Festival 2023 – Sippers Symposium


When:     Saturday, June 24, 2023

starting at 10:30 am 

Where:    Mohawk College

135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 0E5


It’s time to get back together in person, to re-connect with fellow winemakers and learn about new tools, techniques and supplies available to home winemakers. 

This event is designed for both novice and experienced winemakers, offering a variety of workshops, seminars, wine tastings and networking opportunities to help you hone your skills and take your winemaking to the next level.  At the festival, you’ll have the chance to learn from some of the top experts in the province, as well as connect with other amateur winemakers from clubs across Ontario.  You’ll also have the opportunity to sample some of the best homemade wines around, as well as explore the latest trends and techniques in winemaking!

Lunch and dinner are included with your registration fee, along with complimentary parking.  If you are travelling from out of town, consider staying over!  Accommodation is available onsite for an additional charge.

Register early and join us for an unforgettable day of learning, networking, and fun!

Price for entire day –  AWO Members $140  (plus Eventbrite fees)

                            Non-AWO Members $155  (plus Eventbrite fees)

 Price for Seminars & Lunch only –  AWO Members $100  (plus Eventbrite fees)

                                                     Non-AWO Members $115  (plus Eventbrite fees)

 Price for Dinner & Showcase only –  AWO Members $55  (plus Eventbrite fees) promo code GUEST23

                                                     Non-AWO Members $70  (plus Eventbrite fees) promo code GUEST23

Note:  Non AWO Members will be given a years membership to the AWO when registering for this event.   This is required so that they will be covered by our insurance.  Check out the benefits of being an AWO member.


Festival Events 

Check out the 12 seminars we are offering this year.   The Club Showcase is when we get to mingle & taste each others award winning wines.   Please contact Karen or Patti to reserve a club table.   Check out our photos from past Festivals.   Also, there is the AGM, the Competition Awards Presentation and a Silent Auction. 



Here is the link to register for the Festival.   Please note that after May 22, the price is increased by $15.


Mohawk College, Hamilton

Our festival this year is at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.  Check the following link for detailed information and a layout of the residence suites.   Each suite includes 2 double bed bedrooms, so you are encouraged to pair up with another winemaker.   It is a very good price at $115/night.   Residence accomodations are not available via Festival registration, so you are required to call to make this reservation.



The purpose of this meeting is to receive reports, elect directors, debate and vote on motions before the membership and transact other business properly put before the membership.   This year, there have been no motions or resolutions proposed, so it should be a quick meeting.
A detailed agenda will be available prior to the meeting.

The Voting Designation form is required for entry to the AGM.

We are in need of more Board members, so please consider volunteering.   We are particularly in need of people that are comfortable working with excel spreadsheets.

Do you know someone that you feel has had a positive impact on our organization ?   If you do, please consider nominating them for the Paul Dunseath Outstanding Service Award.