The Hippo


Apr 21, 2019








Lakes Region Uncorked

When: Thursday, Nov. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Church Landing at Mill Falls, 281 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith
Cost: General admission is $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Advance tickets include access to one of the celebrity chef sessions is $95. Event is 21+. Two tickets can also be purchased for $100.
Tasting room vendors
Wines, beers, meads, ciders and spirits
Black Cove Beverages (Meredith)
Canterbury Aleworks
Coffin Cellars Winery (Webster)
Cold Garden Spirits (Canterbury)
Farnum Hill Ciders (Lebanon)
Flag Hill Distillery & Winery (Lee)
Haunting Whisper Vineyard & Spirits (Danbury)
Hermit Woods Winery (Meredith)
LaBelle Winery (Amherst)
Lone Wolfe Brewing Co. (Wolfeboro)
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. (North Conway)
Moonlight Meadery (Londonderry)
Sap House Meadery (Ossipee)
Seven Birches Winery (Lincoln)
Squam Brewing (Holderness)
Tamworth Distilling
Whippletree Winery (Tamworth)
Winnipesaukee Winery (Wolfeboro)
Woodstock Inn Brewery
Other foods and drinks
Curt’s Caterers (Gilford)
Fox Country Smoke House (Canterbury)
Hampshire Toffee (Moultonborough)
Huckins Farm (New Hampton)
Moulton Farm (Meredith)
Ooo La La Creative Cakes (Laconia)
Sweet to Eat Cheesecakes (Laconia)
Winnipesaukee Chocolates (Wolfeboro)
Winnipesaukee Woods Farm (Alton Bay)
Woodshed Roasting Co. (Laconia)

Drink night
Lakes Region Uncorked returns with new vendors

By Matt Ingersoll

 What started as a small wine and beer tasting with offerings across the Lakes Region has grown into a much larger event, today featuring a collection of meads, ciders, wines and spirits from more than 30 vendors.

The fifth annual Lakes Region Uncorked, which is happening on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith, will also include samples of appetizers and desserts, specialty artisan vendors, live music, chef demonstrations and prizes.
“The event was started … as a way to reach out to the community and bring people together while at the same time promoting local Lakes Region businesses,” said Joanne Piper Lang, vice president of Lakes Region Community Services, which organizes the event as a fundraiser each year. “Besides the drinks, there has been more of a growing emphasis on the food and it’s become kind of a fine tasting event. We want people to enjoy and be well-fed.”
Visitors can wander from table to table in the tasting room on their own once the doors open, Lang said. Some vendors may be talking about their businesses and the foods that they make, or selling them for you to be able to take home.
Seven vendors who will appear at this year’s event are participating for the first time, including Cold Garden Spirits of Canterbury; Lone Wolfe Brewing Co. of Wolfeboro; Winnipesaukee Winery of Wolfeboro; Curt’s Catering of Gilford; Fox Country Smoke House of Canterbury; Moulton Farm of Meredith and Winnipesaukee Woods Farm of Alton Bay. As with previous years, the Common Man Restaurant is providing complimentary hors d’oeuvres and small appetizers.
“We think a lot about which vendors to invite,” Lang said. “They are primarily Lakes Region-area or New Hampshire small businesses that have wonderful homemade products.”
Lang said some of the returning vendors have even worked together to create food and drink pairings and combinations for people who have visited Uncorked in the past.
“The cool thing about [this event] is that the vendors often will share their products with each other,” she said. “Winnipesaukee Chocolates, for example, has made chocolate truffles using liquor from Tamworth [Distillery] or Seven Birches [Winery], so they work together and collaborate in that way.”
This is the second consecutive Uncorked event to feature a seating opportunity with Chef Kevin Halligan of Laconia Local Eatery, according to Lang. The “Amuse Bouche” seating will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and requires a premier ticket to attend.
“He’ll be preparing some specialty cocktails and fresh foods to pair them with,” she said.
This year’s Uncorked is also going to feature the return of the “Wall of Wine” charity raffle, but with a new expansion.
“There will be a Best of Show blue ribbon raffle sponsored by Wood & Clay [in Gilford], who have built a custom maple wine rack,” Lang said. “It will be filled with 35 bottles of wine, and for $20 you can buy a raffle ticket and we’ll spin the barrel. … The winner walks away with all of it and it’s a minimum of $1,000 value in wine.”
A silent auction, usually featuring about 60 food, wine or artisan items, will also be held.
This year’s live music will feature Holderness vocalist and pianist David Lockwood, according to Lang.
“He’s really talented … and he’s actually going to be playing with a friend of his who is a saxophonist,” she said. “So we thought that would be a really cool thing to have.”
Uncorked is the signature community fundraising event for Lakes Region Community Services. But Lang said it has become a great event for many of the local restaurants who have participated as well.
“A lot of these businesses are off the beaten path,” she said. “But here you can taste everything.” 

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