New for 2017 we have added a great event to round out the programming for the weekend to ensure our runners are getting plenty to opportunities to enjoy a taste of Prince Edward County!
On Saturday, May 27, 2017 we’ll be hosting a Back To The Start Barn Party in partnership with The Old Third Winery and Chef Jamie Kennedy. Kicking off at 5pm at The Old Third we’ll being serving up Chef Kennedy famous frites with County burgers, a selection of wines from our run winery partners, craft beer and cider all paired with great music to dance, dance, dance! Tickets to the party are $115 and include your meal, 2 drinks of your choice* and live music. This is an intimate event for 100pp so be sure to buy well in advance here
Mark your calendars as we open registration to the general public on Saturday, July 16th at 9am!
New for 2017 we will be going “Back to the Start” with a Barn Party at The Old Third from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday night. Chef Jamie Kennedy will be grilling up burgers and preparing his famous fries. There will be live entertainment and a great selection of wines, beer and cider from our run partners. This is an age of majority event – 19 years or older to attend. Tickets include your meal, two drinks and entertainment.
Run registration, tickets to our Pre-Run BBQ at County Road Beer Co and Back to the Start Barn Party
May 28, 2016 was a fabulous day for a run in Prince Edward County! We had the most runners to date (125pp) and despite the hotter than usual weather (we peaked over 28 degrees at 10:00am) we had success right through to the finish line!
Our gracious hosts Bruno Francois and Jens Korberg of The Old Third Vineyard started our run off with a BANG! Elvis, a giraffe, Duff Beer lady, 2 students from Hogwarts Academy and 5 folks in wool kilts (hot, hot, hot) added some great ZEST to our run. We had two German Pointers go the distance with their owners, several pregnant runners (4 and 6 months along) make it to Norman Hardie Winery with the promise of pizza for lunch AND we saw a personal record for Malcolm Jolley of Good Food Revolution who completed his first ever 10km in 63 minutes!
Congrats to our Top 3 Female and Top 3 Male runners who will join us as our guests in 2017. You can read more about them here. Many thanks to Jo Dickins of Jo Dickins Photography and Joanne Welch for the great photos capturing the day! Visit Jo Dickins Gallery here and Joanne’s Gallery here.
Runners, their families and friends enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the staff at Norman Hardie Winery, the volunteers of Slow Food the County and Andrew Hunter of Buddha Dog. Non-alcoholic refreshments were prepared by Propeller Coffee & Pluck Teas served with a smile by the Tethong family. All of our winery and cidery partners provided an array of their terroir to compliment the pizza’s and salads.
We’d like to thank our runners who helped us donate $500 to Slow Food the County Seed Fund to support good, clean and fair food production in the County, as well as, $500 to the Quinte Humane Society to support animals in need in the Quinte region.
We’re already planning for May 27, 2017 when our 7th annual Terroir Run will take place. Tickets will go live shortly (but not before our 2016 runners get advanced registration notice). We will be hosting a Pre-Run Buffet BBQ at County Road 33 Beer Co. on May 26th and a Back To The Start Barn Party at The Old Third Vineyard with Chef Jamie Kennedy and some stellar live entertainment on the evening of May 27th. Make sure to SAVE THE DATE and book your accommodations now!
Our run is a FUN run not a race, however, we do celebrate the Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female runners who make it to our finish winery ahead of the pack. This year’s run was a scorcher so 10km felt like twice the distance in the heat!
Outstanding in their field for male runners from left to right: Dan Buffery was the 1st to cross in approximately 43 minutes (we don’t wear time chips – the time is kept by one of our volunteers at the finish line) followed by Jeff Green at 45 minutes (Jeff is a returning Top 3 runner from 2015) and Mathieu Carriere and his Pointer at 49 minutes.
Outstanding in their field for female runners from Left to Right: Isabelle Décarie MacKenzie came in at 52 minutes followed by Tori Maden in 53 minutes and Shauna Duigenan in 54 minutes.
Congratulations to all 6 of you as you receive a complimentary registration for our 2017 May 27th run!
Guest Blog by Hannah Stein
In 1982, the Lacey Estates property was originally purchased, by Charles and Mollie Lacey, as a summer retreat; thus, beginning the journey towards their winemaking future. Known as one of the best areas for grape growing in PEC, Hillier’s clay loam soil produces wines with profound tastes, textures and balance. After planting the first vines of the field in 2003 with pinot gris, pinot noir and chardonnay, the Lacey family continued to develop and expand both their vineyard and palates, later introducing riesling, gewurztraminer and baco noir vines to their soils, as well. Today, Lacey Estates continues to operate as a family-owned winery, located in the beautiful area of Prince Edward County.
We spoke to Liz Lacey about the highlights of Lacey Estates, her family-owned winery…
What sets your winery apart from others?
Lacey Estates Winery prides itself on producing small batches of hand-crafted, terroir-inspired wines. Each plant in our vineyard has been personally planted by hand by members of the Lacey family. Hard work and dedication to the craft is what makes our wines stand out among the best of the best. Our tasting bar was handcrafted by the family, using 120 year old maple flooring from the 1800’s farmhouse beside the winery. When visiting the winery, our staff will guide you through our wines and explain exactly how to pair and best enjoy the wines at home and with friends.
Which of your wines is your personal favourite and why?
Choosing a favourite wine is always difficult because each one is unique in it’s own way and expresses true old and new world styles.
What should people most look forward to when visiting your winery during this year’s Terroir Run?
This year, we are offering Terroir runners the opportunity to visit us on Friday for a wine & cheese pairing during the day. They can drop by the winery throughout the weekend for a complimentary tasting, as well!
- Sandbanks Vacations
- The Old Third Vineyard
- Lacey Estates Vineyard
- Closson Chase Winery
- The Grange Of Prince Edward Vineyard
- Hinterland Wine Co
- Rosehall Run Winery
- Norman Hardie Winery
- From The Farm Cooking School
- Karlo Estates
- Slow Food the County
- VQA Wines of Ontario
- County Cider Company
- Humble Bread
- Pluck Teas
- Broken Stone
- Zest Kitchen Shop
- Trail Estate Winery
- County Road Beer Co.
- Quirky Carrot Cafe & Cooking School
- Hillier Town Hall