ends at the final restaurant, participants can either stay and enjoy some more brews and food or follow our lead back to the starting point.

We’ll be visiting:

Speakeasy Quartet at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery

On August 25, 2013, enjoy the sounds of the vintage style hot jazz, swing and pop with the Speakeasy Quartet, outdoors under the shade of the tents at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery.  Advanced admission is $15 per person and $20 on the day-of.  Picnic Baskets are available for purchase at $25 per basket which feeds 2-3 people.  Wine by the glass and sangria are $5 each.  Wine tours and tastings starting at 1:00pm, advanced bookings only at $6 per person.

The Speakeasy Quartet is one of Canada’s top jazz combos, playing classic jazz of the 1920’s and ’30’s, the early music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and many more. They have performed for The Detroit Institute Institute of Arts and their recent CD has garnered acclaim from Toronto to Los Angeles.