ANBL has been partnering with the Caraquet FestiVin for 10 years. And we’re happy once again to be joining efforts with the event committee for the 23rd edition in June. We had the chance to connect with President Barbara Lanteigne to talk about the 2019 event.

First things first, for those who don’t know, what is FestiVin?

FestiVin is a volunteer-driven event open to the general public. Through its Grand Tastings program, it allows visitors to discover wines from all over the world, including several new products that may eventually be available at ANBL. This year, the Grand Tastings will be held on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.

FestVin is also an opportunity for those who love good food and wine pairings to discover local gastronomy with seminars held in restaurants throughout the Acadian Peninsula. Being the first activity to start the tourist season in the region, it also represents a golden opportunity for people from outside the Peninsula to enjoy FestiVin while the crab and lobster fishing season is in full swing.

What makes FestiVin different from other festivals around the province?

The FestiVin experience is unique because over the years it has attracted the greatest names among Canadian sommeliers, including François Chartier, Véronique Rivest, Elyse Lambert, Guénaël Revel and Jacques Orhon. Add to this prestigious list some of the most talented chefs to have ever honoured the event, including Stéphane Modat, Andrew Stevens, Olivier Godbout and many others.

One of the most unique features of the event is FestiVin’s festive and friendly atmosphere. While not the biggest wine fair in Atlantic Canada, it surely has the most appreciated ambiance. The welcoming nature of Acadians creates a unique joie de vivre. Indeed, nowhere else can people mingle in the same place with dance activities and the grand tastings held during the evening sessions. The ANBL Pop-Up Shop is also a must for those who want to buy good bottles while having fun during the evening.

Is there anything new coming with the 23rd edition of FestiVin this year?
The 23rd edition of FestiVin has been in the works for several weeks already. We like to keep a certain element of surprise to launching the event. We are announcing our main programs in April when the seminar tickets go on sale. One thing is certain: our event never lacks a burst of excitement in its programming, and we are still leveraging the unique experience of this event to maintain the FestiVin tradition while expanding it even further by attracting people from all over the province. For more information on FestiVin, visit festivincaraquet.ca/en