It’s back! Our second annual Robbie Burns Supper is taking place right here at the hotel; Saturday January 26th. Everyone had such a wonderful time last year that we brought it back. We’d like to welcome back our Master of Ceremonies: John Graham, Entertainer: Brian McLaughlin, Piper: Bruno Frattarole and our chef, Matt Roberts with guest chef J. Mark Hand. Once again there will be an optional Scotch Tasting with Linus Hand at 4pm on Saturday for only $15/person. Continue reading
Starting at 7:30pm (come earlier to get your spot), Queen Victoria Park will be one big party hosted by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, Matte Babel and Rosey Edeh. There will be food and beverage vendors, with designated licensed areas for alcoholic beverages. Three great Canadian performers will keep the party going all the way till midnight. Opening with Dragonette to Hedley and onto Nelly Furtado counting down to midnight with you! Of course what kind of Niagara Falls New Years would it be without some firework displays? The first planned for 8:45pm in case you can’t make it until midnight and a midnight show to welcome 2013! Continue reading
This year’s Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is happening November 17th! Now that may seem a little early to be celebrating the holiday season but Santa has a lot of parades to partake in and a ton of toys to make… so get in the Christmas spirit early!
Every year volunteers, sponsors, charities and schools get together to parade around Niagara Falls downtown to help everything run smoothly and make sure everyone is having a wonderful morning! For me, the Santa Claus Parade was always about bundling up in a scarf, grabbing a box of Timbits and some hot chocolate and enjoying all the excitement in the air. There are bands, dancing groups, high school students chanting away and of course Saint Nick himself, with his loving wife Mrs. Claus!
If you have never been, check out the video of last year’s parade!
The parade route starts at Victoria & Jepson, goes down Victoria, down Valleyway, down Queen Street and stops at Queen & Erie. So the parade starts at 11:00am, come early and find a good spot to post up for the morning with the kids (bring some blankets and lawn chairs).
I have recently declared red wine as the best drink. Now this may not be everyone’s opinion but I know there are a ton of you out there who love their wine as much as I do… and this event is perfect for us! For the month of November you can “Taste the Season” here in Niagara with delicious wine and food pairings from many of our favourite wineries.
The wineries around the Niagara region do such a wonderful job making sure that there are lots of events to enjoy Niagara’s gems (not the waterfalls… the wineries). We have discussed a few of them in our blog from chocolate pairings to winter cocktails. It is the perfect excuse for locals to get out and appreciate what is in our own backyards and gives visitors something to do every weekend in November.
This year Taste the Season is featuring over 25 wineries, which I think could keep you very busy throughout the month. The passes are $44.25 (plus tax) and it allows you to try all the tastings featured. To get your taste buds going, check out some of these exciting pairings that you can enjoy!
- Lailey Vineyard is putting together a 2010 Chardonnay and a spiced squash soup with asiago and rosemary shortbreads (sounds perfect for a chilly afternoon in November)
- Pondview Estate Winery is pairing a 2010 Bella Terra Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay with diced sweet roasted red pepper and creamy smoked salmon tartlet (FANCY!)
- Jackson-Triggs is featuring a 2012 Black Series Meritage with house cured back bacon and St. Paulin Grilled Cheese, on roasted garlic bread with garden tomato and bacon jam (loving the upgrade on such a casual sandwich… seems you can find a wine pairing for everything)
This post is simply because I am super excited about Halloween coming up… like always! I know that every little kid is excited about Halloween, dressing up and getting candy but usually people stop thinking it’s cool and put less effort into their costumes; not me!
My mom was always getting creative with our costumes when we were younger from Pippy Long Stocking to Wednesday Adams to a Bubble Bee… all of them home made. So I kept this tradition going, refusing to ever wear a store bought costume. Some of my own costume creations include: Lumber Jill, Mechanic, Pirate, Robin and last year’s post Siracha Hot Sauce. This year I believe I am going to try and create one of my favourite characters from my favourite book series… but you will just have to wait and see!
We have visited Heartland Forest in the summer and from our post you know how cute we thought it was! Well the fun at Heartland Forest doesn’t have to stop at the end of summer. The wonderful staff at Heartland keep running different events throughout the fall season!
There is a Pumpkin Fest happening October 20th from 11-4pm which is perfect for your little ones. Help get everyone in the fall spirit with picking out and decorating some pumpkins to take home and spruce up your front porch. And to add a little fright to your life, why not try one of their Haunted Forest Walks. The night of the Pumpkin Fest, the first walk is at 6:30pm and the event runs until 9:30. But if you can’t make it out that night there will be Haunted Forest walks on October 26th, 27th and 28th.
Heartland Forest is a wonderful location which is barrier free and welcomes everyone! It is focused on the preservation of the Carolinian forest that the property holds and making it accessible to all types of needs. Donations are not mandatory but it helps to keep the facility and events running for all of the community to enjoy.
This walking tour through the cemetery is unlike any walking tour you have ever heard of before. This tour of Drummond Hill Cemetery is complete with theatrical performances throughout that show you a glimpse into the lives of some of the permanent residents of the cemetery. It is a fun way to learn about our city’s history and maybe get a little spooked out too! There are refreshments at the end of the tour as well. If this sounds like something that is right up your alley, the tour departs at the cemetery gates on Buchner Place, off of Drummond at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Tickets are $12/person and must be purchased in advance, call 905-358-5082. Tours are offered this month on weekends!
When you go to a new city, you often wander around and wonder what it’s all about. The answer to these questions can usually be found with a walking tour! Luckily, in Niagara on the Lake, there is a walking tour available every weekend October through April. When I travelled to Europe in the summer I found that the walking tours gave me a new appreciation for each city that I was in because not only was I able to take in the beauty, I understood more about what the city truly meant. I think it’s wonderful that Niagara on the Lake offers this to tourists and even locals. Niagara on the Lake is home to so many fun festivals, beautiful wineries, delishious restaurants and of course packed full of history!
This 90 minute tour will take you through more than 20 historic, beautiful sites of Niagara on the Lake with the tour guides explaining the significance of each of them every step of the way. The tours start at 10:30am and tickets are available at a cost of $20 for adults, $10 children and can either be purchased online or at The Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (26 Queen Street). Just across the street is the meeting place at Corks Wine Bar & Eatery!
The Hockey Nigh in Canada’s Play On! National Championship is coming to Niagara Falls from September 27th-29th! Niagara Falls will be hosting over 100 teams, 76 men’s and 38 women’s from all across Canada who will be playing for the Redwood Cup. Each of these teams qualified top of the ranks in 1 of the 19 tournament held throughout the country in May and June.
The 4 on 4 street hockey tournament will take place on a fully closed Victoria Avenue and it promises to be an exciting event FREE to all spectators! CBC will be broadcasting from Niagara Falls on Sports Day (September 29th) with a celebrity game in the mix as well.
Of course we all know that Niagara is known for the amazing wine that comes from this region and what better way to celebrate that than with a Niagara Wine Festival! From September 21st-30th, the Niagara region will be filled with different events and activities, with the main hub of the celebrations in Montebello Park in St. Catharines.
There are Pre-Festival Events such as the Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon with Steve Smith, a.k.a. Red Green as special guest, as well as a Grape King Installation. Throughout the festival, Montebello Park will have FREE admission and FREE parking evenings and weekends. The festival will be token based, with tokens for sale in the park to purchase different local cuisine samplers and winery favourites by the glass or bottle.
You will not be left needing more entertainment either. The festival has a jam packed schedule of local bands: Platinum Blonde, The Bends, Up Yer Kilt, Tell Tommy, Glory Days (Springsteen tribute band), Blue Radio (Blue Rodeo tribute band), The Caverners (who have played at The Croft Lounge before), Street Pharmacy and 351 Cleveland (who won the Best Bar Band in 2011 from Niagara Music Awards).
And who doesn’t like a parade? Well this festival has two! The Pied Piper Parade will take place Saturday September 22nd at 11am with all the children’s favourite story book characters in attendance. The 61st Annual CIBC Grande Parade will take place Saturday September 29th at 11am complete with marching bands, drums corps, community groups and performers!