Fourth an­nual Craft Spir­its Fes­ti­val in Lunen­burg

South Shore Breaker - - Local - KATHY JOHN­SON kathy.john­son@bel­

Peo­ple will be get­ting “spir­ited away in Lunen­burg” at the fourth an­nual Craft Spir­its Fes­ti­val in Lunen­burg on Oct. 12 to 14, in cel­e­bra­tion of the growth of the craft spir­its in­dus­try in Nova Sco­tia.

Ten dis­til­leries from Cape Bre­ton, to Le­qui­lle, two guest dis­til­leries from Que­bec and New Bruns­wick, five mixol­o­gists from Hal­i­fax as well as two guest mixol­o­gists from Al­berta and On­tario will be tak­ing part in this year’s fes­ti­val, which in­cludes fun tast­ing events, in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing work­shops, a mar­ket­place and a fes­ti­val gala.

“Nova Sco­tia’s craft dis­till­ing in­dus­try is boom­ing and we’re cel­e­brat­ing,” say Lynne Mackay and Pierre Guevre­mont, co- own­ers of Iron­works Dis­tillery and event or­ga­niz­ers. “For one fun week­end in Lunen­burg, we are bring­ing to­gether dis­tillers, mixol­o­gists and a cou­ple of hun­dred en­thu­si­as­tic guests who love lo­cal spir­its!”

A num­ber of Lunen­burg’s well-known restau­rants are fea­tur­ing spir­ited din­ing spe­cials dur­ing the fes­ti­val with care­fully pre­pared menus in­te­grat­ing Nova Sco­tia craft spir­its. Late night mu­sic, sip­ping events and a windup brunch on Sun­day will round out the fes­ti­val fun. All fes­ti­val venues are within walk­ing dis­tance and ac­com­mo­da­tions are nearby.

“Satur­day evening’s Spir­ited Away in Lunen­burg Fes­ti­val Gala will take place in a de­light­ful his­toric venue, the Lunen­burg Opera House,” says Mackay. “Our Nova Sco­tia craft dis­til­leries will be set up for tast­ings and our mixol­o­gists will be on hand to show off a dizzy­ing ar­ray of cock­tails cre- ated from Nova Sco­tia craft spir­its.”

The com­plete pro­gram is avail­able at Nsspir­its­fes­ti­ Fes­ti­val passes and in­di­vid­ual event tick­ets are also avail­able on the web­site. Nova Sco­tia’s craft dis­till­ing sec­tor has con­tin­ued to grow with more than a dozen dis­til­leries now op­er­at­ing in the prov­ince.

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