September 08, 2010 09:00 ET

Localfest 2010-Better, Fresher, Local

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - Fermentations!, Toronto's premiere on-premises brewery and winery is proud to announce Localfest 2010 - A Celebration of the bounty of the local harvest. If Better, Fresher, and Local are words to describe your favorite wines and beers, then Localfest 2010 is for you! Fermentations! is located at 201 Danforth Avenue, in Toronto or online at www.fermentations.ca.

"For over 10 years, we have been working with local grape, apple, and hop farmers, as well as beekeepers, making available to our clients the finest local ingredients to use when making their favorite fermented beverages. This year, we have once again expanded our range of offerings to include organic and conventional grapes from the Niagara region, multiple apple varieties pressed fresh for hard apple cider from Smithville, three organic hop varieties from Prince Edward County, and honey sourced from Omeemee, near Peterborough," says Charles Fajgenbaum, owner of Fermentations.

The raw materials need to be more than just local, they also need to be of exceptional quality, because Fermentation's reputation rests with every batch people make. Charles has amassed over 1600 points in winemaking competitions, ranking him as a Grand Master Vintner by the Wine Judges Of Canada. "We are awaiting the results of the National AWC Competition where we have two beers, and two wines representing Ontario." The competition is slated for September 11, 2010.

Local Niagara wine grapes being offered this year include organic Vidal and Cabernet Franc, as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Baco Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend. The climate has co-operated this year, with ample hours of sunshine, and a paucity of rain. This year may go down in history as one of the finest vintage years for Niagara wines.

When it comes to brewing great beer, fresh is best. Fermentations is making available from Prince Edward County fresh picked organic Fuggles, East Kent Goldings and Hallertau hops. "There is nothing better than beer when it is truly made fresh, and nothing makes great beer than fresh hops. These hops are so fresh, they are literally picked off the vine, and vacuum sealed almost immediately. It's no wonder flavour and aromas just leap out of the glass," says Charles.

"Apple cider is becoming more and more popular, and we are proud to make available to our clients a multi-apple blend of cider for hard cider making. There just may not be anything more refreshing to quench even the biggest thirst," according to Charles. "Finally, the honey we use has an absolutely perfect nose to it- you can practically smell the flowers that the bees gathered nectar from. Mead is great done on its own with quality honey, but some of our more adventurous clients have spiced it up with a touch of black currant - a match, I think, is that is made in heaven."

Fermentations! has been operating since 1993, and has won numerous awards, including being voted "Best Of" multiple times by the readers of both NOW, and EYE Magazine. An invitation-only open house is being held Sunday, September 12. If you would like to attend, or would like more information on LOCALFEST 2010 Better, Fresher, Local, please contact Charles Fajgenbaum at 416-778-9000 or via email at charles@fermentations.ca.

Localfest begins September 10, 2010, and continues while exceptional local ingredients are available.

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