A BBQ and Band at Queenston Heights

Queenston HeightsWe’ve spent the day at Queenston Heights before and we’ve told you about the family fun you can have. But this Sunday, August 25th, it can be even more special, with the Annual Harvest BBQ and a live band concert before that.

Queenston Height’s Restaurant will be hosting a BBQ, at the foot of Brock Monument at 4:00pm. For only $40/adult and $20/child, you can enjoy delicious seasonal creations. Duck Breast on Yukon Potato Cake with Blackberry Drizzle, Grilled Market Antipasto Salad, Rainbow Trout with Apricot- Jalapeno Salad, Angus sliders, Niagara Peaches and Cream corn, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and more.

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Before the BBQ, spend the day enjoying the park and from 2-4pm, the Lincoln Concert Band will be playing. The Lincoln Concert Band is a community band, made up of 35 volunteer musicians. It’s a great opportunity to take in some big band music for free!

With a beautiful weather forecast for this weekend, I think the day spent at Queenston Heights will be a terrific way to spend a Sunday. Whether you are a local looking for something different to do, or a visitor looking for more than just a Maid of the Mist ride, take advantage of what Queenston Heights is offering!

For tickets to the BBQ, call 905-262-4274.

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!

St. Catharines Museum 1812

Postcards from Niagara has visited a few historical sites on our adventures and it still amazes me that so many pivotal moments in Canadian history happened in our own backyard. I’ve brought you information about historical cemeteries, the Laura Secord Homestead, the McFarland House and even Fort George, so bringing you info on the new war exhibit entitled 1812 at the St. Catharines Museum is a no brainer!

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1812This exhibit will be running from April 6th to August 18th and is brought to you by the St. Catharines Musuem and the Welland Canals Centre. This road show is a version of an award winning exhibit found in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. You don’t have to travel to our country’s capital to find all of the historic information!

1812 features the perspective of four different groups who experienced the war: Canadians (including Canadian First Nations), Americans, British and Native Americans. This holistic approach to historical story telling provides the audience with a unique viewpoint to create their own thoughts and conclusions. Some of the people featured in the exhibit include: Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, Francis Scott Key (the writer of the American national anthem) and the Shawnee leader Tecumseh.

Admission is by donation, so pay what you feel that the experience is worth to you, but remember that learning experiences such as these do cost money to run and it is important for all Canadians to be educated on our past. To further educate yourself, visit some of the historical sites that I mentioned earlier, found all around the Niagara region. And finally, make sure you make a stop at the Niagara Falls History Museum!

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!

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

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

Wine Sense Events

wine sense eventsWine Sense Events is a business that focuses on bringing to light the delicious variety of wine that can be found here in the Niagara region. They offer exclusive wine & food tasting events or you can partake in one of their open events! Of course, we had to see what it was all about so Lisa and Jen were sent to investigate… they’ve come back and given me the scoop! Continue reading

Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival

From Friday October 5th until 8th you can visit over 125 selected vendors at Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival. You will find pottery, paintings, hand crafted jewellery, gardening tips and tools as well as one of my personal favourites the birds of prey demonstration.

This festival is going on its 38th year and has always been an autumn favourite! With the cooler breeze blowing in, everyone bundles in their sweaters and heads out to the beautiful Ball’s Falls for the day. It is a wonderful trip for the family or a perfect way to spend the day with your sweet heart. Admission is $6/person or free for kids under 14!

Jay Cochrane in Niagara Falls

This summer started with Nik Wallenda bringing in thousands of onlookers to watch as he passed over Niagara Falls on a tightrope. But the tight rope spectacle didn’t stop when Wallenda landed in the United States that afternoon. No, here in Niagara Falls we have a dare devil walking above our heads every day at 7pm for the entire summer! Jay Cochrane, 68, walks 400 m, 50 stories up every night at 7pm. This is the greatest building to building in North America and by the end of the summer, Cochrane will have walked over 30 km high above our heads.

I know that my uncle visiting from Calgary thought that this was just fantastic and although many locals may not find themselves down in the tourist area very often, if you do and it happens to be 7pm… look up because that tiny speck in the sky is Jay Cochrane and you won’t be able to wrap your mind around it!