Seneca Queen Theatre Events to Catch This Spring

cpblog3A beautifully restored theatre located in downtown Niagara Falls, the Seneca Queen Theatre is where locals and visitors alike catch world-class films as well as live music, plays, comedy, and more. Built in 1941, the theatre has an illustrious history that includes hosting the 1953 premier of the Marilyn Monroe-starring film, “Niagara.”

As a venue, it’s gone through many changes over the years, but today, it seats 300 for a comfortable and intimate experience that’s unique to the place. If you’re looking to take a vacation to Niagara Falls this spring, put the Seneca Queen Theatre on your itinerary. Here are just a few of the events slated to take place.

Dreamer

For fans of Supertramp, Dreamer just might be the closest thing you’ll ever get to experiencing the real thing. An eight-piece cover band that includes everything from saxophone and trombone to vintage 1970s keyboards and stellar vocal arrangements, Dreamer recreates every intricacy of Supertramp’s famous and difficult-to-capture sound, and they’ll do so on March 5th at the Seneca Queen.

Supertramp was one of the most popular rock and roll bands of the 1970s, selling over 60 million records around the world. Hits like “The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Bloody Well Right,” “Cannonball,” and “Dreamer” — the song from which the cover band takes its name — are staples on classic rock stations and in movies and television. For an unforgettable night of some of your favorite British rock songs, Dreamer is a can’t-miss event with tickets starting at just $24.75.

A Very Frozen Musical

This three-person tribute show takes place on March 6th at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m., and if you’re traveling to Niagara with children — or if you just happen to love the movie — it’s the perfect way to experience the fun and magic all over again. Watch as the Ice Queen and Ice Princess, along with their snowman retell the classic tale with all your favorite songs from the hit movie.

Regular admission is $25, and VIP tickets cost just $35 and allow ticket holders to get souvenir photos of themselves with the cast.

Frank D’Angelo

cpblog4One of Canada’s most celebrated R&B singers, entertainers, businessmen, television personalities, authors, and newsmakers, Frank D’Angelo has had an interesting career and life, complete with brewery ownership, a sexual assault scandal, a lengthy music recording career, and much, much more.

He will be in concert for one night only at the Seneca Queen Theatre on Saturday, April 16th with a 15-piece band, and tickets are just $25. Fresh out of the studio with his 8th studio album, D’Angelo will sing classics as well as original songs that borrow from the unforgettable sounds of Motown, blues, jazz, and R&B from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Expect high energy from this night of unforgettable music.

Get your entertainment in Niagara Falls at one of the area’s most famous and most treasured venues. Whether you take in a classic movie or one of these three musical events this spring, a night or day at the Seneca Queen Theatre is always something that’s easily enjoyed and fondly remembered.

Can’t-Miss Music Coming to Niagara This March

cpblog1As far as destinations go, Niagara Falls has much to recommend it no matter what time of year it is. The waterfalls are beautiful and impressive whether the weather is a balmy 85 degrees Fahrenheit or a chilly 11 degrees. The wineries are open, festive, and filled with award-winning wines during January’s icewine harvest and June’s release of new vintages.

The games and attractions at Clifton Hill may have somewhat shorter hours during March than they do during August, but the fun is no less palpable, no less entertaining, and the best the world has to offer in music comes through to perform just as often during March as it does in July.

If you’re considering taking a trip to Niagara during March this year, the music is poised to be fine. Here are three different acts all slated to take the stage at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort during the month of March.

Hacken Lee

A Cantopop phenom from Hong Kong, Hacken Lee is a singer, lyricist, TV host, sportscaster, and actor known for his crystal clear tenor voice and his ability to captivate and entertain audiences around the world. A performer who has scored hits across four different decades, Lee is one of the most celebrated Cantonese vocalists of all time.

His performances on March 20th and March 21st will showcase some of the best in popular Cantonese music, and some of the best from his personal repertoire as well. Tickets start at $95 for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience one of the world’s most popular genres of music performed by one its biggest stars.

Duran Duran

Known for a crush of still-popular 80s hits, as well as being Princess Diana’s favorite band, Duran Duran will be coming to the Fallsview Casino Resort’s 1,500-seat Avalon Ballroom on March 25th and 26th at 8 p.m. During the rise and reign of New Wave and the Second British Invasion, Duran Duran enjoyed a string of massive hits with songs like “Rio,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “The Wild Boys,” and “The Reflex.”

