Festival of Wines Gala

Live Auction Items

1. Picnic on Sable Island
Sable Island, 300 km south-east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is renowned for its wild horses and shipwrecks. It is also an island with a fascinating geology and natural history that reflect the challenge of surviving wind, waves, and isolation. This event departs at the Halifax International Airport private airstrip in the early morning. This trip is for five people and is a one day, once in a lifetime experience. Included in this package is a picnic lunch provided by The Bertossi Group and a framed photograph by Damian Lidgard, Sable Island biologist and photographer.

The date for redemption of this auction prize must be confirmed several weeks in advance. It is possible to get to the Island between May 1 & September 30, 2017. This program may be re-scheduled on extremely short notice due to any number of weather or ground conditions which could lead to possible delays or change of excursion date. The authority to cancel or postpone this program lies with Parks Canada and Maritime Air Charter. There is a risk of being stranded on the Island for an indefinite period of time. Approx. value $7,700

Donated by: Clearwater, Armour Group, The Bertossi Group, Damian Lidgard


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2. Nestled in Northumberland

Fox Harb’r Getaway – Spend two nights in an executive suite for up to eight people. Included in the package are two rounds of golf per couple. Wake up and enjoy an exclusive winery and vineyard tour, a structured wine tasting, and paired five-course lunch in the Grand Tasting Room at Jost Vineyards. Carl Sparkes, the owner of Devonian Coast Wineries, will be your host.

Valid until October 2017 Approx. value $8,000

Donated by: Fox Harb’r, Devonian Coast Wineries


3. Local Artist’s Sculptural Ceramic Espalier Wall Piece
Laura Jean Forrester grew up on a flower farm in rural Prince Edward Island. Her work as a Sculptural Ceramic artist is inspired by a deep affiliation with horticulture.

Currently residing in Halifax, and represented by Studio 21 Fine Art, Laura received a BFA from NSCAD University in 2015.

Laura is excited to be involved in supporting Symphony Nova Scotia, and has been commissioned to create an original wine-themed ceramic sculpture. Her inspiration for the grape Espalier wall piece comes from her recent research at local Nova Scotia vineyards.

Approx. value $3,000

Donated by: Laura Jean Forrester, Studio 21


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4. We The North Getaway
Be a part of the action with two courtside seats near the Toronto Raptors bench for a home game during the 2016/17 regular season. Included in this package is a $250 Gift Certificate for dinner and access to the Platinum Club at the Air Canada Centre before the game and two nights stay at a 4-star hotel in downtown Toronto.

Game to be confirmed with Office Interiors with some flexibility to the winning bidder. Hotel to be arranged through Symphony Nova Scotia. Approx. value $3,000

Donated by: Office Interiors, Ricoh


5. Grapes of New Zealand
Revel in the flavours of New Zealand with round-trip airfare for two and five nights’ accommodation at various wineries in the beautiful towns of Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, and Auckland. This package also includes all intra-New Zealand travel and meals.

Donated by: Philippe Dandurand Wines


Silent Auction Items

 Hops on the Harbour
A private party aboard the Tall Ship Silva for 40 guests for an afternoon on the Harbour. Includes a variety of local craft beers for each guest, hors d’ouevres, and a personal event consultant. Value $4,800

Donated by: Murphy’s The Cable Wharf, Ambassatours Gray Line


 Up and Away with Air Canada
The choice is yours! Travel anywhere Air Canada flies in North America with two round-trip tickets. What about Hawaii, the Caribbean or a getaway to Las Vegas? Value $3,900

Donated by: Air Canada


The Shores of PEI
Spend a week in a golden summer cottage in Morell, PEI for up to six people. Paddle the shoreline with wildlife by your side and spend a day on the Links at Crowbush (green fees for two and cart included). Value $1,750

Donated by: Chris Wilkinson, PEI’s Finest Golf


4. Retreat to Historic Charm
A getaway for two couples to the Algonquin Resort tucked away in beautiful St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay for two couples with a round of golf for four on the newly re-inspired Rod Whitman designed course. Each couple will have their own charming and relaxing guest room.

Valid from August 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017. Approx. value $1,500

Donated by: Algonquin Resort, Southwest


Mooseheads Hockey from the Skybox
Catch a Mooseheads game in January from a luxurious Skybox for a party of 15 with a $300 food and beverage credit! Value $1,000

Donated by: Labatt Breweries


Between the Vines
Tours and wine tastings for four at three award winning wineries beginning with a “grape to bottle” tour at Planters Ridge Winery. Included is transportation from Halifax and a special two-course gourmet lunch at Restaurant Le Caveau. Approx. value $600

Donated by: Uncork Nova Scotia/Go North Tours


Theatre and Golf Getaway Weekend
Visit beautiful Parrsboro for the weekend with a luxury vehicle from O’Regans and one nights’ accommodation at a local Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy an evening for two at the Ship’s Company Theatre and a day on the greens at Parrsboro Golf Club. Value $550

Donated by: O’Regans


8. An Evening at Barrington Steakhouse
You and three guests will savour in the flavours of a Three Course Tasting menu specially prepared by Barrington Steakhouse’s own Executive Chef Dwayne MacLeod, with wine pairings by Sommelier Lesley Quinn. Value $400

Donated by: Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar