The Hippo


May 30, 2020








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Lakes Region Uncorked 

When: Thursday, Nov. 3, 5 to 8 p.m. 
Where: Church Landing at Mill Falls, 281 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith
Cost: General admission is $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Admission with access to one of the celebrity chef sessions is $75 (must purchase in advance). Event is 21+. All ticket holders will receive an Uncorked LOGO wineglass.
Tasting room vendors
Alcoholic beverages: 
Black Cove Beverages (Meredith), Canterbury Aleworks (Canterbury), Coffin Cellars Winery (Webster), Farnum Hill Ciders (Lebanon), Flag Hill Winery & Distillery (Lee), Gilmanton Winery and Vineyard (Gilmanton), Haunting Whisper Vineyard & Spirits (Danbury), Hermit Woods Winery (Meredith), LaBelle Winery (Amherst), Moat Mountain Brewing Co. (North Conway), Newfound Lake Vineyards (Bristol), Sap House Meadery (Center Ossipee), Squam Brewing (Holderness), Tamworth Distillery (Tamworth), Tall Ship Distillery (Dover), Seven Birches Winery (Lincoln), Whippletree Winery (Tamworth), Woodstock Inn Brewery (North Woodstock) 
Gourmet food/drinks: 
Hampshire Toffee (Moultonborough), Huckins Farm (New Hampton), Ooo La La Creative Cakes (Meredith), Sweet to Eat Cheesecakes (Laconia), Winnipesaukee Chocolates (Wolfeboro), Woodshed Roasting Company (Laconia) 

Taste of the Lakes
Uncorked event features new chef demo, spirits vendors

By Angie Sykeny

 Experience the best of the Lakes Region’s food and drink at Lakes Region Uncorked, featuring samples of fine foods, wine, mead, cider, beer and, for the first time, spirits. Guests will also enjoy a new cooking and tasting session with a celebrity chef, a wall of wine raffle and a silent auction.  

The fourth annual event takes place Thursday, Nov. 3, at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith. 
“It’s an opportunity for people to come together and enjoy what’s made in New Hampshire and what’s best about living in the Lakes Region,” said Joanne Piper Lang, director of development at Lakes Region Community Services, which hosts Uncorked. “It’s a great event for both the vendors and the guests.” 
In the tasting room, spirits vendors Tamworth Distilling, Tall Ship Distillery of Dover, Flag Hill Distillery of Lee, Haunting Whisper Spirits of Danbury and Black Cove Beverages of Meredith will join the lineup of wineries, breweries and other beverage producers. Food vendors will have gourmet items like chocolate, toffee, cake and cheesecake, artisan cheese and locally roasted coffee. There will also be an assortment of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Common Man Restaurant to complement the tasting.
Guests are encouraged to take their time and talk with the vendors about their products and how they’re made. 
“The vendors are really passionate about what they do,” Lang said. “They love [Uncorked] because it’s more than just a tasting. … People usually spend a couple hours talking with them, so it’s an opportunity to showcase their products to people who are interested in what they’re doing.” 
In addition to the spirits vendors, this year’s event will introduce another new feature: a small plates and pairings cooking and tasting session with Chef Kevin Halligan, owner and executive chef of Laconia Local Eatery. Halligan will demonstrate his creative cooking style, share recipes and offer food tips for the holiday season and beyond. Guests will be served small plates prepared by the chef, paired with some of the wines and spirits featured in the tasting room. Sessions will be held at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and will run for around 45 minutes. Separate tickets are required to participate.  
For a $20 donation, guests can try their luck at the wall of wine raffle, where they’ll draw a numbered cork and receive the bottle of wine with the corresponding number. 
“That’s one of the most popular things [at the event],” Lang said. “The wines can be worth a lot of money depending on which you pick. It’s a great thing for right before the holidays.” 
A silent auction will have food- and drink-related prizes like a gift certificate for Tamworth Distilling, a “tower of toffee” from Hampshire Toffee, private tasting tours and restaurant gift certificates, as well as general prizes like golf and ski packages, a Boston Red Sox baseball signed by catcher Ryan Hanigan, flight passes and more. 
Proceeds from Uncorked will help Lakes Region Community Services provide support for people living with disabilities in the Lakes Region. 

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