Whiskylicious Festival returns to Collingwood, Ontario




Whiskylicious returns to Collingwood with local restaurants taking part in the unique 10-day festival that gives Collingwood’s outstanding chefs the chance to share their sweet and savoury creations, inspired by Collingwood Whisky.

More than 20 locations and special events will be serving 50 delicious whisky-inspired culinary creations. Several restaurants are also hosting limited-seating, one-of-a-kind special evening events.

The full list of restaurants, as well as their menus and details about special evening events, are available at collingwoodwhiskylicious.ca.

There are also some new twists to the Whiskylicious Festival in 2018:

Thursday, February 1
The Whiskylicious Launch Party at 65 Simcoe Street will feature the start of the online Barrel Head Art Auction.

Inspired by the theme ‘Journey Forth’, twelve local artists associated with Tremont Studios have created fabulous art pieces using real barrel heads supplied by the Collingwood Distillery.

The twelve artists bring unique perspectives on what Journey Forth means to them here in Collingwood. This online art auction runs for 10 days at whatsonsimcoestreet.com/events/. The Barrel Head Art and the artists’ comments can be viewed in person at 65 Simcoe Street or at www.nearbuyart.com.

Proceeds go towards raising funds for the renovations of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society (NLPS).

For the first time, get an inside look of the distillery at the Collingwood Distillery Photo Exhibit.

The distillery is not open to the public so this photo exhibit is the closest people can get to an actual tour of the distillery. Richard Garner’s behind-the-scenes photos provide an intimate visual tour of the way Collingwood Whisky is made. The photo exhibit will be on display at 65 Simcoe Street starting February 1 and continuing for most of February.

Tuesday, February 6
Cheer on our region’s talented bartenders at the 2nd Annual Collingwood Whiskylicious Bartender Competition in Lakeside Seafood & Grill Restaurant. Due to demand, we have expanded the competition and added the People’s Choice category.Whiskylicious-Festival

Bartenders will create uniquely delicious ‘Journey Forth’ inspired cocktails using Collingwood Whisky and then let the crowd sample their creations.

Come out and vote for your favourite bartenders in Collingwood’s only waterfront restaurant. Seating is limited so pre-register for the FREE access event today!

Saturday, February 10
Festival Finale starts at 3:00 p.m. at 65 Simcoe Street. The Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society will be presenting its 2018 plans for the lighthouse. Then witness the final minutes of the Barrel Head Art Auction, which closes at 4:30 pm.

Whiskylicious is sponsored by Collingwood Whisky with generous support from mycollingwood.ca, Mountain Goat Film Company, and Spinnaker Marketing. It is organized in partnership between the Town of Collingwood, Collingwood Downtown BIA, and Tourism Simcoe County.

Journey Forth to Collingwood and experience the Whiskylicious Festival. Take in the special events, sampling one-of-a-kind taste sensations and sipping unique Collingwood Whisky cocktail creations at participating restaurants.  Honour the pursuit. Sip responsibly.

For full festival details, please visit the Whiskylicious website at collingwoodwhiskylicious.ca, or get the latest updates at www.facebook.com/CollingwoodWhiskylicious. It’s another reason to visit Simcoe County.


About the Town of Collingwood
Nestled against the shores of South Georgian Bay, Collingwood is a vibrant community rich with history and culture. Enjoy breathtaking views from Sunset Point Park and the Hen & Chickens Boardwalk, or unwind at the peaceful Arboretum. Explore the downtown heritage district and visit art galleries, trendy boutiques, and award-winning restaurants and cafés. With nearly 70 km of recreational trails for biking, hiking, skiing & snowshoeing, and both Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach just down the road, this harbourfront town is a four season getaway for all visitors.

About Collingwood Whisky 
Collingwood Whisky was launched in 2011 as a new premium artisanal Canadian whisky, under the skilled craftsmanship of Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris. Like the town where it’s made, Collingwood Whisky is no ordinary spirit. Distilled using fresh filtered water from Georgian Bay and grains (corn, rye and barley) sourced mainly from Ontario farms, it is aged in high-quality oak barrels hand-made in Brown-Forman’s own cooperage. Once the whisky is perfectly matured, it is rested with toasted maplewood “staves”, which imparts a maple character that is truly Canadian, yet unique among Canadian whiskies.

“Collingwood Whisky is inspired by the iconic heritage and natural resources of Southern Georgian Bay,” says David Dobbin, AVP and General Manager of Canadian Mist Distillers. “What stands out about this whisky is that it’s incredibly smooth with no harshness. Full-flavoured and complex with a long, clean finish, you can sip it neat, on the rocks or in classic lighter cocktails, and its characteristics are perfect for a variety of food recipes.”

The distillery where Collingwood Whisky is made is Canada’s longest continuously owned and operated distillery. Located in the Town of Collingwood, the Collingwood Whisky distillery is celebrated its 50thAnniversary in 2017.

A long-time supporter of its home town, Collingwood Whisky has worked closely with the Save Our Lighthouse campaign, encouraging buyers of its Double Barrelled Whisky to donate and contributing a substantial sum of money to the restoration of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse.