WINE * DINE * STAY * PLAY…… June 2017

It’s JUNE in the County!  Join us for The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, Art in the County, live music, garden show, seasonal markets and more …  Come and enjoy all that is featured in the Toronto.com article “Take a road trip to Prince Edward County”.

What’s New

royaltyRoyal Visit ~  Don your fascinator on June 30, The County is being visited by royalty! Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Wellington Farmers’ Market on Friday, June 30. And did you know that Canada’s first couple Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire recently toured The County?

The County on the global scene ~  VisitTheCounty.ca is pleased to announce our partnership with CanadaStays, Canada’s largest vacation rental marketplace. Prince Edward County will soon be a featured destination on the main page of CanadaStays alongside other top Canadian destinations including Muskoka, Niagara, Whistler, and Montreal.  More info }


Prize Winners

Great County Prizes are being drawn every month. Newsletter subscribers are automatically entered in the draws.   Details at prince-edward-county.com/newsletter-signup. Congratulations to our May draw winners:
starSteve and Joan Blakely, County residents – a Prince Edward County T-shirt
starHalina Kristalyn of Ottawa – Great Canadian Cheese Festival VIP Passes

Enter to WIN
More prizes to be won include:  Spa Package from The Manse Boutique Inn & Spa, Winery Tour from  Sandbanks Vacations & Tours, a Cruise on Picton Bay from Picton Boat Tours, Shopping Vouchers for Wilkins Mercantile, T-Shirts from Prince Edward County T-Shirt Company.  If you’re not already a subscribed to this newsletter, be sure to sign up!

June Getaways

Find your perfect Getaway in the County.
Wine & Culinary Experiences, Rejuvenation Getaways, Romantic Hideaways, Family Fun and more …

Perfect Getawayisaiah tubbs resort & conference centre
:: Dining & Getaway packages • Family vacations • Weddings • Retreats • Conferences. Waterfront restaurant, sandy beach, pool & watersport activities.

Black River Bed & Breakfast :: Waterfront adult-only B&B in a park-like sanctuary. Unique gourmet dinners.

Jacksons Falls Country Inn :: Countylicious Getaway • Birder’s Bootcamp • Girlfriends Getaway • Group getaways • Authentic native fare • Public house • Live music series.

Wine Tour Packages with Sandbanks Vacations & Tours :: Stay & Play Packages • Half Day Tours • Lunch & Wine Tours • Group or Corporate Packages

Sunrise Cottage Resort :: a Waterfront Resort with Luxury Cottages and a sparkling clean outdoor heated pool. Ideal for family vacations or group events and reunions.

Merrill Inn :: A classic country inn in the heart of Picton. Girlfriend Getaways – Seasonal Packages – Fine Dining.

The Manse Boutique Inn and Spa :: The Manse is the perfect place just to relax and recoup • Food Packages • Wine Tour Packages • Day Spa Packages – in house RMT

The Wexford House :: Spectacular, historic 13 room vacation rental in Picton. A perfect venue for Family Gatherings • Group Reunions • Small Weddings • Girlfriends Getaways • Meetings & Retreats.

Art in the County

mmmmm! Food & Wine

Cheese FestivalThe Great Canadian Cheese Festival ~ June 3-4 at Picton Fairgrounds has become the biggest artisan cheese show in North America, with over 130 exhibitors and vendors offering hundreds of artisan foods products, including over 150 cow, sheep, goat and water buffalo milk cheeses, plus wine, cider and craft beer, pickles, jams, honey, charcuterie, and more.

Find out more at  cheesefestival.ca

Canada C3 will be in Prince Edward County during the Great Canadian Cheese Festival – June 3 & 4. Canada C3 is an initiative of the Students on Ice Foundation. Since 2000, Students on Ice (SOI) has led educational expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.  Details }

Sunday Night in Canada at The Drake Devonshire  ~ June is the final month for this culinary trip across Canada. Don’t miss out, find out more }

Summer Dinner series at J.K. Farm Hillier

  • Saturday June 10 with wines from Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery. Details }
  • Saturday June 17 with wines from Huff Estates Winery. Details }
  • Saturday June 24 with wines from Stanners Vineyard. Details }


Annual Ribs, Rock and Rose event at Three Dog Winery ~ Saturday June 17th celebrating the release of our very popular Rose, featuring The Pork Ninja cooking (vegetarian options also available) and Rockin it with The Rotted, Root Ramblers from 12:00-4:00. Details }

Uncork Canada ~ Saturday June 17 at the Crystal Palace in Picton. Get your tickets before they’re all sold out! Just $35 gets you 12 tastings of the BEST wines from across the country! All Canadian Wine.  Details }