The band is currently on tour to promote their 14th studio album, “Paper Gods.” Tickets are on sale starting at $125.

Steven Tyler

cpblog2The quintessential rock and roller, Steven Tyler is most famous for the band he’s fronted for four decades: Aerosmith. With hits like “Sweet Emotion,” “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Rag Doll,” “Love in an Elevator,” “Amazing,” “Walk This Way,” and many more, Tyler and Aerosmith are well-known and well-loved staples of American rock and roll.

These days find Tyler branching out into a new genre with a solo country music record that’s slated to be released this year. It’s the music off of this new record, plus all his hits from the last four decades, that he’ll be performing with the band Loving Mary when he plays the Avalon Ballroom on March 29th and March 31st at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $125 for this rare treat to see a true legend performing in an intimate setting.

Get your music fix when you travel to Niagara. Whether you love rock and roll singers crooning country songs, Cantonese pop music, or the best in New Wave, Niagara Falls will host some unbeatable shows this March.

Great Holiday Gifts You Can Only Get in Niagara

image001Niagara Falls, as everyone who has ever vacationed here knows, is a great place to visit. It’s also a great place to pick up a souvenir or two, as everyone who has ever been on the receiving end of a Niagara Falls souvenir knows. From T-shirts and water globes to replicas of your own hand in wax, you’ll never want for something unusual to take home to a friend or loved one.

But what about more substantial gift giving, like that which occurs during the month of December? Well, it turns out that Niagara is a great place to find gifts of all kinds — not just in the souvenir category. If you’re planning a trip to Niagara Falls before holiday season officially hits this year, here are a few of the fantastic holiday gifts you can pick up for the good girls and boys on your list, and you can only get them in Niagara.

Wine

Ok — so it is possible to buy wine from the Niagara Peninsula outside of the Niagara Peninsula, but the selection in Niagara’s own backyard is without equal. For anyone with a true oenophile on their holiday list, it can make for an exciting hunt and a satisfying payoff. Whether you’re looking for a particular vintage of icewine or a case of Cabernet Sauvignon from a boutique vineyard that has zero distribution, you can find wines here that will make the wine lover in your life swoon all year long.

Artisanal Foods

Again, it is possible to find some of the artisanal cheeses, condiments, and other food available in the Niagara region in other places, but it’s the selection here that’s hard to beat. While you will have to plan ahead to make sure cheese and other foods that might spoil are able to stay cool during your travels, a simple stop at the retail store run by the Upper Canada Cheese Company can yield a wealth of great Niagara-made foods. Called the Jordan Station Gourmet Cheese Store, in addition to their own amazing cheeses, they sell locally produced pates, cured meats, cured fish, dressings, and much more.

Hats

image003Does someone on your list love hats — especially unusual hats that are well-crafted and one-of-a-kind? There is a hat shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake called the Beau Chapeau Hat Shop that has just the thing for the hat lover in your life. With over 8,000 hats in stock, they have something for almost every occasion, whether what you’re looking for is casual, formal, classic, official, or bizarre. It’s an amazing place to spend a few hours looking for just the right gift, and they also have a decent selection of scarves and gloves. Even if you don’t have a hat lover to shop for, the hats in Beau Chapeau are so unique, and the variety so far-reaching that you could also shop here for that person on your list who already has everything.

Come to Niagara for the waterfalls and world-class entertainment, and, while you’re at it, cross some names off your holiday gift list by finding fantastic presents that can only be found in Niagara.

3 Places in Niagara to Relax and Devour a Book

image001One of the greatest pleasures of taking a vacation is the ample free time that emerges for sightseeing, leisurely lunches, and sleeping late. If you’re someone who takes holidays in order to relax and recharge — and you’re a reader — another welcome pleasure is the time you can afford yourself to settle back and read to your heart’s content. While a trip to Niagara should certainly be filled with sightseeing, it’s also a perfect place to devour a novel or memoir in between ogling the waterfalls and relishing a winery tour. Here are three wonderful places in Niagara to settle back with a book and take a whole different kind of trip while you’re on vacation.

1. Queen Victoria Park

Even when it’s chilly outside, Queen Victoria Park is a great place to lose yourself in a book. The beautifully manicured gardens look beautiful and smell lovely all year long, and any walkers or other visitors to the park tend to be quiet, respectful, and well-mannered. Have a seat on a park bench, bring along a lawn chair, sit your back against a tree, or lay a thick blanket out on the ground. If it’s cooler, wear plenty of layers, and be sure to bring some coffee or hot chocolate in a thermos. So long as it’s dry, and the temperature doesn’t get too far below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the park makes for an ideal backdrop to almost any kind of reading.

