Move over pub crawl.
And make way for the inaugural Cork and Brew Tour.
An Oct. 20 fundraiser for Gleaners Food Bank Quinte, as well as Quinte Region Food Share, the Cork and Brew Tour will provide ‘passports’ to 125 paid participants to board at least four buses for a tour of local wineries and craft breweries.
Two buses will leave Belleville, one from Picton and another from Tweed, for the day tour scheduled from 11 a.m. to six locations in the region, said Sarah Kring, Gleaners Food Bank public relations-fundraising coordinator Thursday.
Passport holders will be treated to transportation, wine and beer tasting, as well as all manners of food stuffs and appetizers at each locale, she said.
Pending the success of this year’s first such event, Kring said Gleaners expects to host a spring and fall tour each year to help drum up operating revenues for the food bank, an essential community service for residents in need.
“Hopefully, this is going to be a very fun biannual event that will assist us assist others who depend on Gleaners,” Kring said during a visit to Signal Brewing Company in Corbyville.
Kring said buses will visit a variety of destinations, including Signal, Huff Estates in Picton, Potter Settlement Artisan Winery in Tweed, Barely Days Brewery and Three Dog Winery both in Picton as well as Maple Dale Cheese.
Richard Corneyea, founder of Signal Brewing Company, said he was happy to be part of the latest Gleaners fundraiser given the important work the organization does.
“The tour will be held just coming out of Thanksgiving so it’s a great way to support those who aren’t as blessed,” he said.“Food need in our community is huge. This is our way to do our part. It’s an honour.”
Deadline to purchase tour passports is Oct. 19 at 6 p.m.
For further details, log on to www.gleanersfoodbank.ca