To salute the growing wine and craft beer industries in Nova Scotia, the elite Halifax Club is hosting its second Winemaker vs Brewmaster dinner this Friday in Halifax with Blomidon Estate winemaker, Simon Rafuse, taking on Propeller Brewing brewmaster, Bobby Zacharias, to provide appropriate pairings for a five course meal by their Chef Nelson Francis. Guests will get to vote on the best pairing for each course with either a wine cork or a beer cap.
Adam Bower, the Marketing Director of the Halifax Club said this was the second Winemaker vs Brewmaster Dinner and will be part of an ongoing series of dinners. The first was held in April with Ben Swetnam of Avondale Sky Winery taking on Daniel Girard of Garrison Brewing. Although there was a 2-2 tie, Avondale Sky got the final nod for the greater number of corks overall.
The wineries and breweries have not been able to provide any input into the menu planning and have had the last week to consider the best pairings for Friday's menu which includes duck confit, beef tenderloin, mussels, scallops, and pumpkin mousse. Both Rafuse and Zacharias will present their chosen selection for pairing to the guests at the start of each course giving an explanation of why each were chosen.
"The guests will have a chance to hear about the wine and ales from the people who have actually made them and hopefully develop a better awareness of the range of great products being made in Nova Scotia." explained Adam Bower.
There were forty guests at the first Winemaker vs Brewmaster Dinner and word has spread as already sixty guests have signed up for Friday's dinner with a few more tickets to go. Bower said they want to keep the numbers manageable so that the winemaker and brewmaster can develop a conversation with guests.
With fourteen craft breweries and wineries, currently in the province, the Halifax Club can keep the rivalry going for years to come.