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!
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?
Springlicious 2012, happening June 1st-3Rd on 6 full blocks of downtown Niagara is the perfect kickoff to the nice weather and enjoying a perfect Niagara Summer. With the traffic blocked off to downtown, the streets are filled with locals and tourists alike, wandering from vendor to vendor exploring Niagara cuisine, beverages and of course shops. There will also be various bands playing throughout the days including The Roxwells, Michael Banks, Black Flies and the headliner April Wine. Springlicious is a great way to find out what Niagara has to offer and appreciate the recent revitalization efforts in the downtown Niagara area. Gather your friends and family and take a stroll through downtown!
Everyone knows that mothers deserve a special day for all the hard work that they do for their children and finding some just as special to do with them on Mother’s Day can be difficult. This year the McFarland House is hosting a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on Sunday May 13th, however after reading the menu it sounds more like a feast. Serving everything from prime rib to parmesan crusted salmon and finishing the meal off with various kinds of cheese cake. Not to mention there will be complimentary mimosas at 1:00 (my kind of tea party). This sounds like a wonderful event to take in the traditional beauty of the McFarland House, enjoy a delicious meal and most of all enjoy the company of your mom. Tickets for the event are $28.50 and can be purchased over the phone (304-263-1890) or online.
An authentic Italian dinner right in Niagara Falls can be found in this wonderful restaurant down the road from BEST WESTERN PLUS Cairn Croft Hotel on Ferry St, called Napoli. Napoli offers a quiet, delightful, delicious dining experience as I found out when I went with my family. With old family recipes and homemade ingredients, no matter what you choose on the menu, you will not be disappointed.
I am a sucker for a good pizza. My choice? The Italiana. With mozzarella, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, tomatoes and arugula, this pizza took me back to my family vacation around Italy, for a reasonable price (pizza’s range from $8.50 to $19). Sipping on a glass of Chianti and enjoying his Vitello di Parmigiano (veal parmesan) my dad said to me “we have to go back to Italy.” Thank-you Napoli!
Who knew that the best won ton soup that you will ever have lies just inside a donut shop? My friends and I discovered Country Fresh Donuts on Victoria Ave late one night in high school and we have been going back ever since.
This little coffee shop is owned by a lovely Chinese family, Mary, the mother, is often found behind the counter. The location may not be the best, there are only a few tables lining the window and the décor is less than impressive but none of that matters the moment you taste the soup. You can choose from hot and sour (with or without pork) and won ton soup. I’m a won ton girl. This homemade soup has huge won tons and big chunks of pork all surrounded by an amazing won ton broth. Have it there or take it to go, it’s equally delicious either way. Mary will bring a bowl of chow mien noodles out with your soup to munch on separately or add to the soup. And if you wanna kick things up a notch? You must try the Sriracha hot sauce. WARNING! Add small amounts at first to be sure you don’t make it too hot. It’s serious stuff.
All of this deliciousness can be yours for $2.75 for a small and $4.19 for a large. I’m not joking when I say this is the best… BEST wonton soup I have ever had. Oh and there are donuts and coffee available but that’s not important. This is Niagara’s hidden gem, make sure you try it when you visit Niagara!
There are so many options for dining in Niagara Falls but you gotta try this! From the outside it looks like a dive, but the food alone is to die for; located just down the street from the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel on Lundy’s Lane. If you are visiting Niagara Falls or live in the area and have never tried it, the turkey/gravy sub is a must from The Flying Saucer. This delicious, homemade sub can get a little messy, but I am sure you will be licking your plate clean after one bite. When we ordered in for lunch one day, it reminded us all of the day after Thanksgiving when you get to make your own turkey sub with your own gravy… but this is better!
One word: YUMMY. They even deliver! Could be a great eat even late!
Syndicate is a local bar located near the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel—owned by the popular Taps Brewery—which features Niagara made beer. From light lagers to delicious reds and cream ales, this bar and grill will change the way you enjoy beer.
But this is not the only thing Syndicate offers; great dinner selections (3 courses) starting as low at $20, or try their other lunch and dinner selections. Hayley and I decided that we wanted wings and we must have chosen the right day because we were able to get 2lbs of medium wings with a pitcher or beer for $15 plus taxes. Now that’s a good deal!
So, if you’re looking for a relaxed patio bar to chill with friends, or a cool place to gab with family and enjoy great food and local beer, you must check out Syndicate. It’s definitely the place to be!
Most people think that golf courses are off limits unless they golf, but this is certainly not true. Coming from a girl who yells “fore” or misses the ball more than she hits it, golf courses are always trying to entice locals and travellers to stop in, eat, or even try playing a round (if they are up for it). Many hotels also offer great golf packages that allow travellers and locals to play a round of golf and enjoy a delicious meal. Whirlpool is one of those golf courses. That is why Hayley and I decided to try out Whirlpool and see what their dining was like.
Stepping into the pro-shop you could definately tell that we were not “golfers,” but the employees were very accommodating and willing to help us with anything we needed. They even showed us to the dining area; it was beautiful. We could either sit in the shade of the dining room or sit closer to the outside in the sun. Hayley and I decided that we would sit in the sun to enjoy our meals.
We started with crab-cakes as a starter. They were delicious– I could have ordered plate after plate of those delicious crab cakes, but I know I needed to try something else. So Hayley decided on a turkey wrap and I tried the Canadian burger. One word…Delicious! We were both very happy with our orders, as well as the service.
Whirlpool is not the only golf course that you can enjoy Niagara Falls dining. All the Niagara golf courses have very interesting and delicious dishes that anyone can choose from–whether you’re a golfer or not! So next time your looking for a great place to eat, why not check out a golf course? They will not let you down.
Nothing is better than an ice cream on a hot summer day, therefore Hayley and I went out to search for the best ice cream in Niagara. Hayley had suggested we go to the Avondale Dairy Bar. So we got into “Bertha” (my mini-van) and began to travel to ice cream heaven. This famous ice cream parlour is found in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
With a slight right turn we arrived at our destination. I could not contain my excitement for one more moment. As soon as we entered the ice cream parlour I race to get in line and decide on the flavour of ice cream I want to get. I decide on mint chocolate chip; my very favourite ice cream flavour. As the ice cream dipped down my hands in the hot summer heat I felt just like a kid again.
Along with the array of ice cream flavours and the seating areas inside and outside the parlour, Avondale Dairy Bar also had swing sets for the kids to enjoy—even though we are no longer kids it was important for us to swing and eat our ice cream at the same time.
After cleaning myself up and throwing away my napkins, it was time to leave. Although I was sad to leave, I was excited to visit again, which I am sure will happen more than once this summer. It is important to make one of the things you do in Niagara Falls, Avondale Dairy Bar.