2. Second Cup

Located in the charming little town of St. Catharines, Second Cup is a sleek little coffee company and café that offers a shocking variety of different beverages and yummy pastries. They also provide free Wi-Fi for their customers, so after you’ve purchased a latte or apple cider, you won’t have to feel self-conscious about hanging around for an hour or two while you read. Head there in the late morning or mid-afternoon, and the easy pace of the occasional customer won’t feel too distracting either, whereas the coffee shop rush hours of earlier morning, lunch, and after work can be a bit overwhelming.

3. Your Hotel Lobby

image003Especially if you’ve booked a room at the Crowne Plaza, settling into one of the lobby’s comfortable chairs in order to give your attention over to your book is an easy and welcome option. The lighting is soft and tasteful. The noise level is never too distracting, and the Starbucks that’s right there allows for an easy coffee, tea, or snack should the desire strike. Also, if the weather outside is dour, and you don’t want to stay up in your room, heading downstairs to the lobby provides a welcome change of scenery and energy without requiring too much of you. For the vacationer who really needs a break from the daily grind, a book and a lush and welcoming hotel lobby can feel like the ultimate luxury.

Come for the sights, the food, wine, and fun, but don’t neglect to pause and rejuvenate. If you’re looking forward to reading on your trip to Niagara Falls, these three places can all facilitate the sweet immersion into another world that reading provides.

Holiday Cooking in Canada

image001If you’re headed to Niagara during the holiday season, you’ll notice that many of our restaurants offer fare in keeping with the season. While some of what you find is quite similar to the traditional holiday foods found throughout North America and much of the Westernized world, if you look a little closer, here and there, you’ll spy a pastry, dish, or dessert that’s a bit unusual. Here is a brief look at some aspects of what it means to cook and eat like Canadian around the holidays.

Tourtiere

A much-beloved spiced meat pie, this French-Canadian treat was originally made with passenger pigeon meat, but since they were hunted to extinction, the pie is now made with finely diced meat that may include veal, pork, or beef, although many traditionalists also like to include some form of wild game to give it some of its original flavor. For those living along the coast, it may also include salmon or another type of fish. The spices can vary but often include savory, cloves, nutmeg, dried mustard, and the like. Tourtiere is traditionally served on Christmas Eve and is a must for any reveillon — the French term for a long dinner that precedes holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day. These long dinners usher in the holy day with a meal that’s so lengthy it often lasts until midnight.

Buche de Noel

Another classic Canadian holiday treat of the French-Canadian variety, a Buche de Noel is a yule log cake that, for many throughout Niagara, symbolizes the holiday season like no other. Shaped and decorated to resemble a log, this Christmas cake is usually a yellow sponge cake topped with chocolate buttercream, but any variety of cake will do, since it’s the shape and look of the dessert that matters most. The icing is made to look like bark, and it is often dusted with powdered sugar to imply a snowy cover. Other decorations can include real tree branches, fresh and seasonal berries, and mushrooms that have been crafted out of meringue.

Eggnog

image003While eggnog is a popular drink throughout North America and around the world, Canadians like it best when it’s the real thing. In other words, homemade eggnog in Canada is made with raw eggs and real cream. While there is some danger in consuming raw eggs, if the eggs have been treated correctly, the nog kept at a safe temperature, and the mixture tempered with rum, brandy, or whiskey, the only danger you’re likely to find is in not having enough to go around.

Roasted Poultry

Like almost every other Christmas holiday table, the centerpiece is a large roasted bird of some kind that has been browned to perfection, filled with a stuffing that often includes beef or sausage, and topped with creamy gravy made from the bird’s drippings. While turkey is probably the most common choice at family gatherings throughout the country, roasted goose is still a perennial favorite.

Whether you get the chance to eat a delicious holiday meal in one of Niagara’s many fantastic restaurants, or you hope to recreate some of the region’s menu for yourself back home, holiday cooking in Canada is something every Canadian looks forward to with relish.

