A Tasteful Tradition Returns Nov. 8

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Features Craft Beverages, Fine Foods and More

Lakes Region Uncorked is the area’s showcase event for locally-made craft beverages, gourmet foods and so much more. In its 6th year, Uncorked returns to Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith on Thursday, Nov. 8rd from 5-8 pm, where rustic elegance creates the perfect atmosphere for guests to enjoy and appreciate some of the finest NH made and grown products available.

“Uncorked is the largest fundraiser of the year for LRCS with proceeds helping local people and families in need of support.  We are grateful for the ongoing enthusiasm and strong following for Uncorked. Each year, people look forward to it and enjoy sharing the experience with their friends and colleagues. It’s great fun for the community to gather and support the local vendors and taste their fantastic products,” said Rebecca Bryant, LRCS President & CEO.

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Enjoying Lakes Region Uncorked Tastings

Uncorked 2018 features new and returning vendors and sponsors. “We are happy to welcome 32 vendors this year, including new local breweries – Burnt Timber, Wolfeboro and Kettlehead Brewing, Tilton as well as specialty food businesses,” commented Joanne Piper Lang, LRCS VP of Development.

Guests are offered an assortment of fine foods – passed appetizers and hors d’oeuvres and NH made sweet and savory foods – chocolates, bakery specialties and foods such as wood fire pizza, smoked meats, local cheeses, grilled vegetables and fresh farm products, as well as locally roasted coffees.

Uncorked also offers Celebrity Chef Tickets for a 5:30 or 6:30 pm seating with Chef Kevin Halligan, executive chef and owner of Laconia Local Eatery and Osteria Poggio in Center Harbor. Chef Halligan will prepare small dishes using fresh, local ingredients paired with cocktails prepared by Tamworth Distilling.

Live music adds even more enjoyment to the evening. Headlining Uncorked 2018 will be performances by two very talented local musicians – David Lockwood, Pianist and Rik Pfenninger, Saxophonist. Lockwood has played for many years throughout New England and beyond with the Attractions, Raccoon Beach, Little Davey and the Aberrations, and various freelance duos and trios, sharing the stage with Bonnie Raitt, Joe Lovano, and Mavis Staples among others. As a solo singer/pianist he covers a wide range of material from jazz standards to classic pop tunes and one hit wonders to his own songs.

Dr. Rik Pfenninger teaches saxophone, jazz studies, and music technology at Plymouth State University and in addition to his numerous commercial works, Rik’s jazz recordings and film soundtracks can be heard on Apple iTunes, MusicMine Records, and “The Best of Smooth Jazz Christmas” by the Universal Music Group.

Uncorked guests will enjoy holiday shopping at the Silent Auction featuring unique items and experiences. The popular ‘Pull a Cork’ Wall of Wine continues this year as well as the ‘Blue Ribbon’ raffle – offering a chance to win a collection of fine wines worth more than $1000 in a custom-made display rack. Tickets for the ‘Blue Ribbon’ raffle are on sale now and the winner doesn’t have to be present or attend Uncorked to win.

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Farm fresh cuisine

Vendors in the Tasting Rooms include:  Burnt Timber Tavern; Canterbury Aleworks; Coffin Cellars Winery; Cold Garden Spirits; Farnum Hill Ciders; Flag Hill Winery and Distillery; Haunting Whisper Vineyard; Hermit Woods Winery; Kettlehead Brewing: LaBelle Winery; Lone Wolfe Brewing Co.; Moat Mountain Brewing Co.; Moonlight Meadery; Sap House Meadery; Seven Birches Winery; Squam Brewing; Tamworth Distilling; Whippletree Winery; Winnipesaukee Winery: and Woodstock Inn Brewery. Sweet and Savory Tasting features: Cup and Crumb; Curt’s Caterers; Fox Country Smoke House; Huckins Farm; Moulton Farm; Ooo La La Creative Cakes; Winnipesaukee Chocolates; Winnipesaukee Woods Farm and Woodshed Roasting Company.

For those who want to make a night of it, overnight accommodations for Thursday night are being offered at a discounted rate at the Inn at Mill Falls and Church Landing. Availability may be limited and restrictions apply. For reservations and details, call 1-800-622-6455.

“Because of our corporate sponsors, ticket sales directly help the many people LRCS serves in Belknap and S. Grafton counties and throughout the Lakes Region – people with developmental disabilities, brain disorders and children and families in need of support, as well as elders and those with chronic illnesses,” added LRCS President Bryant. “This is a wonderful event for the all of us who live and work in the Lakes Region. We plan for it all year, and there’s a lot packed in to a few hours.”

Special thanks are extended to the 15 major sponsors of Uncorked who include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield -Title; The Maroun Family Foundation – Presenting; CGI Benefits- Celebrity Chef; Franklin Savings Bank – Fine Foods; Wood & Clay – Blue Ribbon Raffle; Bank of New Hampshire; Melcher & Prescott and Leone, McDonnell & Roberts – Grapes, Grains and Orchards; Moulton Farm – Carriage Room; Prescription Center – Dessert; Mainstay Technologies- Pull a Cork; Meredith Village Savings Bank – Coasters and Bank of NH Pavilion –  Live Music. “The generosity of the business and nonprofit community continues to be amazing and is what enables us to make this event so enjoyable,” added Lang.

Tickets are $100/Admits 2 (or $60 single) in advance. Premier Tickets with the Celebrity Chef session are $95 pp and include a Blue Ribbon raffle ticket. Visit the event’s website http://www.lakesregionuncorked.com for complete information and ticket sales. Tickets are also available for direct purchase online at uncorkednh18.eventbrite.com. For additional information email uncorked@lrcs.org or call 603-581-1526.