Celebrate the first official weekend of summer ~ June 24 & June 25 at Sandbanks Estate Winery. Celebrate the first official weekend of summer with the release of our much loved Summer white and red wine. Complimentary tastings and pairings, with live music from 1-4pm. Details }

food truckYum!  The food trucks are open for the season, and there are too many to sample in a weekend! There is something for everyone — from southern-style barbq, picnic style lunches, seafood, Caribbean, Mexican, Quebec flair, Indian, Mediterranean, and more… Cycle or drive your way through the back country roads and tantalize your taste buds with local food and drink along the way. Directory of food trucks }


More Culinary Delights of the County

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Father’s Day Celebrations

Father’s Day gift ideas got you stumped? We may have a solution for that!

Grandparents Weekend at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village ~ June 10-11 @ 9:30-4:30. A celebration of generations, grandparents admitted free. Details }

Fore Health Care golf classic  ~ Tuesday June 13 at Picton Golf and Country Club.  Help us Tee Up Fore Health Care again!  Lunch & dinner included.  Details }

Nine and Dine Golf Day ~ Thursday June 15. 9 Holes with Steak Dinner at Wellington on the Lake Golf could be the perfect way to spend time with Dad. A Rotary fundraiser.  Details }

Dad’s Day Craft Beer Tour! Celebrate Dad with a Craft Beer Tour. Prince Edward County is now home to over a half a dozen new craft breweries and more opening this year. What better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than touring some of the breweries with your dad. Leave the driving to Sandbanks Vacations & Tours. Details }

Enjoy our Father’s Day Brunch Buffet in Amelia’s Garden at the Waring House on Sunday, June 18th from 11am until 2pm. The Waring House will be featuring a special Father’s Day Dinner Menu Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th. The menu will feature great surf n’ turf dishes. Flights of beer will also be available with each special! Details }

Treat your dad to Father’s Day brunch at Isaiah Tubbs Resort on June 18th. Seatings are at 10, 12, and 2 pm, at $30 per person. Our Father’s Day dinner on June 18th is a three course dinner from 5pm until 8pm,  at $40 per person. Details }

Or enjoy an afternoon with dad on Picton Bay with Picton Boat Tours.

Picton Boat Tours


Art is Everywhere!


Art Workshops at Baxter Arts Centre

The 10th Anniversary Show at Arts on Main Gallery is May 10th to August 28th.  The Gallery, a cooperative of 25 LOCAL ARTISTS together in ONE LOCATION, is open from 10 to 5pm daily. Read more }

New and exciting marine art by the members of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists is in the main gallery of the Victory. This exhibition continues until the end of July with free entry. Read more }

Free glass blowing lecture – Baxter Arts Centre ~ Friday June 2. On the first Friday evening of most months, join Mark Armstrong for a fun overview and introduction to the basic art of glassblowing. Read more }

Oeno Gallery exhibition ~ June 3 to 25th ~ celebrates the achievements of Canadian painter Milly Ristvedt who, since 1964, has pursued and articulated “the magical sensation and substance” of colour and the modernist grid. Read more }

Art in the Garden at Stone Cottage Art & Barn Quilt Gallery ~ June 3 & 4.  Come visit us in the garden and meet all our wonderfully talented artist friends who will be displaying their creations in the garden. Quilts, pottery, glass, jewelry, patio décor, hand created summer fashions and more. Details }


artMini-Arts Shows at The Local Store at West Lake ~ Wed June 7 – Sun June 18 ~ Linda Barber. Sun June 18 –Wed June 28 ~ Florence Chik-Lau. Wed June 28 –Sun July 9 ~ Margaret McFetridge.  Details }

QEMA’s Treats, Treasures & Crafts Shows ~ Saturday June 17 at Bloomfield Town Hall, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. An amazing array of artisanal crafts, hard to find treasures, and delectable treats. All donations support the Quinte Educational Museum and Archives.

Legendz Pub is hosting a paint night ~ Saturday June 24. Painting with Lisanardo will be onsite to step by step teach you how to create a master piece of art. This is a themed paint night so grab your friends and dress up in your favourite 80’s fashion. There will be a prize for best costume.  Details }

Follow the Arts Trail through our spectacular countryside and meet the talented artists and gallery owners who make The County a beautiful place to relax, explore and unwind. artstrail.ca



24th Annual Art in the County ~ June 23 to July 9 upstairs at Books & Co., 289 Main Street, Picton. 10-6 Monday to Saturday, 10-5 Sundays (except last day July 9th closes at 3).