3 Ways to Get Your Music Fix in Niagara This December

image001Whether you’re someone who goes to hear live music and musical theater on a regular basis, or you’re someone who only dives into a live music experience now and again when it’s someone else’s idea, the Niagara region provides plenty of opportunities throughout the year for music experiences of all types. Even in what some consider to be the “off-season,” world-class concerts routinely occur. If you’re planning an escape to Niagara this December, make sure you leave a little room in your schedule to feed your soul with sound. Here are three music-centered events that just might become the highlights of your December.

1. “Mary Poppins”

One of the most beloved characters, stories, and musicals of all time, a live production of “Mary Poppins” is coming to the Scotiabank Convention Centre the first and second weekends of December. Whether you’ll be in town with your children in tow or not, the story of this magical, singing, and flying nanny is too charming not to be loved by all. The musical adaptation of the movie and books has been a massive Broadway hit, garnering nine Olivier awards and seven Tony awards, one of which was Best Musical. If you loved the movie as a child, be sure to reserve tickets so you can see it come to life in front of your eyes. Shows will be December 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and there will also be matinee options on the Saturdays — the 5 and the 12 — at 2 p.m.

2. Elton Rohn

Everyone’s heard of an Elvis impersonator, but an Elton John impersonator? While it isn’t as common, the music and showmanship of Elton John is every bit as worthy of imitation as The King’s, and Ron Camilleri — the mastermind and showman behind Elton Rohn — is exemplary at it. When Elton John first burst onto the scene in the 1970s, his show was all glitz and visceral rock and roll. Ron artfully undertakes this period of the singer-songwriter’s life for a concert that feels totally authentic. Backed up by a live seven-piece band, Elton Rohn looks, feels, and sounds like the real thing. A one-night-only show, you can see Elton Rohn at the Seneca Queen Theatre on December 5 at 8 p.m.

3. Jimmy Stahl Swingin Big Band Christmas

image003Another show set to take place at the Seneca Queen Theatre, the Jimmy Stahl Swingin Big Band Christmas show offers a Sinatra-like big band experience that features some of the best musicianship in all of Canada. With Michael Vanhevel crooning at the mic, it’s a big band experience that combines the popular Christmas music, which makes it absolutely perfect for anyone looking for a holiday concert experience. The show is one-time-only, and will take place at 2 p.m. on December 19. Perfect for families, couples, or anyone who wants to sink back into the sounds of yesteryear, tickets are just $25 a person.

Give your ears a reason to love your Niagara vacation by taking in one or all of these three December music opportunities. From “Benny and the Jets” and “Chim Chim Cheree” to “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” some of your favorite songs can be heard in Niagara this holiday season.

4 Niagara Restaurants That Can’t Help But Awaken Romance

image001Whether you’re planning an autumn trip to Niagara to celebrate an anniversary or because the two of you haven’t had a free moment to spare since Memorial Day weekend, Niagara Falls is a perfect place to enjoy time with your partner and even rekindle romance. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring sights, the second-to-none wine country, or the world-class accommodations, couples have been falling in love all over again in Niagara for more than 100 years.

One key to any romantic undertaking is the sharing of a romantic meal, and in this category, too, Niagara shines. Here are four restaurants that feature some of the finest cuisine in the region and boast atmospheres of such intimacy and comfort that the reawakening of romance will feel effortless.

1. The Rainbow Room

Besides offering one of the best views of the waterfalls, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra also offers guests a culinary experience of a lifetime. The focus is on international fare, but the ingredients are almost always local, meaning everything has been picked and prepped at peak ripeness. In addition to an exciting menu and local bounty, the kitchen is one of the most talented and inventive in all of Canada. Presentation is an art form, and the VQA wine list is the most extensive in the city. Throughout it all, you can draw near to the one you love in a dining room of exquisite and welcoming detail.

2. Windows

A concept restaurant by Jamie Kennedy, Windows also boasts an impressive view of the Falls. Showcasing French cooking at its finest, this farm-to-table restaurant is wholly committed to sustainable dining, but eco-concerns won’t enter your mind once during the meal. Award-winning food is served in a warm, contemporary dining room, where low lights, amazing food, perfectly paired wines, and excellent service combine to create an atmosphere perfectly suited to the aims of romance.

3. Casa Mia Ristorante

image003A staple of the Niagara Falls fine dining scene, Casa Mia is a family restaurant that has been serving up excellent Italian food in a rustic, upscale and hospitable environment for over 25 years. The Mollica family, under the guidance of chef and matriarch, Luciana Mollica, has made Casa Mia a destination spot for foodies, lovers of spaghetti, families and couples. For Italian food that tastes as home-cooked as it does refined, take your beloved to Casa Mia for a long evening of food and wine — two of the great Italian traditions through which love is most routinely expressed.

4. Trius Winery Restaurant

At the fine dining restaurant at Trius Winery at Hillebrand, an airy atmosphere coupled with the excellent farm-to-table food is just what two tired people need to unwind and relax. Under chef Frank Dodd, this small dining establishment has managed to consistently offer top-notch meals where the ingredients—almost all of which are sourced locally—are allowed to truly shine. Whether you settle in for a meal of Ontario lamb or decadent Atlantic scallops, you can trust that the food, service, and Trius wine won’t miss a step, allowing you and your love to concentrate your attention on the remarkable experience and one another.

Reawaken romance with a trip to Niagara and a meal or two at one — or all — of these excellent area restaurants.

 

Spotlight on St. David’s Bench Wines

image001Less than five miles to the south of Lake Ontario and just above the Lake Iroquois Plain sits St. David’s Bench, a geographical formation carved out by glaciers when the Niagara Escarpment was formed. Marked by a steep ridge that gathers the cooling Lake Ontario breezes and circulates them back across the plains, the St. David’s Bench is one of the many sub-appellations unique to the Niagara Peninsula. Notable for its vastly varied topography, along with the fact that most of its slopes face north, the bench is just one more reason why Niagara wines bear such a wide variety of characteristics.

For any lover of fine wines — especially one planning to visit Niagara — the question of what makes a particular region’s wine stand out from another’s is a topic of never-ending discussion. Here is a brief foray into that conversation, with a spotlight trained on the St. David’s Bench wines.

Terroir

As with every Niagara Peninsula wine, the terroir of St. David’s Bench is quite unique. The elevation of the bench ranges from 350 to 500 feet above sea level, which makes it one of the higher elevation sub-appellations in Niagara. While that higher elevation could make for a harsher climate, the bluffs there, combined with the planting of most vineyards on north-facing slopes, provide plenty of shelter.

The area is crossed by numerous shallow streams, and spring sees plenty of flooding. The soil is spread across a bedrock of sandstone, and while it’s mostly clay, and, therefore, holds in plenty of moisture, it drains well enough so that the vines have an easy time of growing throughout the warmer months. Still, the vineyards of St. David’s Bench do enjoy cooler temperatures than most other appellations — especially late in the growing season when the grapes are ripening. A warmer and earlier spring is met eventually with the cooler ripening. It makes for grapes capable of producing more mature, round, and sophisticated wines.

The Wineries

image003Of course, all the specifics of a region’s terroir matter little if there aren’t winemakers and growers to work their magic in the midst of it. St. David’s Bench is such a small appellation that it has just a handful of wineries. Here is a brief look at a few of them:

  • Chateau des Charmes. This excellent winery was among the first in the entire region to plant its vineyards in vinifera grapes — just one of the reasons it is often credited with being part of what helped transform Niagara’s wine reputation around the world.
  • Niagara College Teaching Winery. More than just the area’s premier wine teaching school, the Niagara College Teaching Winery also produces some of the area’s finest wines.
  • Colaneri Estate Winery. A beautiful winery, their tasting room is situated so visitors can look into the heart of their winemaking production while the work is underway.
  • Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. If you like your world-class wine served up with a side of world-class architecture, a visit to Ravine is in order. Their wine-tasting center sits in the Georgian Woodruff House, a 200-year-old home that is one of Canada’s most prized and architecturally significant buildings.

Dive into Niagara wine, one sub-appellation at a time. As this closer look at St. David’s Bench shows, even the smallest spots are capable of noteworthy things.

Great Autumn Hikes Around Niagara That Anyone Can Enjoy

image001While Niagara enjoys a stellar reputation for its natural wonders — namely, it’s waterfalls — not nearly enough people know about or take advantage of its excellent hiking, which is a shame. From city parks and conservation areas to Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, there are stunning options for nearly every skill, age, and fitness level. Add to the wealth of options, the fall foliage, and spending some time in Niagara for the express purpose of getting outdoors and moving your body just may start to shape up as one of the best vacation ideas you’ve ever had. Here are just a handful of the many wonderful autumn hiking options that abound in Niagara.

