Warm Up with the Niagara Icewine Festival
The 2020 Niagara Icewine Festival marks 25 years of celebrating Icewine throughout the Niagara Region. Claiming to be “Canada’s coolest wine festival” is no joke, as many of the events include an outdoor element. The event is one in a series of four yearly festivals that celebrate wine in the Niagara Region. The Festival begins on January 10th with the Niagara Icewine Gala held at right across the street from the Skylon Tower at the Fallsview Casino Resort. Thirty-five wineries will be participating in this event, so dress up and prepare to have some fun!
The next event of the Niagara Icewine Festival is the Snow Globe Soirée. This event takes place over five consecutive weekends beginning on January 16th. Each weekend will feature a different Niagara winery. This unique event lets you rent out a private heated snow globe lounge for you and five friends to enjoy a 90-minute dining experience. You will be served a three-course meal and get to choose wines from a curated Niagara VQA list. I almost forgot to mention that you will be enjoying a view of Niagara Falls while you wine and dine!
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a small town beside Niagara Falls that is known for its heritage buildings, quaint atmosphere, award-winning theatre productions, and, of course, wine. NOTL, as it is locally referred to, also hosts its own icewine festival. Their Sparkle & Ice Gala takes place on January 17th, which kicks off the festival with wine and fireworks under the night sky. During the weekends of the 18th and 25th of January, historic Queen Street is transformed into a winter wonderland full of food, music, shopping, and sparkling ice sculptures, all for you to explore. On the weekend of the 18th, you can also enjoy the Flash & Panache Cocktail Competition where you can sample icewine cocktail creations by local chefs. To mark the last weekend of the Festival, on January 24th staring in the Grand Ballroom at the Courthouse is the White on Ice Dinner. Guests will be chauffeured to different restaurants to enjoy a three-course meal with wine parings. Everyone then returns to Queen Street for dessert and an Icewine toast.
Local winery Twenty Valley also puts on a weekend event from January 10th to 12th. It’s being called “Canada’s ultimate winter street party”, which you know means you need to be there. While the icewine may warm you up, be sure to dress for the weather. If you’re not used to winter weather, it is important to dress in layers and bring extra gloves, as they can get wet if you are touching the snow. Warm footwear and headwear are what will really keep you warm.
For more information on these events, visit niagarawinefestival.com. Since you’ll already be in Niagara for the festival, be sure to come to see us at the Skylon Tower where we serve a selection of VQA and international wines, along with delicious food and desserts, plus we have the most spectacular view of Niagara Falls from 775 above the brink!