Fruitful evening at 15th annual Wine Show

Alycia Douglass

CORNWALL, Ontario – Is there any better way to beat the winter blues than enjoying good wine among great company?

In its 15th year, Ramada Cornwall hosted a crowded house at the 2018 edition of the Seaway International Wine Festival, with 475 people coming out to support a worthy cause.

This year the Wine Festival chose to partner with the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District to help support over 3600 local people living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

“We often try and mix it up and spread it around a little bit,” said Scott Lecky, Owner and General Manager of Ramada Cornwall. “It started 15 years ago when we decided to do something similar to the Ottawa Wine and Food Show, and it’s just continued to grow.”

The celebrated event featured a wide assortment of international wines, beers, and other spirits, not to mention great food and entertainment.

Upon walking through the doors, patrons were transported back to the 80s with neon decorations and lights, not to mention an ample serving of Tom Cruise and John Hughes.

“The 80s were a really big part of my world, and it was nice to kind of bring it back to life a little bit,” said Lecky.

Patrons had the chance to get down on the dancefloor as Coco Thompson took the stage, followed by Leanna White, both serving up some seriously funky tunes.

Halfway through Coco’s set, Scott busted out his moves onstage, receiving a raucous applause from the crowd.

It’s moments like this that make it clear why some schedule holidays around the Wine Show.

“It’s a wonderful crowd, it’s a wonderful cause, and it’s just a great time,” said Lecky.

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