1. Burgoyne Woods Trail

Perfect for beginners or people for whom traditional mobility can be a challenge, Burgoyne Woods is a 49-hectare park located in the southern part of St. Catharines. With a paved front loop that’s wheelchair accessible, the back loop is surfaced with everything from woods chips and tar to simple, exposed earth. There is some steepness to the back portion of the woods that will get your heart rate up, but even if you aren’t as fit as you once were, breathing hard will do nothing to distract you from the changing colors of the trees.

2. Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

image003Located in the Great Gorge, the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is where you can take a more rugged hike that’s still only two and a half miles long. Follow the stairs into a beautiful bit of unsullied Carolinian Forest that’s stunning any time of year — but especially in autumn. The elevation change of this small trail is substantial—200 feet—and you’ll need to wear rugged shoes to traverse it without fear, but it’s worth it: The forest is altogether camera-worthy.

3. Woodend Conservation Area

This 45-hectare conservation area is just outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Plenty of hiking trails weave in and out of its mostly Carolinian Forest, including trees like the sugar maple, black cherry, and black oak. The trails throughout Woodend also afford hikers the opportunity to step out into meadows where they can take in impressive views of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment. When the foliage is at its peak, these more open views of the landscape can be breathtaking. Woodend is also a great site for bird watching, so be sure to pack your binoculars.

4. White Water Walk

While you’ll have to pay to have this particular hiking experience, it’s especially well-suited to small children, folks who don’t do well on uneven ground, and anyone for whom a true hike isn’t an option. The White Water Walk lets you wander along a quarter-mile boardwalk that’s been built above a stretch of the ever-churning Niagara River. To access the walk, purchase a ticket. From there, you’ll take an elevator down to a tunnel. The boardwalk sits atop Class 6 rapids that are some of the fastest moving and largest in all of North America. It provides a great view of the Niagara Gorge, and you’ll also get a great chance to see the changing trees that line the rocky cliffs along the river.

Autumn hiking in Niagara is fantastic. Whether you’re young or old, fit or frail, get outside and take in the foliage this fall.

3 Reasons to Head to Niagara’s Wine Country This November

image001For anyone who loves wine, every day is a perfect day to visit Niagara’s wine country. The landscape is always lush and nearly without equal. The tours and tasting rooms are top-notch, and the wine — well, the wine is internationally renowned, so you know it’s always going to be worth your time. That being said, Niagara’s wineries also do an excellent job of curating a wide variety of events for oenophiles of all persuasions. For the November visitor to Niagara, here are three of those events.

1. Fabulicious

Fabulicious is a wine- and food-centered event that takes place twice a year — once during the dark and cold of February and once during the crisp and cooling month of November. This year’s November event is slated to take place between November 12 and November 19, and it will involve over 15 excellent restaurants in quaint and endearing Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy specialty, prix fixe, three-course menus at discount prices at some of the Niagara region’s most prized farm-to-table restaurants. Both lunch and dinner are offered at most of the participating restaurants. Lunch is only $25, and dinner is just $35. While you’ll have to pay for wine on top of those fees, the reduced rates, plus the excellent wine pairings available are more than worth it. Especially if you love exceptional food complemented by world-class wine, come to Fabulicious in November, and get your fill of both.

2. Savour the Sights

A dinner experience offered by Jackson-Triggs winery, Savour the Sights is a night of near-hedonistic delights. Enjoy five courses of the best cuisine in the region, painstakingly prepared from the bounty of local farms. Each course is paired with an award-winning wine from Jackson-Triggs, and each course takes place in a different location of the winery. A progressive dinner that could only happen in Niagara, the entire evening and meal take place on-site at Jackson-Triggs for just $135 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on November 14. Get reservations and tickets ahead of time, as the number of people who can experience the night is limited.

3. Annual Nouveau Release Party at Reif Estate

image003If you’re up for a night of eating and drinking that’s a little more casual but no less Niagara-flavored, take part in the Reif Estate Winery’s Annual Nouveau Release Party, held this year from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 19. A tradition that never fails to excite, this year’s party will feature Reif Estates’ Gamay Nouveau and Kerner Nouveau.

Just like they do in the Beaujolais region of France, Reif Estates sets aside the third Thursday of each November to pop open the delightful, young Nouveaus — those bright, bold wines that are traditionally drunk in the same year their grapes were harvested after being fermented for just a few weeks. For just $25, you’ll not only enjoy fresh and delicious wine, but also oysters, local charcuterie, and local, artisanal cheese.

So, come to Niagara during the month of November. Whether you want the first fruits of this year’s harvest or a feast fit for a king, the region will be bursting with wine-centered opportunities.

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