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Ice Wine Festival Report

chocdocchocdoc Posts: 460
edited 4:29AM in EggHead Forum
As alluded to in earlier posts - I've been preparing for the Ice Wine Festival in Niagara for the past couple of weeks. I was asked by Nick - my BGE dealer from Lakeshore Living - to join him and do a couple of chocolate things that linked the Ice Wine and the BGE themes.

The festival was held on the street in the town of Jordon - Saturday and Sunday - Saturday was a miserable snowy day - it took us about 2 hours to get there - Sunday clear and sunny - but damn cold (both days). I've been for 24 hours - and I'm not warm yet.

Nick and his wife Anna made batch after batch of wings and roasted chestnuts on the Egg - a big hit! Their son in law Rocco manned the Saeco espresso machine and a pair of Paul's helped out with the cooking and serving. Primeggester also helped out and showcased his wonderful rub.

I cold smoked some chocolate - and used it to make smoked chocolate ice wine shots. I used a really excellent Cabernet Franc ice wine from Hernder Estates (where the NiEggara Fest was held in 2010), the smoked dark chocolate, some regular dark chocolate, a bit of milk chocolate, water and cream. It was a big hit! The chocolate shots were paired with an ice wine truffle in a cup made with Hernder Estates Vidal icewine.

I also used the ice wine cured bacon that I had made a couple of weeks ago for a bacon and smoked salt bark.

Finally I took some nice new crop dried turkish figs, stuffed with dark chocolate and a toasted walnut half - roasted on the egg until the chocolate was all squishy.

DSCN2379 by ChocDoc1, on Flickr

When we arrived of course nothing was set up - and the games began.

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The chocolate shot machine was the only thing keeping my hands warm for the weekend - there were times when I couldn't even feel them to use them to pull apart the little paper cups for the chocolates and the figs.

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Note the lucky folks with wine glasses in their hands.

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Primeggesters Cluck and Squeal - the original! I was the fortunate recipient of a large bag of the low salt version - which I used this evening on some chicken leg quarters and boneless breast that I egged - wonderful! I'm going to play with this in the next few weeks and see if I can come up with some sort of original cook for it.

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The boys portioning out wings - all done with the original Cluck and Squeal. Marc (Primeggester) did up a few batches of wings with some varied formulations - we were brutally honest! They were all good - but #2 was eggcellant.

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Chestnuts roasting on an open egg!

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Most of the wings were cooked in this pizza oven - huge quantities required to feed the drunken crowds.

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The figs pre bake.

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The figs post bake - look at that lovely melty chocolate. I am personally responsible for stains on quite a number of coats and scarves - I tried to warn everyone (after the first)!

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By day 2 we realized we had better bring along a little warmer to keep the figs squishy - saved the back and forth on the egg.

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Tim (Grand Oeuf Vert) on the right - starting up his demo on the festival stage.

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A last look at the booth - that's Nick in the blue hat.

I offloaded only a small percentage of the stuff I'd prepared - hope I can find homes for it. Nothing says Valentines like bacon bark right?


  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,740

    That looks frigid ;)



    Caledon, ON


  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Need my address Kerry? Looks like it went off very well! You worked hard, I know. Not the best weather, but you just got to roll with it. thanks for the pictures!!
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  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,671
    Looks like a good time but that weather :whistle: If I lived up there I'd have to do all my shopping in the fall and have a really big fireplace to put my large egg in :blush: :laugh: leaving the house would be only for emergency beer and medical runs,,,and in that order B)
  • Ouch! My hands are freezing just thinking about standing out this weekend in the cold! My car barely started on Sunday so I imagine you were iced out there!

    Good looking food!
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Great post,Great Pics and Great Times.But BBBRRRRRRR! :)
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    I could dig that festival, and some of your chocolate figs and chocoshots.
    Can you tell me anything about the pizza oven that cooked the wings? Name, manufacturer, where to buy?
  • chocdocchocdoc Posts: 460
    Clay Q wrote:
    I could dig that festival, and some of your chocolate figs and chocoshots.
    Can you tell me anything about the pizza oven that cooked the wings? Name, manufacturer, where to buy?

    It's a Fontana Woodburning oven - Lakeshore Living (my BGE dealer) is the exclusive Canadian distributor for it. When you come up to buy it I'll make you some figs!
  • rsmdalersmdale Posts: 2,472
    I must have lost my invite!! It all looks fabulous.


  • Thanks for the report...It looks like fun!!
  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Great post
    Should have got my butt down there.
    Your smoked chocolate is awsome :)

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