15th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival to Benefit International Institute of New England
The Winnipesaukee Wine festival returns to Meredith for its 15th annual fundraiser featuring samples of more than 100 wines, beers and spirits from around the world to benefit the important work of the International Institute of New England (IINE) in resettling and supporting refugees throughout New England, including those fleeing the invasion in Ukraine.
Sponsored by The Common Man Family of Restaurants and Martignetti Companies of Northern New England, the festival takes place on Wednesday, June 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith.
Featuring wine, craft beer and spirits from local, national and international producers, the event offers a VIP room in the Carriage House at Church Landing with exclusive wines and a commemorative glass. Tickets to the VIP room are $150, which also includes access to the Grand Tasting. Tickets to the Grand Tasting are $100 in advance and $115 at the door, while supplies last. Purchase tickets online at https://iine.org/winefest/ . Space is limited and advance tickets are suggested.
Participating in the 15th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival are WJ Deutsch & Sons Ltd., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, J. Lohr Winery, Palm Bay International, William Grant & Sons, Boston Harbor Distillery, NH’s own Cathedral Ledge Distillery, Trinchero Family Estates, Bogle Vineyards, Hess-Persson Estates Collection, Rombauer Vineyards, Tamworth Distillery, Amoskeag Beverages and Cisco Brewery, among others. Triple Eight Distillery will serve custom martinis down an ice luge sculpture created by Jeff Day of Rumney.
The Common Man family of restaurants will feature samples of some of the most popular dishes from a variety of its restaurants from across New Hampshire. Guests will enjoy live music by the David Lockwood Jazz Quartet and have a chance to partake in bidding on silent auction items and in a live auction hosted by Pat Kelly. Live auction items include:
Common Man Inn & Spa Package
Overnight stay for two in cozy fireplace room. Includes one classic pedicure, one classic facial, one classic massage, spa lunch, water bottle, slippers, spa gratuity and 10% off any additional spa services. Plus, a $35 dinner voucher to Foster’s Boiler Room. (Package is available for redemption Sun- Thurs., non-holiday. Other restrictions may apply.) Value$ 850
Riverside Cabin Getaway
Three-night stay for two in a sweet Adirondack cabin on the Mad River. Value $ 750
Seaplane Scenic Flight around the Lakes Region
A 60-mile scenic seaplane flight for 2 – 5 people (max capacity up to 600 lbs.) Departs from Squam Lake in Ashland, NH. Value $ 750
Cottage Place Stay for Two on Little Squam Lake with a Pontoon Boat Cocktail Cruise
Valid for stays in September or October 2022 or in April or May 2023. Value $ 1,000
Mill Falls at the Lake offers special festival overnight rates for standard rooms. They are $199 for Mill Falls, Chase House $249, Bay Point $279, and $319 for Church Landing. Call 1-800-622-6455 and mention you’re attending the Winnipesaukee Wine Festival. Room availability is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
“We are grateful for the Winnipesaukee Wine Festival and the Common Man to have chosen IINE as the recipient of this fun, community-based charitable event,” said Xan Weber, Senior Vice President of the International Institute of New England. “These funds will allow us to continue supporting immigrant and refugee families coming to New Hampshire and will help support Ukrainian refugees in our communities.”
The mission of the International Institute of New England (IINE) is to create opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement and pathways to citizenship. IINE works to assist immigrants in realizing their dreams and contributing to New England’s growth and prosperity. The organization has resettled nearly 600 individuals in the past six months, of which the majority are Afghan evacuees, and continues to respond to the call to provide local humanitarian response to some of the world’s most vulnerable people caught by war, violence, and persecution. IINE is preparing to welcome Ukrainian refugees fleeing the invasion and will work together with partners in communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to support them in reuniting with family living in New England or in joining our communities. For more information, visit IINE.org.