Meant for all ages and myriad tastes, the 2019 festival featured literary legends and musical masters in stellar venues, like the century-old Uxbridge Music Hall and the top-notch Wooden Sticks Golf Club. Inspiration started young with exceptional author events at the Blue Heron Studio as well as local schools. The Second Wedge Brewing Co. opened its doors to an on-tap, toe-tapping music/adventure event. Creativity blossomed in writing workshops in the Blue Heron Studio. Foodie events, featuring a renowned chef/cookbook author and a meal, were hosted by fabulous Feast-ON restaurant The Urban Pantry. There was even some thought-provoking theatre. In a ‘nod to Maud,’ a panel discussion event and cocktail party celebrated the renowned L.M. Montgomery at her former home in Leaskdale. And a ‘Get Lit on the Trails’ family day took the written word outside.
In this sold out event, guests celebrated an evening with one of the greats. John Irving took the stage to share passages from his work-in-progress and talk about his many other celebrated books. To salute this auspicious occasion, Uxbridge’s brand-new craft cider house, Slabtown Cider Co., created a unique offering (called The Cider House Rules!) to launch The Book Drunkard Festival and toast the festival’s first headliner, John Irving.READ MORE
The Second Wedge Brewing Co. brewed up The Book Drunkard Festival beer — a rich, malty but elegantly restrained märzen (the traditional beer of Oktoberfest). The beer was available on tap and in cans at The Second Wedge, and at select festival locations!
The Second Wedge also brewed a small batch of raspberry beer exclusively for the ‘Nod to Maud’ Cocktail Party, in honour of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspired by Anne’s raspberry cordial!
As part of their start-up series, Uxbridge’s brand-new craft cider house, Slabtown Cider Co., proudly presented the Cider House Rules — a handcrafted hard cider created using 100 % Ontario apples. This variety of cider was the perfect fit with Slabtown’s original flight of hard cider tastings and was on offer to launch The Book Drunkard Festival and toast the festival’s headliner, John Irving. The cider was available at Slabtown Cider Co. and various festival locations.
Thank you for a wonderful first festival! See you soon!