It’s Earth Day Niagara Falls!

Earth-Day3Happy Earth Day Niagara Falls! Every year on April 22nd, over 170 countries celebrate Earth Day with various activities to promote greener living and help educate on proper environmental safety practices. Starting in 1970, Earth Day began as an environmental awareness event lead by Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and a Harvard University student, Denis Hayes. Since then, this event has grown into a whole day and even a whole week worth of events to better the environment we live in.

earthdayniagaraEvents take place in almost every community across Canada: rain barrel sales, tree planting, clean-ups, corporate information sessions and school activities for every child in Canada, just to name a few. If you want to be a part of an Earth Day activity in your community, check out the events listings and for the Niagara Region, Earth Day events are happening all week. On top of the designated Earth Day events, this is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors… to truly appreciate the beauty of our Earth. Perhaps a hike along the Niagara Gorge is in order?

Here at Best Western Plus Cairn Croft, we do our best to make sure that we are leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the Earth than we have in the past. We have recently introduced Green Energy to our hotel and encourage all guests to be green during their stay!gogreen


Niagara Falls Comic Con 2013

comic6This year, Niagara Falls Comic Con has brought in some pretty impressive guests! Turning 50,000 square feet of the Scotiabank Convention Center into a comic and pop culture hub, Comic Con will not disappoint. Happening June 8th and 9th, with a weekend pass only costing $30 and I think you’ll need the whole weekend to experience everything that will be there this year!

Comic book vendors, artists, celebrities and attractions will fill your day. Some of the renowned comic book artists include Marc Silvestri, Colleen Doran and George Perez. The 1966 Batmobile will be on display, a gaming area will be there to try a variety of different video games and a Cosplay Costume Contest will be held on Saturday for Best Male, Best Female, Best Boy, Best Girl and Overall.

And the impressive list of celebrity guests include: Adam West (1960s Batman), Corey Feldman, Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi).
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If you are coming from out of town, The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft has great packages available to make sure you are taken care of during your Comic Con weekend! Take the WEGO Shuttle from our hotel and walk a quick 10 minutes to the Scotiabank convention center.

 

Niagara Food & Wine Expo 2013

niagara food and winePicture this. One giant room, filled with delicious gourmet food, award winning wines and thirst quenching beer! No, it’s not some adult version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Niagara Falls… it’s Niagara Food & Wine Expo happening April 26th-28th in the Scotiabank Convention Center.

This expo is jam packed with tons of exhibitors, entertainment, auctions and lessons. This year, join food and wine experts like Christopher Waters from VINE Magazine, Lydia Tomek from Hernder Estates, Sue-Ann Staff from Megalomaniac Wines and Kevin Brauch the Thirsty Traveller. Something that really sparked my interest is that Kevin Brauch will be putting on a tutored tasting called The World of Drinks. This man has been drinking in a ton of places and to learn from him and hear his stories sounds awesome! Tickets for his event are $45 and include your ticket to the expo as well.
The Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College will be bringing to The Chef Stage on-going, live demonstrations from chef masters. Watch and listen as they give you some tricks of the trade and create what are sure to be mouth-watering dishes.
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Alongside The Chef Stage, there will also be a Tasting Stage with 30 minute wine tastings for you to partake in. It is first come, first serve, so if you see a tasting that you don’t want to miss, make sure you get there early. The tasting is limited to 40 people/session.

And now, I know what you are all thinking. “Hayley! Tell us what delicious restaurants, wineries and breweries we can find on display.” Don’t worry, there is no short supply and you won’t be disappointed. Some of the restaurants that you can sample from include: 21 Club, AG Inspired Cuisine, Ponte Vecchio, and Sushi & Oyster Bar. There are also over 30 wineries to sample; Diamond Estates, Kacaba Vineyards and Between the Lines Winery! With Sample Tickets only being $1, it’s afforable to give lots of new things a try.
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The Niagara Food & Wine Expo is filled with so much information from wine pairings to delicious restaurant choices to fun cookware accessories. The event is 19+ and tickets can be purchased in advance to save $3 from the door price of $15. However you say it; Salut! Prost! Yamas! Cheers!

Niagara Home & Garden Show

home and garden2Although Mother Nature hasn’t been making it feel very spring like in Niagara lately, I promise… it is on it’s way! What better way to put some spring in your step then by visiting the Home & Garden show?  This 3 day exhibition is taking place at the Scotiabank Convention Center from April 5th-7th. I wonder if my mom knows about this? I’ll have to let her know, this is righ up her alley!

The convention center will have a complete overhaul with tons of exhibits showing gardens & landscapes, outdoor living, kitchens & baths and other interior design displays. For only $8/adult, you can pay once and visit every day if you want to take in more tips, tricks and trends for your home! Speak with experts about home renovation, planting advice and pretty much anything home and garden related… this show will have something for you! 1275-backyard home and garden

This year, the celebrity speaker will be the cute Ahmed Hassan from DIY Network’s Yard Crasher’s. Ahmed will be speaking on the main stage four times throughout the weekend, Saturday at 1:00pm and 4:00pm and Sunday at 11:30am and 2:00pm. Along with Ahmed, there will be a Decking seminar from Hickory Dickory Decks, a lesson in Easy Entertaining, a Budget Bathroom Reno and Country Basket will put on a few seminars about various flower arrangements and spring planting.

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Don’t worry about trying to find a babysitter, there is an Interactive Kids Zone for the kids and a fun display of birds of prey from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy during the exhibit as well! Speaking of having a little more fun: there will be complimentary wine tasting and a great Art, Gift and Gourmet Center so that you can do some unique shopping too.

Green Niagara Falls on St. Patrick’s Day

Niagra-Falls-Green-528x347This year, Niagara Falls will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day along side more than 20 other cities who will be turning various iconic landmarks green! Tourism Ireland has announced that landmarks such as Niagara Falls, London Eye, Empire State Building and Burj Al Arab hotel will all be turning green.

Tourism Ireland hopes to bring a smile to the world and help promote travel to Ireland, specifically in 2013 when The Gathering will be in full swing. A full year of events and festivals will hopefully help to draw people to Ireland.

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As the only Canadian destination  going green, Niagara Falls is sure to be a spectacle on St. Patty’s day. Locals, visitors and now even the landmarks will be dressed from head to toe in green in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.  Stop on by The Croft Lounge for a pint or two!

Niagara Sugar Bush Adventure

Go on a Sugar Bush Adventure at White Meadows Farm in St. Catharines from now until March 30th. Perfect for families looking for a fun filled day, the Sugar Bush Adventure is a self guided tour back in the bush with presentations, re-enactors, campfires and tons of information on the development of maple syrup production through the years.
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Little Log Chapel

Of course, Niagara Falls has always been thought of as The Honeymoon Capital, so where better to find a romantic, cozy little log chapel to get married in? Elope Niagara offers just that. This private chapel with secluded, serene surrounding outside of Niagara Falls in Stevensville is the perfect place to have an intimate ceremony, holding 2-10 people. Elope Niagara offers packages to help make your ceremony as special as you’d always dreamed it would be; great photography, adorable cupcakes and limo. Continue reading

Niagara Falls Komedy for Kidneys Benefit Show

Rodney_Pentland_Memorial-LogoNiagara Falls Comedy Fest is holding the 5th Annual Rodney Pentland Komedy for Kidneys Benefit Show on March 7th at the Greg Frewin Theatre.  In memory of Rodney Pentland, a comedian raised here in Niagara Falls, this show benefits the construction of the Dialysis Centre in Niagara Falls.  The full line up is not finalized but the performers confirmed so far include: Johnny Gardhouse, Paul Haywood and Mark Matthews. You can check the performers out on YouTube.. audience discretion. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls.. the honey moon capital of the world! Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time, trying to plan the perfect day for your loved one. In Niagara Falls, there is a ton of different ways for you to celebrate this special day… no matter what your budget is. Continue reading

Venom at Butterfly Conservatory

VENOMNew to the Butterfly Conservatory from February 9th to May 12th, there will be an awesome Venom Exhibit. If you have never visited the Butterfly Conservatory before, it is a great little attraction in Niagara Falls. This self-guided walking tour starts with an informative video and allows you to walk through lush, tropical gardens. Within this beautiful gardens area, you will walk the path with 2000 tropical butterflies! Continue reading