Wine lovers rejoice, as the Niagara Wine Festival is back for it's 63rd year! From September the 13th until September the 28th, the streets of Niagara will be filled with parties, parades, events and entertainment for harvest celebrations with some of the best wineries in the world. If you have never experienced the Niagara Wine Festival before, you are truly missing out. Here's what you can expect from the next two weeks.
Discovery Pass Wine Route Tours
One of the main attractions during the Niagara Wine Festival is the tours, that pull in wine lovers from around the world. On the 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th those with tickets are able to visit some of the best wineries in the world, for wine tasting experiences unlike any other. Visitors will be able to see how incredible wines are made, get to taste them and also find out which food complements them best. Educational seminars will also be taking place throughout each of the wineries. There will be eight wineries participating in total, giving visitors a chance to experience plenty of different grapes and tastes.
Montebello Park Centre Stage Entertainment
During the weekends of the Niagara Wine Festival, Montebello Park will be putting on a wide range of entertainment for everybody to enjoy. There will be a whole ton of chart topping Canadian musicians playing on the centre stage, activities for the whole family to enjoy and more food and drink stalls then you could possibly get through in one sitting! Bands include premier tributes to the Eagles and U2, Stereoflavour, Royal Wood, The Mandevilles and many more. You can find a whole calendar of events on the official Niagara Wine Festival website. Don't forget to check out The Harvest Lounge in Montebello Park, too, for an exquisite dining (and drinking) experience.
Wine Festival Parades
There are two large parades happening during the Niagara Wine Festival; the Pied Piper Parade and the 63rd Annual Meridian Grande Parade. On Saturday the 20th of September, at 11am, festival-goers can experience the wonderfully vibrant Pied Piper Parade at Montebello Park. This is an excellent parade for the little ones, thanks to the addition of a new mascot that will be taking over from Mr. Grape. There will also be plenty of refreshments available afterwards, in the Niagara Inflatables Grapeland. On Saturday the 27th of September, the 63rd Annual Meridian Grande Parade will be taking place at 11am, in Downtown St Catharines. This awe-inspiring procession of performers attracts more than 10,000 spectators each year, so get down early and secure a space. This year's theme is “Celebrating 200 Years of Peace”, to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Niagara Wine Festival Events and Tickets
There are plenty of other events going on throughout the two week Niagara Wine Festival, including the 31st Grape Growers of Ontario Celebratory Luncheon (September 27th from 11.30am until 1.45pm), the Educate Your Senses Seminar Series (Saturdays at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm) and the Harvest Table Demonstrations (Sundays at 1pm and 3pm). Tickets for the events will be sold separately, so check the website if you have a particular one you wish to attend. A Discovery Pass is $40 (plus HST), with special Designated Driver Passes for just $30 (plus HST). The entertainment at Montebello Park and the parades are free entry, meaning you can join the Niagara Wine Festival on a budget too.
This is one event not to be missed in 2014, so make sure you've booked tickets for the events you want and get to the free parades with plenty of time to secure a good spot.
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