It’s one of the most exciting times of the year– the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival! The wine industry plays a big role in Niagara’s culture and economy, and every September we have the opportunity to celebrate this with events across the region. From wine tastings to food trucks to live music to parades, there will be a ton of ways to celebrate wine this weekend!
The Montebello Park Experience
Montebello Park’s weekend of wine and food tasting is definitely my favourite Grape & Wine event. Wineries from all over Niagara participate with some of their best wines, and you can purchase tokens to get samples. It doesn’t end there—food trucks are set up and live bands perform on stage, so you can make a whole evening out of it.
To taste wine and get food, you can buy tokens for $3.25. You’ll need to use a token to get a commemorative wine glass for your tastings, but the great part is they’re customized for this year. You can also bring the glass back into the park if you attend multiple days.
The Montebello Park Experience will run from Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th. Check out this link to find information on park hours and the band lineup.
Wine & Food Seminars
Niagara is a wine region with an interesting and rich history. If, in between glasses of wine, you decide you want to learn a little more about Niagara’s industry, stop by one of the Wine & Food seminars being offered! These seminars cover topics such as the different grape varietals in Niagara, the history of our wine industry, and wine research and production. The best part of these seminars? You get to taste wine AND cheese as part of the educational experience. Pretty cool, right?!
Wine seminars will run at the Bandshell in Montebello on Saturday, September 23rd, at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm, and presentations will be led by an instructor from the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), with representatives from Coyotes Run Winery, Fielding Estate Winery, and Strewn. Make sure to purchase tokens on the way, because you’ll need two to enter!
The Harvest Lounge
Not a fan of crowds? Enjoy sipping wine and eating appetizers with a view of the park? Want to feel like a VIP for the night?
If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then add the Harvest Lounge to your Grape & Wine to-do list. The Harvest Lounge is set up in Montebello Park’s gazebo, and the perks include a commemorative glass, private bar, upgraded washrooms, sheltered seating, and guest line access. Enjoy Grape & Wine by relaxing and taking in the scene!
Harvest Lounge tickets are available for Friday (22nd), Saturday (23rd), and Sunday (24th) for $10, or you can purchase a weekend pass for $25. Follow the link for more information!
Meridian Grande Parade
One of my first memories of the Grape & Wine Festival is the annual Grape & Wine Parade. This event, which will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, is a ton of fun, as floats, marching bands, and other performers travel a route through downtown St. Catharines.
As a spectator, you get the chance to see some amazing floats and costumes and hear incredible musical performances. It’s a great way to experience some of the highlights of Niagara. Check out the map below to see the parade route.
If you’re feeling spirited, you can even participate in the parade by joining Brock’s float! Be ready to celebrate our school and the relationship Brock has with Niagara’s wine industry. Sign up at this link: