Friendship Festival

The 26th annual Friendship Festival, to celebrate Canada and the United States border cities building and maintaining good relations. This festival is filled with food, entertainment and concerts and is always a good time! The Hands Across the Border marks the beginning of the festival with an international hand shake. This year there are 27 bands to enjoy from a Croft Lounge favourite Gatorbait to Breaching Vista, a band I saw open for Jack’s Mannequin!

In addition to these exciting events, new this year the festival has added a “Festival’s Got Talent.” This 3 day competition will find the best of the talent from the Niagara region. You can find the application on the Friendship Festival website. If you are a singer, dancer or have another awesome talent then you should think of applying!

The festival takes place from June 29th to July 2nd at Mather Arch Park in Fort Erie!

Mattoli’s Pizza and Wings

The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel already has the best burger in Niagara Falls and now the hotel is looking to add the best pizza and wings on that list as well! The hotel has revamped their menu, keeping your favourites like the burgers and the all-you-can-eat ribs but also changing up their pizza and wing offering with Mattoli’s Pizza and Wings.

The new pizza has the perfect about of sauce, the right texture of crust and offers some delicious pizza types like Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo and Steak & Cheese Pizza. Of course you can always build your own, just the way you like it! The new wings are bigger and better than ever. Saucy but not too saucy and a good amount of meat. I am a frequent visitor to Buffalo to get some good chicken wings so I consider myself a bit of a wing coinsure and these new wings lived up to my expectations.

If you are looking for your next pizza and wing dinner, then look no further. Mattoli’s has found the perfect balance of offering great food for a good price…which is hard to find in the Falls. For the reasonable price of $6.95 for a pound of wings and the build your own pizza starting at $12.95 for a large, how can you go wrong?

War of 1812 Niagara Bicentennial

This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Niagara region has lots planned to celebrate the 200 years of peace that arose after the war. On Friday June 15th at Fort George there will be a opening celebration with military bands, musket and cannon demos and of course food and wine! Saturday marks the eve of the declaration of war with a Military Ball put on by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society and Museum. A delicious period dinner and celebration – period dress is not necessary but encouraged! Or you can go black tie if you don’t have a costume lying around. Make sure to check out the official Bicentennial Website and the Niagara-on-the-Lake website to find out about the different events that will be happening throughout the summer.

Niagara Falls Comic Con

For all you comic book lovers out there! Niagara Falls Comic Con is happening at the Scotiabank Convention Center on June 9th! The expo will be filled with artists, celebrities, a gaming zone and comic book vendors for your enjoyment. Some of the celebrity appearances include: Burt Ward (TV’s original Robin), Bret “Hitman” Hart, Chandler Riggs (from Walking Dead) and Dustin Diamond (yesss Screech from Saved by the Bell!). Along with these celebrities, there will be the original Batmobile and The Delorean from Back to the Future. Tickets can be purchased online for $15 or purchased at Pulp Comics (Niagara Falls), Mostly Comics (St. Catharines) and Big B Comics (Hamilton).

There are also some great VIP packages for those of you who are interested in one specific celebrity. VIP package for Burt Ward is $35 and includes a Q&A session along with a private screening of 1966 Batman. There is also a WWE Legends package for $20 that includes a Q&A session with 3 wrestlers. On the day of the event you will also be able to purchase picture and autograph tickets for whichever celebrity you would like. Most of the VIP packages were limited to 75 people so get your ticket quick if you want a chance to ask some of your favourites any questions!