This year we are celebrating the 24th anniversary of Art in the County, the annual juried art exhibition and sale that showcases the artists of Prince Edward County. Come and see for yourself why Art in the County is considered the premier juried art exhibition in eastern Ontario. Help choose the winner of the People’s Choice award by voting for your favourite piece. Visit artinthecounty.com


pecacTo learn more about local arts & cultural events, sign up for the PEC Arts Council’s newsletter Artscene. www.pecartscouncil.org


Baxter Arts Centre


Join us for summer Programs at Baxter Art Centre in Bloomfield, a community space for arts, education and creativity.   Find out more }



You’ll be Entertained

County Kids Read fundraiser concert with Shout Sister Picton ~ Thursday June 1 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Picton. Shout Sister is continuing their tradition of giving back to the community. Georgette Fry directs as they dedicate their annual fundraiser to County Kids Read. Find out more }

Silent MoviesSilent Movie Night ~ Thursdays June 1 & 15. Bi-weekly screening series at the Baxter Arts Centre in Bloomfield. June 1 – The Iron Horse (1924) and June 15 – Destiny (1921). Doors open at 7pm. Movie starts at 7:30pm. Free admission and light refreshments for sale.  Find out more }

Live entertainment on Saturdays at Barley Days Brewery ~ Great beer, friendly atmosphere, nice decor and live music on Saturdays during the summer. June 3 Masha Nazina; June 10 Beer Battered Blues; June 17 Craig Foster; June 24 Robert Keyes. Find out more }

Live entertainment at Huff Estates Winery ~ Sunday June 4.  Enjoy a fantastic lunch in our dining room or on the patio overlooking the vineyard, with live entertainment from The Ben Vandergaast Jazz Trio.  Huff Estates is home to talented musical performances every Sunday from May – September. Find out more }

Quarter Moon Coffee HouseQuarter Moon Coffee House (open mic) ~ Thursdays June 8 and 22. Open stage music, alternating Thursdays May-Sept at Baxter Art Centre in Bloomfield.  Great open stage music, free admission, good coffee and cookies! Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm sharp. Find out more }

Dancing with the Stars of Quinte ~ Friday June 9.  Celebrating 10 years of fundraising under the mirror ball, Volunteer and Information Quinte is, once again, setting the stage for Dancing with The Stars Quinte. This year brings a venue change for Dancing with The Stars Quinte. The event will take place at Essroc Arena, 111 Belleville St., in Wellington. Find out more }

The Reasons at Legendz Pub ~ Friday June 9.  Live music rocks so support local music only at the LZ where it’s EZ to find and always hard to leave.   Details }

Fats, Ray and Jerry Lee ~ Saturday June 10 at the Regent Theatre, with Spencer Evans and his Amazing band! Come dance to the hits of Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and Jerry Lee Lewis “I’m Walkin’”, “Blue Monday”, “Georgia”, “What I’d Say”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’”, “Breathless”.  Details }

Comedy Country returns ~ Saturday June 10 with a hilarious summer comedy series featuring some of Canada’s funniest stand-up, improv and sketch comedians – all hosted by The County’s Artisanal Comedy Troupe: TASTE THAT! View the summer comedy series schedule }

The Art of Dance,  presented by The County School of Dance ~ Sunday June 11. Great entertainment for the whole family.  Read more }

Roblin Lake Jamboree & Open Mic invites you to join us for our June Jamboree on Saturday, June 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 at the Ameliasburgh Town Hall, 13 Coleman Street, Ameliasburgh. Featuring rock & country music – but  not limited to those, we invite you to sign up for the Open Mic. Read  more }

Wellington GazeboFree Concerts at Wellington Park ~ Tuesday June 20 – The Fade Kings and Tuesday June 27 – The Reasons.  Presented by Wellington District Lions Club at Wellington Park Gazebo, Main Street, Wellington at 6:30pm on Tuesday evenings. Entertainment lineup }

QEMA Music Night ~ Wednesday June 21 at Wellington Town Hall @ 7pm featuring Terry Spilchen & friends. Free admission, refreshments, donations accepted for Quinte Educational Museum & Archives. Entertainment  lineup }

QEMA’s Special Concert, Freddy Vette and his Rhinestone Plowboys ~ Friday June 23, HOPE Centre, Picton at 8 pm.  Details }

Elvis: from Tupelo to Las Vegas ~ Saturday June 24 at 8:00pm at The Regent Theatre.  3 Award winning Elvis Tribute Artists (Anthony Joseph, Colin Dexter and Matthew Boyce) will take you on a journey of the life and times of Elvis Presley with unforgettable songs. Details }

music symbolOld Time Fiddle Show ~ Saturday June 24. Join Canadian fiddle champion, Scott Woods, his sister Kendra, Twin Fiddle Express, for an uplifting Old Time Fiddle Show and his band featuring guitar, bass, drums, accordion and piano at the Picton United Church, 12 Chapel Street, Picton. Details }

At the Regent Theatre ~ Free Family Movie Sunday June 25.  Find out more }

Music in the Vineyard ~ Fridays 4 – 7 p.m. from June 30th – September 1st at Sandbanks Estate Winery. Some of the best artists in our thriving local music scene will be filling the air with song this summer at the winery.  Find out more }

Festival PlayersFestival Players of Prince Edward County 2017 Season Tickets are on sale now for an exciting summer of professional theatre in The County.   Check it out }



Explore our Living History

Steam EnginesHorse-drawn Guided Tour of Wellington ~ June 3 and June 18 at 10:00 am. Our team of horses bring back the experience while you enjoy the rich historic scenery of Wellington aboard our 20-passenger tram.   Read more }

Grandparents Weekend at Ameliasburgh Heritage Village ~ June 10-11 @ 9:30-4:30. A celebration of generations, grandparents admitted free. Read more }

Victorian Tea ~ Sunday June 25 – 1-4pm Victorian Tea, Rose House Museum in Waupoos. 1867-era costumes and taste treats.  Read more }

Nature & Outdoors

Herbal Workshops during June,  led by Herbalist Tamara Segal of Hawthorn Herbals. Plant a Herbal Garden: A Sensory Experience of Herbs on June 4 in Bloomfield; Plant Identification Walk on June 15 in Wellington; and Herbal Workshop: Making Infused Oils with Herbs on June 26 in Hillier.  Details }

2017 BioBlitz at Miller Family Nature Reserve  ~ June 10 – 11, noon to noon. You’re Invited! Join us for the 4th annual PEC BioBlitz. Community volunteers of all ages (- it’s family friendly -) join scientists and experts to record all the living species in an area. Details }

County Garden Show  ~ Saturday, June 17 from 10 am – 4 pm at Wellington Town Hall, across from the Market.  Prince Edward County Horticultural Society is the host for this annual event. Enjoy the Flower Show & judged floral competition, our Plant Sale, a Silent Auction, the Victorian Tea Room, a Kids Program, and local vendors. Details }

Sports & Action

Wellington Women’s Half Marathon ~ Saturday June 3 in Wellington.  A community fundraiser,  the race sells out early every year !!  Details }

11th Annual County Kids of Steel Triathlon ~ Sunday June 4 at 8:30 am. A fun Triathlon for kids ages 3-17 at PEFAC in Picton, offering kids the experience of a triathlon in a positive and fun way. Details }

golfFore Health Care golf classic  ~ Tuesday June 13 at Picton Golf and Country Club.  Help us Tee Up Fore Health Care again!  Lunch & dinner included.  Details }

Nine and Dine Golf Day ~ Thursday June 15. 9 Holes with Steak Dinner at Wellington on the Lake Golf, a Rotary fundraiser.  Details }

Relay For Life ~ Friday June 16 from 6:00pm-Midnight. Relay For Life is a community fundraising event where Canadians across the country join together in the fight against cancer. Details }

Armdrop Drag Racing ~ Saturday June 24 at Picton Airfield. Step back in time at this unique event, see these classic and modified vehicles in action! Details }

Seasonal Markets

rhubarbNEW this year. Agrarian Market in Picton on Sunday mornings 8am to 12pm at the Lake Street entrance to the Millennium Trail. Support local. Shop local. Eat local. Find out more }

Picton Sunday Market 9am-2pm at 106 Bridge Street, Picton operating every Sunday, rain or shine. The market features local farmers, wineries and artisanal producers. Find out more  }

Wellington Farmers’ Market every Saturday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at 243 Main Street, Wellington. Enjoy local produce, baking, preserves, art, plants, crafts, wood-fired pizza, Jamie Kennedy Fries, meat and poultry. Find out more  }

Milford Artisan & Flea Market on Saturdays ~ 9 am – 2 pm. The Milford Market has more than doubled in size! Come out for live entertainment, lunches & snacks at the food booth, and more than 25 vendors outdoors and in the Red Shed. 2179 County Road 17, Milford (next to Mt. Tabor Playhouse in Milford).  Details }

What’s in Season in June

Asparagus, Cucumbers, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Cherries, Rhubarb, Strawberries
Check the farm market stands }

Coming in July

Art in the County
Juried Exhibition and Sale ~ June 23 to July 9

Canada FlagAs Canada celebrates 150, the County celebrates 225!
Keep checking as more events are added to Canada 150 events



Join us for seasonal celebrations, festivals and fairs

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